I recently had the idea of interviewing each of the writers you will find within the pages of the upcoming horror anthology, PURGATORIUM. The first thing that came to mind was the PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE and how much fun it always was to read the way people would respond to some of the questions on it. So, I cribbed from the list of questions on the questionnaire, keeping some of them intact, removing some and adding some of my own that would relate to the experiences the respondents would have had in writing in general and in writing for the anthology in particular. (I’m so good at writing run-on sentences, aren’t I!?)
There are ten of us in the anthology. I will eventually share all the Proustian Questionnaires here. I thought I would begin with the principles of the newly formed ID PRESS, which is the press bringing PURGATORIUM to the marketplace. Today, I thought I would share the responses I received from Connie Di Pietro and Dale Long. Without further ado, I bring you the slightly altered Proust Questionnaires of Connie & Dale…but we’ll just go ahead and call them the PURGATORIO DIALOGUES. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did! For me, reading their responses made me realize just why I chose these lovely people as friends.
My idea of perfect happiness is the comfort from the warm sun on my back, toes in the sand, rolling waves and my children’s laughter. My music, mornings spent writing, evenings spent reading, and a table surrounded by friends and family enjoying a wonderful meal together.
Not sure I have any one preferred genre. I do have those which I’d find difficult to attempt to write in, because I don’t read them. I do love the dark and twisted.
Waking up and finding that all my fingers had been lopped off and my tongue pulled from my mouth.
This, like the above, is difficult…as my reading is varied. But dark and twisted always does win out.
Stephen King, because he isn’t afraid to bend his genre and go beyond the traditional horror of blood and gore. Andrew Pyper is also a very generous man with his time and talent in helping those of us who are just learning how to climb the ladder.
I had a fairly good grasp of the genre. I have been given the title Queen of the Macabre.
Same as it’s always been, there are so many varying degrees of horror. And sometimes the most horrific are the most realistic.
Besides my cupboard filled with shelved stories, I’m currently working on the 2nd book of a trilogy about witches who travel through time trying to find their way back home in a time when witches were persecuted. I have another novel that is currently being shopped by my agent at The Right’s Factory. I have a short story in another anthology
I was born in 1971. In 1973 my parents brought us to the drive-in theater, second billing was The Exorcist. That’s right…I stayed up in the back watching it. Still have quite a vivid memory of that. It took me deep into adulthood to watch it again without an afghan over my head as I peered through the knitting. And yes, you did the math right. I was 2 and a half, to be exact.
Pole-dancing. Imagine the shape I’d be in!!
I’d like to come back rich and beautiful, because this whole nice thing doesn’t pay the bills so well.
Seriously, the lowest depth of misery is treating others unfairly, unjustly and with inequality. It must be a very sad existence to think that you are better than everyone else around you.
The Red Tent, The Secret (because I need the universe to get me off of the island), and Little Women.
Anita Diamont, author of The Red Tent and Day after Night, Stephen King, and the Brontes….I know they are 2.
Whining and fighting….I do have 4 kids.
Never thought of dying much and my preference in the matter of which I would die, but I’d have to say in my old age while I slept after a wonderful meal surrounded by all my friends and family. I’d also like to know I would/could be in control of my own mortality.
On the Web, CONNIE can be found:
The waves at my feet, Wings on the BBQ, margarita in hand, surrounded by friends and family.
Genre? GENRE?? We don’t need no stinking genre!
Anything that is exceptionally written.
Mary Shelley. For starting it all off, for writing horror in a time when women weren’t seen as credible writers, for living through what she did.
Running out of charcoal.
Success/fame. Are those virtues? In today’s age they seem to be.
Running out of charcoal and margarita.
Middle grade ghost stories, old fashioned Christmas “scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago”, Humour short stories, life stories (eulogies), post apocalyptic science fiction and some fantasy.
The day my wife got diagnosed with cancer. Sitting in the doctor’s office. It felt like the world cracked open and threatened to swallow us.
To cure stupidity and ignorance.
Misery always has a lower depth.
How To Build A Boat Out Of Sand by Neil Degrasse Tyson, Cooking with Coconuts by Deb Rankin, How To Make a Radio from Palm Trees by MacGuyver.
All the writers in and around Purgatorium. I admire the ones that didn’t make it into the anthology for their grace and for putting themselves out there.
Each time I open a well written book, that character becomes my hero of fiction.
The noise made when a Know-it-all opens their head hole.
I don’t like to die. Ever.
Hearing my daughters sing when they don’t know I am listening.
“To infinity and beyond!” No, that’s not it. “Live long and prosper!” Nope, that’s not it either. “I’m Batman!” Close, but not it. “You say that can’t be done, do you?” Yep. That’ll do.
On the Web, DALE can be found:
More Purgatorio Dialogues to come! Stay tuned!