#BadMoonRising: The Boy Who Loved Horses by Joseph Carrabis #thriller #shortstory

It’s day two of Bad Moon Rising, and today we’re welcoming one of my publisher siblings, Joseph Carrabis.  Read on to discover why he thinks he’s part werewolf and is waiting for aliens to take him home.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

In the realm of TMI, I’ve been confused with a black bear when I take my shirt off (I’m a bit of a chia pet from the neck down), so I have the werewolf aspect covered, me thinks.

But a vampire? Dracula is the personification of evil because he’s so pitiable. Imagine a creature so driven by a hunger so strong it can never rest. Business owners know these creatures as investors and venture capitalists. I have such a character (vampiric, although not for blood) in my Empty Sky novel. Fun to write, not fun to be.

Okay, I’ll go with werewolf. I’m already half-way there. What the heck. Go for it.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

People always ask me if I came on the mothership and I don’t like cornflakes (although not so much as to harm them) so I’ll go with the alien abduction. It’d be nice to go home after all these years.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Ghostbusters (original). Much better music.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I’ve studied aboriginal cultures world-wide and regardless of culture, location, ethnic basis, racial basis, mythic depictation, any of the standard concepts of self-identity, they all tell me I carry strong teacher and storyteller/storykeeper medicine/magic with my female energy being storyteller/storykeeper and my male energy teacher. Restricting ourselves to aboriginal North America, that would pretty much be spider (GrandMother Spirit) and Wolf (GrandFather Spirit). The personifications may change, the energies don’t. Or haven’t yet, anyway.

There’s lots more involved in such things and that’s a good place to start.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

A question for the mathematicians in your audience; Which is greater, Infinity or (Infinity + 1)?

Unpublished is easier. I have lots of work completed, submitted to editors, et cetera, and not yet published – 300+.

Now we ask, “How many of those are half-finished?” and I’ll include “rough draft” in “half-finished”. Maybe another 900+.

So 300+ and 900+. Infinity or (Infinity + 1).

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?

Asking them out for a date. I get enough rejection from editors and such.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Wait a second…”not writing”? What is “not writing”?

What are you working on now?

Improving my storycrafting and storytelling.

What if…
You’re born and raised Hill
but got City educated and now
you drivin’ a big state issue
Buick back into Hill ’cause
you gonna show them you
something else?
what if one town you drive
through’s got secrets it don’t
want nobody to know?
what if you plan to tell City
those secrets and those
secrets got they own idea
who you gonna tell?

Buy Links

The Boy Who Loved Horses – http://nlb.pub/Horses
Pretty much everything else – http://nlb.pub/amazon


Joseph Carrabis’ short fiction has been nominated for both Nebula (Cymodoce, May ‘95 Tomorrow Magazine) and Pushcart (The Weight, Nov ‘95 The Granite Review). His most recent novel, The Augmented Man, is available on AmazonBarnes&Noble, directly from the publisher, Black Rose Writing, and most online booksellers. His short fiction has recently appeared in Across the MarginparAbnormalThe New Accelerator, and later this year in HDP and Piker Press.

Joseph holds patents covering mathematics, anthropology, neuroscience, and linguistics. His time is spent loving his wife, playing with his dog and cat, flying kites bigger than most cars, cooking for friends and family, playing and listening to music, and studying anything and everything he believes will help his writing.

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40 thoughts on “#BadMoonRising: The Boy Who Loved Horses by Joseph Carrabis #thriller #shortstory

  1. This had me in tears…of laughter. I always wondered what to give alien visitors when they visited. Am I guessing, not cornflakes?
    As for looking like a werewolf from the neck down, I’m wondering how good your howling is Joseph? And do you like moon-bathing as apposed to sun-bathing?
    Great interview, Teri. One to be very proud of.

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    1. Hugh, glad you laughed. My goal is reached, I am done.
      Re alien visitors and corn flakes. I don’t know any aliens who are serial killers except in 1950s B movies. Except, of course “Alien”, but it’s only in there to throw the curve, you know? It’s an outlier and would be ignored by any alien-loving statistician.
      Howling…Coyote and Wolf are regular visitors where I live and I do practice howling. They laugh their heads off, though.
      One time I got out my clarinet and started playing. Got several answers. Mostly along the lines of “That poor sick creature!”
      And while I prefer night, I also enjoy a hot sunny day on the beach, feeling my body relax as the heat of the day burns through me.

      And re Coyote, may I offer The Coyotes Are Celebrating?

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      1. Are you sure E.T wasn’t a serial killer, Joseph? I’m pretty sure he was, or maybe I was watching something else? I’m sure the movie started with somebody stealing a box of cornflakes and then being chased by an outraged mob through a wood during the night. Then again, maybe I was watching one of those 1950s B movies like ‘Plan 9 From Outerspace?’ They should keep showing those movies on repeat, especially in October.
        You have the gift of being able to talk to the coyotes and wolfs. However, they seem quite rude in what they say about your clarinet playing. I hope it’s not the same when they read your books.
        Great connecting with you here on Teri’s blog. Good luck with your upcoming works.

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        1. Hugh, I sit corrected (can’t type standing up).
          Yes, of course, cereal, being chased through the woods.
          And re coyote and wolf being rude, I don’t take it that way. Let’s me know I can improve, up my game.
          Besides, you haven’t heard me play clarinet. King of Klezmer I ain’t.

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    1. Mae, glad you were entertained.
      Interesting thought re being a stand-up. Often thought about it. I’ve written at least one definite humor piece – Power Unlimited – and one whimsical humorous piece – <a href="http://nlb.pub/Winds&quot;)Winter Winds. Let me know if you’d like to read then (both short stories) and I’ll see about getting you copies.
      I know the author and may have some pull…


  2. Pingback: Teri Polen Bad Mooned Me – Joseph Carrabis, Author Blog

    1. (hmm…posted a comment, don’t see it. hmm…)
      I appreciate your comment, I truly do, but if you read above you’ll note it’s documented that I’m boring and dull.
      However, if I’m a character in a story, please let it be an interesting one. – J

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