Questions 2020

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May

Hi Shaun (Mr Hutson seems a touch formal?)
Just wanted to say I'm a fan of your work (Slugs, Breeding Ground & Death Day in my teenage years, several more recently seeing as I'm stuck in the fucking house due to the world's shittiest plague stalking the UK so I'm reading more than usual). Your books have reminded me how much I enjoy horror writing.
Especially your brand of, well, erm, weird and memorable yet more than slightly nauseating (I say that as praise by the way) horror writing. Also I'd watch the hell out of a film version of Assassin, if nothing else, just to see if it could actually be filmed.
Thank you for doing what you do & you have good choice in football teams too.
Kind regards
Pete Richardson

Hi Pete, many thanks for the kind words (and yes, Mr Hutson is far too formal... Don't ever call me Mr Hutson...) This time is quite unbelieveable isn't it? It's like something out of a fucking horror film. I've done a book (with Matt Smith) called The Tainted Souls set during the lock down and I'd got a couple of other ideas set around it too but I'm beginning to think that when it's all over absolutely NO ONE is going to want to be reminded of it!!! I'd love it if there was a film of Assassin. I've even done a script of it should that ever be needed ha, ha. Anyway, stay safe (or whatever the new cliché is) in lock down and I hope my books help you through it a bit. I just want the football to start again!!! All the best, Pete.

Hi Shaun
Great news to hear that there are a number of new works on the way. Just wondering if there will be a physical release of Tainted Souls? Also quite interested to hear about the process of writing this book. Who came up with the idea? Were you sending chapters to each other? How did it feel to co write and is there a degree of compromise/disagreement along the way? Anyway, hope you are keeping well and as a fellow 'red' here's hoping that the football season gets underway soon!
All the best
M Vasey

Hi, I hope you're getting through bloody lock down. Tainted Souls should be available by now. There's a bit at the beginning of the book telling how it came about. I just e-mailed Matt Shaw one day to ask how he was in the lock down/virus and mentioned that it would be a good background for a novel. He said why not write one with him (or something like that). We just wrote our own parts then stuck them together. We'd had the whole thing done in about three weeks. Matt did all the hard work as far as getting the cover artwork done and the distribution etc. I just wrote my bits and sent them to him. I hope you manage to get hold of a copy. Let me know what you think. Like you I'm desperate for the football season to start again but, the longer this goes on, the more doubtful I become.

Heya Shaun.
Hope you're keeping well? You asked me to get in touch when I'd read Testament but thanks to lockdown I've been too bloody busy running round after Alex and Christian (he's 5 next week, you weren't bloody kidding when you said time flies after having a kid were you?)
Anyway, Testament was superb mate. A proper return to the writing that got me hooked on your books in the first place, couldn't put it down and enjoyed the little nods back to renegades immensely. I am thrilled that Darren and Co are publishing the stuff your fans want and not the drivel the big wig directors and other publishers spew out for the sheep.
Just got hold of my PDF copy of Tainted Souls and am looking forward to my death. As Matt succinctly stated on Facebook "I can safely say I am going to fuck you up"
Having survived a book that has a similar title (I agree with you, we'll just gloss over the title similarity) I'm looking forward to a gruesome death
So what's next mate? You've done Horror, Thriller, war (2 different ones even if you won't admit to one of them and then tell a newspaper that it's one of your favourite authors - sly haha), sci-fi, western, kids, comedy, quiz, and a movie novelisation, you're yet to write in a style I haven't fucking enjoyed. You've not done an autobiography yet haha... Still laughing... Fell off my chair... Sorry. Seriously though keep em coming as long as you can mate, this July marks 20 years since I picked up renegades for the first time (and I still haven't got my hardback war novels and first edition of slugs signed)
How do you think they'll end the football season? Your lads are waiting to be crowned champions and mine are waiting for promotion (hopefully ahead of Leeds). If they scrap this season I reckon that'll be horror enough for both of us haha.
Take care mate, be good, and if you can't be good, be good at it
Adam (Woody the Baggies fan)

Hello Woody, I hope you and the family are well, mate. This virus and lock down is fucking awful isn't it? Like you I miss the football so much (especially in view of Liverpool being on the verge of winning the league!!!) and the longer it goes on the less I think it'll ever start again. I also miss going to the cinema. Fucking virus...
I'm relieved that you liked Testament. I know I'd done other books with Doyle in but it felt right doing a direct sequel after so long. I've finished another book called PROGENY but, the way things are it's impossible to give a publication date. I know they're doing cover artwork for it but that's about it. I've also got a couple of collections of short stories on the go so at least there'll be more stuff for you to read! Anyway, you look after yourself and the family and fingers crossed for the football season.
All the best.

