Like many (most?) other writers, I sometimes look for anthologies or contests that provoke me into trying something different. Both The Terror at Miskatonic Falls and A Sea of Alone: Poems for Alfred Hitchcock fall into this category for me. I didn’t wake up one day and decide to write poems about a family stranded in a town descending into a localized apocalypse or about one of Hitchcock’s films. I learned about those books and was fired up to try and write something strong enough to be a part of them.
In those two cases, it happened. And, come to think of it, that’s how I wound up with my first published story, in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
But, at least as often, I don’t make the cut.
From the Publishers Weekly review:
Although the horror genre naturally lends itself to up close and personal examination of good and very nasty evil, little writing in that genre is faith inflected. This anthology addresses that gap. “Faith” is used loosely and expansively in this collection of short tales that offers something for lots of different tastes-slasher, fairy tale, end times, ghost story-as well as religion.
Interestingly, the anthology is an outgrowth / evolution from Mo*Con, a horror convention Broaddus founded that explores the intersection of horror and spirituality. I’ve never been to Mo*Con, but I’d love to attend someday. Those who know me personally, or who have been reading this blog, know that both the convention and the book occupy territory that is of deep, enduring importance to me. My faith life informs my writing and, as I’ve written earlier, I see horror as a uniquely useful and potent tool for examining questions and ideas on evil, on sin, on why this creations seems so deeply flawed.
The book may turn into a series. I hope it does. And I hope to write a a story that appears in a future volume.
To learn more, Blu Gillian’s interview with Maurice Broaddus in the Birmingham Speculative Fiction Examiner can be found here: Maurice Broaddus has ‘Dark Faith’