Interviews from the Void: Episode #1 – S.P. Carter

Highlights Where do we find inspiration for our horror stories? It’s never too late to start writing. As writers, we need to know when to listen, but also when to trust ourselves. Everyone loves a good scare. Welcome to the first episode of Interviews from the Void, where I interview writers about their writing process, discussing the mechanics and physicality of the craft. I’m fascinated with writing as a physical effort and the perspectives of other writers on the process itself. In this first episode, I’ve asked horror writer S. P. Carter – whose debut horror novel, “Unraveling” is set to release later this year – about his writing process and where he finds his inspiration in the horror genre. A. Macabe: Tell us more about “Unraveling” S. P. Carter: When people commit mass shootings and other atrocities, they don’t snap; they spiral. “Unraveling” explores this transition in a man living an outwardly banal, middle-class family life who struggles against these demons. Hallucinations and paranoid delusions give you a front row seat into a mind fighting to hold itself together, and the destruction left in its wake. A. Macabe: Where did you get the idea for this story? S. P. Carter: As a survivor of childhood trauma, I’ve grappled with people’s motivations to harm each other, and often wondered if one day, a switch would flip in my head. By exploring what I would do in a fictional world, free of legal repercussion, I had an outlet. This led to[…] [Keep Reading]

Interviews from the Void

There’s a very cool project starting here at Strange World: Interviews from the Void, where I’ll be interviewing other writers – both published and unpublished – about their writing process. I’m interested in the writing process of other writers. Is writing your full time job? If not, how do you find time to write? Do you write until you reached a word count or finished a scene? Where do you write? How did you start writing? For example, perhaps a writer used to be a server at a restaurant where they worked long hours. After bar closing, the writer stays up until 4am, striving for their word count goal. This is the gritty information I want to hear more about and share with other writers. How did you find the energy to keep going? How did you motivate yourself? With three interviews lined up thus far, I’m excited to share these discussions with other writers. Our first interview will be with horror writer S. P. Carter, discussing his writing process and why the horror genre draws him in. The interview will post next Monday. Be sure to subscribe to Strange World and check it out. [Keep Reading]