I am thrilled to be a part of an epic collection of horror fiction, weighing in at almost 300 pages, which is Horrified Press’s largest collection yet. The anthology is the third volume in a series titled “Tales of the Undead—Suffer Eternal: volume III” featuring one of my pieces As Fate Would Have It.
An old coal miner recounts an explosion in the Kentucky mines, back in 1891. He alone escaped the wreckage, or so it seems. Haunted by the ghosts of the three men he left behind, he relives the cave-in every night. Why won’t they just let go?
I took some virtual time to sit down with Horrified Press editor, Nathan J.D.L. Rowark, and pick his brain. No zombie jokes either, all right?!
ENGLE: First off, tell me a little bit about your background in publishing and/or writing.
ROWARK: I started writing semi-professionally four years ago. After being published in over 50 publications over the space of a year, I decided to give novel writing a try. From there I wanted to work with other authors, put some of what I had learned on the table for those who needed professional editing and wished to become a part of something greater — to put them out there for horror fans to read. Our contributors now are a mix of new writers, semi-pros and established professionals.
ENGLE: What do you feel separates Horrified Press from other small presses in your genre?
ROWARK: We deliver on our promises, give an efficient and friendly service to authors and customers alike, and release our books when we say we will. 🙂
ENGLE: Yes, you do! When you review a submission, what turns you off and what grabs your attention?
ROWARK: I’ve always said that I refuse to stand as a “judge of all things horror” over the work of others. I evaluate work in the most open-minded, liberal fashion I can. One of the strengths of our anthology titles is the mix of styles and stories.
ENGLE: The latest anthology, Tales of the Undead – Suffer Eternal: volume III is over 280 pages long. Wow! That’s pretty huge. As a contributor to this anthology (thanks again for picking up my story), how would you describe the theme or common thread among the stories you chose?
ROWARK: That particular anthology is the third and final book in a trilogy exploring the downsides to eternal life. To never die and repeat the same routines, mistakes, regrets perpetually is not as romantic as certain big budget vampire films would have some people believe. As curses go, it’s probably the worst.
ENGLE: What plans do you have for the future of your press? How can aspiring writers submit? And where can readers purchase copies of Horrified Press products?
ROWARK: I would like to see us grow year-on-year by releasing more titles every month. We have 4-5 guest editors, which will be staying on long-term now, so the future of Horrified Press is looking really bright. As always, the credit lies with the artists, authors, and the wonderful horror-loving public who purchase our books. You’re the real stars of Horrified Press because you’re at its heart, its core. Without you it’s just a title.
ENGLE: Finally, if you were a Muppet, which one would you be and why?
ROWARK: Elmo. He rocks! Was sesame street part of Henson’s parade?