I've always been involved in something creative. My first love was visual arts. I grew up on a steady diet of comics, and that turned into a lifelong obsession. I've been in bands with very dark themes and enjoyed that very much. To me, nothing provides as much satisfaction as writing though. I love the whole process.
My original literary love was horror, and that never changed. I grew up attending a Baptist Church in a small town in the midwest; is there a better reciepe for horror? I love the idea that there is grand scheme of good and evil behind every great horror story.
Some of my favorite horror authors include: Stephen King, Brian Lumley, Clive Barker, Bram Stoker, Bentley Little, H.P. Lovecraft, Anne Rice and Richard Matheson. Truth be told; the first writer that hooked me was Beverly Cleary.
Horror isn't forced to be found in the stare of a vampire, the howl of a werewolf or the slashing blade of a killer. Horror can be found anywhere. The freedom that horror writing allows is what really draws me in. Where else can you sit, terrified, on the edge of your seat, while you read about bright and sunny days, a child saying his prayers or the mundane day to day existence some people call life?