I recently had the chance to interview indie author Shana Hammaker. Shana has been writing a series of short stories entitled Twelve Terrifying Tales for 2011 which are available on Amazon.
Q: Who are the three most influential authors to you?
A: Stephen King, Clive Barker, and David Sedaris (the only odd man out!)
Q: What are your three favorite stories/books?
A: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson; The Stand by Stephen King; and It by Stephen King…honestly there are so many more, but since I’m limited to 3…
Q: What type of horror do you write thrillers, cosmic horror, strange fiction, gothic horror, or something else?
A: I’m trying my hand at all kinds of thrillers lately, since my current project is a year-long short thriller series. I like to infuse my horror with a bit of absurd humor, and I like to write stories that keep the reader looking over his shoulder and jumping at unknown noises.
And to be honest, I’d love to know what “cosmic horror” is, cause I’ve never heard of it. Sounds like fun!
For examples of cosmic horror see the The Color out of Space, The Call of Cthulhu, The Other Gods, or as a Stephen King fan IT would qualify somewhat. The arcana wiki defines cosmic horror as – a genre of horror where humans are as insects beneath vast, incomprehensibly powerful and alien entities. Ultimately, humanity is very likely doomed in such a world, and there is little that humans can do about it.
Q: Have you ever collaborated with another writer or considered collaborating?
A: I’ve never done a collaboration, and to be honest I don’t know if I’d be any good at it. But I’m open to trying anything once.
Q: Where do you get inspiration for your work?
A: I get my inspiration everywhere. A quirky phrase picked up while eavesdropping, a fragment of a hazy dream, an image that springs to mind from nowhere and just won’t go away…literally anywhere.
My most recent published short began as a sentence that sprang to mind fully formed: “Knowing Julie’s head was hidden in his trunk gave Mike a hard-on he hoped the border guards wouldn’t notice.”
That became the opening sentence of Border Crossing.
Q: What can you tell us about your current project?
A: I’m three months into a year-long short thriller series I call Twelve Terrifying Tales for 2011. Each month I publish a new short thriller on Amazon (and eventually also on the Nook) for $.99.
I’m using this as an opportunity to try my hand at all different kinds of thrillers. In January I published a psychological thriller: Charlie. In February I published a paranormal thriller: North of Forks, and this month I published Border Crossing, a revenge thriller.
Q: Do you belong to any writer organizations?
Q: Are you a published or self published author?
A: I’m indie all the way. I LOVE the punk DIY feel of the whole thing.
Q: When was your first work published and how many do you have published to date?
A: Unless you include stuff I published in my college student newspaper (and who does?), then the first thing I published was the first short thriller of this series, Charlie, back in January.
And I’ve published three total short stories so far.
You can find the Facebook page for Shana’s book series here.