HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jacob Henry Orloff


Jacob Henry Orloff

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful locations on this planet. Wales was especially lovely and definitely my favorite place to vacation. (Hello Tracy, Mez, Dot, Richard). Recently, I took a trip to Oregon with my girlfriend, Kayla. We stayed mostly in the Portland area, and it was absolutely wonderful. I was highly impressed by the thriving arts community there and I could get lost in Powell’s Books for hours. The scenery was breathtaking. Aside from that, I’ve been to Vegas twice, Texas, Colorado, Utah, and all the states in between. I’m hoping to visit the East Coast more, namely Florida.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee is most certainly my morning drink on those rare occasions that I’m actually awake before noon. I don’t drink it very often during the summer. It’s mostly an autumn and winter drink for me. Tea is good all year. Currently, I’m drinking a blend of Rooibos Tropica and Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls purchased from the local tea shop. Milk will always go with cookies.

4. What else can you do besides write?

5.Who are you reading right now?
Hell House by Richard Matheson and his collection, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. I always return to Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, though. Philip K. Dick can’t be beat when I’m in the mood for sci-fi and I’ll always read anything by my friend and collaborator, W.H. Pugmire.

6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
I think the most terrifying aspect of the Horror art form is not so much in the subject matter, but in the implications. The fact that the reader to a certain degree can relate subconsciously to the circumstances of a horror story is what truly scares me. So whether it’s that strange, primal feeling you get when you look upon a full moon, or the skeletons in your closet banging on the door to get out, in some capacity we are all horror stories. I only need to look into my soul to find inspiration and it generally comes in the form of dreams, or nightmares.

9. Food you could eat every day.
I don’t believe Olive Garden could ever possibly get old, but I could probably eat Gates BBQ every day and be completely comfortable with that. If we’re basing this off my current budget, it’d be Ramen. I used to have frequent Mac Attacks, but I’ve since phased McDonald’s out of my diet.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Philip K. Dick, and Richard Matheson.

15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Jacob Henry Orloff is a writer of dark fiction. Dwelling mostly in the genre of Horror, he occasionally branches out to the areas of Science Fiction and Fantasy. His stories have appeared in several anthologies released by Pill Hill Press. Currently he resides in the shadowed plains of the Midwest and is attending the local university in pursuit of an English degree with a Creative Writing emphasis. Find him online at http://jhorloff.wordpress.com.


  1. Rooibos tea is wonderful, especially for those of us who can't have the caffeine.

    Thank you for stopping by and sharing, Jacob!

    :) Heidi

  2. Hello from all of us in (not so sunny at the moment) Wales xxx

  3. It's not so sunny here, near Pittsburgh, either. ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!



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