Jeremy Nulik (ALIVE magazine): Where did the inspiration for Spiker’s Spiral come from?
Zak MT: I initially wrote the concept story, the skeleton of the narrative if you will, when I was 14. My main influence was Nine Inch Nails’ ‘The Downward Spiral’, which is a concept album focusing on a main character.
J: What was is specifically about that album?
Z: Well, just close your eyes and listen to the damn thing, it’s very visually, violently, evocative.
Jeremy: And I understand the titles of the chapters reflect that as well?
Z: Correct. “Piggy”, “Closer”, these were popular songs back in the late ’90’s.
J: J.O’barre was also listed as an influence?
Z: Yes, very much so. The Crow, which incidentally also came out in ’94 (the Graphic Novel) was a large influence in Spiker’s Spiral and it’s fairly obvious.
J: You’ve been writing for…?
Z: Almost 5 years. I’ve published 8 books. (Lulu.com/spotlight/thetravellerchronicles)
J: Your main reason for writing?
Z: I started writing to stay sober, then I kept writing to become famous. That’s NOT gonna happen-
Z: So I’m back to writing to stay sober.
J: For the interview I conducted with Zak back before he was Empty Standridge and famous-
J: check out my first interview with Zak …