If you’re in the mood for a quick, spine-tingling read guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and have you squirming in your seat, I highly recommend this author’s featured novella. I’m a bit claustrophobic and found myself short of breath while reading Broken Shells. Give it a try – I dare you. Welcome Michael Patrick Hicks!
You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?
I’d probably be the skeptic who’s the first to die!
Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?
I was standing alone in the kitchen, looking for something to eat in the refrigerator when I felt the warm tap of a finger on my neck. The hairs there and on my arms stood on end and I could feel a presence, but when I turned around nobody was there. I was still alone, but it sure as hell didn’t feel like it. I was creeped out for a good while after that one.
If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?
If the price is right, yeah! Despite the creepy experience above, I actually don’t believe in ghosts or the supernatural or stuff like that, but I am still curious and open to the possibility. Especially if I’m getting paid!
What is the hardest part of writing?
These days, the hardest part is finding the time to actually write. Having two very young children at home, one of whom just entered his terrible threes, and working a full-time office job really eats up a lot of hours in the day. By the time I could conceivably write, I’m brain-dead and ready for bed!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am a voracious reader, so when I’m not writing books of my own, I’m consuming plenty of other author’s works. Books are my life, and I am constantly reading or trying to squeeze in some listening time for whatever audiobook is on my Audible app.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on finishing the final book in a trilogy of historical horror stories that are set in the early days of America, post-Revolutionary War. The first two books are novella-sized installments, and over the course of writing this third book it’s ballooned into a full-fledged novel that’s taking me quite a while to write and research. I’m hoping to have all three titles ready for launch in 2019, and should be able to release them in pretty quick succession once everything gets all nailed down. Stay tuned!
About BROKEN SHELLS
“A fun and nasty little novella…If you’re a big creature-feature fan (digging on works like Adam Cesare’s VIDEO NIGHT or Hunter Shea’s THEY RISE) you’re going to love this book.” – Glenn Rolfe, author of Becoming and Blood and Rain
“An adrenaline-fueled, no punches pulled, onslaught of gruesome action! Highly recommended!” – Horror After Dark
“Lightning fast…high octane fun.” – Unnerving Magazine
Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.
Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.
When Antoine steps foot on Dangle’s car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle’s secrets do not kill him first.
Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella, Mass Hysteria, an Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards Horror Finalist, and Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalist. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.
In addition to his own works of original fiction, he has written for the online publications Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter, and has previously worked as a freelance journalist and news photographer in Metro Detroit.
Michael lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.