Louis K. Lowy
Multi-genre with an emphasis on science-fiction.
home on the web
Website – www.louisklowy.com
My short stories, poems and non-fiction has appeared most recently in Coral Living Magazine, New Plains Review, Merge, Ethereal Tales, Bête Noire, Pushing Out the Boat, The MacGuffin Magazine, Enizagam Journal, and The Chaffey Review.
Die Laughing, a humorously dark science-fiction novel released by IFWG Publishing. It’s set in the 1950s of flying saucers, communist paranoia, and live television.
Beamed aboard an alien spaceship,Las Vegasfunny man Sam E. Lakeside is forced to participate in a plan to rob the earth of its oil. When the shape-shifting aliens – who take on the form of Trixie Norton, Nat King Cole and others they’ve seen on TV – and their leader, a power-hungry mobster, murder Sam’s best friend and manager, Sam vows revenge.
He recruits a blacklisted comic book writer and the mobster’s girlfriend, and drags them cross-country to thwart the aliens. Their journey takes them to New York Cityand the Steve Allen Show, where the key to the alien’s conquest lies.
Sam, embroiled in an escalating tangle of violence, love, and lies, is forced to choose between what he wants most in the world – to be a star – or the planet’s survival.
places where books are available for purchases:
Any place fine books are sold on the internet including Amazon, and Barnes & Nobles. Directly from the publisher: www.ifwgpublishing.com, and from select book and comic book stores.
How did you get your start in writing?
I always enjoyed writing, but never pursued it directly, though for most of my life I’ve played in bands and was nearly always the lyricist for our original songs, so I was always writing. Gradually, as I drifted from music I gravitated more to writing. The more I wrote the more I grew to love it, until it became my major passion.
who are your biggest influences?
In writing, I would have to say it’s wide-ranging and growing. I grew up on comic books so my first influence would have to be Stan Lee. His tales in Amazing Spider-man, The Fantastic Four and all of the other classic Marvel characters were, as I said, my first inspiration. Later I was a big fan of Stephen King, classic sci-fi authors like Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein. I also read lots of Sinclair Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut, and Charles Dickens. More recently I’ve read everyone from Jane Austen to Cormac McCarthy.
In my younger days I loved: See above answer.
What is your biggest inspiration when creating?
The need to create something that moves the reader emotionally. I want the reader, just as I want for me when I read a written work, to feel that sense of awe or inspiration or pathos. I want them to be left with something after the final page is closed.
Could you give us the details of your current project?
I’m working on two projects. The first, which is in the revision stage has nothing to do with sci-fi. It’s about a fired school teacher who struggles to regain her life back through bicycle racing. The other, of which I’m only about a quarter way through, is a sci-fi story about a robot which is sort of a missing link between man and machine, and the woman who created him. It also involves a miracle drug and the struggle to save the exoplanet from which it’s being mined from. The story jumps through time and space. It’s wild, grand, and one hell-of-a-trick if I can pull it off.
What is the next goal you would like to achieve with your writing?
I want to write a mystery, and I want to write a sequel to Die Laughing.
Final four (questions we ask all interviewees)
When the zombies take over the world where will you be?
If they have taken over the world I’ll probably be in the zombie mob looking for human flesh to devour.
Jedi, Ninja, vampire, were-wolf, pirate, fairy or Spartan?
Jedi, of course! Who wouldn’t want the power with them?
What one piece of art, be it music, book, film or picture, do you think people must experience before they die?
In general terms I would have to say music because it’s so abstract that it has the ability to create and recall emotions on the most individual terms.
Give one fact that most people would not believe about you?
I was one of the people responsible for bringing the first comic book convention to South Florida, way back in the day (and I have the newspaper article to prove it.)