This week I got to speak with author R.F. Blackstone. His new collection of short stories, The Book of Spite, is now available on Amazon. This week I got to speak with author R.F. Blackstone. His new collection of short stories, The Book of Spite, is now available on Amazon. This week I got to speak with author R.F. Blackstone. His new collection of short stories, The Book of Spite, is now available on Amazon.
An Interview With R.F. Blackstone
Aaron Iara: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me this week! Tell the readers a little bit about yourself and the work you do.
R.F. Blackstone: Thanks for having me! I’m R.F. Blackstone and I write what I call Extreme Cosmic Horror novels and novellas. So far I’ve written 3 novels and 4 short stories/novellas (I hate labelling shorter works lol) with more coming out this year and next. Originally I’m from the most dangerous place on the planet…That’s right Australia but right now I’m living it up all safe and sound in Mexico City. Annnnd, yeah, that’s about it lol
Aaron Iara: It is nice to meet you! What made you land on writing as your preferred medium?
R.F. Blackstone: A question I always dread haha. Actually, I spent ten years or so back in Australia writing movies (all unproduced so don’t try looking them up) and after I moved to Mexico, my wife and I had a long-ass discussion about what I was going to do. Around that time some friends had me thinking about converting these scripts into novels and self-publishing them. When I told my wife, she said, “Fine, but promise me you’ll try to get traditionally published first?” And long story short, Severed Press published my first novel and I haven’t looked back since.
Aaron Iara: It can be very difficult to break into a specific industry. Sometimes a realignment is what is needed. I am happy that you were able to find a process that works for you.
How would you describe your writing process? Do you do a lot of drafts or outlines?
R.F. Blackstone: Look ninjas!…Didn’t work…damn better answer the question. It’s a mess, really. Usually the idea comes from a scene or an ending, but never an opening haha
Once I have that sorted then I do a basic outline, about two to four lines per chapter or scene and then I write my ass off. And then I send it off to my beta readers and that’s it. I do one or two drafts max since I dictate my story and then transcribe it, which means I hot the plot holes and contradictions as I go.
Aaron Iara: The drafting process is very important for writers and creators. I have talked to many artists who say that writing and refining drafts is the most important part of the process.
What are your biggest obstacles when it comes to writing and telling stories? How do you overcome them?
R.F. Blackstone: The biggest one so far is figuring out what I am going to write next! I am constantly coming up with ideas and adding them to the schedule, but there will never be enough hours in the day to get through all of it. But, if you’re talking about realistically then it’s giving just the right amount of detail when it comes to the horrors themselves. I’ve never liked how Lovecraft held back from the violence, so that’s where I take my cosmic horror stories, and to make sure I have it just right my one of my betas is a fan and they are the litmus test.
Aaron Iara: I have a difficult time scheduling my ideas as well. It can be difficult to find that balance of time and creation.
Do you ever get performance/release anxiety?
R.F. Blackstone: All the freaking time hahaha
Aaron Iara: Same, haha. Writing takes a lot of time and effort. What do you do to stay productive?
R.F. Blackstone: This is going to be blasphemous to the other authors who read this but I don’t read a whole lot. My preference is to watch movies, TV shows and to play video games.
Aaron Iara: I love both the horror and independent writing communities. How has your experience been with these communities?
R.F. Blackstone: Both have been absolutely fantastic! I’ve made friends with a bunch of authors who have helped me (giving advice and guidance) on this journey since I’ve been publishing since 2018. And don’t get me started on the Horror Community! Those guys are the best in the world! It doesn’t matter what your opinion about a Horror movie, book or series is, everyone is very welcoming and kind.
Aaron Iara: I agree. Though I don’t primarily write about horror, the horror community has given me the strongest support.
How do you foster creativity? Do you wait for inspiration or work at it?
R.F. Blackstone: Nope, that doesn’t work for me haha
Once I start writing the ‘muse’ if you will, stays with me until it is done. The only problem is that after I finish something I get into a funk for about 3 days which stalls the work.
Aaron Iara: What advice can you give for people who want to start writing?
R.F. Blackstone: Write what you want to read. Don’t worry about ‘writing to market’, just write whatever the story is that you want to read.
Aaron Iara: That is great advice. With the internet giving everyone a voice, we are seeing a shift toward creators who are genuine in their efforts. I think that is the way that it should be!
Do you have any upcoming projects or events you would like to talk about?
R.F. Blackstone: I have a new short story collection coming out October 1st called, The Book of Spite. This is the first paperback release of Extreme Cosmic horror and Chuck Buda called it “…a cosmic horror pastiche, blood-soaked in 80’s slasher nostalgia.” It’ll be available from Amazon for Kindle and as a Paperback.
Aaron Iara: Thank you for taking the time to do this! Please tell the readers where they can find you and your work!
Check Out R.F. Blackstone!
A huge thank you to R.F. Blackstone for taking the time to speak with me this week! Make sure to check out The Book of Spite and follow R.F. Blackstone at the following locations.