Name- Eric Kapitan
Age- 29 years old and counting
Where are you from
I live in a refrigerator box behind Wal Mart. In all seriousness, I’m from a small town in Vermont where I still currently live.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have always loved to tell stories from a young age. In grade school we were given 30 minutes a day to write in our journals. It was always my favorite time of the day.
I fell in love with Horror the first time I watched the original Halloween. It scared the hell out of me and fascinated me at the same time. After that, I was hooked on horror and watched and read whatever I could get my hands on.
I have a degree in communication with a concentration in Mass media and a minor in Film Studies. I work a full time job which makes it difficult to get writing down but I manage.
I enjoy being outside, going on hikes, camping etc. Playing video games (when I have the time) and spending time with friends and family.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
In October of 2015 I released my first book, Darkness Poems of Extreme Horror. It’s a collection of horror poetry that I had written over the years. Many of the poems deal with traditional horror elements as well as more extreme subject matter.
My latest book is titled As The Blade Cuts, another poetry collection with all new poems. I began writing it shortly after I released Darkness. As the Blade Cuts is more in line with my original intention I had for Darkness. The poems are a lot more narrative focused and deal with a lot more taboo subjects. It will be released September 13th on Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.
The kindle version is available for pre order. https://www.amazon.com/As-Blade-Cuts-Eric-Kapitan-ebook/dp/B01H2KDW3M?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was 10 years old. It started out as just something to do but as I got older I began to get more serious about it. Now, it’s simply something I have to do, Its my release and escape. Without being able to tell a story I think I would be miserable.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have always considered myself a writer, even before I released my first book. There is nothing to me that really defines who and who isn’t a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A few years after I got out of school I felt like I was having a nervous breakdown. I was in a job that I absolutely hated, I was struggling with severe depression (both from personal and creative reasons). One day I was looking through my computer when I stumbled upon a file with all the poetry I had written over the years.
it it inspired me to write more of it, at the time I was not quite sure what I was going to do with it (if anything). It was not until a month later that I decided I would release them in a book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
When I write I try to make the words come off as natural as possible. I never want anything to seem forced. I am also very big on description. From describing a basic setting to getting down to specific details such as, the way something smells or the specific pattern of a flicker of light.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title for Darkness came from a conversation I was having with a friend of mine when discussing what the title of my first book should be. The word Darkness just seemed to fit with the subject matter.
As The Blade Cuts came from a poem included in the collection of the same name.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t think I really have any specific message other then that I want to entertain, scare and disturb the reader. If I offend/piss people off along the way then that is a major plus as well.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well, it’s all make believe of course, pure fiction. I can say that in each poem I write there is a small piece of me in there in some form.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
The Goosebumps book series by R.L Stine was a big influence on me. I had a huge collection of those books growing up.
The Hellbound Heart– By Clive Barker-for it’s style and imagination.
Exquisite Corpse-By Poppy Z Brite-A pure dark and gory romance that I love for its grit and characters. It showed me that having deep and complex characters is very important.
The Bighead-By Edward Lee-Showed me that you can push the boundaries of good taste and still write a compelling story
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
One name that comes to my mind is a author by the name of Taylor Grant. He has a very engaging style and can go from writing a graphic story to writing a slow and brooding thriller.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have met many great people from publishing my first book, One person that comes to mind is David Sharp. He was the first reviewer to give my book a chance and was very vocal in his support. He use to run a horror site called Horror underground he has since moved on to other things.
Melissa Ann (owner of Horrorgeeklife.com) has also been a big supporter of my writing. She has also become a pretty good friend. (I named two when you asked for one. I suck)
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see it more as a lifestyle. It is something I must do. I do not see it as something that is going to make me rich. If you want to write books to become rich well it ain’t gonna happen bucko!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
When it comes to any art form I believe the artist is never 100 percent happy with their work. I am sure probably could keep rewriting over and over and never be happy.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Interestingly enough my series interest in writing started after I saw the original Halloween at the age of 10. I became so obsessed with it I ended up writing a series of short stories called the Killer. It was crudely written (being that I was 10 years old) but that is when my real interest in telling a story really sparked.
I wrote a lot of them in my 4th grade class, I had a teacher who was very encouraging. Thinking about that now, in today’s world I probably would have been labeled a troubled child.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure, I would love to! Here is a short poem titled My Darling. It’s one of the forty poems included in As The Blade Cuts.
Order a drink, my darling—
something heavy and sweet.
Go to the bathroom, my darling.
Leave your drink in the open.
