Greetings from the Ethereal Plane,

We present to you our interview with Charles D. Shell, author of “Dry Bones,” which is featured in Hinnom Magazine Issue 002.

Let the interview commence!

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CP: Can you tell us a little bit about your story “Dry Bones?” What inspired it and how did it come to fruition?

CS: I’ve long had a fascination with abandoned places, especially those in the desert. I’ve also had a respectful awe of how quietly deadly those arid locations can be. The two things just crystallized in my mind and this story popped out.


CP: While speaking of inspiration, what inspired you to become a writer? And what authors helped carve your path to horror?

CS: I suppose you could say lack of social skills inspired me. I read so much growing up that I kind of fell into it. So far as horror authors, I have to go with the old standby of H.P. Lovecraft and his contemporaries.


CP: What are your goals and aspirations as a writer? What does the future hold for Charles D. Shell?

CS: I’d like to get a publishing contract for any of my novels I’ve written. If not, I’ll continue to self-publish in an increasingly competitive market.


CP: Tell us something that not many readers know about you.

CS: I was in Military Intelligence for four years.  Sounds sexier than it actually was.


CP: “Dry Bones” uses personification with its antagonist, giving life to something inanimate. Avoiding too many spoilers, what challenges did you face when writing this type of character?

CS: It’s always best not to give too many relatable traits to this kind of opponent. Cryptic monsters are the most terrifying.


CP: Do you have any other works releasing soon that our readers can look forward to? If not, are you currently working on any pieces?

CS: I will be publishing several of my Blood Calls books—including the sequel–in a new, shorter format for easier print-on-demand. Right now I’m working on a steampunk novel called Derek Stainthorpe and the Clockwork Cavalier.


CP: If you could meet and converse with any writer, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

CS: Again, I fall back to Lovecraft. I’d just like to let him know that his work has outlived him in a big way. He died thinking he was a failure. Never thought that was fair.


CP: What is your favorite novel or work, and/or author? Why?

CS: I don’t think I can narrow it down to a single book. I suppose my favorite author would be Roger Zelazny. His work so transcends simple genres that it crosses from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror without taking a breath.


CP: What is your writing process?

CS: Work out the beginning, ending and specific scenes I want in my head, then start writing and see where the characters take me in-between those points. Outlines are to me what crucifixes are to vampires.


CP: If you could give advice to new, young authors concerning the publishing world, what would it be? And why?

CS: Get a thick skin and find a way to market yourself online. I don’t know what the state of traditional publishing houses will be in ten years, so be nimble and flexible.


Read Charles D. Shell’s “Dry Bones” today in Hinnom Magazine Issue 002!


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