As we prepare our new anthology, TRANSCENDENT, for its release this upcoming holiday season, we’re showcasing our authors and their stories. Get to know more about them below.
Lorraine Sharma Nelson
What kind of an impact do you want your stories to have on your readers?
I want my stories to resonate with people. I want them to linger in the readers’ minds for days after they’ve read them. I want something in the story -- be it a word, a phrase, a sentence, a comment -- to click with the reader. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if, a time later, something they see or hear reminds them of your story? That, to me, is the best compliment any writer could get.
Get to know more about Lorraine Sharma Nelson in her featured interviewand more about sleep paralysis in her featured guest post, “Waking Nightmares: Yes, It’s a Thing.”
What inspired your story?
A dream. A real, actual dream. Except it wasn’t my dream. It was my mother’s and she told me about it when I was six. It made an indelible impression on me. I am an only daughter of an only daughter, and my mother and I were very close. So versions of this dream kept cropping up in my own nightly adventures. My mother passed away untimely but I am still dreaming her dreams.
Get to know more about Elana Gomel in her featured interview.
Tell be about the setting you chose and how it influences your work.
Medinas and souqs have been traditional centerpieces of orientalist literature. You can see why. They are fascinating places bustling with energy and people. However, walking about Fez one afternoon I wondered what it would like if the pedestrians and stalls disappeared; if the heartbeat of the city was suddenly ripped out leaving an exterior shell of buildings and vacant streets. I normally don’t like crowds, and so I would categorize this apocalyptic daydreaming as my own personal version of coping-through-escapism.
Get to know more about Alistair Rey in his featured interviewand more about strange horror in his featured guest post, “A Horror So Sublime: from Poe to The Elephant Man.”
If your story was front-page news, what would the headline be?
It’s dangerous to walk through the woods alone at night. Though perhaps for some more than others.
Get to know more about Kathryn Hore in her featured interviewand more about the expectations of fear in her featured guest post, “What Scares You?”
Clay McLeod Chapman
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
Domestic bliss isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be…
Get to know more about Clay McLeod Chapman in his featured interviewand more about Perry, the Pet Hermit Crab in his featured guest post, “A Hermit Crab Pierced My Ear.”
Stay tuned as we celebrate our TRANSCENDENT authors each month.