First of all, please introduce yourself.
I write under the name Nicholas Adams. I grew up in a small town named Boring, OR (and yes it is). Having limited opportunities for entertainment, I developed an active imagination which often got me into trouble with my parents (and a couple times with the police). I’m the 3rd of seven siblings (no, I’m not a Borg – but I do love all things Star Trek) and work in the realm of architecture to pay the bills until I’m “discovered” and can make a living utilizing my fantasy life.
Can you remember the first time you were truly frightened?
I was around 7 years old, and my Dad and Uncle had built a playhouse on stilts in the back yard. I was too scared to climb the ladder and would freeze on the first rung. The platform and door were only 4’ above the ground, but to my young mind I was attempting to scale the side of a skyscraper without any safety equipment.
It’s driving on the freeway the first time. It’s calling your high school crush to ask her on a date and using nuclear disarmament as the ice-breaker. It’s walking through a foggy orchard in the dark because your friends told you a girl wants to snog. It’s putting your first child on the school bus for the first time. It’s also an old friend that tells you you’re about to do something really stupid and possibly life-threatening. It’s the guardrail that keeps you on the trail when you can’t see the chasm to your left. It’s the little voice that keeps you from being poisoned physically and socially.
What were you afraid of most as a child?
The witch with long, spiky nails that lived under my bed requiring me to jump for the light switch and flick it on before I hit the ground.
Being abandoned on the side of the road by my mother for a second time as she drove a mile down the road before turning around to come get me was a close second.
What are your biggest fears now, as an adult?
Failing to prepare my children for the all-too-real dangers in the world.
What is the scariest experience you’ve had so far?
I almost died in a single-car accident. I was driving too fast on along a wet, curving road. I fish-tailed, over-compensated and drove into the steep incline on one side. I wasn’t wearing a seat-belt. The cop who arrived on the scene told me I should have gone through the windshield.
Is fear a good thing or a bad thing?
It’s a good thing. It keeps us aware of our surroundings and its dangers.
Why do you think people “escape” with a genre that stimulates fear and anxiety?
So they can experience the thrill of danger in a controlled or simulated environment. I think it’s the same reason people go to haunt factories around Halloween.
What was your most creative or favorite Halloween costume?
I once built a Red Baron tri-wing that wrapped around my waist and I wore a leather jacket and old-school leather helmet with goggles. It won me a iPad!
Who is the best horror villain?
The girl from The Ring. So creepy!
Can you remember the first horror film or television series you saw? How about the first horror story or novel?
I was a naïve 15-year-old who’d never seen a horror movie before. EVER. I was at a friend’s house to hang out, and someone went and rented Nightmare on Elm Street. After the first gruesome kill scene, I was so freaked out I called my older sister to come pick me up. I went home and slept with a lamp on for 2 weeks.
Which sub-genres of horror speak most to you?
(science fiction, speculative fiction, dark sci-fi, realistic horror, paranormal/supernatural horror, urban fantasy, etc)
I enjoy traditional SciFi, speculative fiction and urban fantasy more than the other sub-genres.
What makes a book or film scary?
Something that makes you question your senses in the dark. Did I really hear that? What was that shadow?
What is the worst horror novel or film you’ve ever read/watched? What made it so terrible?
The Wicker Man. Nicolas Cage. Need I say more?
Which way would you prefer the end to come:
alien invasion, zombie apocalypse, natural disaster, global war, nuclear fallout, disease, giant solar flare, nanotechnology or robots, or mass insanity
Alien invasion. I’d prefer to be vaporized than struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.