This is part of a series of interviews with contributors to Negative Space: An Anthology of Survival Horror from Dark Peninsula Press. Check back here over the next few weeks as I post more of these so you can get to know these great authors and get a little taste of this awesome collection! Negative Space: An Anthology of Survival Horror comes out on June 19th, 2020!
Q: Tell us about your story in the Negative Space anthology.
A: My story “Black Tongue” is set in the late 1800’s and follows Bronson, a gritty trapper, civil war vet, and all around problem solver. He is hired to track down a couple of missing French loggers last seen in treacherous wilderness spanning across Montana and into the Canadian Territories. With his big mastiff, Chief, by his side, they plunge into unforgiving mountainous terrain, only to find an ancient occult evil has tainted the land and the wildlife that inhabits it.
Q: What drew you to writing a survival horror story for Negative Space: An Anthology of Survival Horror?
A: I’ve always been obsessed with the survival horror genre, from videogames to movies to fiction based in that genre. The minute I saw the submission call for Negative Space I knew had to submit something.
Q: What work (fiction, video game, movie, TV show) of survival horror would you recommend as a gateway to the genre?
A: Dead Space immediately comes to mind, if you like video games. Movie wise, probably The Thing.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge in writing survival horror?
A: Coming up with realistic scenarios and capturing the desperation and tension of the character(s) enduring such harrowing scenarios.
Q: The zombies are coming for real this time, and the outbreak is getting closer. What’s your survival game plan?
A: Stock up on whiskey, food, and ammunition. Hunker down until I run out of supplies, and then bug out to some very, very remote location and hope for the best.
Q: Where can readers find out more about you and your works?