In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at D.C. Phillips and his story “Mirror, Mirror.”
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
“Mirror, Mirror” was inspired a what-if. A what-if is an idea that pops into my head when I see a thing or read a blurb and I have to run with it. While some stories take a while to “gestate,” so to speak, “Mirror, Mirror” practically wrote itself! Every item – say an antique mirror abandoned at a flea market – has a story behind it.
Did you have to do any research? If so, what kind? What did you learn?
I sought inspiration more than I conducted formal research. The tone and feel of this piece was largely inspired by campy, classic comic-book horror, where two devious lovers meet their comeuppance in a supernatural and brutal way. When I’m not writing, I’m reading, watching, and listening. From there, I synthesize the darkness and commit it to paper – or Word document.
Tell me about the setting you chose and how it influences your work.
The setting is a grungy, grimy motel that may serve as a portal to another dimension. Have you ever entered a place and immediately felt a chill, a negative energy? I know I have, and it keeps me looking over my shoulder the entire time I’m in the motel, or the museum, the cemetery or the scene of the crime. Why is that?
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
I always want the reader to finish my stories thinking. I love a good cliffhanger, and I love to keep my readers guessing and wondering. The fun of reading is based in the use of imagination. My writing incites curiosity.
Which phrase are you most proud of in this story?
I feel good about the characterization of the mirror itself; the human, active characterization of it. I’ll let the reader be the judge…
If your story was front-page news, what would the headline be ?
Fugitive couple found dead in motel room; authorities left with more questions than answers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Money spent at a local, used book store – surrounded by the smell of old books – is money well spent.
If you had to put your name on someone else’s book/story, which would it be and why?
The Tell-Tale Heart…but if I told you why, I’d have to kill you. Just kidding!
When did you decide to take writing seriously?
I’ve always been a storyteller; in middle school, I still remember submitting a story to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. I was young and naïve. I never heard back, but I never gave up. Here I am, writing for Transmundane Press!
If you could choose a single superpower, what would it be and why?
Telekinesis, just in time for my high-school reunion.
D.C. Phillips is the author of Frightful Fables, the tales that will leave you screaming for more! He has received praise for his dynamic and darkly ironic style, which readers describe as “Flannery O’Connor meets Tales From the Crypt.” As a native of Atlanta, Georgia, he cites Southern culture and classic horror as two major influences.
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