"Harrowing cries escaped the contorted faces of our flock. End of Days was a known truth but never a faced reality. Once the madness broke...we feared it would never subside." A thrilling tale of horror from Kevin Krohn, "Latter-Day of the Dead" tells the story of a hallowed compound's fight for survival against unbridled evil.
1. How much fun was it for you to research polygamist compounds and other stuff for your book?
My interest in learning about these polygamist compounds was really what spurred the creation of the story. As fascinating as it was to learn about these secluded groups, it still wasn’t enough to make an interesting book. I decided that throwing in a viral outbreak would keep the story exciting for the reader while being able to explore the often ignored lifestyle.
2. Latter-Day of the Dead got the 2012 Book of The Year award from Turning the Pages readers. How did that make you feel when you found out you won?
I think all any author really wants is for people to read their book. So to find out people were not only reading it and enjoying it, but taking the time to vote for it as their favorite of the year was awesome. I had no expectation of winning, it definitely means a lot.
3. Did you base any of your characters off people in your life?
There is a stripper in the prologue that is named after my Black Lab, Lexi. There is a part in there where she is crawling on all fours, so it is a little bit of a wink to the people that know why she was named Lexi.
4. When can we expect another chilling story from you?
I am finishing up Latter-Day of the Dead, Book 2, right now. It will be coming soon and starts up right where Book 1 left off. Same group, much more chaos.
5. Was Severed Ties or Latter-Day of the Dead harder for you to write?
Latter-Day of the Dead was much more difficult due to the research involved. I wanted the world described on the polygamist compound to be as realistic to the real thing as possible.
6. If I’m a new fan which book of yours would you suggest I read first to become a real hooked groupie of your work?
I seem to have many more Latter-Day of the Dead groupies, mostly due to people’s current craving for all things zombie.
7. What advice would you give an author who wants to write in the horror genre?
With all art I think a part of the objective is to push people out of their comfort zone, and with horror it is just more directly required. Write about the things that make you uncomfortable and you will find many people respond the same way. But at the end of the day, like all stories, we have to care about the characters. If we care what happens to the people it can make the horror that much more intense.
8. What are 3 things that ALWAYS make it on your grocery list?
I am a constant snacker. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Chili-Cheese Frito’s, and pizza.
9. It is Tuesday night. What are we watching on TV tonight?
Justified. Followed by Who’s the Boss re-runs.
10. You live in Utah but went to school in Oregon. Which state do you like more?
I grew up in Oregon, so there is definitely more Oregon in who I am and what I enjoy.
11. If you could take your wife Rachelle anywhere in the world for a vacation. Where would you take her?
I don’t know if she would consider it a vacation if it is with me. If it can be anywhere in the entire world with unlimited funds then I would probably say Knott’s Berry Farm.
12. You recently went to the OSCAR BASH 2013 which looks like a huge event for the town. Did you get to meet any new famous friends?
We had a great time. It was most of the local artists in the Salt Lake Area. The chance to make famous friends is usually during the Sundance Film Festival out here. Adrien Brody grabbed my wife’s butt last time, so I think I can consider that a friend?
13. You like movies. What is your all time go to movie to watch when you can’t make up your mind?
Pulp Fiction. Never gets old.
14. If you could meet one idol you had growing up who would you meet?
I got to meet Spider Man at the mall when I was 4-5 years-old, so I feel like I got to do that. A close second would be Winnie Cooper from the Wonder Years, she’s nice.
15. What is a question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview but never have? And what is the answer?