together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty
of the world’s best indie horror authors.
garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer,
just itching to finish his latest horror story.
contributed their work for free. All royalties from sales will go directly to
the international charities, Barnardo’s and Médecins Sans Frontières.
authors, Peter James and Sherri Browning Erwin, is released in Paperback and on
Kindle, October 3rd 2012.
tell us a little about your short story, The Sculptor? What was the inspiration
behind this story?
When I was a student, my
flatmate was a sculptor, and he would often return from his studio with half
completed clay heads or twisted, disfigured limbs sticking out of an old,
battered and broken suitcase. I don’t know how he survived the underground ride
back to the flat without getting arrested.And also Hammer House of
Horror, the fabulously scary and slightly camp British TV series from 1980. I
wanted to try and capture the feel of the show.
My novel, Painting by
Numbers is published by Crooked Cat, and I spotted their call for submissions.
Many of my short stories veer off into psychological scariness, so I thought I’d
give it a whirl. I also wanted to support the two nominated charities, and the
brilliant, lifesaving /changing work that they do.
Damaged, deranged and
I love that existential
feeling of disconnecting from the outside world and disappearing into the world
that is forming in the front of my mind. But I also love carving, shaping and
sculpting the story until it makes sense and I am happy with it (or as happy as
I’ll ever be with it)
I don’t have a single favourite
author. And my favourites change continuously. But if I had to name one writer
that has changed the way I think about writing, it would have to be Raymond
Carver. Carver creates landscapes of
back and forward story around disarmingly simple, precise situations and
ordinariness of setting. He somehow
manages to convey whole worlds of meaning using a style that is stripped down,
austere and elegant. He is the master of ambiguity.
day job? If so, is there a special message you’d like to send them now that
you’re a published author?
No one has ever said that to
me. Everyone I know desperately wants to quit their day job, so they wouldn’t want to jinx any possibility.
If you could have dinner with any one of
your characters who would it be? And what on earth would you say?
I would love to have
dinner with Jacob Boyce, the central character in my novel Painting by
Numbers. Jacob is an obsessive,
egotistical alcoholic who doesn’t care for people all that much. So dinner with
him would be an interesting experience.
for future generations, what would it be?
Lanark by Alasdair Gray
FEAR your writing debut? If not, can you tell us a little about your previous
in the future?
Fear is not my debut. PBN
is out in the world now . . . roaming the streets looking
for homes to haunt. I’ve also been
writing shorts stories and flash fiction for quite some time. Flash fiction
(stories under 1000 words) is really interesting because you have to work on a
very tight narrative arc, and try and find a way to drop the reader right into
the middle of a moment. I’m working on a
second novel. Another tale about an obsessive weirdo, and I’m also putting
together a compilation of dark, surreal short stories
world has been overrun with Zombies or Vampires or some other freakish thing
that wants to chow down on humanity. Before the human race is completely
eradicated you get to save two literary legends (don’t ask me why you can only
save bookish people, I don’t make the rules) who do you save?
All my literary
heroes are dead . . . so they would be
zombies . . . oh wait . . . Alasdair
Gray is still breathing. But I’m pretty sure he would save me. Zombies would run a mile from him. His brilliant brain
would eat them alive . . . or dead.
After completing a Masters in English at Glasgow University, he spent the next
ten years pursuing a musical career as a singer/songwriter, playing, recording
and touring the UK and Europe with his band. He now lives in Bath with his
wife, daughter and hyper-neurotic cat, where he works at the University as an
academic English lecturer. Tom writes long and short fiction. A number of
his stories are published by East Of The Web He is also a regular contributor to Friday Flash. Tom’s writing has been described as terse,
minimalist, hyper-realistic and ambiguous, where layers of meaning are conveyed
using a concise and economical style. He is currently working on a second novel and a
collection of short stories. His debut novel Painting by Numbers, a dark,
psychological drama that explores the surreal complexities of the human mind,
is out now, published by Crooked Cat.