Author Interview – Mike Deady

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Books & Stories
Totally Tubular Terrors
That is SO Wrong!
Coming Soon - Wicked Sick

Story Art Sneak Peek

Amazing Artwork By Daniela Rivera

"Morning Fire"

Anthology: More Than a Monster
Release Date: Sept 8th, 2023
Preorders: Paperback
About the Author: Mike Deady's work has appeared in That Is So Wrong, Bag of Bones: 206 Word Stories, and Totally Tubular Terrors. He is a member of the New England Horror Writers and a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. After retiring from a forty-two-year career in engineering, he started writing horror fiction at the urging of his brother, Bram Stoker Award-winning author Tom Deady.
Q & A

How does it feel to have this story published for the first time?

It is always a great feeling to have a story accepted.

What inspired the idea for your story?

I wanted to do a "weird Western." In all the old Western movies like The Searchers, the cliche is always that the Indians kidnap the white girls. I wanted to turn that around.

We know that writing can be a tumultuous journey with a lot of obstacles, what is your kryptonite as a writer?

Laziness! I have no set routine, and I have to really gear myself up to start a new short story. But once I start one, I will work on it every day until I have a decent first draft.

Clearly, you’ve succeeded at writing a captivating story for GrendelPress, but we all start somewhere. What advice would you give yourself as a young writer?

Just write. My brother Tom, an established horror author, had been trying to talk me into writing for years but I kept putting him off because I didn't think I could do it.

We’d like to argue that every good story makes both the author and the readers feel something. What perspectives or beliefs have you challenged with your story?

Like I mentioned earlier, I wanted to flip the script on the cliche that it was always the Indians that were guilty of kidnapping and mistreating the white girls. The reverse happened as well. It shouldn't really be news to anyone, but, sadly, it probably is.

What do you love most about your story’s genre?

Horror covers a lot of ground, everything from quiet horror to extreme horror. It can be supernatural or non-supernatural. It is always evolving and absorbing the best from other genres (science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, thrillers, westerns, etc.) to combine a stew where anything can happen.

Tell us about your favorite author. What about their book(s) call to you and how do they inspire your own writing?

Tough to pick only one. Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, and Poe were my early favorites. Then I discovered Fritz Leiber, Harlan Ellison, and so many others. And then Stephen King came along.

What are some other genres you’d like to break into and why?

I have one science fiction short story I'd like to get published, but that is a one-off. Everything else I do is horror.

If you had to pick another story of yours to share with your readers, what would it be?

All my unpublished ones!
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