Amongst other things, Jason Darrick describes himself as a horror/fetish erotica author, an aspiring music nerd, and a rabid dream chaser. I can’t remember which of these I connected with first, but they are all equally fascinating aspects of Jason’s personality. He’s also a wonderful author to know for other reasons – he’s supportive, fun to chat with, and extremely polite. He is, after all, Canadian, and we’re nothing if not polite. 😉
I read Fear in Words Volume One – The Stories recently, and it’s an excellent collection—well worth the purchase price. Jason has a clean writing style that appeals to me, and I love a good horror book to curl up with…so without further ado, please welcome the very talented, Jason Darrick.
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Jason Darrick has been writing for over two years. The result of an incredibly long hiatus, his new works encompass his love of horror, occult and bizarro fiction and film. His first eBook, the short horror collection FEAR IN WORDS VOLUME I – THE STORIES has been praised by all who have read it, and the story Mr. Vore placed 4th in IndieHorror.org’s Cannibal Cookoff contest. Jason’s poetry collection FEAR IN WORDS VOLUME II – THE POEMS were released in the summer of 2011 as a gift to his readers, and continue to be free at Smashwords.
A single father, Jason divides his time between writing and raising his 2 year-old daughter. In his spare time, he spends a great amount of time and energy devoted to reading, reviewing and his other lifelong passion, pro wrestling.
Jason will be attending college beginning in January 2012, which will keep his writing obligations limited. He will be reading and reviewing as often as his schedule permits. Currently, Jason hopes to have a novella completed in time for the end of 2011.
Five short horror stories. Each is unique in the fear it brings, some cerebral, some more visceral.
Drip sees Brian unable to see what’s right in front of him. The Figure stalks Peter and Rebecca in their own home. How do you kill what can’t be seen? The Forest hides more than a group of tourists ever fathomed. Hanna has been taking Vincent’s abuse in every way imaginable. She’s had enough, how will she exact her revenge? Mr. Vore wants to help you lose weight, the hard way.
Continuing the “Fear In Words” trilogy, The Poems were actually written before The Stories.
While not nearly as gruesome as their predecessors, each work seeks to dig into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.
Inside Jason Darrick’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is a bit of a tough sell for me, because I’m very good at picking out flaws and exploiting them. Especially my own. My best answer would encompass the safety, well-being and happiness of my daughter, as well as my own. I’d love to make writing the sole money-making venture in my life, and live somewhere in a secluded area surrounded by animals. I’m not involved with anyone at the moment, but I’d love to share that life with both my daughter and if the stars align, a special woman.
What turns you on creatively? I’m a very visual person, most of my creativity spawns from things I’ve seen or things I’ve dreamt. I have the good fortune of being able to recall my dreams, and view them as though they were film flashbacks. I also find that other’s creativity really inspires me. I’ve recently gained an appreciation for paintings, and though I don’t usually find out the artist’s name, I do find myself analyzing what they were feeling as the colours met canvas. I’m also finding a lot of creative inspiration through reading, which I’ve only recently immersed myself in.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Awesome”, “wonderful”, and “I’m sorry”. My use of adjectives in real life is very bland, people often wonder if I truly do mean what I say. I apologize incessantly, to the point where friends have threatened bodily harm if I do it without warrant. Both issues stem from my very tedious career as a customer service representative, always having a script in front of me.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Loyalty. Far too often I’ve had male friends abandon people in their lives and move on to a much more degraded lifestyle. I’m not suggesting anyone remain in a situation where they’re unhappy, but men seem to look for reasons to get away.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Intelligence. I’m not one of those guys who gets intimidated because she’s more well-read than I am. I’ve dated the vapid hot chick before, and that gets boring very quickly. A woman who will call me out when my ego gets out of line, will laugh at my misguided musings and questionable facts, and most importantly will speak with me on a level befitting our IQ’s, is a woman I want to keep. Bonus points if that intelligence comes from her love of reading or writing.
