Welcome to another interview with…yes, you guessed it, another Realmie! Horror isn’t my absolute favorite genre, but at times I definitely appreciate the creepy thrill that comes along with books such as these. C. W.’s book is next up on my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it!
*Tell us a little bit about yourself/your novel:
Wrath and Ruin is an anthology of fantasy and sci-fi stories mixed with good, old-fashioned horror. The scares come from suspense, creepiness, and monsters rather than the macabre. Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone is a good comparison because the stories mix thrills with the exploration of ideas and consequences. Some other influences were C.S. Lewis, H.P. Lovecraft, Michael Crichton, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The collection includes multiple genres. The Other Edge is a near-future sci-fi set in space. The Case of Elizabeth Flora is a throwback to pulp fiction and a twist on 50s monster flicks. One story is a multi-layered allegory. And Ghoul is a gaslamp fantasy/comedy/horror set in the late 19 th century.
*What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you’ve ever had to research for a story?
(From an old Facebook post) My last month’s search history includes “time for corpses to
decay,” “women’s Victorian fashion,” and “alchemy” because #amwriting.
*Where do you usually write?
I don’t have a dedicated spot at home, though I do use my treadmill and bookshelf as standing desks. I try to get out to Barnes & Noble or a coffee shop once a week to write because I have three wonderful but rambunctious kids. Starbucks is peaceful and quiet by comparison.
*Do you have a strange quirk or habit while writing or preparing to write?
I have a long commute that’s all highway and very light on traffic. I hate wasting that time, so I use a microphone and a software program to type what I say out loud while driving (I keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, I swear). The program makes lots of mistakes with what it records, but broken progress is better than no progress at all.
* What’s next on your plate?
I’m completing another short story right now, then moving on to a novel-length project. I have multiple books I want to write, but I’m leaning toward one in particular. Ghoul, which is included in Wrath and Ruin, introduced the world to exonatural investigators Gideon and Rose. They have more adventures to be had.
Thanks for joining me, C.W.! Here’s more about his short story collection:
Some monsters are nightmarish beasts with fangs and grotesque bodies. Others come in the form of bad decisions we dread or regret. Both kinds haunt and stalk us while we are alone at night.
Wrath and Ruin is a collection of nine stories with a focus on fantasy and sci-fi threaded with quiet, traditional horror. Monsters, both literal and figurative, lurk in the shadows of this diverse anthology.
Hunters pursue a ghoul in Victorian-era Pennsylvania.
A psychologist interrogates the lone survivor of a mysterious shipwreck.
Astronauts investigate a derelict alien spacecraft loitering in Earth’s solar system.
A man flees powerful enemies in a bizarre, hostile land.
These are only some of the stories in this debut book by C. W. Briar.