I will never forget my first time reading SURVIVOR. I was living in Pittsburgh after college and was the mail-cart guy at a giant federal bank. One of the nice parts of the job was that I could read while I pushed around the mail and there was a library two blocks away. I was constantly checking out books and normally reading a novel a day while on the job.
I was pushing around the cart and reading this horror story about a woman who is kidnapped to be in a snuff film when THAT scene happened. Anyone who has read the book knows what I’m talking about. She makes a deal to survive (hence the title) that is horrific and asks an amazing question to the read—what would you do to survive? It’s one of the greatest moral questions in all of horror fiction. My jaw literally dropped when I realized what was about to happen.
When I first started working on Deadite Press I created a list of books I wanted to get the rights to and SURVIVOR was at the top of my list. I couldn’t believe that it actually happened and Deadite got to release the author’s preferred edition of one of the greatest modern horror novels and one of the foundations of what is now called hardcore or extreme horror.
I talked with Gonzalez many times over the years but I never got to meet him face-to-face. Through Deadite, we worked on eight projects together (getting the CLICKERS series back out onto the market was another huge personal victory for me) and we had many more planned until his untimely passing due to complications with cancer.
Gonzalez left an undeniable mark on an entire generation of horror fans and creators. I’m one of them.
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