While some people can place a foot in two separate worlds, few can match writer Lucifer Fulci/David Stashko’s ability to thrive equally in each . At all times, Fulci/Stashko, resides in one realm as dark as evil itself, while basking in another that shines with the light of a life redeemed. Whatever he’s writing – and whatever name he’s writing it under – he attacks his work with a sensibility that can best be described as unflinching. Nothing is taboo or out of bounds, and this visceral, instinctive approach is what makes him a fresh voice in the writing world, both Flintspired and beyond …
In his given name of David Stashko, he has penned two novels that chronicle the 12 monumental steps he’s taken in an arduous journey to free himself of chemical dependency. At times humorous, confrontational, and soul-searching, these accounts are filled with Stashko’s ability to be honest with himself and his former life. Throughout both pieces, he makes no demands upon his reader, as he acknowledges that the truths he’s learned from his experiences are his and his alone to bear. That said, observing the shadows of David’s former life offers lessons from which anyone and everyone can learn.
At night, Stashko transforms into his alter ego, Lucifer Fulci. In this incarnation, he’s the horror fiction fan’s horror fiction fan, penning novels that introduce readers to characters and scenes that are so intensely brutal, macabre, and psychotically evil that it makes the works of even the horror greats seem to pale in comparison. Fulci’s writing is definitely not for the faint of heart; but for those brave souls willing to travel through his valley of utter darkness, there are many rewards at the end of the journey.
Whether you’re seeking sin or redemption – or a little bit of both – check out Flinstpired Writer Lucifer Fulci/David Stashko. His works are a guaranteed punch in the gut! In the meantime, read more about this enigmatic man who walks the line between light and darkness.
I began writing when I was:
“About 9 years old. I began to write little spooky tales after I was inspired by scary movies and books at the time. There was something very special about books; I wanted to have one with my name on it … and it just HAD to have something to do with Halloween.
What moved me to write:
“It was all about the strange and unusual. The horror of the mind, the world, and beyond it. Halloween. Science Fiction. So many things. I just felt that it was my duty to do this.”
Right now, I am working on:
“I am finishing a book that has the title AZRATH the UNHOLY and MALEVOLENT. It is about as extreme as I can probably ever get. If anyone has ever read SIKI CITY, this one easily outdoes that one. I have been working on it for a while. It will probably be done around Halloween. I am still trying to get the word out about my new cannibal movie book … probably still gonna have some kind of party to launch it. So for now, just finishing up with that one … and at the same time, finishing up my new CD, which is called SUPERNATURAL HORROR METAL.
“On the recovery writing, I’m in the middle of something I call Roadways of my Recovery. It is already written, for the most part, just editing it and getting it all together.”
My work differs from others in the genre because:
“My writing has my stamp on it. I know that. Whether there is ANYONE else out there that has the same writing … well, I dunno. I have been inspired by Jack Ketchum, David J. Schow, Chas Balun – especially Chas – but I still have my own voice, and hope that it has something special about it.”
I write what I do because:
“I find that it lives in me … this thing from another world. I celebrate the horror genre as well as my recovery. It is a gift to be able to communicate … to be able to live, love, and adore such things of light and darkness. By writing about them and creating more and more, we are allowed to become something special. We are the stars. We shine in such darkness.”
My writing process is:
“I vanish into my studio. The walls are black. My mind must travel to a place where there is no disturbance. It matters not if I am inspired, I just go to it. When it comes to the writing of a book, it’s all about the story. The basics. And then, I elaborate. Whatever genre it is in, I fall into that realm and just let loose. Sometimes I type for hours on end. Other times, just a few moments.”
Describe your “Flintspiration:”
“I am SO sick of people just trashing Flint because of the negative things. Shall we move on? Yes, please. There are a lot of great, kind, and giving people here. I am inspired by Flint for many things. Have you seen the new Farmers Market? Totally GREAT! I love the meetings in Flint. They keep me clean! I will be six years clean and sober in Sept 2014. I work in recovery, too, so each and every day I am blessed to be of service to the great people of Flint. Not only that, I am a part of the FLINT HORROR CON, which is just smashing. I could not be more proud.”
As Lucifer Fulci:
Lucifer Fulci’s guide to the Italian Cannibal Film!
As David Stashko:
Open Mind, Open Talk
A Diary of Sobriety
Other writing outlets:
Blood Feast Inc, Ultra Violent Magazine, and for a variety of underground magazines and Websites. He has also written a variety of screenplays for indie projects and even a few short scary stories for kids, especially when his son was younger.