Splatter Café Chat with Indie Horror Author Jon Athan!
Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Welcome to the Splatter Café mofos!
Jon Athan is a writer who’s doing it his way. "An author of unrelenting human horror!"
He’s been leaving a trail of blood and gore behind the scenes of the horror community with an extensive catalogue of books with his bloodied machete. I mean, I’ve barely scratched the surface with his work. This bad ass of a writer has four pages worth of books on Amazon! FOUR PAGES! He’s self-published producing some fucking stellar extreme horror and thrillers stories.
Titles like: Lovesick, Dr. Sadist, Cannibal Jungle, Maneater, Spit and Die, The Good, the Bad, and the Sadistic are just a few, hell, it’s a smidge of what Jon Athan has written. He’s also received some superb reviews, and it’s clear, he’s developing quite the fan base. A couple of my favourites is LOVESICK, CANNIBAL CREEK, and If you don’t believe it, click on the link and check out his Amazon page! He also has website if you'd like to dig a little more into this stellar author's work! http://www.jon-athan.com/p/my-books.html
Well, the Splatter Café is very excited to have him sit down and chat so we can get to know the man who's a writing machine!
VR: Thanks, Jon, for taking the time to speak with me.
JA: Thanks for having me, Victor. Always a pleasure to chat with you.
VR: What's your favourite beverage? Alcohol or caffeinated?
JA: I'll always go with coffee when I'm on the job. I need it to get going and stay moving. I don't think I've ever written a single sentence while drinking alcohol. But if we're talking after work, you can always catch me with a Tequila Sunrise. I've heard people call it a 'chick drink,' but I don't think drinks have genders.
VR: Could you tell me a little about yourself, please?
JA: I'm twenty-seven years old and I've been publishing my books since I was twenty-two. I'm from a small(ish) town in Southern California, about an hour away from Los Angeles. But, these days, I've been moving back and forth from California to Tokyo, Japan. As a matter of fact, I'm in Japan at this very moment and I'm working on staying here for a couple of years. Just got married to the love of my life here. So, as most of my readers know by now, I love Japanese culture. I've been a fan of horror since I was a kid. I wrote my first horror story in the fifth grade and, yes, it got me into a bit of trouble. (It was a gory one.) I studied Criminal Justice in college, which is why a lot of my work is inspired by true crime.
VR: What is your favourite album/ genre of music and does music play any role in your writing?
JA: This one's a hard one. Looking at my Spotify, it's pretty much all music from movie and video game soundtracks. I can't listen to other voices while I'm writing, so I mostly listen to instrumentals. Right now, I'm listening to the instrumental of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" while I plan a future book about sex addiction. I will say, though, my favorite, most personal song is a rap song by Joe Budden titled 'Whatever It Takes.' It really captures the human struggle and I don't think I'll ever forget it.
VR: Do you have a favourite horror movie/director?
JA: Gaspar Noé is my favorite director. 'Irreversible' is incredible, 'Enter the Void' is so unique, and 'Climax' is hypnotizing. His direction is bold and provocative. Whenever I watch his work, I find myself wishing I was as daring and creative as him. Favorite horror movies? Everyone needs to watch 'Angst' by Gerald Kargl and David Fincher's 'Se7en.'
VR: Who are your influences?
JA: I'm heavily influenced by movies. Particularly, the New French Extremity films—Irreversible, High Tension, Martyrs, Inside, etc.—have had a strong influence on my work. When it comes to writers, I have so much respect for Jack Ketchum. I unfortunately didn't get to meet him before his passing, but a part of him is always in my work.
VR: What scares you?
JA: People. People are unpredictable. Your neighbor could have the biggest smile on his face while hiding the most sinister secrets in his basement. And there are no limits to a person's cruelty. I study crime after crime for my books, and it just keeps getting worse and worse. I love people, I try to be optimistic, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't perpetually cautious around them. People are scary.
VR: What are you working on now? What can we expect from you?
JA: I have a new book coming out on May 7th titled Lovelorn.
Movies like Taxi Driver and Joker inspired it, exploring the intense radicalization of a lonely man as he becomes a violent misogynist. And, yeah, it focuses on what scares me the most: people.
Thanks for having me at the Splatter Cafe, Victor.
Thank you, JON ATHAN for taking the time to chat and I look forward to reading your latest release! As should the rest of you mofos out there!
You can find JON ATHAN on social media if you'd like to stalk him!
STAY WICKED, MOTHAFUCKAS!