Here I go again, with a book full of stories that will keep me from sleep. What is wrong with me????
The book is That Which Grows Wildby Eric J. Guignard, a Dark Fantasy, Short Stories.
That Which Grows Wild collects sixteen dark and masterful short stories by award-winning author Eric J. Guignard. Equal parts whimsy and weird, horror and heartbreak, this debut collection traverses the darker side of the fantastic through vibrant and harrowing tales that depict monsters and regrets, hope and atonement, and the oddly changing reflection that turns back at you in the mirror.
Discover why Eric J. Guignard has earned praise from masters of the craft such as Ramsey Campbell (“Guignard gives voice to paranoid vision that’s all too believable.”), Rick Hautala (“No other young horror author is better, I think, than Eric J. Guignard.”), and Nancy Holder ( “The defining new voice of horror has arrived, and I stand in awe.”)
• “A Case Study in Natural Selection and How It Applies to Love” – a teen experiences romance, while the world slowly dies from rising temperatures and increasing cases of spontaneous combustion.
• “Dreams of a Little Suicide” – a down-on-his-luck actor unexpectedly finds his dreams and love in Hollywood playing a munchkin during filming of The Wizard of Oz, but soon those dreams begin to darken.
• “The Inveterate Establishment of Daddano & Co.” – an aged undertaker tells the true story behind the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, and of the grime that accumulates beneath our floors.
• “A Journey of Great Waves” – a Japanese girl encounters, years later, the ocean-borne debris of her tsunami-ravaged homeland, and the ghosts that come with it.
• “The House of the Rising Sun, Forever” – a tragic voice gives dire warning against the cycle of opium addiction from which, even after death, there is no escape.
• “Last Days of the Gunslinger, John Amos” – a gunfighter keeps a decimated town’s surviving children safe on a mountaintop from the incursion of ferocious creatures… until a flash flood strikes.
Explore within, and discover a wild range upon which grows the dark, the strange, and the profound.
About the Author
Eric J. Guignard is a writer and editor of dark and speculative fiction, operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award, and a multi-nominee of the Pushcart Prize. His stories and non-fiction have appeared in over one hundred genre and literary publications such as “Nightmare Magazine,” “Black Static,” “Shock Totem,” “Buzzy Magazine,” and “Dark Discoveries Magazine.” Outside the glamorous and jet-setting world of indie fiction, Eric’s a technical writer and college professor, and he stumbles home each day to a wife, children, cats, and a terrarium filled with mischievous beetles.
Eric came by and we had a nice talk. Here’s how it went.
How would you describe your writing style?
I don’t know if others would agree, but I like to say that my style is literary dark fiction, which is emotionally resonant, thoughtful, weird, and compelling.
Writing is not a static process. How have you developed as a writer over the years?
I feel my work has evolved over the years in terms of sophistication and in message, in depth and in resonance, and for attempting “new” things, in new settings, and with new voices. At least I hope I’ve developed in such ways. I leave it to others to judge accordingly.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
I rely on a thesaurus for word variability. Other than that, my only must-have is a computer and a place/time for uninterrupted working.
What was the last great book you read, and what was the last book that disappointed you?
I just finished SLADE HOUSE by David Mitchell and LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane. Both of those novels were simply magnificent, each in different ways: one by the story structure, supernatural dread, and slow development (Slade House), and the other by the epic criminal story line of a young protagonist and the depth of characters and situations that he is surrounded by (Live by Night).
Unfortunately, disappointing books are more and more common, but I feel that is a natural effect of being a broad reader. When you’ve met similar characters, watched similar transformations, seen similar plot “twists,” a new work can feel stale or hackneyed, whereas if I were to have read it at an earlier point in my life, I’m sure it would have felt much more original and/or compelling.
What new and upcoming authors do you think we should take notice of?
Thersa Matsuura, David Tallerman, Ray Cluley, Lisa Morton, Joanna Parypinski; Helen Marshall; Nadia Bulkin; Grady Hendrix… and so many more.
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