Greetings from the Ethereal Plane,
With the release of Hinnom Magazine Issue 003, we would like to spotlight the authors involved. There will be seven interviews in total, including this one. We would like to thank these fantastic writers for believing in Gehenna & Hinnom and for submitting such amazing works.
Alas, without further ado, let the interview commence!
CP: Could you first tell us a little about yourself? Why you find the darker side of fiction intriguing?
DJ: I currently reside in Southend-on-Sea on the north bank of the Thames in Essex, England, where I edit the Atlantean Publishing small press.
Whether it is nature or nurture or a bit of both, the dark streak has always been there and is shared with many of my family. The mysterious, strange and gruesome have always intrigued me and, while I do dabble in other types of fiction on occasion, these have always informed the majority of my writing ever since I first began scribbling away as a child.
CP: “Lump” is filled with Lovecraftian/Weird themes as well as some visceral horror aspects. Can you delve into your inspirations for the story? How it came to fruition?
DJ: The core of the story, in suitably Lovecraftian fashion, grew out of a dream. Whether it was inspired by subconscious thoughts generated by another story I was working on at the time or was just a coincidence, it did fit with some scraps of ideas I’d generated, which all came together to form the finished story.
CP: While speaking of inspiration, what inspired you to become a writer? What authors helped carve your path?
DJ: I’m one of those people who, somewhat boringly for such questions, always wanted to write. I grew up surrounded by books, writing and storytelling, so it was entirely natural for me to write fiction.
HP Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Arthur Machen and, especially, Robert W. Chambers have all had an influence on my writing. But, getting involved with the UK small presses at the beginning of my writing career has meant that small-press writers have had a strong influence on me (as well as offering feedback and a helping hand). I think my life would have been very different without that fortunate connection.
CP: You have had great success thus far with your writing career, having stories appear in many anthologies and magazines. What are your aspirations and end goals for writing? Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
DJ: If there is one thing life has taught me so far, it’s that it really isn’t predictable. Other than becoming stuck in a rut, I wouldn’t be disappointed to continue much as I am now. However, I do have a couple of novels I would like to work on, so it would be good if I could actually tackle those. Perhaps, in twenty years time, I might actually have those novels out!
CP: Tell us something that not many readers know about you.
DJ: I’m a conlanger. I make up languages for fun (and, just occasionally, use them in my stories). The evolution of language is such a fascinating subject and there’s always something new to learn and new experiments in language creation to try.
CP: If you could converse with any person, living or dead, who would it be? Why?
DJ: There are so many possibilities, the famous, the infamous and not-at-all-famous, for a variety of reasons. But, if I had to choose one, I’d probably drag Tolkien back from the grave and discuss languages with him. I’m sure I would learn a great deal.
CP: What does the future hold for DJ Tyrer? What can our readers look forward to?
DJ: In the near future, other than hopefully having more stories in anthologies and magazines, I’ve got plans for a collection of my modern Yellow Mythos stories and an expanded collection of my Black and Red Mythos stories (having written several more since I self-published the original booklet), both of which are dependent upon securing a publisher (or finding the time to self-publish them). I’m also working on a new Yellow Mythos novella at the moment. Then, in the further future, there are those novels I mentioned . . .
CP: If you could give advice to any new and aspiring authors, what would it be?
DJ: The most important thing is to actually write and submit your stories. I’ve known some brilliant writers who have achieved nothing because they didn’t have the confidence to actually pursue their dream. You’ll never suffer the pain of rejection and criticism if you do nothing, but you’ll never achieve anything either.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines around the world, such as Chilling Horror Short Stories (Flame Tree), Snowpocalypse (Black Mirror Press), Steampunk Cthulhu (Chaosium), Night in New Orleans (FunDead Publications), Miskatonic Dreams (Alban Lake), andSorcery & Sanctity: A Homage to Arthur Machen (Hieroglyphics Press), and in addition, has a novella available in paperback and on the Kindle, The Yellow House (Dunhams Manor).
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