Category Archives: Interviews

An Interview with Michael Rowe

Michael Rowe's "Wild Fell" was nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award.

Michael Rowe’s “Wild Fell” was nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award.

Michael Rowe is an award-winning Toronto journalist, essayist, and novelist. He was the first-tier Canadian correspondent for Fangoria for seventeen years. In addition, Rowe created and edited the Queer Fear series, which changed the landscape of horror fiction. The stories (predominantly written by het writers, ironically) spotlighted queer protagonists. Some big names in the horror field took note, notably Clive Barker, who hailed Rowe in 2002 as having “changed forever the shape of horror fiction.” Rowe published his first novel, Enter, Night, with ChiZine Publications in 2011, garnering critical praise and a Sunburst Award nomination. Rowe called Enter, Night his unabashed 1970s vampire novel. He published his second novel, Wild Fell, in 2013, also with ChiZine, to further acclaim. Wild Fell was a finalist for this year’s Shirley Jackson Award as part of a lineup which included Joyce Carol Oates and Andrew Pyper. Contributing Editor James K. Moran, who once interviewed Rowe for Daily Xtra, chatted with him by email earlier this summer. Moran describes Rowe as a “gentleman of the highest order” who “wields a darkly wicked sense of humour and a rapier wit.”

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An Interview with Nancy Kilpatrick

Nancy Kilpatrick has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Mystery Story.

Nancy Kilpatrick’s “Danse Macabre” (ed.) won the Paris Book Festival Award for Best Anthology.

Nancy Kilpatrick, Canada’s reigning queen of Goth and vampire lore, proves a fount of knowledge about being an author in these shifting sands. She’s accomplished a prolific trifecta as author, editor, and teacher, and has won numerous awards as both writer and editor, from the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Mystery to Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year. From zombies to vampires, short-story markets, nonfiction, and the state of traditional dark fiction publishing, her thoughts as a Canadian female artist of dark design who’s had an online presence since the dawn of the internet are unmatched. She and Lydia Peever spoke just before Women in Horror Month, 2014.

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An Interview with Tony Burgess

Tony Burgess is the award-winning author of "Pontypool Changes Everything."

Tony Burgess is the man behind “Pontypool.”

This interview first appeared in Postscripts to Darkness Volume 4, a companion to Tony Burgess’s masterful short, “Soft Shell Story.” Tony speaks with PstD editor Aalya Ahmad about the writing process, language and character, and adapting his work for film. His latest novel, The n-Body Problem, is available from ChiZine Press.

AA: Can you tell us a bit about how and when you started writing?

TB: I started writing pretty much when I could spell. I used to tell stories to my family on car trips and do plays for the neighbourhood in my basement. Make short Super 8 films. My main focus, up until my 20s, was visual art and the rest was a kind of sidebar. I believed, as a child, that pretty much everything was worth altering. I was less about showing than the private route. I still have that feeling. The beginning of anything for me is stepping outside and turning rocks, finding things on the ground, painting grass…I am an aging finger-painter.

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An Interview with Peter Atkins and Glen Hirshberg

Glen Hirshberg (L) and Peter Atkins (R) founded the Rolling Darkness Revue in 2004.

Glen Hirshberg (L) and Peter Atkins (R) founded the Rolling Darkness Revue in 2004.

Fresh from the PstD vault! The following is excerpted from a transcribed interview with Glen Hirshberg and Peter Atkins, conducted by Sean Moreland and James Greatrex on October 24, 2010. Atkins and Hirshberg had just performed as the Rolling Darkness Revue at the Mayfair Theatre the night before, as part of that year’s Ottawa International Writer’s Festival. This interview originally appeared in our inaugural issue, Postscripts to Darkness Volume 1. We owe a great deal to these gentlemen for the inspiration. Read more about how the Rolling Darkness Revue helped ignite our project.

