Saturday, August 18, 2012

KillerCon 4 Interview: William F. Nolan

KillerCon 4 Guest of Honor Interview—William F. Nolan

With more than 83 books and some 750 magazine and newspaper pieces to his credit, as well as having had his work selected for over 325 anthologies and textbooks, William Francis Nolan is a one-man word factory. He is famous as the creator and co-author (with George Clayton Johnson) of Logan's Run– a best-selling SF classic that has become a part of our popular culture as a hit MGM film.

Nolan has written two sequel novels, Logan's World and Logan's Search, and is into a third novel, Logan's Journey. He also wrote the pilot show for the Logan TV series. He plans a fourth Logan novel, to be written with Jason V Brock.

Although he is the author of 13 novels, it is in his role as a short fiction writer for over 50 years that Nolan has helped craft modern horror. Joe R. Lansdale has called him “one of the greats of the horror-suspense field.” Stephen King has acknowledged Nolan as “an expert in the art and science of scaring the hell out of people,” and Ray Bradbury has spoken of Nolan’s ability “to create an atmosphere of ultimate terror.” 

Nolan has also written extensively for TV and films. He is the screenplay co-writer of Burnt Offerings–and has scripted such classics as The Turn of the Screw and Trilogy of Terror.

KC: How did you first find out about the KillerCon Convention and what were your initial thoughts about a horror convention held in Las Vegas?  

WFN: I heard about it from Jason V Brock, who along with his wife, Sunni, takes me to many conventions. They convinced me that it would be fun and worthwhile. We attended last year and it was great. Las Vegas is always fun. I’ve been there many times.

KC: What made you say yes to being a guest of honor at KillerCon 4?

WFN: It’s always a pleasure to be a guest of honor at a convention and this one is no exception. I think it will be even more fun since KillerCon is very intimate.

KC: Can you share some amusing anecdotes from conventions past? Any great or legendary stories? What do you like and dislike most about conventions? 

WFN: I really like meeting people of a similar mindset. We all love the same thing. Some conventions seem to have the same types of panels over and over. Fortunately, KillerCon has a good variety and interesting speakers. If you want to hear some of my legendary stories, you’ll have to come see me at KillerCon.

KC: What are you looking forward to most at KillerCon 4?

WFN: Reconnecting with friends that I don’t get a chance to see beyond the conventions–and the parties!

KC: What can readers expect from you next? 

WFN: I’m working on ten books, and I’ve just finished a new short story. I’m not slowing down.


KillerConLV would like to thank William F. Nolan for taking the time out of his jam-packed schedule to stop by for this interview! :-)

William will be involved in various events during KillerCon4. For more information, please visit the Schedule/Events page.


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