Interview with short story writer Micah Castle

Short story writer Micah Castle is here today
telling me about his weird fiction/horror collection, The Stone Man and Other Weird Tales.
Bio:
Micah is a person who
writes short stories, mainly horror, weird fiction, and Lovecraftian. While
away from the keyboard, he enjoys hiking nature trails, playing with his
animals, listening to a wide variety of music, and can typically be found
reading a book in his living room.
Welcome, Micah. What do you enjoy most about writing
short stories?
They are long enough to
get a good story told, but short enough to where I don’t waste months at a time
on just one story. I get a lot of ideas for stories, some good, most bad, and
short stories give me the flexibility to tell them all within a short amount of
time.
Can you give us a little insight into a few of your
short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
My two favorites from The Stone Man and Other Weird Tales is
“The Stone Man” and “Hugo The Clown.”
“The Stone Man”
is about a professor of geology who stumbles upon stacked stones in his town’s
river, but he soon discovers there is more to the stones than just their queer
structure. He becomes driven to meet who stacks those stones, and when he does
meet The Stone Man, he receives more than just a homeless man living in the
forest.
“Hugo The Clown”
is a story about a childhood performer who lives in the suburbs, in which he
hates and desperately wants to escape from. Through his performances he steals
the life force from the children he entertains. With this life force, he plans
to use to unlock the gateway to another world in his basement. But, like a lot
of things in life, it doesn’t work the way he planned.
What genre are you inspired to write in the most?
Why?
Horror. I think horror is
such a broad genre that almost anything can be done within its boundaries.
Also, I’ve always been to drawn to darker things, and I naturally became
engrossed by horror stories and how they play out.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m currently going
through my backlog of stories for the next collection.
Right now, I’m on “A
Star Collector,” which is a combination of fantasy and horror. It’s a
simple story about a boy who meets a man on the way home one night, in which he
discovers what the man carries in his large bag are not rocks, but stars. It’s
simple and sounds boring, but it gives me the of Ray Bradbury’s work Something Wicked This Way Comes gives.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t consider
myself a writer. I think the title “writer,” is saved for those who
have established themselves to live off their works. I consider myself “a
person who writes,” though it’s a bit awkward to describe myself as such.
How do you research markets for your work, perhaps as
some advice for writers?
If the story is influenced
by something that actually happened to me, like “The Stone Man,” I
spent a lot of time in the area where the story is based (in a river in the
middle of the woods). Also, spending a lot of time Googling information, and
ensuring what I want to write about is factual and realistic.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Not really a quirk, but I
have to write in the early morning or it seems I can’t really write anything at
all.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Honestly, I never had a
goal of what I wanted to be when I was young. It never really crossed my mind,
or anything I thought about. I always lived in the present, even if that ended
up biting me in the ass later on (which it did when I grew up, started college,
and moved out of my mother’s house).
Anything additional you want to share with the
readers?
Do something that you
love to do, even if you don’t get paid to do it.
And, I’d like to give
an enormous thank you to my fiancé Nicole, for her love, care and patience.

Links:
Website | Twitter | Amazon


You can check out my most recent published short story, Under The Earth!


Thanks for being here today, Micah. All the best with
your writing projects!

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