I am influenced by almost everything, not just books. Music and movies and all sorts of Art stimulate and affect my work. Some of the highlights include:
Thomas Ligotti, Jack Ketchum, David Cronenberg, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, David Lynch, K.W. Jeter, Bizarro Fiction, Natalie Shau, Jarek Kubicki, Anton Semenov, Juha Helminen, Silent Hill (2 and 4: The Room), Richard Laymon, Sarah Langan, Al Ewing, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Bad Seeds, Lucky McKee, Brian Yuzna, Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Douglas Clegg, Swallow The Sun, Clive Barker, The Beast of the Apocalypse, Cormac McCarthy…
…and so many more.
I also enjoy:
Cheesy old horror comics
Black and White Sci-Fi films from the ’50’s
Grindhouse / 70’s & 80’s Exploitation Movies and B-Movies in general.