Alex writes horror. But as you can read in his responses to The Questions, he can write funny as well. I cackled like a loon as I got this post ready. His book, The Key to Everything was released three months ago. Now, give Alex some love:
1. Tell the good readers of this blog how we know each other.
I crawled through black caverns deep within the bowels of Cthulhu’s labyrinth. No light. Suffocating in the darkness. With barely enough space to shift my torn and damaged fingers into some sort of handhold to pull forward. Inching ever closer to the answer I desperately needed. I could not stop. Nothing would prevent me from finally discovering the true meaning of shadow. Suddenly the ground beneath me opened up and I fell. Days weeks hours passed. Exhausted beyond physical limitations I relinquished control and disappeared into gravity. Eons later my eyelids pushed through the crusted mud opening into sight. The answer was here. I had made it. dSavannah handed me a tootsie pop and said, “’sup dude?”
(dSavannah note: This story is 100% true. Except I think I handed him a Twix.)
6. What do you want on your tombstone?
I’ve seen a million faces, and I ROCKED them ALL!
8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now?
My favorite book growing up was The Once and Future King by T.H. White. I must have read it four or five times before I turned thirteen. That book was the beginning of my fascination with Grail Mythology. The great search for truth and searching the best of who we are as human beings. Plus Merlin lived backward through time, which was pretty awesome. And his owl shit all over his robes. As a kid, I couldn’t get enough of it.
It’s difficult to say what my favorite book is now. There are so many that I read and re-read, finding new things in every sentence. I love reading Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Michael Marshall, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Jonathan Lethem, Richard Matheson, Chuck Palahniuk, Mark Z. Danielewsi and so many more. So many words to be inspired by, so little time.
(dSavannah note: I too loved The Once and Future King. And I agree – so many words, so little time.)
11. What three items will always be found in your refrigerator?
Oxygen, coolant and an old half-eaten jar of bread and butter pickles. But that was when I was a bachelor. Since I have kids now, we have lots of fruits and vegetables mixed with lemonade and super hero sauce.
18. Your work space: neat or messy?
I used to be relatively neat. I put everything exactly where it was supposed to be, within easy reach of my chair. Then I had kids. Nothing can be organized when you have kids. I find that I enjoy being messy. Letting the chaos take over. Dissolving into the entropy. I’m trying to convince myself of that anyway.
(dSavannah note: <—– I totally stole this picture off Alex’s author page on Amazon. Cuz, seriously, how cute is this?!?!? Alex’s kid is totally unimpressed that dad has published a book.)
19. What is one of your pet peeves?
Intentional, educated ignorance. When people are informed and know better, but chose somehow to vilify others in favor of stereotypes. Especially used in politics or espousing blind faith in positions of power to harm and control. It’s more than a pet peeve, I know. I’m simply baffled by how quickly human beings are willing to repeat the mistakes of our past and hurt each other.
20. When did you know you wanted to be a writer/artist?
I’m a writer? Cool! I’ve been immersed in the dark arts ever since my parents performed the ritual in our garage when I was an infant. I stepped out of the chalk circle allowing the demons to enter. Now the prophecy is being fulfilled. Mwahahahaha!
23. Where is your heart home and why?
My heart is home when I am with my wife. Why? Is she looking? I have to say that because if I don’t I’ll get the stitching. I can’t do the stitching again. Please don’t make me do the stitching again. Oh. Hey honey. How are you today noddle bug? AAAAHHH!
(dSavannah note: I have no idea what Alex means by “the stitching”. It sounds… scaaawwwy.)
Really, wherever my kids and my wife are is where my heart lives. I’m one of the lucky few people I know who married my very best friend. She encourages me to keep challenging myself creatively and make sure the dishwasher cycles when needed at the same time. My kids are awesome. As my Dad used to say, they are a loud noise followed by a cloud of dirt. Definitely true, but an un-messy life is a life poorly lived if you ask me.
