Episode #31 – Writing Horror with Michaelbrent Collings

Meet Michaelbrent Collings… if you dare (bwahahaha!)

Michaelbrent Collings is a bestselling novelist, produced screenwriter and WGA member, martial artist, and has a killer backhand on the badminton court (’cause he’s macho like that). He published his first “paying” work – a short story for a local paper – at the age of 15. He won numerous awards and scholarships for creative writing while at college, and subsequently became the person who had more screenplays advance to quarterfinals and semifinals in the prestigious Nicholls Screenwriting competition in a single year than anyone else in the history of the competition. His first produced script, Barricade, was made into a movie starring Eric McCormack of TV’s Will & Grace and Perception, and was released in 2012. Michaelbrent also wrote the screenplay for Darkroom, a movie starring Kaylee DeFer (Gossip GirlRed State) and Elisabeth Rohm (AngelLaw & OrderHeroes). Darkroom is currently set for a 2013 release. As a novelist, Michaelbrent has written numerous bestsellers, including ApparitionThe HauntedThe Billy SagaThe LoonRising Fears, and others. In addition, he has also written dozens of non-fiction articles which have appeared in periodicals on several continents. Michaelbrent is also a member of the WGA (Writers Guild of America) and the HWA (Horror Writers of America). In addition to selling, optioning, and doing rewrites on screenplays for major Hollywood production companies, he is currently developing several movies and television shows. He hopes someday to develop superpowers, or, if that is out of the question, then at least to get a cool robot arm. Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids, all of whom are much better looking than he is (though he admits that’s a low bar to set), and also cooler than he is. Michaelbrent is a frequent guest speaker at genre and literary conventions, high schools, church groups, and anywhere else that wants to talk about writing. If you’re interested in having him speak to your group, please contact him via the contact form on the bottom of the page. Michaelbrent also has a Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/MichaelbrentCollings and can be followed on Twitter @mbcollings. You can follow him for cool news, updates, and advance notice of sales. You will also be kept safe when the Glorious Revolution begins!

About James Duckett

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His hopes and aspirations of the future is to one day find a way that people will pay him while he sleeps. It is his dream job.

12 comments
Maria E. Hill
Maria E. Hill

I am not a horror fan bu I found the interview interesting. I can see that the creative opportunity is a draw.

RP
RP

Always interesting to hear from horror writers :)

Lynn O'Connell
Lynn O'Connell

Total horror nerd, so always love to hear from horror writers!

Ron Sidwell
Ron Sidwell

interesting piece on Michaelbrent Collins. Sounds like he's an ambitious and driven writer that has found a niche in fiction writing.

604steph2013
604steph2013

Heh, I'm reminded of 2nd-year English and a literary criticism class. We read Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" as part of our study of Deconstruction. By now anyone who's read the book knows where I'm going with this: Kurtz's last words are "the horror; the horror". Some guy in the class snerked "ha, maybe he was talking about his wife"... and then, sure enough, the instructor discussed the fact that, in classic deconstructionist fashion, many critics HAVE suggested that may have in fact been one of the intended meanings. Not necessarily to the exclusion of the literal, "horrific stuff" implication, but perhaps in addition to it. The narrator was indeed headed back to see Kurtz's wife, after all. Ah, the joy of language!

dazzaw35
dazzaw35

Horror! No its not my thing, like all writers I write what I know about (Mobile Technology) and Horror is something I've avoided in all its guises since I was a nipper! (Scaredy cat)

Terri Nakamura
Terri Nakamura

I've never considered writing might be different for a horror writer. I guess I've always assumed writing is writing, and any genre is subject to the same conventions and skills. Horror is an unfamiliar genre to me, but listening to this podcast makes me curious to try reading a Michaelbrent book as a start?

greatpoetrymhf
greatpoetrymhf

great perspective....enjoyed the "down to the abyss to bring us out of there"

Jed Ost
Jed Ost

Insightful. Can't wait to dive into all of his stories.

Debra Erfert
Debra Erfert

I've been thinking about writing a horror story, but I don't know if I want to reveal that much of my dark past. Loved the podcast guest-starring Michaelbrent. I have read many, many horror books, including those authors he mentioned. I don't see how you can possibly write in a genre you've never read. Just so you know, I thought the background sound effects were totally awesome! Hahaha!

James Duckett
James Duckett

I'd recommend it. The other authors he suggested are great too.