People ask me why I enjoy books. Sometimes, I remain speechless. I know many people who have never read a book (they do exist) and trying to explain this simple, yet amazing pastime to them is never easy. It’s pretty difficult in fact. I think comparing movies and books is needless because they are two completely different experiences. However, until you experience both, describing them never really does them justice.
This comparison has probably gone on for decades. I read my first adult book when I was seven – no need to blame the folks, I took it from the bookshelf and hid it under my bed until I was done. This was years after seeing my first film but the experience, where new and terrifying (in a good way), was something else entirely. I remember being stuck on one page – for those who are curious, the book was Flesh by Richard Laymon, an excellent yet under appreciated horror writer – for half an hour because the detail in the scene was so vivid. I actually remember him describing an abandoned restaurant and I didn’t want to continue. It was that real to me that I felt I was actually there. Continuing to read would take me into the restaurant and because of previous events in the book, you knew it was a very bad idea. It’s probably the reason I scream at dumb characters in the horror movies. “Don’t go in there” – indeed.
This was my first memory of the written word. It’s remained with me since and probably always will. Many authors have that defining moment when they realised they wanted to write horror fiction for a living. This is mine and has shaped my life ever since.
So who is Stuart Keane?
Just an ordinary guy who likes to write thrilling, compelling stories. For thirty years, people have enthralled me, entertained me and provided me with many, many adventures. And inspiration. Now, I want to return the favour.
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