Today, our special featured guest Richard Long will be chatting with us about his novel The Book of Paul. Thanks for joining us Richard.
For those who haven’t read your book, please tell us what The Book of Paul is about.
Richard: When Stephen King reviewed it he said I had “intertwined a bag of genres” which is a pretty funny, and accurate way to put it. It’s an occult horror, paranormal thriller, with plenty of humor, sex and mythological elements. At its heart, The Book of Paul is a classic high stakes good vs. evil apocalyptic tale, with a Romeo and Juliet romance.
Paul Kelly is a multifaceted character. He’s scary, witty and keeps the reader on the edge of the seat as Paul seems to possess a knowledge, that by meticulously planning by you, keeps us turning the page. Please tell us more about Paul and what inspired his creation.
Richard: I think a thriller is only as good as its villain, so I wanted to create the most evil, despicable, sadistic, intelligent, wise, funny and charming villain I could imagine. The kind of villain that you hate yourself for loving. He’s not based on anyone I’ve ever encountered, thank god.
To have the Master of Horror Stephen King state that your book is intriguing, enchanting and mind-blowing must have been so exciting. How did you feel when you first read his comments?
Richard: Probably the same way any author would feel getting kudos from the King of Horror. Ecstatic, honored, blown away and lucky that he even read it!
There’s talk of a film adaptation. Should we be looking for the movie in the near future?
Richard: I shot a number of scenes from the book with a great cast and crew. We’ll be airing the teaser trailers and scene clips on Halloween. I’ve already had two inquiries from studios about the film & TV rights, one from an indie and one from a major studio, so we’ll see what happens. It’s a very cinematic book. Personally, I would love to see it as an adult TV series on HBO, SHO or Netflix. I’ve become a TV junkie with shows like Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Bates Motel, Hannibal and Orphan Black. And since the book is the first volume of a series there will be plenty of material.
Thanks again for chatting with us today. To learn more about Richard Long, visit his links below.
Blog Talk Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/richardlongnyc