Bio: One thick, dark night, many moons ago, horrible and foreboding winds ripped through St. John’s and pitched the streets into blackness. According to legend, just as the storm set in, a low wail was heard drifting over the harbour. Dave Walsh was born.
As a youngster, he tore madly about town, speaking in tongues and channeling demon spirits. These gifts of public display took him to the stage at both Gonzaga high school and at MUN, who kept him confined within their labyrinthine halls for three different degrees (English, Psychology and Education) and two Information Technology diplomas, releasing him only to perform with Shakespeare by The Sea, which he has done since 1998. He finally escaped four years ago and began raising the dead with the Haunted Hike. Somehow he was also allowed to become a schoolteacher, but claims that he does not feast upon his students’ brains. Ever. He’ll be spending this Halloween trick or treating with his wife and son and terrorizing unsuspecting theatre patrons in the Newman Wine Vaults with a special performance of The Cask of Amontillado and The Rats in The Walls.
The Rats in The Walls is a play you adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. How did you get into Lovecraft? Were you a teenage goth?: “I wasn’t a goth, I was a gamer. I got into the Call of Cthulhu role playing game, and that’s how I came to know Lovecraft. It seems that as I get older and bring more experience to it, the deeper a lot of his stuff gets. It’s a lot different reading him now than in my twenties.”
Who would win in a steel cage match: Dracula, Frankenstein, a werewolf or a zombie Stephen Harper?: “Definitely Dracula. He’s a personal favorite, and he has all those powers of turning to mist and flight. He could probably trick his way out of it.”
Do you believe in ghosts?: “I guess you could say that I’m a skeptic at heart. I haven’t seen anything … yet.”
Dave’s top three horror writers: Poe, Stoker and Lovecraft, a terrifying trinity.
Words of wisdom: “Remember to always tell stories to one another. It’s how we remember who we are.”
— Sarah Smellie