This happened a few weeks back, but iMorpheus wanted me to do an actual author interview with him because — apparently — I was that cool? It’s pretty much me answering questions he e-mailed me, but still, it was awesome! So here’s my “That Was A Good Read” podcast interview (last half of the podcast). Really enjoyed doing it! Link below.
You may not know iMorphus, but I do. This may be considered old news, but over the past several months some of my work has been featured on his podcast. One in particular incorporated something really cool where they got a voice actress — Amanda Berthot — to read one of my flash fictions. You can hear it in the podcast I’ll be linking below (it’s towards the end). You should also follow their work on twitter where they’re also in the process of releasing a new game on steam! Seriously, if you love horror, check their game out! Also listen to the podcast!
(I remember on Thursday saying that I’d have something to post on Friday and it’s Sunday night. Hopefully, I won’t make the same mistake again. Haha!)
What was once an excerpt is now a full blown short story! I posted this teaser last fall after completing it and began shopping this particular piece around to get published. I’m excited to announce that it finally found a home! You can now read the full story of Catherine and the Wasteland here on the #redditwriters anthology TL;DR. Myself and thirty other talented new writers are featured here in this awesome bundle of eclectic short stories spanning several genres!
All proceeds of the anthology will be going to Doctors Without Borders, so it’s more than just your typical books promotion. Special thanks goes to Callum Colback, the editor; C. Scott Frank, for formatting; and Joe Butler, the publisher!
Thanks readers for your clicks, your likes, your comments, and I hope you enjoy this anthology! Amazon link below.
Philip N.R Hauser
Before I get into this post I want to make a special thanks to Dusten J Munden on twitter who tag me in this because this was a lot of fun to do! He linked me the rules that you can find here and hopefully I followed them to the letter. I’m using characters that are a part of my current novel project: Magus Noir Overdrive.
Magus Noir Overdrive is a spy novel that takes place in an urban fantasy setting. It has witches, wizards, angels, demons, vampires, and humans doing corporate sleuthing and government sponsored espionage in a big city, cyberpunk setting. Hopefully, I’ll finish it soon so all of you can read it!
Here are the questions:
- It’s Halloween night! What is your protagonist dressed up as? James would be dressed up as wizard, but only ironically since he is one. Most likely he’d shoot to dress as someone like Merlin (but he’d keep his raybands on).
- Who in your cast refuses to dress up and shows up at the Halloween party without a costume? Camilla the demon, because she’s old enough to know what Halloween was before it became all about candy and costumes. Although, her contempt for those who buy into treat or treating wouldn’t stop her from trying to make a buck off of them.
- Which character wears the most outrageous costume, and what would it be? Miriam, the vampire, would come to the party dressed as a slayed, and bloody Czar circa 1918, since her home country is Russia and the Czar outfit is a real one that her late father kept as a trophy.
- On Halloween, werewolves, vampires, and zombies are on the prowl. Which of your characters gets caught in their clutches, and which creature do they subsequently turn into? James would get caught by a vampire (most likely Miriam) and turned into one himself.
- Who wins the contest for best costume? It’s pretty close, but Miriam wins just because her costume is the most authentic looking. Even with the blood it looks well done!
- Who hands out toothbrushes to the trick and treaters? Cassian the angel. He also hates this holiday, but only because it encourages sin and hedonism among humans. However, he does his best to try to provide balance with the emphasis on healthy teeth. He’s mostly made fun of.
- Which two of your characters decide to pair up and do an angel/devil costume together? Talia, the succubus, comes dressed in a sexy devil costume and tries to get Cassian to join her in taking selfies. Cassian finally relents, but he looks totally fucking miserable next to the smiling, sultry demon in every photo.
- Someone is too scared to even attend the Halloween party. Who is it? Nina, another angel, because there’s a bounty on her head right now and she doesn’t want to leave her home.
- Who overdoses on Halloween candy and ends up sick? Talia, but only because Miriam wants Talia to prove that she can’t gain a pound by eating any food.
- Which character is most likely to place a curse/hex on someone and who would they curse? James ends up putting a hex on Camilla, because this Halloween party was a ruse to capture James and send him back to the wizard death camps.
So it’s been three months since started this little adventure and I’ve been loving the outreach and experiences that I’ve gained so far. Going back to my first few posts I remembered what I was feeling back then and how nervous I was when I posted my excerpt of Con Job and my first poetry review of Ghost in the Shell. I was nervous about it because I mostly thought I was giving the world the ammunition it needed to prove that I was a freak all along and that no one would be into that stuff. However, I kept going; I wrote more blog posts, a sort-of essay about how difficult it is to be prescient as a writer, my trepidation over the possibly popularity of the live action Ghost in the Shell, and then later the review that blew all those assumptions out of the water in one fell swoop.
Then I started Austin By Night, and that’s when things really took off. I can say that my greatest achievement thus far has been the fact that my visitor counts doubled in not only April, but also in May. Two months of exponential growth! THAT is something.
I can’t be thankful enough to the people on WordPress along with my subscribers here on this site, as well as the wonderful local community of writers in my city, my home, Austin, Texas. There are many writers on twitter and their openness and willingness to help me make me a better writer have been invaluable. And there are those who are not online, but have also helped in immeasurable ways (and you know who you are and I am eternally grateful).
I think I’m lucky that I live in a pretty cosmopolitan city that is willing to embrace and support artists like myself. Not an easy thing to be, especially in the American South, but Austin definitely deserves the accolades. Now that I’ve seen what it takes to make it as a writer, I hope to spread the signal further through here and out there.
So, what’s next? Well, I’m working on a novel right now, which I’ve posted an excerpt of over a month ago. That novel has been my off-site project as well as what I do here, along with twitter and youtube. I’ll still be posting videos and continuing the Austin By Night series for the foreseeable future and I hope you’ll still around to see the other projects that I have coming down the artistic pipe-line. Once again, thank you for your support, your subscriptions, and continue to spread the signal. In the end, it’s all up to us! See you soon!