Author: Daniel A Kaine
Publisher: Wilde City
For those of you who have not yet had the great pleasure to read this fabulous book, I encourage you to proceed with caution. I will attempt to hide spoilers, but I might miss one or two.
We are happy to have Daniel A Kaine, author of the horror/thriller Slasherazzi from Wilde City Press here with us today. Be sure to check out my 5* review of Slasherazzi.
Welcome to Prism, Daniel. What can you tell us about Slasherazzi?
Slasherazzi is probably my favourite book that I’ve written so far. It’s a mix of lots of elements: the relationship between Alex and Vince, and the difficulties they face both being men who want to succeed in their careers; the mystery of the gruesome murders showing up around town; and the nightmare that is the Slasherazzi himself. It’s dark. It’s gory. But it has its tender moments, too.
Okay I have to ask… why? What inspired Slasherazzi?
It started as a one-sentence prompt given to me by a friend back in 2010. It was something along the lines of ‘I stood above the body, clutching the knife in my hand.’ I was tasked with writing 1,000 words from that prompt. Now, my friend had a thing for writing horror, so I went into the prompt with the aim of making it as creepy and gory as possible. After that, I just had to keep writing the story.
As I said in my review, this story absolutely blew me away. One of the reasons was the somewhat unique voice in which it was told. Tell us more about the thought process behind choosing that particular voice.
When I was deciding how to write this book there was only one question I need to answer. How do I make it as creepy as possible? I toyed with the idea of writing it in third person alternating between the killer and detective, but it was missing something. So I tried it in first person, and that’s where I really picked up on the killer’s voice.
In Slasherazzi, we see both the killer’s and the investigator’s sides of the story. What difficulties did you face switching between two very separately motivated men?
It was difficult at first trying to separate the voices of the two characters. After all, one’s a psychopathic killer, and the other a hot detective. And switching between the two while writing made it difficult at times to keep the voices different. I ended up writing most of the killer’s scenes first to try and solve this, and then I could go back and fill in the gaps for Alex’s chapters, allowing me to get into his head and stay there.
A lot has been said about the gore level of this book. I don’t disagree that there is quite a bit in there, but I would not even come close to calling in excessive. I think it added to the story in every single instance. I know your editor even told you to add more at one point (great call Val). What can you tell those individuals wavering on reading this story because they fear the notorious gore?
One of my beta readers (cough Poppy Dennison) hates gore. She said from the very start that she absolutely was not going to read the book. I managed to twist her arm because I really wanted her feedback—I respect her opinion that much. So she gave in, and she loved it. She admits to skipping some of the gory bits, but she still got through the majority of the book. So, I would say to people who are wavering: Give it a go. If Poppy can do it, so can you… even if you do have to skip little bits.
One thing that surprised me was in all the gore and the mystery, there was also a love story. There was tenderness and heartbreak. Again, how did you find the balance?
I guess it just came down to instinct really. While I do tend to outline a loose plot, I still change things around a lot as I go. I can be writing and suddenly a character will do something that deviates massively from the plot. If that happens, I go with my gut and follow the character to see what happens.
Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. But hey, edits are made for fixing things when they don’t work.
Another surprise was that, unlike many stories of this ilk, you did not “Fade to black”on all the sex scenes. There were some pretty hot moments between Alex and Vincent. I don’t hide my disdain for gratuitous sex muddling an otherwise good story, so believe me when I say they worked. They were perfectly placed, but why include them at all?
In both the sex and murder scenes, the characters are giving themselves over to desire. For Alex and Vince, it’s the sexual chemistry between them that keeps them going back for more. For the killer, it’s the need to recreate his fantasy. There’s a big difference between the two types of desire, but I think they’re also very similar, too. And it’s for that contrast that I decided to include both the sex and murders.
****The next few questions are spoilers. If you have not read Slasherazzi, stop… go buy it, read it and come back. It’s okay, I will wait. <insert Jeopardy theme> We all good, now? If you want to see the spoilerish questions, highlight them****
So what exactly was Vincent doing between leaving the orphanage and finally tracking down his Alex?
To begin with, living life as a normal kid. He went to school and then college in California, where he studied to become a journalist. It was only after his life got flip-turned upside-down and he became the Prince of Bel Air… okay, seriously, he retreated to the next safest place he could think of… Alex.
What did Tanya think of Alex’s self-imposed month long … umm… vacation? Did he have a job to go back to if he had wanted?
Tanya was pretty pissed off. I mean, of course she thought her partner was being completely irrational. Alex would have had a job to go back to, but there would have been a lot of evaluations and assessments to make sure he was back on form.
Holy Fuck. (I say that a lot while thinking about this book, don’t I?) The ending… I don’t even know what to ask, but I know people have a ton of questions. I don’t want to give anything away, but for those of us who have read Slasherazzi, is there anything you want to add to the ending?
There’s actually a fair bit I wanted to add. Okay, more than a fair bit. I have to admit wanting to know how things develop from where the book finishes and what the boys get up to next. After all, there’s sure to be more trouble along the way. I want to say more, but damn this is a really difficult question to answer without giving away the whole book.
Why South Carolina?
Because Vince really wanted a beach and somewhere that wasn’t too cold. And it wasn’t too big of a move from Florida.
****And thus ends the spoilerish section****
Rapid Fire Time:
- Train or Plane? Train
- Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
- Vodka or Tequila? Vodka… I can’t stand Tequila
- World of Warcraft or Everquest? Never played EQ. Played WoW for several years though, as pretty much every race and class.
- Handcuffs or Rope? Rope, because it’s more versatile.
- Alex or Vincent? Wow, tough one. I think I’m gonna have to say Vince.
- Sausage or Hamburger? Hamburger. I actually have this funny thing about sausages. I can’t eat them if the ends look anything like foreskins. Take from that what you will.
- Florida or South Carolina? Florida; mainly because I’ve never been to SC.
- Ethan Stone or Porn Star? What the fuck? Oh my god… Am I allowed to choose which porn star? If so, I’m gonna have to say sorry to Ethan and pick Connor from Corbin Fisher.
What is the nicest thing a reviewer/reader has ever said to you in a review or in email?
Anything that compares me to Stephen King. I can’t think of any higher praise.
What is next? What are you working on?
I have a couple of projects in mind. My main goal at the moment is to write a short series about gay male witches, whose familiars are derived from Chinese mythology of the four guardian beasts. Also have another series planned about amphibious shifters living beneath the ocean.
Recently promoted to Detective, Alex is out to prove himself and the Slasherazzi case is the perfect opportunity. Mutilated corpses are showing up across Tampa, and when the team discovers the newest victim was tortured alive, Alex becomes more determined than ever to stop the crazed serial killer before the horrific stabbings escalate further.
With the return of Alex’s ex-boyfriend and journalist, Vince, the investigation takes a dangerous twist: the killer starts showing a personal interest in Alex. Can he stop the murders and salvage his relationship with Vince, or does he risk letting both men get away?
About the Author:
Daniel was born and raised in the Land of Rain, aka England, where he now lives with his four lovable furballs; Mik, Ash, Spidey and Flash. Originally trained as a Biology teacher, Daniel was unsure what to do with his life until he came across fanfiction for his favourite anime and decided to have a go at writing his own. To this day, he still cringes at the memory of the cheesy terminology he used.
When not writing, Daniel enjoys a variety of activities, including running, going to the gym, bondage, watching anime, and the mass-slaying of virtual monsters in the hopes of receiving epic loot. One day, he hopes to become a werepanther and invent chocolate that can be eaten all day without making you fat.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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