Whenever I sit down to begin an endeavour whether it’s a story, painting, short film or whatever, lots of things go through my mind. Ultimately whenever I do something I do it for myself but depending on the task that I am doing there are certain people who I keep in mind. My influences. I’m just going to take a few lines and write down who has influenced me in different aspects of my life.

Writing: Stephen King – basically by making something horribly unreal seem real.

Painting/Drawing: HR Giger – his drawings are just out there. Magnificent. 

Filmmaking: Peter Jackson – his movies scream of someone who loves what he does.

Stanley Kubrick – master of cinema.

Musically: Les Claypool – amazing bass player who doesn’t try to sound like anyone else.

Kurt Cobain – making something so simple into something extraordinary. 

Those people have somehow struck a chord in me at some point during my life. There are also some people I need to mention who have influenced my life in general:

Shannon – my best friend and soon-to-be wife.

Mom and Dad – instilling the beliefs and work ethics in me at a young age.

Leo McKay Jr – for being yourself and doing what you do.

Anyways, I’ve been thinking about influences a lot lately and I thought I would put them down on my blog. Take care everyone and have a great night!


About jonolsonauthor

On top of working full time as a Security Checkpoint Coordinator at the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport and still learning the ropes of being a father, Jon is also a writer of horror and dark fiction. While he writes predominantly about the dark and horrible, he will step out into other areas if the interest is there. Jon is a proud member of Pen of the Damned and is also a member of the Horror Writer’s Association (Affiliate level). View all posts by jonolsonauthor

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