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Dracula Beyond Stoker: Renfield

Not only is my short story “Life Eater” available in issue 2: Renfield of DBS Press’s Dracula Beyond Stoker series, I did an author spotlight interview. Since they posted it to Twitter (now X) and many don’t have or use that platform, I’m posting it here for you.

Dracula is dead and Renfield is on the hunt for a new master in “Life Eater 

DBS- How and when did you first experience Dracula?

KO– It was Nosferatu and I remember the day well. I found Frankenstein in kindergarten and begged Mom to check Dracula out at the library. It was rented so we got Nosferatu. I remember my sister’s closed eyes as she battled sleep in the silence of it, claiming “I’m listening!” We still laugh about that.

DBS- Besides Dracula what is your favorite vampire story?

KO– I loved the Anne Rice vampires when they came out, with a special fondness for The Queen of the Damned because of the unique history. I’m a sucker for an origin story, especially a monster, creature, or cryptid.

DBS- What is your favorite vampire movie?

KO– That’s a tough call. My non-Dracula vampire favorite would rotate depending on my mood (comedy, gore, drama) between The Lost Boys, 30 Days of Night, and Only Lovers Left Alive.

DBS- What is your favorite screen portrayal of Renfield?

KO– It’s got to be the OG Dwight Frye. He did such a magnificent job, every other Renfield has been compared to it, even more so than the various Draculas.

DBS- What are you currently reading?

KO– I am almost finished with Devil’s Creek by @todd_keisling . It’s been re-released, and for any who missed it, it’s worth grabbing.

DBS- Are you working on anything you can talk about at the moment?

KO– The third novella in the Wilted Lily series and a coming-of-age retro horror novel set in the 80s. I’m not sure which you’ll see first, due to publisher/agent schedules.

Again, thanks to DBS Press for the spotlight interview and including “Life Eater” in the anthology.

Grab your copy of Dracula Beyond Stoker Issue 2: Renfield. And as always, if you have further or follow-up questions or comments, feel free to post them below.


Horror Addicts Interview

Find out the “scariest thing” I’ve ever witnessed and other juicy tidbits in this author interview I did for the release of The Headless Boy (available now from Crystal Lake Publications)

Thank you to Horror Addicts for asking fun questions, such as:

What’s a horror gem you think most horror addicts don’t know about? (book, movie,

1976’s Alice Sweet Alice. I love that movie. It’s old enough and obscure enough that a generation or two may have missed it.

Read the whole interview here, and if you have follow-up questions, feel free to post them below.



Interview with Lee Pletzers

Delighted to join the vast ranks of authors interviewed by Lee Pletzers. We talk about Kryptonite, pain, pitfalls and more.

Here is just one of many questions… and my answer.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

My first subscription to Writer’s Digest back in 1989. This was pre-internet. I lived in the Midwest and had no author friends or mentors nearby to guide me. This magazine opened my eyes and my world. It gave birth to a homemade recipe box filled with index cards of publications I would eventually submit to and helped me find so many other tools in the times before we carried the world in our pocket.

Check it out here, and find out what “don’t forget the box” means. And if you have any further or follow-up questions, please feel free to ask them here.



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