Kyle M. Scott is a horror author hailing from the dark and desolate wastelands of Glasgow, Scotland. He spent his formative years immersed in the world of horror, devouring the genre in all its forms. A rabid fan of the underground authors whose work paved the way for a more visceral, hard-hitting style of horror, Kyle’s love of extreme gore and boundary-pushing fiction fuelled his imagination and inspired him to forge his own dark path.
Kyle currently has four works available. Volume 1 and 2 of the ‘Consumed’ series – a collection of dark fiction that melds extreme horror with the blackest wit – and the full-length love letter to 80’s splatter and monster movies, ‘Devil’s Day’. His second novel, ‘Aftertaste’, pushed the boundaries of depravity, combining social satire, suspense and a heavy dose of graphic horror.
In his relatively short career, his works have made him a favourite among readers with a taste for fearless, provocative fiction that evokes the classic works of those who shaped modern horror.
Among his many influences, he cites Richard Laymon, Edward Lee and Jack Ketchum as the writers who sealed his fate.
At present, he is working on the extreme horror novel, ‘The Club’.
Kyle resides in Glasgow with his long suffering partner, an arrogant, half-demented cat, and an imagination that keeps him up all night contemplating therapy.
His parents are currently wondering what went wrong.
TDBW: When did you start writing?
Kyle: Hi, Lee.
I started dabbling with writing at around the age of fourteen. Up until that age, painting had been my art of choice, but that all changed upon discovering the works of the late, great Richard Laymon and, of course, Stephen King. I grew obsessed with their work from that point onwards, and was naturally drawn towards the written word.
TDBW: What was the first story you remember writing?
Kyle: It was around the same time that I wrote my first full-length story. It was a tale about a kid slowly losing his mind while camping alone in the Scottish wilderness. The kid was awoken by a scream in the night, and the bulk of the tale took place in the confines of the tent, as paranoia and dread overcame him. It was my humble little way of emulating a few of my favourite Laymon tropes – the camping, the desolate wild, the unseen, unknowable threat, all that good stuff. It was violent, too – as dark and nihilistic as my young mind could muster up. I still have it tucked away in a suitcase somewhere.
TDBW: What genre is your most preferred?
Kyle: Without any question, my favourite genre is horror. It’s where I find the most inspiration, enjoyment and escapism. I’ve always seen the genre as a conduit for ideas about society, morals and the unspoken, animalistic nature that bubbles beneath the surface of all of us. Plus, it’s so much damn fun. I fell in love with genre cinema as a very young kid, and that extended to fiction. It’s a love that’s never left, and never will.
TDBW: What challenges you the most in your writing?
Kyle: The most challenging thing for me is in compartmentalising my themes and ideas. It’s a time-consuming process once a writer settles on a particular tale, and often, there are a whole gang of those ideas niggling away at my mind for dominance. Once I settle on a story, I find it a challenge to keep the others at bay until their turn comes up
TDBW: What is your favourite thing about being an author?
Kyle: For me, it’s the thrill of creating my characters and allowing them to evolve and grow as they see fit. I give birth to them, but like any kids, they do whatever the hell they choose to do. I’m just along for the ride. They constantly surprise me, and never do as their old dad tells them.
TDBW: What do you like least about being an author?
Kyle: It’s a solitary endeavour, and it can be something of an isolating experience. And of course, self-doubt is a driving factor in any artist’s professional life. It inspires us to grow, but it can be a nerve-wracking experience. There’s little more daunting to me than those first few paragraphs each time I sit down to write. It’s healthy, though. It keeps me on my toes.
TDBW: How many books do you currently have available?
Kyle: At present, I have two full-length novels available – ‘Devil’s Day’ and ‘Aftertaste’ – and two short story collections in my ‘Consumed’ series.
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TDBW: What projects are you currently working on?
Kyle: I’m currently working on a full length novel called ‘The Club’ which deals with the bridge between ideals of two very unique groups of predators. It brings together characters and themes from a number of the stories featured in the ‘Consumed’ series. It’s a tale of two evils coming together, and the challenge has been in bringing the reader along willingly, for an entire story wherein these despicable characters are both protagonist and antagonist. It’s very much a rollercoaster ride – violent, unapologetic and old school. I’ve never had as much fun working on a book before. It’s going great.
TDBW: Do you have any books coming out soon?
Kyle: My latest novel, ‘Where the Dead Ones Play’ is being released by Matt Shaw Publishing in the very near future. It was originally released under the title, ‘Protection’, independently, but has been renamed and given a new home.
Matt Shaw is one hell of a prolific author, and has a fiercely independent spirit. It’s a trait I can easily relate to, and I’m delighted to be working with a publisher who I not only admire as a peer, but trust implicitly as a human being.
There are a great group of authors over there, too – Stuart Keane,(who I ‘came up’ with as we’ve known each other since we got into this gig), Matt Hickman, an up and comer who I’ve recently read and has been ‘born’ fully formed, he’s amazing, and Duncan Ralston, whose work I’ve yet to read, but I’m told is fantastic. It’s quite the merry band of misfits, and I feel right at home there.
The book, ‘Where The Dead Ones Play’, is a much more nuanced approach to the horror genre than my more extreme work. Much more subtle yet no less disturbing in content. Perhaps more so.
