What do a devout family man, Humane Society volunteer, DJ, actor, comedian, troupe manager of the comedy improvisational troupe IndyProv, college enrollment coordinator, movie critic and zombie aficionado have in common? They’re all author Tony Schaab, of course.
What do a devout family man, Humane Society volunteer, DJ, actor, comedian, troupe manager of the comedy improvisational troupe IndyProv, college enrollment coordinator, movie critic and zombie aficionado have in common?
They’re all author Tony Schaab, of course.
This unique combination of talents has magnetized him to undead lovers around the world. His humor-laden, tongue-in-cheek reviews are so sought after, he has taken a step other critics are soon to follow. He compiled 50 favorites into the recently released, “The G.O.R.E. Score, Vol. 1.”
Tony’s writings have appeared in numerous magazines, New Line Press contracted him for an original story and this multi-talented man has two novels on the brink of publication. His story “On Ramp” was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. The sci-fi/horror novella “The Eagle Has Reanimated” was just nominated for the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Nebula Award.
Q. Your innate humor permeates all you do. To what or whom do you attribute your comedic talent?
A. First, I’d have to thank my seventh-grade teacher, Mr. Hilker, for providing my younger self the novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by the late British author Douglas Adams. The story exposed me to satire and how comedy can be intellectually subtle, yet effective at the same time. Another huge source of inspiration is the great Mel Brooks. An interesting
side note is that, now that I’m a zombie and horror author, my connection with Mel Brooks has come full circle, since his son Max Brooks wrote the popular “The Zombie Survival Guide” and “World War Z.”
Q. Congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of your daughter. How do you think she’s going to affect your life and writing?
A. Thank you! Born on Valentine’s Day 2010, I fortunately have some time until she’s old enough to read anything I write, which means I can keep working on horror stuff for a while until I have to worry about explaining it to her. Children definitely throw a wrench into even the best-laid plans; I’ve seen the free time I have available for writing decrease dramatically this year, not that I’m complaining of course. I just have to plan my time more effectively now; lots of early-morning and late-night writing these days! As for my writings that she could read: I actually have an idea for a childrens/young-adult book series that would combine sci-fi with a good dose of multi-level Disney/Pixar-ish humor. Hopefully that project will come to fruition and she could read that before digging in to any of the horror stuff.
Q. Horror in literature is on the rise. What do you think has rekindled interest in this genre?
A. I think the biggest reason is the horror stories that cross over into other genres – comedy, drama, romance, and the like. Series like “Twilight” and “The Walking Dead” show readers that stories can effectively utilize horror elements with developed character types, having them cope with relationships, problems, etc. I’m utilizing this approach in the romantic horror story for New Line Press.
Q. The G.O.R.E. Score is actually an exceptional system you created for reviewing books and movies. What’s the impetus behind it?
A. When I decided to write reviews, I wanted to avoid being just another guy throwing his opinions around. So I thought to myself, “Self, why not create an objective system to rate the reviewed items in categories fans would actually want to know about?” Through good karma and a bit of luck, the areas of focus resolved themselves into a nice little acronym, G.O.R.E.: “G”eneral entertainment, “O”riginal content, “R”ealism, and “E”ffects and editing. I still have some of my own subjective rhetoric mixed into each review, of course, but on the whole I think the rating system really helps my reviews stand apart as a great source of insight and information.
Q. Though gifted with humor, you remain seriously devoted to what you do. Where would you like your career to be in 10 years?
A. Like most writers, I would love to be able to devote even more time to my creative projects. Writing full-time in the next decade would be ideal. In addition to keeping The G.O.R.E. Score going strong with zombie reviews, I think the system could be extrapolated to general-horror and some other genres as well, so that’s a passion I will continue to pursue and attempt to grow. Since I made the commitment to professional writing, I’ve had 15 stories published in various genres and anthologies. My plans for the immediate future are to focus on producing a few full-length fiction novels. “Zombies Can’t Dance” is already in progress and will hopefully be released sometime in 2011. If I could look back in a decade, I’d like to have made my mark in a variety of ways – short stories, novels, columnist, perhaps even screenwriter – my mind is full of great ideas waiting for me to find the time to make them happen!
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