“Be Mysterious: Writers in Masks” Features Jamal W. Hankins


When I’m not working, spending time with my family, or gaming, I’m obsessing over the stories in my head. Writing is one of the few things that I can talk about/think about daily, without end. And those times that I’m not thinking of my stories I’m rooting someone else on to get theirs done.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, East New York, the youngest of three.  The flame of creativity was sparked early in my life, most in part due to my parents. They both were avid readers and film enthusiasts. My  father read Isaac Asimov science fiction, and my mother took to thrilling books of crime, horror, suspense, and mystery. In addition to the many stories they stored on their bookshelves, they amassed a vast collection of films ranging from The Bad Seed, Rear Window, Sybil, and The Omen, to Star Wars, Carrie, Friday the 13th, and Poltergeist.
Aside from my parents, the other great influences in my life were video games,  X-Men comic books, D&D books of fantasy, and cartoons like G.I. Joe and The Transformers. As I grew older, I gravitated towards Japanese animation, martial arts films, independent film, and Asian horror. I spent many hours sampling, enjoying, and studying all these great things that influenced me and set my imagination into a creative frenzy. I was lucky enough to find myself surrounded by a group of great friends who were equally enraptured by these same mediums, and together, we developed our own characters and stories to tell. To this day, I am honored to be apart of a continuous cycle of evolving creative energy.
Now, combining elements from all of my influences, I write dark tales of drama, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. I find myself pulled to shed light on the darker side of human nature, and to expose those feelings that we all harbor inside of us but were taught to keep hidden. My characters are birthed into deceptive  and unforgiving worlds to fight for survival, because it is within the instinct to survive,  that we all can find ourselves transformed, at any moment and for any reason, into a liar, a manipulator, a conspirator, a savior, and even a killer.

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6 thoughts on ““Be Mysterious: Writers in Masks” Features Jamal W. Hankins

  1. Nice blurb, good sir!

    But whaddya mean, “…even a killer.” Like that’s the extreme case, or something. Er…don’t mind me. I’ll just be over in the corner writing about sociopathic contract killers…. O.O

  2. Pingback: "Be Mysterious: Writers in Masks" Features Jamal W. Hankins (via A Broken Laptop) « SCRIBEREGLYPH

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