Subcutaneous Magazine Issue 1 - Page 53

Featured Interview with artist and author Ben Clayton It began one sweltering afternoon in the humid city of Savannah, Ga. Another model and I had booked Ben Clayton online as a photographer, squeals of glee erupting from our lips when we saw his portfolio -- he possessed a passion for all things zombie related. The day of our planned photoshoot, we spent hours having Ben meticulously apply zombie FX makeup to our faces and bodies before roaming around the historic district groaning and scratching at windows with our eyes rolled in the backs of our heads. Crack open a few beers later and Ben was photographing us as zombies struggling with telephone cords, zombies trespassing in nearby courtyards and zombies in sombreros. And that is how I came to know the author and artist Ben Clayton. What got you started in being an artist and a writer? My parents both are writers as hobbyists and my mom was an English teacher, a magazine editor, a newspaper editor and she likes writing fiction. So, it's in my blood. As far as sci-fi and horror, my dad is a big sci-fi and horror film fanatic and I watched movies with him when I was young... Probably too young to be watching those movies. I always enjoyed writing. It's like a meditation, but when you get really positive feedback from other people like, "Woah, that is incredible, now I don't want to show you my writing anymore," kind of thing... Not to sound immodest, but it's kind of a boost. What's had a big influence on your creativity? The earliest inluences would have been fantasy books, Mark Twain and C.S. Lewis. I wrote a lot of fantasy early on. Terry Brooks and Stephen King, definitely. "Salem's Lot" was a big influence. Also, movies were a big influence. Wes Craven's "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "The Serpent and the Rainbow." "Jacob's Ladder" was a great one too even though it wasn't Wes Craven. I liked the dark, twisted sense of that movie. One of my inspirations and love for zombies was inspired by early George Romero. What would you call yourself occupationally? I'm kind of shy, so I have difficulties working at regular jobs. I do art photography, photo manipulation and I write. I've been doing photography professiona ǒf"FVV'0Bv2f'7BV&Ɨ6VB22w&FW"vVv26V"v66vB&V7G2&RPv&r7W'&VFǓ𠐤fRRF@6wBFƲ&WB@WrRFBw2&WBVrv&R6VvRvVBv26'Bb&67BB6RFW2vB6RvG2'WB&VV&W"%FR7B7F&fvFW#"6Rw2ƖRƖRvW &F72BVG2WvWGFr&V7'VFVBFFRFW&F76RvV7bFRgWGW&R6Bw266fFr6Rw2&Vǐ6BFW6wBvfR6BW"6Frff6W'2Fw@ƖRW"fW'V6'WB6RFW6wB&Vǒ6&RFBw2גWvW7BFVࠐv6G'rFvWB$V"""fbFPw&VBfR&RV&Ɨ6VBvWGFrFP'BFR2WV6fRf"w&2fV$2vRrB"FR6'B7F'FBw&FPf"7V&7WFVW2&WBFRwWGW&rFPW6FBvW2rf"2FW"07GVǒ&WVVF$V""v2vFV@FFVFB7F'Bv2W6FVBFBvBFFVBvB7&W2RFR7C𠐤7FǒגG&V266W'FWF'0ƖRRFW&Rw26W'F&Fגw&FpB&6R&F2v26FVƖ6FRB6W&fV7BBFBw2v2&rfVV6Rf"R7BƖRWG'v&V6W6Rv6VVrFR7F'גVBW7BƖRFW"w&FW'2&VB7F'6VRג7F&W0גVBBFVw&FRFVFvG'FFBvvW&RvWBFR&F&vBBFR&VFW"vf7VƗP6WFr6֖"FvBv6VVrBbFRV7GVFג7F&W2&Rf"frvBw2W"&W7BF𠐤ג&W7BF2FW6W'W2W7V6ǒf"FR&FvBFRv&G2FfBFR6FFBFR&Fࠠ