DHC member Michael Picco has published over two-dozen short stories; produced two award-winning collections; and has received numerous accolades for his brand of literary horror which “explores the dark and disturbing recesses of what is possible.”
Pick up his latest collection, CORPSE HONEY: A BANQUET OF GRUESOME TALES on Amazon.
Coming up with an idea. Banging out the first draft. Feedback and critiques. Polishing that second, third, or more drafts. Submitting the manuscript. Rejection. Rejection. Rejection. Despair. Publication!
At long last, your hard work has paid off and you can sit back and reap the well-earned rewards…right? RIGHT?!
Perhaps the most frustrating part of being a horror author isn’t any of the above but getting sales for your book.
On episode #11 of Josh’s Worst Nightmare, host Josh Schlossberg gets out the literary scalpel with DHC steering committee members, Hollie & Henry Snider, editors of CONSUMED: TALES INSPIRED BY THE WENDIGO, to biopsy cancer.
Name one author you admire and explain how they helped you become a better writer.
I know I should probably say someone like Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, or Shirley Jackson, but the author who influenced my writing the most is definitely John Steinbeck. (What’s funny is it’s recently been revealed that Steinbeck wrote a werewolf novel that’s never been published, and people are calling on his estate to release it!)
Steinbeck’s writing comes across as so simple it’s almost like spoken word, but it’s deceptive in that it’s no easy feat. And not only are his stories deeply meaningful, they’re timeless—as is his prose style which avoids the flowery, clunky sentence structure that dates so many “classic” authors. If a literate alien picked up Steinbeck’s work today, I bet it wouldn’t be able to tell if it had just been written or published centuries ago.
Of course, I’m not saying I’ve achieved close to any of this in my writing. But I think he’s been rubbing off on me and I hope I’m making some progress.