27. What five words best describe you?
Sleepy, Dopey, Sneezy, Happy, Lucky, Droopy and Doc. I remembered all seven. I did it! What do I get?
(dSavannah note: a giggle?)
28. Lara Croft or Wonder Woman? Why?
a. Better theme song.
b. Linda Carter (duh!). Angelina Jolie gives me the heebie jeebies.
c. The whole Amazon thing really turns me on. In other words, she has sisters. Lots of ‘em.
d. Lassos tend to spark kinky thoughts.
e. The invisible plane seems like it would be an extremely low carbon footprint way to travel.
32. Given the uphill climb to get recognition and sales why do you keep coming back?
Wait wait wait… I have to do this again?
35. Tell me one random fact about you that not a lot of people know.
I don’t sleep much. Rather than the public perception of Insomnia, I’m usually awake attempting to protect the world from evildoers in my tight spandex unicorn costume with inflatable horn. Unfortunately my suit shrunk in the dryer and I’ve put on a few pounds. The horn doesn’t kind of ends up sticking out of the back of my neck now, which is a little embarrassing. Though that seems to scare off the bad guys before I have to engage in any physical combat.
37. Which one of these questions would you like me to answer?
28. Lara Croft or Wonder Woman? Why?
I, dSavannah, agree with Alex, but, I gotta go with Lara Croft. Bear with me. Basically, I wasn’t allowed to watch TV as a kid. That means there’s a whole swathe of popular culture I know NOTHING about. Seriously. And, as an adult, I just don’t get it. Like, I know about it now, I just don’t understand. It didn’t sink its tetherhooks in me.
But Lara Croft? I got her. She had long hair, even when it wasn’t cool. I had long hair, even when it wasn’t cool. Lara Croft kicked butt. I always like girls who kick butt. I felt empowered watching it. We have other things in common. She’s rich, and I’d like to be. She loves books. So do I. She raids tombs, and I… think archeology is cool.
About The Key to Everything:
Cracked and weathered binding, hiding mysteries on pages tied closed by a bloodstained string. A happy young family enchanted by dreams and possibilities. A barren, empty room. A boy with no friends obsessively drawing angles, edges and diagrams.
In his debut novel, Alex Kimmell captures a vivid and startling tale of fear. Auden’s journey begins when he discovers a curious leather-bound book whose contents will soon endanger his entire family. The pages of this book draw him into a prison that cannot be breached, a place that can only be unlocked with a very special key.
In The Key to Everything, fear is explored and heightened through jarring imagery and a terrifying, unique menace, ratcheting up the tension until the novel’s gripping climax.
About Alex, in his own words:
I grew up in Los Angeles, California, during those heady days when kids could still trick-or-treat outside instead of walking around from store to store inside the sterile safety of shopping malls. My friends and I could run and play without any thought of being shot or kidnapped, leaving riderless skateboards spinning their lonely wheels.
Though I grew up in a safe environment, the nightmares found me every night. Pulling the covers over my head, I welcomed them. I enjoyed reading stories of monsters and ghosts lurking in the shadows. I loved the terror and suspense of good scary movies. Constantly daydreaming that something horrible awaited me around every street corner of my beautifully manicured suburban neighborhood.
When I wasn’t reading, I played music. It took over my life. It provided me with the keys to an education and the ability to see the world. Music was how I met my future wife while playing a gig at a dingy Irish pub near the ocean in Santa Monica.
Even then, the nightmares flowed through me. I scribbled down a poem here, wrote a song there. There were ideas for stories running through my head at all times of the day or night. Eventually my wife suggested I take writing fiction more seriously, since it featured so prominently as a creative outlet for me.
I continue to write about my dreams and those mysterious sounds coming from just behind my shoulder.
- His Blog
- Twitter or Twitter (apparently he has two accounts; feel free to pick your poison)
- Buy The Key to Everything on Amazon in paperback or for Kindle, bn.com in paperback or for nook, iTunes, or Powell’s Books