Good evening Mr Hutson,
Thank you so much for Testament. That book was fucking great and Sean Doyle is a totally wonderful character.
I am lucky to have in my possession your version of the Terminator which is a great read.
Stay safe
Kindest and warmest regards from the USA
Steven Cook

Hi Steven, I'm so glad you enjoyed Testament. It's always nerve racking when a new book comes out and when Doyle is in it it's even scarier! Glad you managed to get my version of The Terminator too. It's a bit of a rarity these days. Many thanks for getting in touch. All the best.

Right folks that's it for now. Keep the questions coming in. It's always a pleasure to know you're enjoying the books and I really appreciate your comments.
Take care of yourselves.

April

Hi Shaun,
I've been a fan since my teens in the mid 90s. Just had to say thankyou as your book Testament saved my Christmas! All the awful reworkings of classics such as war of the worlds, a Christmas Carol and dracula on the BBC 'updated' for a modern audience were truly terrible! Luckily I had Sean Doyle to read about and keeping it read. Have to say for me this was up there with Compulsion my previous fave of yours. Also, hats off to caffeine nights for the really lovely hardback and cover art... Really nicely presented! Please say I don't have to wait years for the next one? Keep up the great work!!!
Chris from leytonstone

Hi Chris and thank you for the kind words. I agree with you completely about the BBC adaptations of those classics. They managed to fuck every one up and seemed more concerned with box ticking than portraying great stories. I'm relieved you liked Testament. Every time a new book comes out I shit myself wondering if people will like it or not and it seems a more acute thing when Sean Doyle is involved ha, ha. I agree with you, Caffeine Nights did a superb job on the cover and the general "appearance and presentation. " And no, you don't have to wait years for the next one (well, provided the fucking Corona Virus doesn't wipe everything out)... there's a new novel called PROGENY on the way and I've also done a collection of short stories. Couple with that you can also find (very soon) a new book I've co-written with Matt Shaw called The Tainted Souls. It should be available in the next two weeks. Let me know what you think.

Hi Shaun,
Hope you're well. I love your books. They're great escapisms. Two questions, if I may:
1. How has Horror changed since you started writing?
2. What happened to 'Homunculus'?
Thank you.
Kind regards,
Mark Anthony Smith, from Hull

Hello Mark, very kind of you to say such nice things. Yes, horror has changed incredibly since I started back in the Golden Era of Horror (the 80's). I think the main reason it changed is because of two books. One brilliant, one appalling. Namely The Silence of the Lambs and Twilight. I think you can figure out which one is brilliant and which appalling...
Millions of people read Silence of the Lambs and thought they'd read a horror novel. They hadn't. They'd read a thriller. But its success made publishers want books about human killers. The crime novel explosion took off and has never slackened off to be honest. That was in 1990. The last nail in the coffin was Twilight. It fucked up the genre so much and was so successful that publishers only wanted "the next Twilight". They didn't want vampires or werewolves that were scary, they wanted the insipid kind that were in "Twilight. " I probably sound bitter and twisted. What I really hate is that most publishers turned their backs on a very successful and popular genre. Now, most book shops don't have a horror section at all or, if they have, the only thing in it is Stephen King and some Lovecraft stories.
"Homunculus" became "The Skull". There was supposed to be a re-print/re-release but it never happened because I left Pan Macmillan for another publisher.
Anyway... hope that answers your questions and thanks again for your interest.

