“Locations inspire me all the time. I’m a big fan of stories that take place in one location. I visited New Orleans when I was a teenager, and I was captivated by it. I’m thrilled to be returning for Undead Con.”
– Brad Keene
What do horror movies The Grudge 3, From Within and The Gravedancers have in common?
If you guessed Screenwriter Brad Keene and can get to the Chateau Bourbon Hotel on Friday, October 28, 2011, from 11 am to 12:30 pm, you’re in for a pre-Halloween treat.
Keene is presenting as part of a panel of writers during Undead Con 2, a production of Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club (ARVLFC). He’s also a special guest of the Theatre of the Vampires Ball, the 20th annual Anne Rice coven ball held this year at Republic New Orleans on October 29.
The man keeps a full agenda. Brad’s first comic book, Fleshdigger, is set for release on November 2 by Top Cow. Co-written by Shannon Denton with art by Alex Sanchez and cover by Francesco Francavilla, the plot is sure to hit home for Keene fans. Top Cow is running the piece as part of a comics contest. The winner gets a TV series pilot. Regarding the aforementioned plot, well, there’s a ‘zombie vigilante hell-bent on revenge…’
Whether he had you at ‘New Orleans’ or ‘zombie’, this screenwriter, comic writer and novelist is working hard to feed your fears.
Mr. Keene took time from his hectic schedule to answer a few questions for knotmove.com New Orleans Literature.
Q: What does it take for a screenplay author to see a piece played out on the big screen?
A: “So many factors have to fall into place for that to happen, and the road is different for each project. The main thing is to focus on what you can control and not get discouraged. Finding a producer who believes in your script is a substantial step that leads in the right direction, but it’s a new mountain to climb each time out.”
Q: When you write your plotlines, how do you explore your subject matter to create such electrifying horror?
A: “It always starts with characters and story. What would be the most horrific thing for a particular character? Does it serve the story? There are themes to keep in mind. Then structure and pacing come into play. Moments may need to be cranked up or toned down depending on the overall flow.”
Q: Would you like to tell us a little about your debut novel set to release in 2012?
A: “It’s a departure from my usual terrain of supernatural horror. The book mixes drama and humor to tell the story of a man who goes to unusual means to find his place in the world. If all goes to plan, it’s scheduled to be released in March.”
Q: Have you ever been inspired by a location? Have you ever been to New Orleans?
A: “Locations inspire me all the time. I’m a big fan of stories that take place in one location. I visited New Orleans when I was a teenager, and I was captivated by it. I’m thrilled to be returning for Undead Con.”
Keene is working on additional projects already in development, including a TV series and a new horror movie.
For more info on Keene and other Undead Con 2 authors, go to ARVLFC.com.