Today’s author offers a compelling reason why he’d choose to be abducted by aliens over a serial killer – totally makes sense to me. On the cover of his featured book, The Mind’s Plague, is his own terror-stricken face. How cool is that? Welcome Morgan K. Tanner!
Would you rather spend a night in The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance or be in the high school gym during prom with Carrie?
The Shining is one of my favourite films of all time and it still never fails to unnerve me with its creepy vibe and claustrophobic atmosphere. That being said, I’m pretty sure I could survive one night in there with crazy Jack, especially if he’s only limping after me with his axe. Plus I know that the cupboard in the kitchen’s a good place to hide (if I’d fit, though), and I could copy Danny’s excellent tactic of disguising his footprints in the snow. And when I’d finally outrun him I could enjoy some quality time riding on those 70s carpets on my little pedal bike.
Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?
I’m of the belief that if aliens really wanted to harm us they’d have either done it already or would simply spread a plague-like disease that would wipe us out in no time at all. So being abducted wouldn’t frighten me that much (he says!). I suppose it would be interesting to see life from another planet, and their spaceship would be awesome, I’d imagine. It certainly beats a serial killer because I’ve read enough books and watched enough movies to know how that would ultimately end. They usually aren’t very nice people.
Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?
Ghostbusters all the way! Not that the characters would be a laugh-a-minute, and would probably spend long nights talking about science and other ‘intellectual’ stuff. I think Mulder would get a bit heavy after a while; he’s not exactly brimming with charisma. Although hanging out with Scully may have its benefits. Plus, if I was a Ghostbuster I’d get to wear a proton pack and slide down that sweet fireman’s pole whenever I wanted. The young me would be ever so jealous.
What is your favorite cover of all your books? Why?
My debut novella, An Army of Skin, has such an awesome cover that really encapsulates the tone of the book, I think. M.R. Tapia was responsible for it; I’d submitted my manuscript to him originally and he emailed me back with three covers he’d ‘doodled’. When I saw what eventually became the cover, I was blown away. So much so I now have the design tattooed on my arm.
I must mention the cover of my short story collection, The Mind’s Plague and Other Bites of Brutality, if only for the fact that the strange, terror-stricken face in the TV screen is none other than my beautifully handsome face. There was absolutely no Photoshop involved, either.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I haven’t really been at the writing game long enough to have lots of unfinished books; I try to keep going to the end. There are a few short stories that still haven’t seen the light of day, although they probably never will as they are, well, not up to scratch. I do have an 80000 word novel that I am planning to re-edit and do with something with, either self-publish again or submit it somewhere. I haven’t looked at it in about 3 years – intentionally – so we’ll see how it holds up when I eventually do.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m writing a short story about a burglar who is tied up and tortured by the man who’s house he breaks into, but by the time this is posted I hope to have finished this one. I’m also writing what was a short story but now seems to developing into a novella (at least) about a haunted house. But instead of the house being old and derelict, it’s a new build property, so hopefully it’s a different take on the genre. There’s not a bricked up hole or creaky floorboard in sight. We’ll see how things pan out, though.
Three friends search for an infamous internet video of an urban legend with devastating consequences; a passionate drummer joins the band of his dreams, or perhaps his nightmares; a man tries to find fame in a world where the mundane call the shots; and a grieving father loses his grip on reality.
These ten stories delve into a world of darkness and suffering, where the terrors are more vivid than they may first appear. Blood is spilt, minds are destroyed, as madness ultimately reigns victorious.
Morgan K Tanner is a writer, drummer, and golfist currently residing in the English countryside. The idyllic surroundings make it an ideal place to write, drum, and hide the bodies. The busy sound of the typewriter is perfect to drown out the hum of the antiquated torture equipment.
When not writing or inflicting pain and suffering on his numerous victims, he indulges himself in all things horror and metal.
He is the author of An Army of Skin, and The Mind’s Plague and Other Bites of Brutality.
You can praise or indeed abuse him by visiting http://www.morganktanner.com or find him on Twitter @morgantanner666.