July 17, 2013

Horror Is Every Genre: an interview (and giveaway) with Edward Lorn, author of "Life After Dane"

What is Life After Dane all about?A mother’s love is undying… and so is Dane.

After the state of Arkansas executes serial killer Dane Peters, the Rest Stop Dentist, his mother discovers that life is darker and more dangerous than she ever expected.

The driving force behind his ghostly return lies buried in his family’s dark past. As Ella desperately seeks a way to lay her son’s troubled soul to rest, she comes face to face with her own failings.

If Ella cannot learn why her son has returned and what he seeks, then the reach of his power will destroy the innocent, and not even his mother will be able to stop him.

Who is Edward Lorn?:  Edward Lorn is an American horror author presently residing in the southeast United States. He enjoys storytelling, reading, and writing biographies in the third person.

Once upon a time, during a session of show and tell, a seven-year-old Edward Lorn shared with his class that his baby brother had died over the weekend. His classmates, the teacher included, wept while he recounted the painful tragedy of having lost a sibling. Edward went home that day and found an irate mother waiting for him. Edward’s teacher had called to express her condolences. This was unfortunate, as Edward had never had a baby brother.

With advice given to her by a frustrated teacher, Edward’s mother made him start writing all of his lies down. The rest, as they say, is history.

Edward Lorn and his wife are raising two children, along with a handful of outside cats and a beagle named Dot. He remains a liar to this day. The only difference is, now he’s a useful one.

an interview with Edward Lorn

Gef: You're one of the first authors to work with Red Adept Publishing--maybe THE first--so how have you found the experience thus far? Any surprises or revelations you'd care to share?

Edward: I have yet to find a better publisher. When you compare their royalty split (50/50) with the amount of work they do, you will not find another publisher that even comes close to offering the same deal. Red Adept books are as good, if not better, than the products pushed out by the “Big Six.” Even the covers we receive are some of the best I’ve seen in the small press/indie market.

On a more personal level, I’ve become good friends with most of the staff, so working with any one of them has been a great pleasure. I’ve been lucky enough to have worked on three books with them so far, and each time, the process is smoother and more enjoyable than the last time. I know all this sounds too good to be true, but it’s really not. The only real downside of working with RAP would be if an author is lazy. Because let me tell you, they make you work. But in the end, it’s all very much worth it.

Gef: Dastardly Bastard was published a little over a year ago, and since that time, it seems you've been a bit of a workhorse, with multiple books published including a short story collection and a couple novellas. Making up for lost time?

Edward: Not really. All I do is write. As of right now I have 18 “trunk novels” that no one will ever see and over 800 short stories I’ll probably never do anything with, all written over the past fifteen years. I keep telling people, you have to write to become a writer. Simply thinking about writing isn’t going to do you any good. You must write everyday, without fail. Yes, most of what you create is going to be garbage, but that doesn’t matter. You can’t just sit around and wait on the next bright idea. You have to be proactive. Sooner or later, you’re going to get better. Or, you’re not. Then you’re left with other things, like knitting and watercolors.

Gef: Okay, so now that you're a year into the whole published author racket, how long does the road behind you look from where you stand?

Edward: The road behind me used to be a dirt track leading to a crumbling old shack out in the middle of the woods. Now, when I look back, I see construction, a work in progress that isn’t likely to be completed as long as I live. This is a good thing. As long as I’m constantly learning I will create new and exciting roads on which people can escape from local troubles. Books create highways in our minds; as long as people take my exit every once and a while, I’m a happy guy.

Gef: While you're an author who isn't bashful about his affinity for horror, it's not the only genre you work in. Have you found the word "horror" brings up some nasty preconceptions with prospective readers, or has your audience been forgiving with your genre-hopping?

Edward: See, that’s the thing, Gef. Horror is every genre. In fact, I probably have fewer “horror fans” than any other horror author. I know I constantly disappoint those readers who come looking for bloodbaths and torture porn, and that’s okay. I cover all genres when I write: comedy, drama, action, mystery, all that real life entails. No one’s life is all horrific, not even while horrific things are occurring. We laugh when we’re stressed; cry when we’re happy; continue to look even when we know we should turn away. It’s human nature. I try to touch upon all that in my writing. At the end of the day, though, I am a horror author. With every one of my books, you will find at least one scene where you’re likely to question my social stability. And that’s why I love the genre. You can write about anything you please as long as you eventually come back to the scary stuff.

Gef: Dare I ask what you have next on the horizon?

Edward: Next thing coming out is the follow up to my novella, Hope for the Wicked. Pennies for the Damned is the first full length Larry Laughlin novel. I wouldn’t call it a sequel as much as I would call it a continuation of the first story. The book is done and awaiting edits. Right now, though, I’m working on a collaboration with friend and fellow author, Jeff Brackett. We’re tackling the end of the world in a book called Chucklers. It should be one hell of a fun ride. And, of course, you’ll see many other stand-alone novels and Larry Laughlin sequels in the years to come. I’ll be here for a while, I promise. But for now, I want to set your teeth on edge. Go read my newest effort, Life After Dane. You won’t be disappointed. 

Gef: A big thanks to Edward Lorn for stopping by the blog, and to Red Adept Publishing for organized the blog tour and publicity blitz, which includes a great giveaway that all of you can check out via the Rafflecopter form below.
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And if you can't wait any longer, you can visit the links below to grab yourself a copy of Life After Dane:


  1. Thanks again for having me, Gef!


  2. I have to give a boost to my new favorite author, Edward Lorn! I've already read Life After Dane, and it was an incredible, heart-thumping thrill ride! For those who haven't read it or are undecided about the next book to read, get this one. I'm serious about this. Lorn has a way of telling a story.

  3. A most interesting post thank you. I had to think about the HORROR IS EVERY GENRE lead in.

  4. Ed, any time, man.

    Sherri, I'm not about to disagree.

    Mary, I thought that might raise an eyebrow or two.

  5. Hey, I love knitting! ;)

    I totally agree with what Lorn says about his 'horror' books - being one of his fans that is not particularly fond of the violence porn type of horror.

    Really looking forward to Pennies for the Damned.