SHADOWED SILENCE MAGAZINE ISSUE #2 AVAILABLE HERE
INTERVIEW BY KODY BOYE: EDITOR FOR SS
Cinsearae Santiago is the Gothic horror author of the two Blood Touch novels and the new Caress of a Psychopath. Her writing has been praised from several as blunt, realistic and scarily written with a jagged edge. She runs her own magazine Dark Gothic Resurrected and The Edge of Twilight with a friend.
Today, we get to sit down and chat with Cinsearae and find out what makes her tick.Shadowed Silence: Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you start writing and what makes you go bump in the night?
Cinsearae Santiago: I'm a bit shy, which people often mistake as being antisocial or aloof, and that couldn't be more far from the truth. I don't talk much to folks because I can't seem to click with anyone, unless they're akin to the darkside. I started writing partly out of loneliness, and my characters are who became my friends within my world. I do like to attend Gothic/vampiric events however! It's where I can fit in and feel more comfortable!SS: Is vampire horror/romance 'your thing' or do you explore other genres as well?
CS: It started out as vampire romance, but has developed into a more darker tone. Romance is hard to come by, and if it shows up, its very fleeting, lol! I've been exploring other venues like paranormal erotica (with unexpected plot twists and endings) and usually not with happy endings (Happy endings are cheesy. LOL!) and I'm trying to test the waters of horror writing again.SS: Speaking of vampires, tell us about your vampire mythos. Have you created a different kind of vampire unto itself? Have you been inspired by those like Anne Rice and other authors?
CS: My vamps are very human, with human emotions and flaws, often conflicted about their vampire ways (especially if they've just been turned into a vamp). I like Anne Rice's works, but she has a more period style to her writings whereas my stories are told on a more raw, streetsmart level. SS: Your first novel, Blood Touch, has became an ongoing series. Was it originally intended to be a series, or did it just come to be that way?
CS:When I started writing Blood Touch, I had the feeling it would be a series, otherwise, the first book would have been well over 500 pages, lol!SS: Along with your vampire works, what other kind of things do you write?
CS: I have a couple of short stories that deal with doppelgangers and werewolves, also available at www.lulu.com/gratistavampires, and I have a couple paranormal erotica short stories that were published with ForbiddenPublications.com under my pen name, Mistress Rae. I'm always trying to work on something, be it vampire, paranormal, gothic, or horror (or any combination of the above!) SS: Vampires. What draws them to you?
CS: What FIRST drew me to them? One man, by the name of Frank Langella. Lol! When I saw him in the 1979 movie version of "Dracula" I literally fell in love with him, and I think I was about 10 or 12 years old at the time! He was the most 'romantic' vampire I had ever seen, and I have yet to see anyone play Dracula that way as well as he did. The best thing about him was that he didn't need to show a single fang or change of eyecolor to portray the Count, and he still pulled off Dracula extremely well.SS: Is Caress of a Psychopath a continuation of Blood Touch, or something different altogether?
CS:Caress of a Psychopath is a 'breakoff' from the series. That book is Sallos' own story, and he is a character from the Blood Touch series. There's another character that will get a solo book of their own next year!SS: You run a magazine or two of you own. Care to tell us about them?
CS:Dark Gothic Resurrected is my personal labor of love, which seems to get better with each issue! It focuses on poetry and stories with a Gothic/vampiric flair, artwork, interviews with bands, authors, or anyone else with that Gothic touch! I've had this zine for over 7 years, just last year offering availability of it online at www.lulu.com/gratistavampires. The Edge of Twilight is strictly a paranormal-based magazine, that deals with the likes of ghosts, strange happeneings and whatnot, accepting more non-fiction stories that fiction. I am co-editor/publisher of this magazine with my best friend. (www.hamsterheadslash.com/theedgeoftwilight). SS: Halloween. Pure and simple.
CS: Love it, love it, love it! It's a necessity in my life! lol! I'd feel so out of place if it didn't exist! if I had my way, I'd have Halloween every day, or at least my own Halloween Town!SS: What about horror movies? Got any particular favorites? Anything you stay away from/immensely enjoy?
CS: I love the classics-- Jason Voorhees, Michael Meyers, Freddy Kreuger (my personal fave), Pinhead, all those original 'pioneers' lol! Give me any of their movies, and I'm happy. LOL!! One movie that still gets under my skin is "The Exorcist"--and make sure it's the Director's Cut. Seeing Reagan crabwalk down the stairs with blood dripping out of her mouth was enough to have me keep the lights on for a MONTH!SS: What do you do in your spare time? What things do you enjoy?
CS: I love photographing eerie atmospheric pictures (and recently published two photobooks, "Eerie, PA, and More Eerie PA, both available at my lulu storefront. I love making digital imagery, which I sell online as postcards and posterprints on my official website (www.BloodTouch.com) but I still do a lot of drawing by hand. Nothing can really take the place of that. I love checking out movies from time to time, and catching up on a good book. And in October is when I really get hyped. Halloween is my time to act like a nut, go to haunted attractions, play dressup, and raid the Halloween stores for the latest in scareware. HA!SS: What scares you?
CS: The Exorcist. point blank. That movie makes my skin crawl.SS: Any last words you want to impart with our audience? Anything you would like to tell them about? Any upcoming project or two?
CS: If writing is your passion, DO IT. If you like to draw, paint or be creative in any way shape or form, NEVER STOP. Never let anyone hold you back. that's like destroying your soul!
If anyone would like to get to know more about me, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine and my art and books for sale, just check out www.BloodTouch.com or www.lulu.com/gratistavampires. I'm also at Myspace at www.myspace.com/Cinsearae_s.