Today we welcome Dylan J. Morgan! If you’re a regular on this blog, his book may look familiar – I reviewed it a few weeks ago. Three things I can tell you about Dylan’s books: they are compelling, un-put-downable reads, don’t get too attached to the characters, and his writing engages all the senses (sometimes the smells are atrocious).
Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. Now, four weeks after the final mayday call from her decimated soldiers, Erebus has sent a larger force to Hemera’s surface. Colonel Paden is coming with them, but his desires go way beyond the rescue of the surviving recon team. A mountain of jewels and gold is rumoured to lie buried beneath the presidential palace, and Paden is here to claim the wealth he believes is due to him.
Dropped into an unforgiving world, Ryan and the other soldiers of Erebus Superior Armed Forces soon discover everything is not as they thought. Magna’s population is more deadly than they could ever have imagined, their Colonel more corrupt than they’d ever known. Seeking refuge in the president’s underground bunker, the combatants are forced to sacrifice everything just to stay alive.
Bandit clans control Hemera’s dead lands and they’ve surrounded Magna in an effort to claim the fortune that belongs to their planet. Mutants control the city streets, but all they want is the taste of human flesh. Trapped inside the dead city, Ryan must fight against a mutated population—against the greed, betrayal, and hatred of those who stand at his side—in a desperate battle for survival.
What’s the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was some little idea that I can’t quite remember now, but was written on pieces of paper that I stapled together. Needless to say this story was never published. The first story I did have published was back in 2003 for a print on demand anthology; a short story that involved an alien of some kind. My memory doesn’t seem to stretch back more than a decade, unfortunately.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
Dracula, probably. I’ve always wanted to visit Romania and those old East European countries: steeped in culture and mythology with a past rich with stories of vampires and other such horrors. Castles fascinate me too; they’re amazing feats of medieval engineering we probably couldn’t achieve today. I’m sure Dracula’s crib is a huge stone castle with many secret rooms and passageways. Ancient and valuable artwork probably hang on the walls in a cozy room complete with a blazing hearth providing enough warmth to even heat the count’s ancient undead bones. And I bet he serves a nice, thick claret, too.
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
Ghosts. Not ghost stories, but ghost movies and the idea that a spirit is standing over my shoulder in the darkness watching everything I do. You can’t see them, can’t feel them, but you can probably sense them. Perhaps the flush of chills you get running down your spine and the flash of goosebumps erupting on your arms are caused by a ghost passing you by.
Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
My favorite hero in a book/movie has to be a heroine, namely Selene from the Underworld franchise of vampire/werewolf movies. She’s badass, dedicated to the coven and her fight against werewolves, until her own kind betray her, then she becomes even more badass. She’s a great character played by a great actress. Favorite villain . . . can I choose someone from Game of Thrones? I’ve not read the books and I know it’s not a movie, but I love the TV series, and I think Cersi classes as a villain. She’s awesome: single-minded, determined, and willing to sacrifice anyone and everyone in order to protect her own and claim the Iron Throne. Now that her father is dead, her children are all dead, it’s going to be interesting to see just how ruthless and villainous Cersi will become in her efforts to stop those multiple threats to her kingdom.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
Starting. Actually sitting down in front of my computer and opening the word file to begin crafting a story, or the next chapter, or the next paragraph, is the hardest part of the entire process for me. It’s so easy to turn away to go and do something else, but it takes dedication and determination to begin where you left off and create something unique to you. Once I get over that hump and the words begin to flow it usually becomes easy to find the story again; and certainly editing to get the book into the story I’d always envisioned is a process I really enjoy. It’s building those foundations that are the hardest part of the job.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m a few chapters into what will probably be a novella length work of fiction. It’ll be another mash-up of genres, combining post-apocalyptic with horror in an end of world event. The basic premise for the story is that mankind, through its own greed and selfishness, has caused society to collapse upon itself and the monsters we thought were nothing but myth and legend have crawled from the darkness to seize their chance. Demons have risen from the pits of hell, and have opened the realm of Hades so that the dead walk the earth. The story follows a group of monster hunters on one mission as they must fight against the evil that hell has unleashed, in addition to the evil that the human race continues to display.
Now living and working in Norway, he was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.
If you’re searching for that light at the end of the tunnel then stop looking—you won’t find it here.