R.P. was born in Pennsylvania in the late sixties, when the last fumes of the Vietnam war were still present. He distinctly remembers bandanas, kerchiefs, glow-in-the-dark monster models, and Cadillacs the size of cruise ships.
As a teenager, he began writing horror stories based mostly on the vast array of horror films he’d seen. Additionally, he took interest in both Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, both of whom became influences.
It was at this time that MIRRORS OF ANGUISH first started taking form. At the time, however, the story was called THE DUNKIRK HORROR. He later changed the name when he realized readers closely associated “Dunkirk” with the seaport in France. He has nothing against France, but the ubiquitous question fatigued him. Just for the record—and to clear any ambiguity—Belcorte, the town in which Mirrors is set, is not in France. If there is a Belcorte in France, or for that matter, Europe, it is purely by mistake.
He frequently locks himself in his home office and listens to hi-res music files on his iMac—he even gets some writing done now and then. He comes out of this lair only to use the restroom, check for the apocalypse, and fetch more Belgian beer (Belcorte is not in Belgium, either). Occasionally his wife takes pity on him and slides a piece of toast under his door. He likes toast. Mostly, he listens to progressive music (think Dream Theater and The Mars Volta), contemplates the meaning of life, and creates the dark characters who inhabit your nightmares.
R.P. Kraul has written his fourth book as a co-author. The book is an erotic thriller, it’s entitled DANGEROUS GRACE, and it will be released sometime in the first quarter of 2015. R.P. Kraul is always working on a detective series, the stories of which are set in various time periods, starting with the Roaring ’20s (R.P. Kraul would have loved to live in the Roaring ’20s). He is also working on some horror novellas and a mainstream book.