I’ll add my sweetness.
That’s right, my darling.
Finish every last drop.
You don’t taste the difference.
It’s OK, my darling.
You’re off balance and light-headed.
In my car you go.
Don’t worry, my darling.
You won’t remember a thing.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing it not a easy task, I would say the hardest part is sitting down and putting into words a idea I have developed in my head. The most difficult part for me is fully expressing the idea. Once it is out there though it’s a extremely rewarding experience
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
So far I have not done any traveling when It comes to my books. (You don’t need to do much exploring when writing about vomit turning into a monster). I would not rule it out in the future though.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Adam Beckley, my best friend since I was five, designed both the cover for Darkness and As The Blade Cuts. He is a extremely talented artist and graphic designer.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part about writing a book surprisingly has nothing to do with actually writing the book. It’s the aftermath of writing the book, getting the word out there and finding people who actually give a crap. As a new author you can not expect everyone and their mom to run out and want to read your book. It takes a lot of work and patience to get the word out.
For As The Blade Cuts I would say the most difficult part was the editing. I learned a lot from my first book and made sure that As The Blade Cuts was as polished and perfect as possible (Thank god I hired a editor).
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that I have one fucked up imagination. There were times when I would read something I just wrote and questioned my own sanity for writing it. My friend Melissa lovingly refers to me as “Sick Fuck”
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?
Darkness: Poems of Extreme Horror– Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Will Smith, Ryan Reynolds, and a naked Jennifer Aniston (just because)
As The Blade Cuts-The entire cast of Orange is the New Black
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Have a thick skin and keep writing. Don’t have a ego! Going around calling yourself the greatest writer since Stephen King is a huge turn off. Also, calling yourself a award winning author when you have not won any awards to begin with is complete dumb fuckery. Be humble and always be respectful. At the same time don’t sell yourself short, stand behind your work and be confident in it.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To all 3 of my readers out there-I love you guys so much! Thanks for taking the time to read my stuff! Kisses and hugs xoxo . I kid I kid!
Thank you to everyone who has shown your support and taken the time to read my stuff.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The last book I read was The dark at the End of the Tunnel by Taylor Grant. I am currently re-reading The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum. I plan to start reading some Edward Lee again as well.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Dry humor, and overly sarcastic people.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Bruce Campbell, because well…. he’s Bruce “friggin Campbell!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Nothing, I am going to live forever! I have a deal with a certain guy downstairs
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I enjoy collecting things (Toys, comics, books, movies, the blood of the innocent)
Camping and being outside is something I really love to do. Sadly, I do not get to do it that much but when I do I find it very relaxing and freeing.
Photography and video/film production is something I am also very interested in. it use to be a very big part of who I was, The fire hasn’t gone out it has just faded slightly from the major ass kicking the world as given me over the years.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
For TV, I like a lot of comedy such as King of the Hill, Seinfeld and Fraiser. Breaking Bad is my absolute favorite TV show. The writing and character development is amazing.
I could spend hours talking about my favorite movies but I will do my best to sum it up. I enjoy a lot of Horror films from the 70s, 80s and early to late 90s. My favorite horror film is the Phantasm series. Italian Horror films made by Dario Argento and Lucio fullic are also a complete blast.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Bacon, Chinese, Mexican and Italian food I adore. Blue is my favorite color with Black being my next go to favorite color. For music, it depends on my mood. When I write I find myself listening to film scores or really dark brooding metal
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
A chip and dales dancer (in fact that dream could still come true). Bring your dollar bills ladies!
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
You can find me all over this wonderful world wide web!
Books by Eric Kapitan
Darkness: Poems of Extreme Horror
Enter a world filled with serial killers, cannibalism, unnatural love, creatures hiding in the dark and so much more! Filled with blood, gore and unforgiving horror. This aint your mom’s poetry book! Once you start reading you may think you know what to expect. You will find that the further you go, the more the darkness spreads.
As The Blade Cuts
From the deranged mind of Eric Kapitan (Darkness: Poems of Extreme Horror) Comes another exorcise in depraved and gore filled poetry!
From Aliens that crave human flesh, to blood thirsty retail workers beheading soccer moms with a chainsaw! Each poem found in this collection will sure to please Horror fans and gore hounds alike!
Sex starved monsters and zombies, Perverted old men, Nazi’s and vomit that turns into a monster. Just a sample of the many things found in this collection of 40 blood and fluid soaked poems! Not for the faint of heart or easily offended! Enter this world of macabre at your own risk.
Words are like the tip of a blade. They dig deep..