“I often write about characters who are afraid of their environments and themselves, and who want to disappear. This set of interests flies in the face of many contemporary narrative trends, which align with the mandates of social media; namely, the desire to be seen.”
At first it seems like the perfect place to quietly enjoy a secluded smoke, but three teens soon discover that their supposed safe haven is actually something downright sinister in Shelter for the Damned, the debut novel from Mike Thorn (author of the short story collection Darkest Hours). With Shelter for the Damned out now from Journalstone, we caught up with Thorn in our latest Q&A feature to discuss the journey of writing his new book, the influences that inspired him along the way, and his upcoming releases that readers can look forward to from Journalstone.
In his latest interview, Mike Thorn answers Lou Pendergrast’s questions about Shelter for the Damned, Darkest Hours, and his new story “Deprimer” (from the latest issue of Vastarien).
- What authors influenced you growing up? Who are you reading now?
As a young kid, I was really excited by J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and R. L. Stine. Discovering Stephen King as a preteen was a big deal, and the same goes for encountering Hubert Selby Jr. in my teens.
These days, I try to read as widely as possible. I’m currently making my way through Drawn Up from Deep Places, by Gemma Files, which is terrific. I was recently floored by two Henry James novels—The Portrait of a Lady and The Bostonians.
Hot Box the Cinema welcomes a very special guest, critic and horror author Mike Thorn, for a tribute to the late filmmaker Stacy Title, the potentially vulgar auteur behind films like The Bye Bye Man, Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror, and The Last Supper.
Mike Thorn joins the hosts of Necronomi.com to talk social commentary in Color Out of Space. They discuss isolation, environmentalism, family, tomatoes, alpaca milk, H. P. Lovecraft’s undying racism, and more.
Mike Thorn appeared on the Extended Clip podcast to talk about Shelter for the Damned and two of the films that inspired it: Gene Fowler Jr.’s I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and Larry Clark’s Ken Park (2002).