DEMAIN welcomes Mark Anthony Smith to the Short Sharp Shocks! series with Book 60 – Brood. The book is being published on the 27th November but is available now for pre-sales. The cover is by Adrian Baldwin. As Lockdown #2 approached, Dean and Mark had a quick chat about the upcoming release.
DEMAIN PUBLISHING: Hi Mark – hope you’re well, for those that don’t know you can tell us a little about yourself and why you became a writer?
MARK ANTHONY SMITH: Hello! I'm Mark from Hull. I read a lot of Horror in my twenties – particularly James Herbert, Shaun Hutson and Clive Barker. I love The Rats. But it was the exactness of Ian McEwan’s Black Dogs that made me want to hone my style through fiction.
DP: Cool, were these great writers your first introduction to the horror genre?
MAS: No…definitely Betamax video rentals such as Critters and Day of the Dead. Bub [in Day Of The Dead] freaked me out at the time (I was 14). Dawn…is one of my favourite films now.
DP: What is your Short Sharp Shocks! all about then?
MAS: Brood is my fourth book. I'd describe it as a bawdy Christmas day soap opera, on a bloated stomach, with blood. I tried to kill some of my characters but they came back!
DP: Did you find it difficult to write?
MAS: Yes. It started as a really simple idea. Then, as I wrote, it threw up lots of questions and I had to unknit the relationships, events, plot twists...and entrails.
DP: What is your biggest success to date would you say?
MAS: Keep It Inside And Other Weird Tales has received good book reviews. I’m always trying to build on previous successes by keeping it fresh.
DP: That’s often the best way – is there a horror book or film you’re looking forward to?
MAS: I can’t wait for The Dunwich Horror if Richard Stanley directs it. Wilbur Whateley will be really creepy. The Color out Space was fantastic.
DP: I’m a great fan of Richard’s work too and glad that he’s returned to film making…is the horror genre dead?
MAS: Absolutely not! It seems everyone is writing Horror. There’s a lot of adaptations and remakes gracing screens. Take The Lighthouse and Midsommar, for example. Horror seems more mainstream than ever.
DP: Mark is writing a short or long term career for you?
MAS: I’ll write as long as I can. It feeds my soul and surprises me too. Writing is meditative.
DP: Do you interact a lot with your fellow writers?
MAS: The Writing Community on Twitter is really supportive. I do have a few funny stories but my Mam will read this!
DP: Good for you and finally, can you tell us something surprising about yourself?
MAS: I’ve written a fair bit of poetry and I can’t dance. But I sing well...
You and me both! Thanks for your time Mark, all the best with your Short Sharp Shocks!
If you’d like to connect direct with Mark Anthony Smith:
Twitter Address: @MarkAnthonySm16
Facebook: Mark Anthony Smith – Author