Horror Tree Presents… An Interview With Evan Marlowe

Jen – Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me!

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Evan – I don’t see myself anyplace differently than I am now, from a creative perspective. Unless you’ve already made it, writers tend to keep churning out work without a particular goal. Most of this will never see the light of day. We keep going through the moves, regardless, for the usual nonsensical reasons, like scratching an itch. Basically, it’s a journey we’ve signed on to, but one that doesn’t generally change where we are on the map.


Jen – What would you be doing if you couldn’t be a writer/director?

Evan – I think the question boils down to not what alternative career path would I follow, because I have a day job, but what other creative outlet would I pursue? If the ideas stopped coming or I couldn’t find a way to articulate them, I’m sure I’d be driven into another medium like painting or origami or making soaps. People with a creative impulse will always find an outlet of some form.


Jen – If you could bring any mythical creature or character to life what or who would it be and why?

Evan – Funny you should ask, since I did recently finish a novel called Pauper King that features a slew of mythical creatures. It’s about a serial killer on the loose in the world of fairy tales. It doesn’t end well for most of our beloved characters. Hard to pick a favorite, but I enjoyed portraying the seven dwarves as filthy, foul-mouthed louses.


Jen – Where is the one place (or places) you can always find inspiration?

Evan – The news. The easy part is drawing inspiration for themes and plots. The hard part is avoiding being on the nose or too obvious about the source.


Jen – What is your favorite mode of transportation (real or not) and why?

Evan – There isn’t one. I don’t like moving.


Jen – If you could fix one thing in the world what would it be?

Evan – Get rid of the people. The rest is fine.


Jen – What is a typical day for you?

Evan – I do my day job, then spend time with my family. Writing usually is the result of insomnia.


Jen – What is your favorite thing to eat and drink while you are creating?

Evan – Caffeine tends to be an effective motivator. But really, I have so little time to create now that I’m usually doing it in my car over a break or in the early morning when everyone’s asleep. It would be weird to eat or drink.


Jen – What season best describes you?  Why?

Evan – Fall. I’m cool like that.


Jen – What little thing always seems to make you happy?

Evan – Always happy when I discover some new kind of food. Never fails to amuse me.


Jen – Who would you most like to meet (alive or dead)?  Why?

Evan – John Lennon. Obvious.


Jen – What have you written or done that you are most proud of?

Evan – I think for its scope and sheer number of ideas, Pauper King. I wanted it to be written from the perspective of someone living at the close of the 19th century, about life in the middle ages. The language needed to be perfectly accurate, so every word had to be researched to see when it came into common use. It was incredibly laborious and took over a year to write. Sorry, it was never published. In fact, agents and publishers lined up to let me know how unmarketable it was. Maybe some day…

Of works that are out there, my collection of short stories called Gone is Gone.


Jen – Where can we find your work?

Evan – My books sell on Amazon.


My films are around the web. Check out my second feature, Horror House, starring Lloyd Kaufman. My wife wrote that one.


Jen – Do you have any other upcoming projects?

Evan – Abruptio will probably forever be upcoming, since it’s such a massive project. I’ve got a few things in my pocket but otherwise I’m taking a breather.


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