Robert Hood

“Ah, every author’s favourite question!

“I used to say from my cat – but that’s a bit facile. So are answers such as “From a junk shop just down the street”. The truth of the matter is that ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere – from listening, and reading, and watching people interact, and thinking about how apparently incompatible concepts can be brought together. I often get ideas from my two favourite current affairs magazines – “New Scientist” for the scientific ones and “Fortean Times” for the weird-shit ones.

“Stories have arisen from appealing titles, such as “Birthmark“, which was suggested by a writing circle (The Ex-Thorby Group) as an exercise, while “The Slimelight, And How to Step Into It” came from experiences attendant on being part of an amateur company. Other stories have come from imagining what would happen if Clark Kent (who isn’t really Superman) got accidentally locked in an office supply cupboard while trying to change into his uniform (“The Death of Clark Kent“) or simply from setting out to write a gargoyle story (“Rough Trade“). “Peeking” was a story about voyeurism. “Occasional Demons” came from an intriguing Jethro Tull lyric and being asked to write a story about a fictional Australian Republic.

Number 7” came from reading a book about Rudolph Hess in Spandau prison, and “Beware! The Pincushionman” from watching an old cartoon. On the other hand, “Line of Sight” was the product of wanting to write a giant monster story, joined with some reading about quantum weirdness. So the short answer is, my ideas come from all over the place. The rule is: keep a notebook full of scraps of dialouge, odd ideas, titles, curious references, newspaper cuttings… whatever. When you need an idea, such a notebook can often provide a starting point. For further illustration of the impetus behind my stories, see “On Writing Horror“.

– Robert Hood
(taken from the author’s FAQ)

From the Land Down Under, the prolific writer, Robert Hood, was a pretty weird kid. Captivated by horror, science-fiction and fantasy, Hood’s vivid imaginings would later spill over paper.

He’s well-known for The Shades series about the horrible things that lurk in shadows and have won accolades for his other works. He has a daytime job at the Wollongong University, while his nighttime activities include writing and reconnoitering the wide world of the weird.

He currently lives with his partner, Cat Sparks, and three other cats, one named after a demon.


~ by croatoa on July 6, 2007.

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