Here's an interesting interview that Dick Cavett conducted in 1980 on horror. His panel includes Stephen King, Ira Levin, George Romero, and Peter Straub. Cavett had no knowledge of the material, it seems, but that doesn't mean he was ever dismissive. You can see in this discussion that he was not only curious but fascinated. It's a worthwhile hour. (Thanks to Rick Klaw for pointing this out.)
Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State. A member of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop, his work has appeared in The Horror Zine, Tell-Tale Press, Skull Fragments: A Skelos Sampler, Rick Klaw's Rayguns Over Texas!, Nova Express, Moving Pictures, Her Majesty's Secret Servant, and Revolution SF. His film column "Watching the Future" appeared each month at Hugo Award-winning SF Signal.
He lives in Central Texas.