Peter Atkins was part of Clive Barker’s The Dog Company in 1970s Liverpool. He is an actor, composer, and novelist, and is perhaps best known for his work as a screenwriter. Credits include the Hellraiser and Wishmaster series. He has twice been nominated for a British Fantasy Award. Glen Hirshberg is author of The Snowman’s Children (2002) and The Two Sams (2003). His latest novel, Motherless Child, is due out spring 2014. His work has earned him a Shirley Jackson Award, several International Horror Guild awards, and has been nominated twice for a World Fantasy Award. Hirshberg and Atkins founded the Rolling Darkness Revue in 2004.

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An Interview with Amal El-Mohtar

Rhysling winner Amal El-Mohtar is the author of the acclaimed "The Honey Month."

Rhysling winner Amal El-Mohtar is the author of the acclaimed “The Honey Month.”

Our poetry editor, Dominik Parisien, chatted with author Amal El-Mohtar for our first issue, way back in 2011, about faery, uncanny beauty, the fantastic, and the Middle East. We are very pleased to make this one available online at long last.

Amal El-Mohtar is the author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of 28 different honeys, and co-editor of Goblin Fruit, an online quarterly devoted to fantastical poetry. Amal has won two Rhysling awards, and her short story, “The Green Book,” was nominated for a Nebula. Her work has appeared in Apex, Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Mythic Delirium, and a host of anthologies.

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An Interview with Michael Cisco

Michael Cisco won an International Horror Guild Award for his novel "The Divinity Student."

Michael Cisco won an International Horror Guild Award for “The Divinity Student.”

Shortly after NecronomiCon 2013, Founding Editor Sean Moreland chatted at length with author and professor Michael Cisco about Kafka, Tolkien, Poe, Lovecraft and Deleuze, among other things. Strap yourselves in.

Michael Cisco is one of the most innovative and influential creators of dark fantastic fiction writing today. His novel The Divinity Student (1999) won the International Horror Guild Award for best first novel, and his novel The Great Lover (2011) was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award, and was named Best Weird Novel of 2011 by the Weird Fiction Review. His short fiction has appeared in collections including The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, Leviathan III and IV, and Album Zutique, while a selection from his novella The Genius of Assassins was included in the compendium The Weird. Cisco is also a professor of English literature and a translator. He lives in New York City.

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An Interview with Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas won Lambda Awards for "The German" and "The Dust of Wonderland"

Lee Thomas won Lambda Awards for “The German” and “The Dust of Wonderland”

The following interview with Lee Thomas first appeared in PstD Volume 2. Contributing editor James K. Moran chatted about conventions, zombies, and queer horror with Thomas in 2011.

Lee Thomas knows monsters, whether they’re in the closet or out. The Austin author has been transfixed by monsters since he was a child watching Boris Karloff in Frankenstein. In one iconic scene, the monster turns from a doorway to face the viewer — the effect on Thomas was visceral. He wanted to write so he could recreate a similar shocking effect. Thomas wrote for fun while growing up near Seattle, but it wasn’t until 2000 that he tried publishing his work. A public relations consultant in New York City, he joined a science fiction writing class taught by Terry Bisson. Bisson encouraged him to submit his stories to prospective markets. The aspiring author sent out six pieces. Four were accepted. Thomas claims he had beginner’s luck.

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An interview with Gemma Files

Gemma Files won an International Horror Guild Award for "The Emperor's Old Bones."

Gemma Files won an International Horror Guild Award for “The Emperor’s Old Bones.”

The following interview with Gemma Files, award-winning author of the Hexslinger Trilogy, first appeared in PstD Volume 3. She and contributing editor James K. Moran spoke about horror movies, sexuality, fear, and Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 hours” theory.

JKM: How would you introduce yourself?

GF: Gemma Files began as a film reviewer, and now writes the sort of things she’d like to see at the movies. Overwhelmingly, these narratives are dark in slant, ranging over a spectrum that includes everything from classic M.R. Jamesian ghost stories and nihilistic body horror to what may or may not be the only current queer-positive Weird Western novel series featuring random black magic and bloodthirsty Aztec gods.[i] Critics have called my work both poetic and pornographic, which I’m fine with.

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