Mike Thorn’s new realist academic horror story, “The Events”, will be included in Shattered & Splintered (edited by James Sabata and Laurel Hightower) alongside fiction by Gwendolyn Kiste, Cynthia Pelayo, Stephen Graham Jones, Eric LaRocca, Hailey Piper, Gabino Iglesias, and others. All proceeds go to The Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department, a critical part of the emergency response community throughout Larimer County in Colorado that provides emergency response to the Glen Haven community and the entire Estes Valley.
What first attracted you to horror writing?
Reflecting on my earliest childhood encounters with horror, I remember being initially attracted to the genre’s visual iconography, above all else. It seems impossible to separate my desire to write horror from my interest in reading horror. These two things are inextricably bound.
- 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.
Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann reached out and asked if I’d like to share my list of 100 favorite books on Night Worms, and I was happy to do so.