AUTHOR INTERVIEW: John Wayne Comunale

Meghan: Hey John!! Welcome back!! What is your favorite part of Halloween?

John: It’s hard to say when your life is pretty much Halloween all-day every day, but living in Texas where it’s hot as hell all the time I would have to say my favorite thing is the change in weather that comes with the time of year. Halloween is usually accompanied by the first cold-snap of the year in Houston, and I always look forward to that.

Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween tradition?

John: I can’t say I have one as I’m not super big on traditions. I like that I get to see other people do their thing especially since it requires no work on my part.

Meghan: If Halloween is your favorite holiday (or even second favorite holiday), why?

John: Well, I mean it directly involves death and somehow the devil gets roped into the mix to create the perfect recipe. Everybody knows nothing is cooler than dying or Satan.

Meghan: What are you superstitious about?

John: Not a goddamn thing. Chaos isn’t dictated by superstition.

Meghan: What/who is your favorite horror monster or villain?

John: Freddy Krueger. I love the character he became and the killer one-liners (pun intended). I even like the ones everyone hates. There is so much room in that universe to give Freddy adventures for, well, for-fucking-ever. I’d like to see some new Freddy stuff out there, but only if Robert Englund still plays him.

Meghan: Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?

John: Eh, I’m not really into that too much.

Meghan: Which urban legend scares you the most?

John: See my answer regarding superstitions. There’s way scarier shit out there than urban legends.

Meghan: Who is your favorite serial killer and why?

John: I don’t celebrate serial killer culture. Those are real people who committed real atrocities that affect family and friends of victims to this day. I don’t want to shine a light on any of them to make them seem ‘cool’ in some way. I don’t hate on people who are into serial killer stuff, this is just my own opinion. It’s not for me.

Meghan: Which horror novel unsettled you the most?

John: Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Meghan: Which horror movie scarred you for life?

John: A Nightmare on Elm Street Part One. I truly had nightmares for weeks.

Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween costume?

John: I did a pretty bad ass Captain Spaulding costume a few years ago. I did the bald cap and makeup, clown shoes, all that shit. It was awesome.

Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween-themed song?

John: Jesus Is Just Alright – The Doobie Brothers

Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween candy or treat? What is your most disappointing?

John: I don’t really eat any candy. I’ll take an apple with or without the razor blade.

John Wayne Comunale lives in Houston Texas to prepare himself for the heat in Hell. He is the author of books such as Death Pacts and Left-Hand Paths, Scummer, As Seen on TV, and Sinkhole, and also hosts the weekly storytelling podcast John Wayne Lied to You. He fronts the punk rock disaster, johnwayneisdead, and travels around the country giving truly unique performances of the written word.

John Wayne was an American actor who died in 1979.

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