1 – Bio Of The Author:
* Daniel Rumanos is a professional stage magician, President of the
Dracula Society of Maryland, and author of the long-running
horror/occult detective mystery series, The Weird Adventures of Daniel
Rumanos. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland.
2 – Please describe “The Weird Adventures of Daniel Rumanos” for us:
* The Weird Adventures is an ongoing series of horror/mystery stories
in that particular genre which is known as “occult detective”. They
involve a protagonist, who just happens to be called Daniel Rumanos
and who lives and works out of Baltimore, but is actually from far
away, using the bizarre powers with which he is gifted in an ongoing
fight against dangerous cults, supernatural monstrosities,
extraterrestrial invaders, mad scientists, and more. Along the way, he
also happens to meet many interesting individuals, a good portion of
which just happen to be gorgeous girls.
3 -What inspired You to become a horror writer?
* Many things, but I think most of all I appreciate the way horror
fiction enables people to exercise the urge for “supernatural” thrills
without asking them to believe it is real, unlike certain things which
are presented to the public these days by self-proclaimed “paranormal
experts” and so forth.
4 – Where did the idea for your series come from?
* Partially as an adjunct to my stage illusion/bizarre magic act,
mixed with numerous influences from my formative years: Doctor Who,
Hellblazer, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Doctor Strange, and many
5 – What do you enjoy most about it?
* The reactions I get from readers are always entertaining, and I love
them all. I appreciate those many who enjoy the stories for what they
are, but there are some really odd reactions as well. I sometimes get
emails from “paranormal reality show” enthusiasts who believe it is
all real and want to tell me about “similar experiences” they have
had! When I attempt to explain to them it is all fiction, they warn me
that I may become possessed or some such rot by writing about demons
so much. I also get responses from those who assume I believe it is
all true and am therefore quite insane.
6 – How long have you been writing horror for?
* Since I was a child, so for many more decades than I care to remember.
7 – What is your favorite horror book?
* Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin. I also believe it to
be perhaps the greatest work of fiction in the English language.
8 – Who is your favorite horror writer?
* Consistently and in general, HP Lovecraft. All horror writers since
him are deeply influenced by him, directly or indirectly, and it is
notable how his concepts and creations are so usable in so many
different types of stories and contexts. The Cthulhu Mythos work
equally well in a supernatural horror or science fiction format.
9 – Do you think the series could ever become a movie?
* Definitely! I am quite interested in collaborating on a screenplay
with the right person. I can foresee a film series that would be like
a cross between Hammer Films Horror and James Bond 007. Now, wouldn’t
that be much more interesting than those films that have to claim to
be “based upon actual events“ just to get people to watch them?
10 – Anything else in the works
* I am currently speaking with some excellent artists interested in
working on a comic-book/graphic novel series based on my stories. I am
intent for that to be its first appearance in professional print book
format, while the original tales will always remain available free to
11 – What is Dracula Society of Maryland?
* The Dracula Society of Maryland is a non-profit organization
dedicated to the serious study of horror films and Gothic literature.
We were founded in 1977 by a gentleman named Thomas Schellenberger as
a local affiliate of Dr. Donald A Reed’s Count Dracula Society. We
also discuss various aspects of the paranormal but do not in any way
encourage or endorse actual belief in such things. Neither do we turn
away those who may believe such things as a matter of personal faith.
We are a fan club and literary society.
The complete archives of stories to date may be found online at:
DANIEL RUMANOS — THE WEIRD ADVENTURES