A Quickie with Ryan Harding
NIKKI (NN): What’s your darkest fantasy? And why will you never act it out in real life?
Ryan Harding (RH): I am still plundering the depths for that one, hoping it is yet to be discovered so I can look forward to writing about it one day. In addition to whatever ethical objections I'd have to actually doing whatever it might be, knowing me it's bound to also be something impossible.
NN: We all have a guilty pleasure. What’s the movie, television program, or music you’re a bit embarrassed of?
RH: I'm not really embarrassed about it, but I love found footage horror films and will periodically scroll through Amazon Prime looking for something new. FF seems to be such an instant turn-off for so many people that I feel like I'm supposed to offer that revelation as less of an interest than a confession.
NN: If you could collaborate with any small press author on a project, who would it be and why?
RH: I've been fortunate to work with Edward Lee, Matt Shaw, and Jason Taverner in addition to the 65 Stirrup Iron Road project, and I have other projects in the works with Bryan Smith and Shane McKenzie. So maybe not collaborating would be a good idea since I haven't written anything on my own but short stories the past few years, haha. But Kristopher Triana has written some deranged stuff in Body Art and Full Brutal that would be a good complement to some of my hardcore work. We're also both unabashed horror collectors.
NN: Tell us about your latest project or work in progress
RH: I have a new short story called "The Seacretor" in Splatterpunk Forever, an anthology where all proceeds go to a cancer charity. In August, Matt Shaw and I released One Thousand Severed Dicks...into the wild? Well, on Amazon at least. Jason Taverner and I are finishing another draft on our sequel to Reincarnage, which should be available in 2019.
NN: Of all the characters you’ve created, do you have a favorite and why?
RH: There's a slayer Jason Taverner and I created for Reincarnage named Agent Orange. He's a composite of some of our favorite slasher icons and it's fun to write any scenes with him because he's not a person so much as a force of nature, single-minded, virtually unstoppable, and creative with his morbid craft. That's a collaboration, though, so for characters I work with on my own, I had a good time playing with the demented (in)sensibilities of Von and Greg, recurring characters in some of my stories in Genital Grinder. They're slow-witted lunatics who get entangled in increasingly splat-stick situations. I plan to revisit them with a book one of these days.
NN: What’s your favorite philosophical quote or phrase to live by?
RH: In the words of the great scholar Homer Simpson, "Forty seconds? But I want it now!"