The second of our “Author Spotlight” series. This month we are featuring contributors to Cycatrix Press’s forthcoming anthology, A Dark Phantastique.
Paul Kane gives us the lead story, “Michael the Monster”:
“It was a time of monsters.
A time, leading up to a day, a whole night of monsters. For them to be free, to roam the streets openly. And there they were: the skeletons; demons; zombies; werewolves; vampires; ghosts and ghouls. All manner of monsters represented, every conceivable species taking to the streets…”
In the notes accompanying the story, Kane explains:
“What better time for a monster to hide in plain sight than at Halloween—when humans are disguising themselves as monsters? And there’s a sadness about that I think, from both sides of the fence. This one definitely has elements of Frankenstein, Bradbury’s “The Homecoming,” Clive Barker’s Cabal, Stephen Gallagher’s Chimera, but is also my nod towards those genetic-experiment monster movies I love such as Species, The Fly II, and Splice.”
Paul Kane is the award-winning, bestselling author and editor of over fifty books—including the Arrowhead trilogy (gathered together in the sell-out Hooded Man omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Hellbound Hearts, and The Mammoth Book of Body Horror. His nonfiction books are The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark, and his genre journalism has appeared in such venues as SFX, Dreamwatch, and DeathRay. He has been a guest at Alt.Fiction five times, was a guest at the first SFX Weekender, at Thought Bubble in 2011, Derbyshire Literary Festival, Edge-Lit, and Off the Shelf in 2012, plus Monster Mash and Event Horizon in 2013, as well as being a panellist at FantasyCon and the World Fantasy Convention. His work has been optioned and adapted for the big and small screen, including for network US television; his latest novels are Lunar (set to be turned into a feature film) and the YA story The Rainbow Man (as P. B. Kane). He lives in Derbyshire, England, with his wife Marie O’Regan, his family, and a black cat called Mina. Find out more at his site www.Shadow-writer.co.uk, which has featured guest writers such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz, and Guillermo del Toro.