For our ninth contributor mini-interview we welcome Jeremy Megargee, who makes his first appearance in an SFFWorld.com anthology]!
Jeremy has always loved dark fiction. He cut his teeth on R.L Stine’s Goosebumps series as a child and a fascination with Stephen King’s work followed later in life. He weaves his tales of personal horror from Martinsburg, West Virgini,a with his cat Lazarus acting as his muse/familiar, and you can keep tabs on him via his Facebook page.
- What was the first story you ever wrote, published or not?
“The Mystical Forest” when I was in the 6th grade. It won the Young Writer’s Contest and I was able to attend a conference with other winners. I suppose that started me off on the fiction path…
- Who’s your famous-around-the-whole-world hero?
He qualifies as more of an antihero, but I’ve always loved Spawn. I grew up reading those comics, and the battles with The Clown and Malebolgia fed my lust for hellish horror.
- Who’s your no-one’s-ever-heard-of-that-one hero?
Another comic hero, but this one is pretty obscure…a towering sewer monster called Sludge. I think the comic got a very limited run, and all I remember about it was Sludge fighting a “crocodile god” deep in a sewer. Might have been the only issue!
- What’s your secret weakness – Fire? Ice cream? Kryptonite?
The lack of inspiration. If it hits me, my pen droops, my hands freeze up on the keyboard, and the stories become disjointed in my head. It’s a terribly uncomfortable experience :p
- What would it take to drive you to a thrilling life of crime?
Not much at all. I always relate more to the villain than the hero.
- Describe your superhero suit – spare no detail!
A three-piece suit of living shadow, and every dark aspect of my imagination can be manifested from the threads.
- If you were Mayor of Pacific City, what would be your first abuse of power?
I’d force all the fast food drive-thru employees to work faster (it might have prevented the main character of my story from having his little “meltdown” if they did)!
- We’ve danced around this long enough: which are you, Hero or Villain?
Wholeheartedly a villain. Bad guys have all the fun!
Well, Jeremy teased his story a little already, but let’s embellish that with a little more–we can give you the title for a start, plus a taste of what motivates that meltdown he mentioned too…
HIS TRAIL OF CINDERS — What drives a person beyond the boundaries of civility, decency, even humanity? Could it be… modern civilisation itself?
Many thanks to Jeremy, more interviews are on the way!