Author Profile: Scotto Moore, The Next Rod Serling?

24 Apr

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Scotto Moore is a playwright from Seattle, Washington bringing his style of the bizarre to the printed word. After being a singer at an early age and studying theatre in college, he blended the two in a bunch of works for the Annex. Locally, they were very well received and some of his works can be found online. This achievement made him seriously decide on what the next big step for his career should be.

After spending 15 years producing shows like H. P. Lovecraft: Stand-Up Comedian! (it’s available on YouTube) and offering web series like CHERUB: The Vampire With Bunny Slippers, to imprint his style to the masses, his book Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You is the next logical step. He favours writing science fiction, but in this recent work, it’s a blend of horror and heavy metal.

In theatre, it’s easy enough to get actors in the production giving the creator feedback in making the best show possible leading up to the opening night. With written material, it’s a touch more difficult. As any new writer can tell you, learning from workshops is key. Established talents do not depend on them as much, but to have co-workers and literary agents to look at those early versions is important. This author says to get an exhaustive set of responses to those drafts is important to triangulate what the right direction is for the book. In the film-world, test-screenings are often done before it officially releases.

“I imagined myself to be a science fiction guy but when I was looking at all the influences of the things that I’ve read over the years, there’s a lot of fantasy in there. I’m not thinking of Game of Thrones fantasy but magic realism–think ‘The Night Circus’ (Amazon Link) by Erin Morgenstern or ‘The Golem and The Jinni’ (Amazon Link) by Helene Wecker,” said Moore.

When at Emerald City Comic Con 2019 promoting Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You, he mentioned how he’s put his own experience into a novella-length work. Scotto revealed, “I am a music blogger and have been for many years. I wanted a story that would explore this side of my life and smash with H. P. Lovecraft.”

The premise is simple: the narrator finds music that is far more intoxicating than he realizes. He’s drawn to it since the band is releasing a new track the very next day, for ten days. Every successive track adds to the surrounding supernatural mayhem that follows as they go on tour and it builds steadily, into one long crescendo.

Like the book, the number of enthusiastic supporters for it has grown and will continue. Moore has put a lot of himself into this piece and said, “As a playwright, I spend a lot of time writing dialogue and over the course of 15 years, I’ve heard so many actors recite my words. I can tell what sounds natural, what doesn’t sound natural, and so when I came to writing a prose novel, the hook for me was by making it first person.

It’s his words than some other person’s going through this emotional adventure. He described the journey to be like going back through time – some of Lovecraft’s stories involve heroes spirited away to strange vistas or finding themselves in a strange library of living history where what’s experienced in mind-numbing. Instead of wordy prose, Moore’s work is very lean. This author mentioned novella length pieces does not allow room for the plot to evolve into something bigger. This tale has a John Dee influence to it, and he said he’s no accomplished occultist; He finds what he likes and injects the best bits into his work. It’s just simple fun for him.

As for what’s next, Moore revealed his next novel is about a cabal of people who invent a way to weaponize linguistics. He can’t say any more until it’s ready to edit.

Most of this author’s plays, web series and books can be found online. For those looking for print editions, Amazon.com is the best place to search. For the latest updates, please visit Scotto.org

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