1) What are your own origins, John? I am a bit of a Jack of all trades. I'm trained in the Chekhov method of acting, I am a film producer, an fx makeup artist, I run a horror news site, I am a part of a paranormal investigation team, and I now apparently write comics. Lol. I'm 27, engaged to be married to an awesome goth girl named Amy, and live in Buffalo, New York, having just moved here from Maine last August.
2) What inspired you to create your comic book, ‘We Kill The Dead’? My road to horror obsession began when my father showed me the original Halloween when I was a teenager. I instantly fell in love with the genre. Slashers are like a cross between my two favorite genres: horror and superheroes. Strange powers, secret origins, garish costumes, the list goes on. And another subgenre I have always LOVED is military verses the supernatural, like Dog Soldiers or Outpost. The best trained humans alive verses something that is still just beyond them. Then throw in a hefty helping of love for the comic book Hack-Slash, and, yeah, these are what inspired me to make it happen.
Jack the Ripper, a demonic slasher who was last seen in the 80's when Nathan blew his head off with a grenade.
Turns out, that just kinda pissed Jack off, so now he's back and controlling an army of slashers to destroy the SSTB and continue his century long murder spree.
4) What song would you say best represents your story and why? Well, that has not been written yet. Death metal band 13 Winters is writing an official song for 'We Kill The Dead'. It will feature in a scene of the book and the band themselves is going to feature in a scene of the sequel when I make it. Awesome folks. Check out their "Bring Back the Snakes" music video on Youtube.
Robert Englund. There really is no bigger name in horror currently living. And the man has done so much for the slasher genre. Besides just being Freddy Krueger eight times (not counting all of those eps of Freddy's Nightmares!), he's been in Hatchet, Behind the Mask, 2001 Maniacs, the list goes on! If the slasher genre has a face, it's attached to the front of Englund's skull.
6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavour? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with along the way? I learnt that there is a lot about comics I didn't know about, Ha! I mean, finding an artist was a pain in the a$$. I went through several before finally finding the awesomeness that is Bryan Revell. Then there were some cameos I tried to get. We almost had Scarecrow from the 2002 film of the same name, and he was going to appear in the book. But apparently no one is sure who owns the rights and one of the key people can't be arsed to check! Lol. Their loss really. We've got much bigger characters now.
Gutterballs 2', which will be out soon. His character BBK from Gutterballs is one of our cameos, btw. And also, thanks to Shawn French, the writer of indie horror comic, 'Escape from Jesus Island'. He's walked this same path already and has just had a ton of tips to help me along.
8) If ‘WKTD’ had a motto, what would it be? Never be afraid to try. It pays off.
And so on that slash-er-ri-fick note, dear reader, I'd like to thank John for telling us about his horror comic, 'We Kill The Dead', before directing you towards his facebook page and indiegogo campaign.