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New Faces in Horror and Sci-Fi
No longer actively writing due to various crippling infirmities, Ryan Henry still enjoys reading the far-superior work of real authors. He blames his dabbling in “the craft” on the influence of Cormac McCarthy, R.E. Howard, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert Heinlein, Peter Straub, Garth Ennis, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Arthur C. Clarke, and Richard Matheson. His favorite works in the horror genre include The Hellbound Heart, Julia, Pet Sematary, The Turn of the Screw, “The Premature Burial,” and The Haunting of Hill House. The novella Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back by Joe Lansdale is the most terrifying thing he has ever read.
He also draws inspiration from film, and counts Alien, Fight Club, and The Deer Hunter as his cinematic favorites. During his misspent youth and now well into his 40s, Ryan has compulsively watched thousands of horror films, but he believes very few live up to classics such as The Thing, The Changeling, Hellraiser, The Exorcist, The Shining, and Robert Wise’s version of The Haunting. His all-time favorite vampire movie is Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, and he firmly stands by his assertion that Bill Paxton’s character, Severen, is the best cinematic bloodsucker of all time.
Before he tried his hand at writing fiction, Ryan played in the doom/death metal band Necare, which was eventually signed to Finland’s Firebox Records for a single album, entitled Ruin. In 2004, he struck out on his own and created a 44-minute funeral doom metal album under the alias of Reclusiam – an album on which he played all instruments. He also did session work and contributed lyrics to Draconian’s seminal Arcane Rain Fell album. Ryan stopped actively playing metal due to declining health and a distaste for “scene politics,” but remains a consummate fan of the genre. He has a soft spot for doom/death, black metal, and ‘80s thrash.
Ryan’s first self-published work was the post-apocalyptic novella Omega Zero, which garnered enough praise to goad him into writing the action-packed sci-fi romp Betrayal on Triton. The latter won the 2014 Cygnus Award for Best Military Science Fiction Novel. Not content to leave well enough alone, Ryan produced a short story set in his “Tritonverse” called “Scars of Miranda.” However, he counts his collaboration with Matthew Heilman on Come Forth in Blood as “the best thing he’s ever written.”
In 2016, Ryan became severely ill. It took his persistent neurologist and numerous unpleasant tests to diagnose him with an extremely rare disease known as Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy. He is also developing glaucoma, and his sight is beginning to suffer. Despite his disabilities, he and Matthew are actively working on the sequel to Come Forth in Blood.
Ryan lives in Virginia with his patient wife and spirited daughter.