Today we’re crossing signals with Steve Baldwin, author of “Please Stand By” for Deathscribe 2014. Earlier this year, Steve finished his first book: “Battles of the Zombie Apocalypse: Volume One: Operation Skullcrusher.” He’s also working on a new audio product called “Transmissions from the Zombie Apocalypse Volume Two,” his second collection of audio scenes from the zombie holocaust. Steve is also the lead designer for ‘Specimen,’ a sci-fi horror board game that was released at the end of last year. It pits a group of astronauts against a monstrous creature and is a lot of scary fun! We’ll be talking about the perils of exposition, the power of imagination, and What Scares Him.
How did you get into horror?
When I was 11 or 12, I saw “Night of the Living Dead” on TV and I’ve never been the same since. It scared the hell out of me! That’s when I learned that I’m one of those folks that just loves being scared.
What was the hook for you in this story? What came first, the story or the sound?
Without giving too much away, the hook for me was the changing of the channel. The ‘click’ of the remote button was the first thing I came up with.
What do you consider the biggest challenge in writing for “radio,” compared to traditional theatre?
The concept that you have no visual component so your dialog has to tell a more complete story without becoming too info dumpy.
What sound would you most like to see/hear performed in a Deathscribe piece?
That’s a tuff one. The sound of someone rising from a grave would be pretty cool.
Do you have any advice for aspiring Deathscribes?
Keep writing and don’t be afraid to submit your stories! Don’t limit your imagination.
What scares you?
Clowns. Finding a door open that you know you closed or turning a light off and then finding it back on when you come back to the room. Dolls scare me too.
We can’t wait until Steve toys with us in “Please Stand By,” directed by Kevin Theis for Deathscribe 2014 on December 1st at 8 pm at the beautiful Mayne Stage Theatre!^_ _^ .>T<