Peter Mark May : Edwards Q&A Challenge #Q&A #Horrorfiction #Fantasyfiction #writers

Peter Mark May hails from Walton-On-Thames in Surrey and now lives in Hersham.

He is the author of six horror novels and one novella Demon, Kumiho, Inheritance [P. M. May], Dark Waters (novella), Hedge End, AZ: Anno Zombie, Something More Than Night and Forky’s House.

Peter  also writes historical crime under the name Alexander Arrowsmith, his first of a series of novels Pillars of Blood was published 2016/17.

 Tell us about your new book! 
My new novel is Forky’s House, released in August by Crossroads Press in the USA. It is out in ebook now, with the print version due for release in a few months time. Price £3.92. Available HERE



What was the thinking behind the book
Forky’s House was inspired by a reading I did a few years back with Frazer Lee and Maynard Sims in an old unused chapel in Abney Park cemetery in a part of London, I had never visited before. The idea of this tranquil green place set in the busy street of London appealed. Certain other ideas merged with it a haunted house with a room that only appears at certain times during the month.

How long have you been writing and how did you get started?
Since I was 17 really, I wrote a vampire novel called ‘The Calling’ which nobody wanted. I still wrote but gave up sending my work out until around 2006. Demon came out in 2008.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing, and does it come in useful for your stories?
I read every single day, watch football and cricket and garden. The reading helps my writing, but the others are to clear my overworking brain.

Pitch Forky’s House to the world at large in 100 words.
The house was unexpected.
It sat slap bang in the middle of one of the busiest, most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and hardly anyone noticed it was there. One of London’s central hub roads flowed past its’ boundaries like a shoal of steely fish in a swollen river. Walls of dull-yellow, old brick, overhung by a dense double line of veteran sycamore trees kept it hidden from the prying eyes of the modern world. Google maps just passed it by, recording only the twelve-foot-high walls and the lines of trees that cast shadows, even on the sunniest of summer days.

Is there any genre or style of writing you haven’t tried yet but would like to?
I’ve had one fantasy short story published in a US magazine years ago, but I’ve written a 130k fantasy novel, with the potential of a series, which I will try to find a publisher for next year.

I’ve already had a historical crime novel published set in ancient Athens, so I have dipped out of horror before.

What aspects of writing to do you find the most tricky?
Editing, all the way. Writing & plotting a 100k novel in my head is easy to me. I love it, I need it. Editing my brain isn’t that sharp, working on screen is worse my eyes skip over things, so I print everything off and now get others to edit after me. I’m not sure if it is part of my ASD, I never get writer’s block, but editing I find so hard. I’ve recently started having Word read my stories back to me page by page, and found my ears pick up things my eyes miss.

Which of your previous works are you most proud of, and are there any that you would like to forget about?
Hedge End & Kumiho in the past, not my most best-selling novels, but I love them so much. But I’ve been waiting a few years for Forky’s House to come out, I hope it is a special as I think it is. Not that I want to forget about, each novel you learn and hopefully progress. But Demon is out of print now and it will probably stay that way.

Full synopsis before you start? Or seat of the pants?
A mixture of both.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
Nothing is off the board, but probably nothing extreme gore and I don’t think I could write a modern crime novel because that doesn’t interest me, Ancient Greek one, yes.

Fantasy: Lord Of The Rings or Howl’s Moving Castle?
J.R. R. Tolkien’s works, all of them, even the obscure ones nobody really reads. The depth and breadth of his works are staggering. I didn’t have much money as a lad so read them over and over until I discovered Stephen King.

What are you currently reading?
Closer Still, a novella by Richard Farren Barber

Literary festivals and conventions:  Where/when will you be appearing next?
I’ll be at FantasyCon and Sledge-Lit this winter.

Peter Mark May has had short stories published in genre Canadian & US magazines and UK & US anthologies of horror such as Creature Feature, Watch, the British Fantasy Society’s 40th Anniversary anthology Full Fathom Forty, Alt-Zombie, Fogbound From 5, Nightfalls, Demons & Devilry, Miseria’s Chorale, The Bestiarum Vocabulum, Phobophobias, Kneeling in the Silver Light, Demonology and Tales From the Lake Volume 5.

Peter also runs Hersham Horror Books and has published 27 books so far.
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