Kelly Gould lives and writes in Oregon with his wife and children. He is an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and Van Halen (w/ Sammy Hagar). When he isn’t writing he is usually enjoying good whiskey and bad horror movies.
His work has been included in anthologies from Lycan Valley Press, A Murder of Storytellers, Deadman’s Tome, Lycopolis Press, Aphotic Realm, and Weirdbook. His story, "Hopelessly Devoted," was a part of the anthology, Stories of the Dead: A Tribute to George Romero.
How did you choose the genre you wanted to write in (if it was a deliberate decision)?
I don’t think I ever made a conscious decision about genre. I write what I’d like to read. I’ve always been drawn to horror with a tinge of weird (or weird with a tinge of horror). Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, and Tales from the Darkside shaped my childhood as much as Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Creepshow.
Who is your favorite author, and what really strikes you about their work?
No surprise with this answer. Stephen King. The guy made me want to write. He’s best known for horror, but his work is truly genre-spanning. His mammoth novels get most of the attention, but I prefer his short stories/novellas. The Long Walk and The Mist are must reads.
Tell us how you came up with the idea for "Platinum VIP". Have you ever been on a tour like this, minus the time travel?
No, I can’t say I’ve ever been on a tour like the one in this story. One of my favorite movies, Stand by Me, was filmed near where I live and I’ve toured some of those locations. I’ve done a few meet and greets at conventions and my wife has staked out a Wahlburgers to meet Donnie Wahlberg (she got a hug and a selfie).
The initial idea for "Platinum VIP" came when I read about Anna Kendrick starting out her career on Broadway as a 12-13 year old. That got me thinking. Nowadays there are all sorts of VIP experiences available to those with the means to purchase them. Imagine being able to interact with your favorite actor/athlete/politician/author before they became a household name. Watch Michael Jordan play basketball in high school. Buy women’s shoes from George Clooney. Bump into a teenage Elvis Presley and have a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Time travel doesn’t have to be such a serious proposition.
A prequel to "Platinum VIP" (or is it a sequel? With time travel it’s hard to tell.) was published in the magazine, Aphotic Realm #3: Classified.
What is your current project, and can you share some information about it with us?
Out later this year, I have a story included in On Time, an anthology from Transmundane Press.
Recently, I finished the first draft of my first novel (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write). Editing is now the bane of my existence.
In your bio, you say that you watch a lot of bad horror movies. What is your favorite bad horror film, so bad it's great? (Mine is Vampire Hookers.)
I probably should stop calling them “bad” horror movies. B movies? I don’t like calling them guilty pleasures. Maybe 'Movies-that-I-appreciate-but-others-might-not' would be more accurate. There are tons of these movies I enjoy but I know my wife would not. Return of the Living Dead, Chopping Mall, and Maximum Overdrive are the ones that immediately come to mind. I saw Maximum Overdrive at a drive-in when I was a kid. Freddy and Jason never really scared me (although I still love those movies) but the opening scene of Overdrive on the drawbridge haunted me.
Plotter or pantser?
More pantser than plotter. I usually have a an ending figured out before I start, but getting there from Chapter 1 can be interesting.
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