Author Interview – Zachary Rosenberg

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Books & Stories
My debut novella "Hungers as Old as This Land" will be out in May and up for pre-order soon!

  • Seize the Press: The Golem's Joy
  • Nightmare Sky: The Ravenous Empyrean
  • Fiends in the Furrows III: The Final Harvest: The Gods That Drift With Us
  • Monstrous Books: Hungry Wives of Windsor

  • Story Art Sneak Peek

    Amazing Artwork By Daniela Rivera

    "The Sacrifices for our Children"

    Anthology: More Than A Monster
    Release Date: Sept 8th, 2023
    Preorders: Paperback
    About the Author: Zachary Rosenberg is a Jewish horror writer living in Florida. He crafts horrifying tales by night and by day, he practices law, which is even more frightening. His forthcoming debut novella, Hungers As Old as This Land, will be published by Brigids Gate Press, and his Jewish pirate horror "The Devils and the Deep Blue Sea" will be published by Darklit Press. You may follow him on twitter at @ZachRoseWriter
    Q & A

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

    Really amazing! This's one that's taken quite a while to get published, and seeing it get this reception is truly special and wonderful!

    What inspired the idea for your story?

    This was inspired by a friend and I talking about folklore, and them asking me to try for a story about a specific monster as a more "human" type of creature, specifically as a mother.

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

    Definitely the day job! Sometimes it can really sap energy out from writing there. But also just general malaise, imposter syndrome, the idea that the words on the page aren't coming together like they should.

    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?

    Really, start strong and write again and again. Don't give up for as long as you did, start writing early and don't stop

    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?

    he notion monsters are one dimensional. This is a pretty creepy story (intentionally), but I wanted Sara to come through as sympathetic and for the reader to relate to her struggle. She may be a monster, but she's also a single mother struggling to balance her parental responsibility with living her life and also being a responsible citizen.

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

    There's really no limit to what you can do with horror. You can tell a great monster story or make social commentary. There's really no limit to the amount of stories you can tell, nor the messaging you can deliver.

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

    Hmm...there's a lot of favorite writers, but one I'd note for now would be Alexandre Dumas. I fell in love with his works early, especially the Count of Monte Cristo. Just an incredible story of love, revenge, redemption and it encapsulates brilliant character drama and grandiose events. But also with elements that are unsatisfying about its ending that as a cautionary tale of what to avoid

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

    Fantasy and Science Fiction. Maybe historical fiction. I really do love them a great deal, and they contain some of my favorite writers and stories.

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

    I'd say one I'm proudest of would be "Savior in Steel," out in Dark Matter Magazine issue 14 shortly: About a pair of Jewish scientists in a grim dystopia manufacturing a cybernetic golem to hopefully make a difference in the world.
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