Today I am interviewing Carl R. Moore, author of the new short-fiction collection, Slash of Crimson and Other Tales.
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DJ: Hi Carl! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Carl R. Moore: I am a horror and fantasy writer living in upstate New York. My first collection, Slash of Crimson and other tales was published in the summer of 2017 by Seventh Star Press
DJ: What is Slash of Crimson and Other Tales about?
Carl: Well, as the blurb on the back flap describes, Slash of Crimson spins a dark maritime yarn about Drew Aldrin, a young guitarist and street rough, who takes a harrowing journey with a red-eyed beauty who claims she’s from Atlantis. I’d take if further here to say that it’s a story about trust in all types of relationships—business, art, romantic and even religious.
DJ: What were some of the inspirations behind Slash of Crimson and Other Tales?
Carl: I first got the idea joking with a friend about writing a satirical romance novel where it started out romantic and turned horrific. But when the characters began to breathe and speak, they took over and spun the narrative into a bit of a wild, ornate adventure.
DJ: What kinds of stories can readers expect in the anthology?
Carl: The two novellas are a mix of horror and fantasy with a bit of romance. I’ve been told by readers who liked them that the action/adventure side was more prominent than they expected and they enjoyed it. I’ve been told the short stories are downright scary and slightly Stephen King-esque.
DJ: Being an author, what do you believe makes a good short-story How does it differ from wiring novel-length stories?
Carl: A short story needs to be quick and stealthy—like a pick-pocket, it needs to sneak in, get the goods, and get out before someone’s willing suspension of disbelief blows the whistle. Novels really function the same way, with just a little more room for mood and character building because the reader’s looking for that companionship, if you will.
DJ: This may… this will be a difficult question to answer, but what are some of your favorite stories in Slash of Crimson and Other Tales? I don’t mean what you believe is the best, but perhaps some stories has a particular setting, theme, message, or character that you stood out to you?
Carl: I really enjoyed writing “The Red Path” because even though I liked both characters, and almost felt sorry for them, at the same time, I felt they both needed to learn the lesson of the merciless nature of competition.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Slash of Crimson and Other Tales?
Carl: Working with editor Margie Colton. She really brought out my best, and I will be forever grateful to her for that.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it this one?
Carl: Hopefully, “When’s the next book?”
DJ: Now that Slash of Crimson and Other Tales is released, what is next for you?
Carl: I am working on a new book about a group of hunters who encounter a werewolf cult.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Carl-R.-Moore/e/B0087M15E8/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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*** Slash of Crimson and Other Tales is available TODAY!!! ***
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SLASH OF CRIMSON AND OTHER TALES offers two novellas and six short stories that combine an intoxicating mix of horror, crime noir, and alt-mythology. Its title story spins a dark maritime yarn about Drew Aldrin, a young guitarist and street rough, who takes a harrowing journey with a red-eyed beauty who claims she’s from Atlantis. The half-dozen brutal and sardonic short stories that follow tell of lost souls tortured by demons and far worse. The final novella, Torn from the Devil’s Chest, serves unsuspecting Sociology student Lyla Banes a deliciously disturbing feast of deception and trust-destroying lust. Indulge yourself in a collection that guarantees to thrill the senses while it shocks the nerves
CARL R. MOORE lives in upstate New York with his wife Sarah and two daughters, Maddy and Izzy. His fiction has appeared in numerous other magazines and anthologies. When he’s not writing or working the night shift, he enjoys playing guitar and walking miles through the woods. News and contact information can be found on his website, http://www.carlrmoore.com
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