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TWISTED YARNS with Bob Macumber

Dumpster Baby Blues Inspiration Bob Macumber The inspiration for Dumpster Baby Blues came a few weeks after I found out my wife was pregnant with our daughter. We were university students living pay check to pay check in a cramped one bedroom apartment. Although I was excited to be a father, an endless procession of […]

ODD AND BIZARRE with Jason A. Wyckoff

The Inspiration Behind A Man Called Cup Jason A. Wyckoff The kernel from which A Man Called Cup sprang is straightforward—it is, in fact, explicitly stated by the narrator: Hypothetical questions are useless, because ‘no one really knows what he’ll do in any situation until he finds it starin’ him in the face.’ The idea, […]

OUT OF PHASE with B. David Spicer

Writing The Unity Contagion B. David Spicer I’d been wanting to write a story in which the monsters were inside of each one of us, and they would be literal monsters instead of the metaphorical monsters that are so often explored in stories. I wanted something along the lines of The Strange Case of Dr. […]

TWISTED YARNS with Michael Lizarraga

The Inspiration Behind Geo Michael Lizarraga Geo, my short sci-fi/horror tale about creepy killer living rocks that move, breath and bash, is a throwback to the old school 1970‘s ‘Man vs. Nature’ films such as The Bees, Kingdom of the Spiders, and Food of the Gods. As hokey as some of these films were, their […]

OUT OF PHASE with Paul M. Feeney

Dead Serious: Behind The Scenes Paul M. Feeney Dead Serious was a story I wrote early on in my writing career (which is kind of a laugh, as I’ve only been writing for about four or five years, yet it feels like something I’ve always done), back when I was still learning how to do […]

TWISTED YARNS with Kevin Holton

From Loving Seeds Kevin Holton Writers are often asked, “Where do your ideas come from?” In this case, my answer is simple: my mom. Skipping past all the ‘my mom thinks I’m cool’ jokes (fun fact: she does), she’s always loved her gardens. Though she tends to fill more of a traditional father’s role—tearing down […]

OUT OF PHASE with DJ Tyrer

Formless Horror DJ Tyrer What awaits us in the cold, uncaring worlds beyond the Earth? That was the initial thought that led to my writing of Grey Sands. The story derives most obviously from the Cthulhu Mythos, with a dash of The Walls of Eryx and a good deal of thought as to what might […]

ODD AND BIZARRE with Georgina Morales

Behind The Process Georgina Morales Writers come in all shapes and forms, our backgrounds and interests as varied as book genres. The questions we get asked the most, however, are basically the same: Why did we choose to write in a certain genre, and where do we get our ideas? Answering these can be difficult, […]

OUT OF PHASE with Richard Farren Barber

SkyDogs: Storm Clouds and Books Richard Farren Barber It’s always raining in Stoke. I suspect that’s not necessarily true, but it certainly feels that whenever I’m passing through the town, the rain clouds gather overhead. I was traveling through Stoke with my family and the black clouds were boiling when I came up with the […]

TWISTED YARNS with R.k. Kombrinck

The Inspiration Behind Blood Oranges R.k. Kombrinck The idea that led to Blood Oranges took shape a thousand years ago when I was a teenager. I worked in a grocery store that was older and run-down (they’ve since turned them all into bright, shiny superstores). I was a cashier, a bagger, and also a produce […]