THE LAST KNOCK presents: Author Israel Finn

The Last Knock

When it comes to writing horror fiction, Israel Finn’s concerned about the elements that breathe quality into the genre: story and character, as well as a working knowledge of the writing craft and a respect for language. We discuss Finn’s horror stories and their origins, and the tremendous influence Richard Matheson and Stephen King had on him. There’s more, of course, regarding horror cinema, and maybe most importantly, how Finn became a solid, disciplined writer even though he originally hated reading. Do not miss this excellent and thought provoking interview for writers, readers, and audience members who love horror in all its forms.

You can find Israel Finn on his website on Facebook and on Twitter. Pay a visit to his Amazon page, and do not forget to look at his latest, Dreaming at the Top of My Lungs, the unabridged audible edition.

12 Replies to “THE LAST KNOCK presents: Author Israel Finn”

  1. I enjoyed getting to know what makes author, Israel Finn tick or rather write. It’s always a pleasure listening to your interviews and guests, Bill. The weekly treat is doing the research on them as the show progresses. For instance, with Israel, this added at least another 90 minutes to the show due to the pauses to visit his Blog (do some knocking about), check him out at Amazon (reading his bio, book descriptions, and reviews), and doing the Twitter snooping Retweet thing… naturally.
    As they almost sang in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Horror is just alright by me, horror is just alright, oh yea!”
    ‘Twas a neat show, excellent discussion, cool guest… a two-hatted masterpiece!

    1. As always, Ron, you are far too kind. Israel was one helluva guest, and I admire his work.

      Regarding Van Gogh, every time his girlfriend said something, it went through one ear – and stayed there!

  2. Thanks, Ron! I had a blast, and Bill is such a great guy.

    Incidentally, I happened across this video that Weirdbook Magazine shared on Facebook. It’s a panel discussion with some master horror writers (Stephen King, Peter Straub, Whitley Strieber, etc.) in 1983, all talking about the state of horror at that time, why there was such an explosion of interest, and the outright disdain horror writers have had to deal with over the years (something you and I touched on, Bill), going all the way back to Mary Shelley. Whitley Strieber’s comments at around 20:50 are amazing. It’s about an hour long and the quality is less than stellar, but it’s fascinating and well worth the watch.

    1. Excellent, Israel! I’ll give it a listen this weekend.

      Hey, you’re a great guy as well. Thank you so much for coming on the show – and I look forward to having you on again in the future.

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