Welcome to the third installment of my series of interviews with the contributors of the horror anthology PURGATORIUM from ID Press! Now that we have the 4 members of ID Press completed, we can go on to the other contributors of the anthology.
I have found each of these interviews to be highly entertaining and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did. Today we have Kate Arms, Mel Cober and Samantha Banik in the spotlight.
Kate is always eloquent and she stopped me in my tracks with one of her answers. On the subject of her favourite genre, she replied:
“Wherever I can find poetic language about philosophical ideas and questions about what it means to be a human being, with a preference for writers who are willing to look at the dark sides of humanity and find beauty there.” ~ Kate Arms
Now that’s something I can fully get behind! These interviews are peppered with beautiful and thoughtful insights. I’m glad I poked the contributors…they continue to delight me with their responses.
I must remember to bring Mel a nice pile of fluffy kittens the next time we get together. From the woman who thinks being nice is overrated. 🙂
And I think I may have fallen a little in love with Samantha after reading her response to question #16. So very true!
Enjoy Kate, Mel, and Samantha’s interviews! All are wise, witty and wonderful…
Feeling passionately alive in the present moment.
The easy one to write – now, if I could just figure out which one that is…
Horrible things happening to my kids.
Wherever I can find poetic language about philosophical ideas and questions about what it means to be a human being, with a preference for writers who are willing to look at the dark sides of humanity and find beauty there.
The one that most recently gave me shivers. I’m fickle that way.
That too much is badly written and involves jump scares and gratuitous gore, but that the best stuff is marvelously disturbing.
A way to explore the dark side of humanity without actually hurting anybody.
Personal essays, poetry, contemporary adult fiction, a manifesto on how to have healthy relationships, a book of writing prompts, and too much unpublished YA fantasy.
I was held up at knife point outside my apartment one night in my 20s.
The ability to write a first draft that doesn’t need revision.
“A bag of groceries accidentally taken off the shelf before the date stamped on myself” (h/t They Might be Giants)
I need to ask my son. He’s writing the graphic novel “Death vs. Darkness”, and Misery is a central character. He probably knows.
Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Huis Clos by Jean-Paul Sarte, and “Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wislawa Szymborska“.
The ones I am reading at the moment who are captivating my imagination, the ones I get to hang out with, and Shakespeare.
The video game soundtracks from all the games my children play.
In a book written by a friend. Or my sleep.
Waves crashing on a rocky shore.
Carpe the F*ck Out of This Diem. (Stolen from a mentor, Kristen Bentley, who took it from her mentor, L.A. Reding.
On the Web, KATE can be found:
Living at Disney full time.
I prefer to write in darker genres, but I’ve written in many.
Spiders. Oh wait- this could be used against me. Piles of fluffy kittens is my worst fear.
Is it cliche to say Stephen King? Because he gets it done, and he’s by far the best known. (please don’t use this one Kevin)
Everything from things that go bump in the night, to an alien abduction to a demon peeling the skin off it’s victim. Anything can become a horror story, if told right.
Being polite. Sometimes, you need to stand up for yourself (or others) and be that bitch.
Same as 6
I’ve written blogs for Boom 97.3, articles for small publications and many short stories.
When my grandma had a stroke and I got the call from my dad. Sadly, she didn’t make it.
To be able to finish a task w/o distraction. Oh look…is that a squirrel?
A cat. I’d love to sit in the sun all day and nap, and have someone feed me.
Misery without company?
All the Bright Places, Eleanor and Park and a book that changes each time you read it. 😉
Everyone in Purgatorium.
The beeping of our water softener that beeps constantly a full two weeks before it will run out of salt.
That or Dale Long. 😉
No one likes to die. So I suppose in my sleep is best.
The sound of the water lapping on a dock during a summer night, while I type away.
If you ever leave me I’m coming with you.
That moment when I walk in the room to pick my daughter up from daycare and she first sees me. That look in her eye of unconditional love and happiness, followed by pure excitement as she runs into my arms squealing. That right there. That is my happy place.
Apparently I have a few.
Losing my Mom or my daughter. And being abducted by aliens…clowns too. Hate clowns.
Anything. I will read anything.
Bram Stoker. Dracula was the first horror piece I ever read. I love his style. It’s the first book I think of when I think about horror books.
A world in which chocolate does not exist. Oh, and smelling poop. You can’t trust the smell of poop. Ask any mom.
Patience. Whoever made that list, did not have children.
A world in which writers do not exist.
The Pirate – WIP, Fallen From Grace – WIP, plus many, many unfinished pieces. Several articles for the Orono Weekly Times.
Standing outside of my father’s house the night he died knowing what I was going to find when I entered.
I would love to be able to sing well. Though, I do anyway even though I sound like a wounded guinea pig.
Losing This was a hard one too. I think a cat. They have pretty good lives. Nine of them to boot.
Losing a loved one. It’s a pain that runs deep and never truly goes away.
I have many, but a few are Jane Austen, Diana Gabaldon, D.H. Lawrence, J.R.R. Tolkien, and all of my writer friends 🙂
All the heroes and heroines of every story I’ve ever read. I had to think about this one and I couldn’t come up with any one character.
The sound of negativity.
Preferably in my sleep, but trying to save the world from an alien invasion would be cool too.
My daughter’s laughter.
One is never served so well as by oneself, or – If you want something done right, do it yourself.
On the Web, SAMANTHA can be found:
One more installment of Purgatorio Dialogues to come! Look for it next week!