What is your greatest regret? My greatest regret is that I listened to a hateful shrew of a woman who passed herself off as a teacher. I fast-tracked through English classes in high school. I did so because I was far better at math, science, geography and the like. I had loved reading at one point, but as the years went on, I found myself less and less drawn to the books presented. As a result, my understanding of their meanings (or what the teacher’s thought were their meanings) was completely incorrect, I was told. My prior teachers at least tried to keep a love of reading engrained inside me, some even suggesting that I read alternate titles and create projects and reports from them. I appreciate what they tried to do. I’ve always been morbid, my understanding of things has always had a dark tinge, never was I humiliated for it. Until OAC (Grade 13, for those who’ve not heard of it) this teacher destroyed everything I ever wrote, publicly, whether it was creative or analytical. Finally, during exams she mentioned that I’d be better off never reading or writing again. That was in 1997. I listened to her until 2009, when I began writing what would eventually become The Stories.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d love to be as skinny as I was in my early 20’s. I let myself go, have only myself to blame, but if I could snap my fingers to change it, I would.
What is your greatest fear? My greatest fear is failure. It has taken me over 30 years to truly dedicate myself to a craft, and now that I’ve tasted a small measure of success, I want more.
Which living person do you most admire? I spent days trying to answer this. While there are many great and accomplished people in the world, all of whom I’d be in awe of meeting, my answer is a man who a great many reading this will not have heard of: Scott Levy. Scott isn’t a writer, though he’s written. He isn’t an actor, though he gained fame on television. He isn’t known for his love of reading, but he does. He isn’t known mainly for his intelligence, but his IQ of 143 is a bit difficult to keep a secret. The man I’d most like to sit down and discourse with would indeed be Scott Levy, one of the biggest Edgar Allan Poe fans in the world, known to teenagers and Gen Xers alike as pro wrestler Raven. I surprised myself with this choice, but I realized that with all the conventions I go to, I’ve met or will meet everyone who had anything to do with my upbringing in horror eventually. Twitter has broken down many barriers in terms of author/reader boundaries, and I’m quite happy to say that I’ve already met many of the people who’ve inspired me along the written path.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’m currently between professions, so the cop-out answer is accounting, which is what I’m going to school for come January. A more adventurous answer would be acting. I’ve just recently begun to use my YouTube channel, and I find that I really enjoy talking to (and hamming it up for) the camera.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? I think as a horror author, I’m required to say that I’d come back a zombie, no? Okay, while that would be infinitely cool, getting shot at daily and rotting in my own skin doesn’t really sound too appealing to me. I would come back as an animal in my daughter’s possession. I’d get to watch over her without being too intrusive, which would be perfect with me.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement hasn’t happened yet. There are so many goals that I’ve accomplished and am proud of, but I’m nowhere near done. So far I’m most proud of my first ebook: Fear In Words Volume I – The Stories. While it’s not tearing up the best sellers charts, it has opened doors for me and has yet to be negatively reviewed.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Dishonesty is a despicable trait. I do my absolute best to remain true to my word, and I accept the consequences up front if I’m unable to deliver (which I also will make known as soon as possible). I would rather be hurt with the truth, than placated with a lie.
What is your greatest extravagance? My greatest extravagance is either my computer or my autographed book collection, both of which I spent far too much money on. The computer is a necessity, and I’ll have it for many years (knock on wood). My book collection keeps growing, partly due to my love of meeting small-press authors at festivals. If it ever becomes a possibility, I will eat sushi 7 days a week.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Before I die, I must go skiing in Austria again. I’ve been once before, but I was very young. I have always appreciated the mountains and the culture, and I’m of the firm belief that the best memories are worth doing over again.
What is your present state of mind? I’m currently feeling very accomplished. I’ve released a short story collection, a poetry collection, a video of me singing and all have been received very well. My daughter is happy and healthy. Hard to be dissatisfied with all of that.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Fuck is definitely at the top of my list. It can say so much with only 4 letters. I also enjoy “bollocks”. The Filipino words for “fuck off” are really fun to say, though I can’t spell them. I’m also partial to the French “Va chier”, which is short-form lazy slang for “go fuck yourself”. Apparently I enjoy fucking quite a bit.
What is your motto? “I will not fail.” Though I’m tempted to use “I cannot be killed by conventional means.”
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Thanks Jason for your eclectic responses. I knew I would get some good ones from the mind of a horror writer! I especially loved the one about what you would come back as – really sweet.
Readers, please leave a comment for this charming man – he’s a cool person to know.
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