My fascination with horror began when I was ten or so whilst on a trip to the laundromat with my Mom. At the time it was just us two, Dad was out of the picture by this point. I remember vividly the old and decrepit state of the place that night, the flickering fluorescent lights making it feel broken. And during this time that’s how things felt, broken. My parents had recently split and Mom and I were left saving up coins to wash our clothes. These were tough times.
We were the only ones left as we sat there waiting for our final load to dry. Almost out of nowhere a Man came in and sat down on one of the built in Formica waiting seats. He had no laundry and was obviously not there for any good reason. He just sat there doing nothing and would every so often give us an awkward smile. I paid no attention at first but then became terrified once I saw the look on Mom’s face. It’s a feeling I’ll never forget. She knew something I didn’t. We left without waiting for the last load to finish.
To this day I think about what would have happened if we’d waited for our clothes to dry.
Em Leonard is an American author who describes his work as “surreal macabre”. Since his doomed trip to the laundromat he has become a published author, a produced screenwriter and published musician providing content for globally distributed feature films and major network television programs. He is also the Dark Ambient music artist known as Sense Delete.
The Bullet Point Biography for Em Leonard:
Grew up reading the works of Edward Gorey, Ray Bradbury, JRR Tolkien, and Michael Crichton.
Spent endless nights choosing my own adventure then started writing and creating worlds for friends to roll dice and adventure in.
Obsessed as a kid with Twilight Zone, the Outer Limits and Star Trek reruns… and Elvira Mistress of the Dark.
Wrote bizarre and disturbing poetry confusing the hell out of my high school teachers.
Did my final oral presentation on Satanic Ritual (at my Catholic high school) didn’t go over well…
Dropped out of college to write and record music. Dropped acid at Disneyland instead.
Completely and utterly obsessed with Disneyland (in So Cal)
Completely and utterly obsessed with Dark Rides.
Had songs appear in network television programs (MTV/VH1/ Lifetime) Made a sound track and score to a movie called The Spring Break Killer.
Wrote two family-oriented screenplays that starred Amy Smart and Kevin Nealon (that were somehow produced).
Wrote a screenplay about a thought recording television (still not produced).
Signed with a Canadian Dark Ambient record label (see Sense Delete)
Created a soundtrack about my dead cat for the label debut.Miss you Punky!
David Lynch is God.
Thinks The Shining is the best piece of horror ever conceived on film.
Considers Behold a Pale Horse by William Cooper the greatest piece of literature, EVER.
Describes his work as “surreal macabre”.
Lives in Southern California with his wife, son, two dogs and an overzealous video game collection.