Eric S. Brown, a sci-fi and horror writer with a love for zombies set out, not long ago, to create a new kind of apocalypse. Little did he know just how big his Bigfoot War series was going to get. As of tomorrow, Bigfoot Wars will hit the big screen, as a feature film starring Judd Nelson and C. Thomas Howell. The movie is available in stores starting September 2.
Eric took the time out of preparing for tomorrow's Red Carpet event to talk faith, fiction, and bringing mythology to life.
A Flame in the Dark: So, Bigfoot Wars: The Movie. That’s pretty exciting -- as an author, I mean.
Eric S. Brown: Yes it is! It's crazy for me right now. My life almost feels surreal. I am running around doing photo shoots and interviews to the point of where it's even hard to find time to write.
AFitD: Tell us about Bigfoot. How did you get into that as a concept -- particularly the idea of a large-scale battle for survival?
ESB: I have always loved apocalyptic fiction. I wanted to do something that was end-of-the-world, but a different kind of monster than the zombies I had spent so much time writing before Bigfoot War. Growing up in the south, I was terrified of Bigfoot. I channeled that fear into the first book of the series and by the grace of God it became a huge hit. And even now, years later, the series is still going strong. The latest book, Bigfoot Wars: Redneck Apocalypse, is due out August 21st.
AFitD: You also write about zombies and kaiju (giant monsters) -- both of which, the latter in particular, tend to be relegated to film as opposed to literature. Do you write them that way, too -- more cinematically, as if you’re seeing them on the big screen?
ESB: Yes. My style has always had a cinematic feel to it. My work focuses on being fun and entertaining above everything else. It's also usually heavy on action, too, because I learned to write reading David Drake (the King of Military SF).
AFitD: So you’re a horror writer, and you’ve also been pretty outspoken about your Christian faith. Have you found it hard to reconcile those two positions personally?
ESB: Somewhere around 2009/2010, I gave my work over to God. I stopped cursing in it and had never done sex stuff anyway. It was also around that time that my career took off. I went from being a totally indie guy to working with publishers as large as Simon and Schuster (who came to me, I didn't submit to them). And things have just kept growing from there -- movie deal, TV stuff, etc. I try to treat everyone with love and respect but I do try to witness to folks whenever the chance arises. Jesus not only saved my life, but through prayer as much as hard work, I ended up with a real writing career, despite being a high school dropout. So no, it's not hard for me personally to reconcile the two. I am only using whatever talent God gave me.
AFitD: What about the people you deal with on a day-to-day basis: fans, publishers, editors, etc. Do THEY have a tough time reconciling your faith and your chosen genre?
ESB: Sometimes. As I said, I try to treat everyone with love and respect. I have however been attacked before for my faith and a lot of folks just don't "get it". I can only be who I am, though.
AFitD: How do you deal with the criticism, if any, about the gore, language -- heck, just the genre itself -- from others?
ESB: Language in my books (even most of the co-written ones) is pretty toned down. I just don't see the point of it. I think some writers think you have to swear for "realism" or to be cool but that's simply not true. You can tell a very engaging and powerful tale without resorting to cursing. As to gore, well, the Bible itself has a lot of gore. No issue there.
AFitD: As a Christian, how does your worldview inform what you write?
ESB: It varies book to book. World War of the Dead may be a zombie apocalypse novel, but at its core, it's really a story about the power of God and one man's salvation. Other books, it's not really intentional like with that; but my characters often do pray, etc.
AFitD: So what's next? And what's on the horizon?
ESB: Well, Bigfoot Wars: Redneck Apocalypse and a brand new Kaiju book from me are due out soon. Later in the year, Great Old Ones Publishing will also be releasing an insect apocalypse novella that I co-wrote with a good friend of mine, entitled "Crawlers." I am currently at work on Murder World II: Kaiju Dusk with Jason Cordova and finishing my last book for Great Lake Films, who signed me to a five book deal to adapt their indie films and concepts to book form last year. Beyond that, we'll just have to see where God leads.
Thank you to Eric for taking the time to talk to us. Hit the links above to check out some of Eric's work, and don't forget to look for Bigfoot Wars in a movie section near you. And, why not check out the trailer, since you're here.