Craig Blends many genres with his Sardonic humor Never shy to be dismal he never fails to destroy “types” he loves flawed characters not bigger than life people.
having been published in several literary journals he returns to his original love of speculative fiction. he lives with his wife of 13 years in Fort Mitchell Ky. he is currently working on novels
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I wear several hats in vocation. Artist, electronic musician, writer poet / yet down to earth guy if you can peel all my layers my wife thinks I’m funny I think I’m funny. I am southern American Appalachian hillbilly but well read I love old school hard core punk death metal old country western. I’m a big freak of glam metal or anything Ritchie Blackmore ever did with Dio.
Reading if I can find the time record music in my one man band FM R IZ and which I have 9 albums on itunes and amazon. I Watch bad movies mostly horror or art films and lately I keep to myself I hang with the wife and sometimes go to coffee shop when its warmer and read books poolside. I have no social life. Since my nephews have grown up they don’t hang with me as much they have their own lives. Being Mid 40s now I’m in a creative crunch and building mini empires. I wish I had time to be a gamer but I stopped because I feel like It sucks my creativity. I’m not exciting to say the least and I have nothing to envy, and in America I’m pretty much invisible. And if anyone asks what I do they tend to quickly change the subject. I don’t know why. My landlord asked me what I do. When I said I’m a writer she laughed in my face. So I didn’t brag about some of the journals I was in. so I kind of just exist in weird quiet bubble. But I wear headphones blasting Dead Maus or Slayer but mostly hardcore techno. In the Winter I’m a shut the weather is awful
Sushicado, deep dish chicago style Italian pizza chicken vindaloo, kung pow chicken, cocoa pebbles, coffee or cold coffee lattee hummus pringles cheesecake chocolate pie, bugles chicken and dumplings pork chops steak medium rare, ribs, buiscuits and gravey southern style. kavier
Who would be on the soundtrack to your life story?
Beach boys buddy holly elvis, Ministry, Slayer, King Diamond, Johnny Cash, The Cure, Smiths, Depeche mode, Robyn Hitchcock, willie nelson, Dead or Alive, The Damned, Rainbow, Sinatra, Three Dog Night, Slowdive, Skinny Puppy, Prong, Type O Negative, John Maus, Dead Maus, Kavinsky, king crimson, pet shop boys Hanoi Rocks. David Bowie Iggy Pop Brian Eno the velvet underground, Gorillaz Blur, Steve Roach, Front 242 faithless radiohead… etc
Not really a great secret but it is pathetic Being someone not into realty tv in America they suck so bad. I started downloading british big brother on pirate and watching on you tube and I must confess being an anglophile I was obsessed and watched the entire show over two year period. Now I feel empty and I named Synthesizer Davina and I feel empty without her. Trying to watch Australian big brother. Its seems so fake and forced and can’t stand it
This would make an interesting chapter one that is far too painful to discuss and after discussing it with my wife she advised against it since it didn’t become resolved and there is no easy answer and I will never be the same again. Nor was I triumphant and still haunts me to this very day.
Philip K Dick, Hunter S. Thompson Kurt Vonnegut, Albert Camus, Robert Macammon, Joe R Lansdale, Joe McKinney, Cormac McCarthy George RR Martin, David Eddings, Simon R Green, Robert Jackson Bennett William Peter Blatty Stephen King Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson,
What was the last great book you read, and what was the last book that disappointed you?
The explosion of the evil lair at the end of every story or someone is the chosen one. Para military hero protagonists. This is not scarey. Vampires that sparkle. Or anyone who kills for the greater good. Vampires with a heart. Werewolves that do running marathons for make wish foundations
Shotgun Sussie. Because she is my literary girlfriend, and nightmare person would be Norman Bates / Mother. I hate old ladys that stand in the way of getting pussy. Even if it’s an inner conflict. Don’t come to my house if you got mother issues. But I would have a sandwich with Norman in the parlor if he offered.
Varys in game of thrones. Although intriguing and important he’s always reminding us that he has no wiener
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Ambient Music during the writing phase, and serious hardcore metal or industrial for rewrites because that’s when it’s a chore
What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? I use tumblr face book twitter. I just started with wordpress blog. About stuff I like and I promote my books there. I get better stats there than anywhere else.
In Carny Folk There is Lafanu he is a dark animal that is more than meets the eye as you find out. I feel a sequel or prequel in him somewhere how came to be.
What makes them less appealing to you? It’s a short novella the minor characters I wish I could have develop them more. There isn’t much peaks and valley tried to it up tempo
I created a video installation on several TV monitors and I showed footage of things at wrongs speeds going in different intervals and some guy recorded in some ambient music. It was very under much underappreciated and that exhibition bombed because the art gallery didn’t promote the show like they should and I live in town that cares nothing for art. But I loved that video.
Carny Folk. Because it shows my heart my humour and storytelling I let it fly on that I didn’t hold back. But It was safe enough to show my mother in law
Werld Gone Wrong
What’s the one question you wish you would get asked but never do? And what would be the answer?
Find out more about Craig by following the links below
music page with videos and blog
my blog about my passions things I read videos I watch and shameless PR
“Carny Folk is an hallucinogenic trip on the freaky side, made all the more surprising, and beautiful, for the love and great sympathy with which Craig Caudill develops his cast of eccentrics. This book has depth.”
-Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dog Days and Plague of the Undead
In an age of cold war cowardice in a world devoid of magic, Carnival People brought it with them in spades
LEOPOLD IS A MAN OF SKINNY POSSIBILITIES… the story opens with the narration by Fin a carnival Hand with various skills one most notably Flamenco guitar virtuosity. He guides us into this world, revealing key players and the history of Leopold Limelight’s League of Luna Lustre. We learn of the Circus rivalry that goes back years.
Fin, Leopold and the Gang find themselves trapped in a sleepy town that is haunted than sleepy
They soon find themselves locked in a battle of Good versus Evil. A battle they were not prepared for by a long shot. A novella that was twenty years in the making comes to life for the first time. COME ONE, COME ALL AND JOIN US IF YOU DARE!!!
INTERVIEW ON GINGER NUTS OF HORROR MAGAZINE