Welcome back to another Spotlight Saturday, darling deviants! This week, we’re taking a peek inside the mind of twisted erotic horror author Dale Hollin. Dale’s work is steamy, dark, and definitely a little different than anything we’ve explored on this blog so far. Let’s dive in and get to know him better!
Hello and welcome! Can you start by telling my darling deviants a little about yourself? Who are you and what do you write?
I am Dale Hollin. I am what Willy Wonka would be if he ran a winery or a brothel instead of a chocolate factory. I try to write literature, but what bleeds upon the page generally plays childhood games of house so dark and surreal, it ends up classified as horror.
How did you get started writing? When did you first know you wanted to write books?
I was very good at romantic lines of seduction and “sexting,” according to my ex-wife. She asked me to write her a story because she thought I’d be talented enough to pull it off. So I wrote her a kind of Lovecraftian-influenced short story. And on a whim, I decided to send it to a paying zine. Much to my surprise, they accepted it. So it began from there. I was finally good at something besides drinking too much and getting into trouble.
Tell us about the last book you released. What was the hardest part of writing it? The best part?
My last book released was unlike any before it, simply because it wasn’t a “story”, but rather a collection of dark and cryptic love letters I had written for a certain girl. More akin to a book of prose poetry than a novel. It wasn’t difficult at all to write. It’s actually what I’m most comfortable with. The best part, to me, was that the publisher graciously allowed my daughter to be the artistic model for the book cover. Beautiful cover. And according to everyone who read it, a very entertaining book.
Have you ever encountered anything paranormal or supernatural in real life?
Yes. All ghosts are female. And they are always around you.
Do you have a favorite character that you’ve written? How much are they like (or unlike) you?
All my characters are me, in one way or another. Doesn’t matter if they are male or female; good or evil. They are all me. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite.
If you could have a tea party with three of your favorite authors, alive or dead, who would you invite?
- HP Lovecraft
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Hunter Thompson
Although I kind of have the feeling Thompson would be the only one I’d get along with.
What themes in fiction catch your attention? Do you have any you avoid?
None, really. I used to say erotic..Until a girl convinced me to try writing an erotica themed story. It ended up being my most popular tale. Accepted by 3 different publications. Not sure whether I should be proud or ashamed of that.
When you’re not busy writing, what do you read? Who are a few of your favorite authors?
Most of my favorite authors are dead. Other than the 3 previously mentioned at the tea party, I’d include John Steinbeck. Living writers I like are Caitlin Kiernan and Chuck Palahniuk. Kiernan doesn’t much like me, I guess. She once called me an “illiterate redneck”, and then blocked me from her author page. I didn’t mind, though. I took it as a compliment, actually.
Give readers three reasons they’ll LOVE your latest book.
- They’re psychologically warped.
- See reason #1
- Because I’m a sex bomb
What’s one book you think everyone should read before they die?
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. In my opinion? The best-written book ever published.
What draws you to the darker themes in fiction?
There’s always more truth in darkness than light. The shadows are where we all hide our true natures.
What surprised you the most about becoming an author?
That I could give birth to demons.
What’s next for you in publishing? Do you have an upcoming release or new series we should look for?
Yes. I am currently working on my latest novel which I’ve named “The Colour of Angels”. It’s been pure hell writing this thing. But it’s the best work I’ve ever done. If this book doesn’t score me an NYC agent? I may just give writing up altogether.