Interview by Colin McCracken
Ever wanted to find out what really goes on in the mind of a monster? After a screening of Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut at the Grimmfest Horror Festival in Manchester, England, Nicholas Vince (best known as the ‘Chatterer’ Cenobite and Kinski in Nightbreed) and I sat for a few moments to discuss his new book, What Monsters Do.
Nicholas, can you please tells us a little about What Monsters Do?
Well, What Monsters Do is my first collection of short stories; there are seven stories in the collection. The tagline for the book is “It is not our flesh, but our acts which make us monsters” and that was something which I really wanted to explore. There are a couple of traditional monsters in there, but some are more psychological. Someone pointed out to me that there are a lot of sick families in this book. I hadn’t really set out to do that, but there is a lot about family in there and about love and passion and the things that those lead us to do.
What drove you to write this? Was it something that you’ve been putting together over a long period of time?
I’ve been writing short stories for myself over the years. I left acting and writing for some time. I left acting soon after Nightbreed and then wrote comics for about 3 or 4 years, then my projects were all cancelled, so I had to get myself a real job, which I thought, “I’ll just do for a year or so.” Sixteen years later, I made the definite decision to go back to writing again. I have now returned to full-time writing since June of this year. This is the first volume and I aim to get at least one more volume out this year. If I can get two of a similar size, with a similar number of short stories, that would be great.
That’s fantastic, and where can people pick this up?
Watch the book trailer for What Monsters Do.