Hello!
My name is Laura and I just want to say that I'm such a big fan!
My first book that got me into the horror genre was Slugs and Relics.
They got me hooked! I'm 31 now and you are my favourite Author thanks so much for the reading material!
I'm wondering possibly if by any chance you would sign my copy of Slugs? I'm not sure if that's appropriate etiquette or not.
If it's the latter then I really apologise. Anyways thank you for taking the time to read this.
Many thanks
Laura

Hi Laura, I'm flattered... I'd love to sign your copy of Slugs but, with all this Corona Virus shit going on, it might not be a good idea right now... once all this is over (if it ever is!!!) then I'd love to do that for you. I hope you're keeping safe and well during this time.

Hi Shaun
Hope all is well in your world!
Got to say, Testament is absolutely fucking fabulous! Loved every page of it! Renegades is up there as one of my all time favourite reads and Testament follows it up superbly well! Result! So, really quick question, will Doyle be back in a 5th novel (bet you've been asked this a few times!!)?
Take care (by all means use my name in a future story line!)
Chris Whiteman

That's very kind of you. I'm really glad you liked it. I'd love to bring him back again but he keeps getting older (Like me... Ha ha... ) I might have to go back and do some prequels when he was younger or he'll be chasing villains on a fucking Zimmer frame! I'll have to think about what the future holds for the old bastard... I have just finished using your name in The Tainted Souls (a novel I've written with Matt Shaw)... It should be out in the next few weeks... All the best.

How's things Shaun
Hope 2020 is finding you well
Just having a sort out of old stuff and found my old tickets this being from 40 years ago in June I saw Maiden many times before this tbh In the clubs 78/79 What a band and look at them now I know you are a Maiden freak what’s your first gig etc
Cheers mate
Paul 🤘

Hi Paul, fucking hell... Forty years ago... Scary isn't it? My first gig for Maiden was quite late (compared to you) I didn't see them until the Powerslave tour in 1984... I made up for it after that though ha, ha... My first ever gig was a band called Y&T at the Dominion Tottenham Court road in 1982... I was deaf for three days afterwards... Ah, those were the days... But Maiden are still my first love when it comes to music. I remember taking my daughter to see them at Sonisphere a few years back and, standing in the crowd and singing "Run to the Hills" with my daughter singing away beside me was one of the best experiences of my life... They're still fucking amazing.

Hello Shaun, My mum has read all of your books and she has recently got me into them as well hehe. I'm an aspiring horror writer and I was just wondering, how do you come up with your ideas??
Many thanks!
Madeleine Cutting, UK

Hi Madeleine, your mum is obviously a woman of impeccable taste :)... thank her from me for introducing you to my books. I'm glad you like them too. An aspiring horror writer, eh? Well, my only advice would be to write the sort of stuff you'd want to read. Never compromise. But always remember the story is the most important thing. My own ideas come from all over the place, newspapers, TV, things I've heard and read and sometimes just something that hits me out of the blue. As you know, the ideas can come from anywhere and at anytime. I used to have a file stuffed with everything from bits of paper to napkins and ticket stubs, everything with an idea scribbled on it! I don't think I used many of them but... You never know...

Shaun
I am just about keeping my sanity here until I read the rant and again life is worth living.
Testament is outstanding. In my opinion this is a world government conspiracy to stop me gambling and enjoying a glass of Bourbon but the Mrs is happy as this is the first time I will have a little in the bank.
All best mate looking forward to next book.
John Elliott

Hi John, I know what you mean... this fucking lock down is driving me nuts (or even nuttier than before...) I'm glad you liked Testament. There's supposed to be a new book coming this year called PROGENY but, with the virus etc. fuck knows when it'll get released... Life is just not the same any more is it? I have just finished a book with Matt Shaw which should be available in a couple of weeks called The Tainted Souls. It might keep you going in the meantime... And... Stay sane, mate. All the best.

Right folks, many thanks for your questions, that's me done for another month.
There's a new book out (written with Matt Shaw) soon called "The Tainted Souls" set during this bloody Coronavirus outbreak so keep your eyes open for that and thanks again for your questions and your kind words. And, I know it's a cliché, but, all of you, stay safe. And... Fuck Corona.
At this difficult and bloody frustrating time I'd also like to thank, once again, the man who keeps this website going, Mr Graeme Sayer. I owe you, mate. There will be an exclusive short story on here soon from me so, keep yours eyes peeled.