Interview With Aurelio Rico Lopez III, author of Food For The Crows.


Hey Aurelio,

So, tell us a little about yourself, where you were born and where you now call home.

My name is Aurelio Rico Lopez III, and I’m a self-diagnosed scribble junkie.  I was born and raised in the Philippines, and I’m an avid fan of the horror genre.

Also, Crowded Quarantine Publications has recently released my zombie novella FOOD FOR THE CROWS.         


When did you first start writing and how long was it before you were published?

I first started writing when I was in Grade 4.  I wrote a horror story called LIFEBLOOD.  This was for an assignment.  The story was about a scientist who turns into a hideous monster after a lab explosion.  My English teacher liked it enough to have it published in the school paper.

It’s Friday evening, about 8pm, what are you doing?

Probably having a cup of coffee at my favourite café.

Why horror?

They say you never forget your first.  The first novel I ever read when I was a kid was THE VISION by Dean Koontz, and it scared the hell out of me.  I guess that’s what got me hooked.  Some authors want readers to laugh; others want readers to fall in love.  I think that’s great, but I want to scare people.

Who is your biggest inspiration, professionally?

Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, and Dean Koontz.

You are in bed, a bump in the night wakes you, you have to go investigate. Using only implements from your bedroom, what is your weapon of choice?

My electric guitar.  It’s pretty heavy and packs a wallop.  I was thinking of getting a new guitar anyway.

Tell us a little about your current release, Food for the Crows?

FOOD FOR THE CROWS is a zombie novella set in the Philippines, and I’m very excited about it.  It’s got action, horror, and rock and roll; so there’s a little something for everybody. (Laughs)  I had a blast writing it, and I think readers will get a kick out of it too.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a new novella.  I don’t want to give away too much, but I can tell you this: It’s got werewolves.

You are stranded on a desert island. Before the ship went down which 3 books did you rescue?

  1. Bram Stoker’s DRACULA because I’ve never read it.
  2. Any compilation of short stories by Richard Matheson because his work is fantastic and never gets old.
  3. For laughs, a collection of CALVIN AND HOBBES.

Do you see dead people?

All the time.  I work in a hospital.

How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

A friend of mine once said I like to place nice, likeable characters in nasty situations.  However, I don’t think it’s possible to use a set formula when writing a story.  Many authors will tell you that stories have minds of their own.  Often, they end up surprising even the writer himself.

Have you ever suffered writers’ block?

You know, I used to think I did.  Then I realized I was just being lazy. Books don’t write themselves.  That’s the writer’s job.  If I want to write something, I sit my ass down ‘til it gets written. 

If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?

Tales that will scare them and make them think twice about switching off the lights at night.

Chocolate cake or fruit pie?

(Laughs) Chocolate cake.  Definitely.

If you could collaborate with anyone in the world on a novel, who would it be and why? What’s the story about?

Stephen King!  What will the book be about?  Anything Stephen King wants, of course.  For crying out loud, the guy’s Stephen King.

Finish this newspaper headline: “Aurelio Rico Lopez III is….

Scaring People Half to Death.”

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Aurelio.

My pleasure.  Thanks for having me.



~ by crowdedquarantine on June 4, 2012.

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