Without giving too much away, it’s a tale about a widowed father and his attempts to protect his beloved little boy from an unseen, unknowable threat, and the lengths a loving parent will go to in order to keep his child safe. It’s a very dark, nightmarish story that plays on parental fears and the niggling little voice in our heads and hearts that whispers to us that we can never truly keep them safe.
TDBW: Which book, or series, is your favourite?
Kyle: That’s a tough question.
‘Where The Dead Ones Play’ is my most personal story, and I feel a real sense of pride in what I achieved with that story. I put a great deal of myself into the themes and the characters, and for that reason, it feels like my most cherished work.
That said, ‘Devil’s Day’ was the book that made my name, and I threw all I had at the time into it. It’s an 80’s set, old school horror story that harkens back to the ‘video nasties’ of the decade, and it was incredible fun to write.
One kid is beautiful and fragile, the other is a vicious little asshole. I can’t possibly choose between these two. Let’s call it a draw.
TDBW: Who are some of your favourite authors?
Kyle: Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee remain my three most beloved authors, though I read a great deal and there are many, many authors I admire and/or outright love. Bentley Little is a huge inspiration, as are Bryan Smith, Brian Keene, H.P Lovecraft, Jack Kerouac. The list goes ever on.
TDBW: Which book(s) inspire you the most?
Kyle: The most inspirational books for me are those of Laymon, Lee and Ketchum. Their work just blows me away. They’re each incredibly unique and distinctive writers, but it’s their authenticity and clear love for the genre that truly inspires me, rather than any style of prose. Laymon’s work got me excited about writing, Lee and Ketchum taught me to be fearless.
TDBW: Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what band(s) do you play?
Kyle: Sometimes. I often have old Hammer Horror movies playing in the background. I’m not sure why. I don’t write gothic horror as yet, but I find those old movies wonderfully comfortable. James Bernard’s scores soothe me greatly.
I also enjoy listening to psychedelic music while I work – Spacemen 3, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The 13th Floor Elevators, Spiritualized, The Velvet Underground, The Doors…there’s a certain flow that comes with working under the influence of psyche music that I enjoy.
TDBW: Any hobbies?
Kyle: Yeah, I have a few. I’m an avid gamer, if that can be considered a hobby, and I love to travel. I write music, too, just for kicks.
I have a thing for exploring derelict buildings, too, if that counts. Explorer….yeah, we’ll go with that.
TDBW: Tell us some more about yourself including your website and where we can find you on social media sites:
Kyle: My website is currently in production, but I can always be found causing trouble on Facebook and Twitter.
Here’s where you can find me…
TDBW: Care to share a bit of one of your books with us?
Kyle: Yeah, absolutely. Have a few, on me. I’ll make them short as I don’t want to give anything away.
This one is from ‘Where The Dead Ones Play’.
It’s a hell of a thing, writer’s block. It acts like a poison that seeps into my senses and washes away all but doubt and the reverberations of my own negative nature.
A cruel bedfellow that howls its derision by night, and suffocates me with its silence by day.
Today will be different, damn it. Today I will write.
I place my fingers on the keys. They shake a little. The delicious anticipation of old has been usurped by a deep and nagging anxiety.
The keyboard is an icy lake, thawing under the winter’s sun, delicate and dangerous. Beneath its surface…oblivion…confusion.
I fear that if I press any of the keys down, the ice will weaken, bit by bit, key by key, until the cracks spider out and the veneer shatters, leaving only the cold waters of my inability, into which my mind will tumble and fall, until the icy cold waters claim my mind and numb my thoughts.
And this one is from ‘Aftertaste’.
He could hear a tiny pitter-patter on the sides of the tin as the contents bustled around frantically in their mindless search for freedom from their tiny tin prison.
Chris came forward, and with one hand he held Joey’s head in place, with the other hand, he pinched the boy’s nose shut, grunting as he did so, “Fucker’s got some fight in him,” he said, impressed.
After only a few seconds, the panic stricken boy opened his mouth, desperate for a lungful of air, his blood and snot caked lips forming a large circle as he inhaled deeply.
That’s when Ben upturned the small tin, and poured the maggots down his throat.
Joey kicked and thrashed under him, gagging as the army of tiny grubs poured into his waiting mouth, their small bulbous forms writhing and wriggling on the boys tongue, filling his cheeks.
“Now slam his mouth shut.”
Ben did as he was asked.
Joey’s eyes were bulging from his head now; huge full moons wreathed in horror, pleading and imploring for help, for understanding.
Ben felt no compassion.
None at all.
He smiled as the trapped Joey struggled beneath his weight, his muffled moans falling on deaf ears and dead hearts.
Both he and Chris giggled as finally, Joey relented and began to chew.
“That’s it, dude. Eat ‘em all up.” Chris was jumping up and down now, a twisted vision of boyhood glee.
Ben felt his cock throb in his pants, and worried he might actually cream in his underwear.
It wasn’t the sounds that Joey made that were so exciting, the crunching and gagging was actually pretty revolting, it was the look in his eyes.
A lost, desperate and hopeless despair, at this vicious betrayal.
It was beautiful.
He watched, hypnotised, as the tortured boy swallowed every last juicy maggot.
He looked at Chris, who was feverishly rubbing his own hard-on, through his denims.
“Hey Chris,” Ben said, getting the older boy’s attention.
“Hand me the box of fishhooks…”