Today we welcome Lee Mather, a British dark fiction author whose work will be featured (along with my mine too) in the upcoming Bloody Parchment anthology “HIDDEN THINGS, LOST THINGS and other stories”.
BK: Welcome to my Lab, Lee, pay no mind to the doll-faced automatons in the corner, they’re being punished.
LM: Nobody puts a doll-faced automaton in the corner! Just kidding, punish away! And thanks for having me here.
BK: Tell us a little about yourself, what sort of stuff do you write for those that are new to you.
LM: I write horror, dark fantasy and the occasional piece of science fiction, essentially anything that I would like to read myself. I enjoy stories with an emotional punch and I think the best way to achieve this is to get people to either love or hate your characters.
BK: Your story “Masks” is in the new Bloody Parchment collection, whet our appetite.
LM: “Masks” is set in a London theater and features a terminally ill actor faced with a terrible choice that might lead to a cure. It’s an out and out horror and has some pretty nasty moments. It was a pleasure to write.
BK: You’ve been featured in several other anthologies as well, alongside authors like Jeff Strand and William Miekle (both favourites of mine). What was that like?
LM: It’s great to feature alongside established authors, and a super opportunity to have my work read by fans of theirs. To an extent, when you’re starting off at anything, you need someone to take a chance on you so I’m grateful to both the publishers and the editors of the anthologies for including my stories. To be honest, I wondered whether my work would stand up beside theirs, but so far the feedback has been pretty good. For example, in “Corrupts Absolutely” a couple of reviewers have highlighted my story, “Crooked”, as one of their favourite inclusions, which I didn’t expect at all.
BK: Any plans for something longer, something all your own. A novel perhaps?
LM: I have a short novel (or long novella!) due for release in October from Lyrical Press. It’s titled “First Kiss, Last Breath” and it’s a coming of age story about a teen who believes he has brought a demon to life through his painting.
To date, I have focused on short fiction for two reasons. One, to improve as a writer and enhance my writing technique – something which I feel I’m doing all the time. And two, to see if I can get a few stories out there for people to read. Hopefully they’ll enjoy and come back for more!
BK: With Bloody Parchment out later this month, what’s next for you?
LM: As well as FKLB, I have a short, “Wrath”, featuring in the “Fading Light” anthology, due in September from Angelic Knight Press. The anthology is edited by Tim Marquitz, who is a talented guy and it’s been a thrill to work with him. Writers like Mark Lawrence and Gene O’Neil are headlining.
I’m currently working on what will hopefully become a series of books about one family’s fight to survive the End of Days. I have done an initial draft, but it’s a million miles away from where it needs to be right now. I also have a niggling idea for a collection of five interrelated pieces of short fiction that won’t go away.
BK: Most likely way the world will end?
LM: George RR Martin will decide not to continue with his “Song of Ice and Fire” series. There will be no more books and “Game Of Thrones” the TV show will be left in the hands of Benioff and Weiss. The fanboys will rise up and revolt, and the streets will run red with blood.
BK: Who/what would you want around you during the Apocalypse?
LM: I’m pretty sure I’d want a priest near me so I could repent for any debauchery I may / may not (delete as appropriate depending on how well you know me) have been involved in throughout the years.
BK: Best scary movie you’ve seen recently?
LM: It wasn’t scary as such, but I liked “The Cabin in the Woods”. At least it had the balls to be a bit out there. “Prometheus” had the potential to be the film of the year, and although I really enjoyed it, I felt at times it tried too hard to get the “Alien” nods in. I would be interested to see the evolution from the initial “Prometheus” script to the final movie because I think the director / writers may have caved to some production pressure in piecing it together.
BK: Where can people find you online?
LM: www.leemather.org.uk is the best place. All my books are featured, including excerpts and author notes. Anyone interested can access my blog, my social networking links and things like my Amazon and Goodreads pages there too. Also, if anyone is interested in my random thoughts, I’ve discovered this amazing site, Twitter.