Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Eddie Generous

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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 Eddie Generous and his story “To Quiet the Pen.”



What inspired your story?

I graduated college during the opening stages of the most recent big recession. I applied for a million jobs. I moved all over the country, while my wife chased better jobs (she’s a speech pathologist), and I had to take what I could get. Most places that meant laboring. I had to lie to get those jobs, strip away my education and professional experience, say I grew up on a farm.

Then, I read a Rick Hautala story in an old Cemetery Dance and liked how he disappeared a character. It came out very twisted from the Hautala story, but that’s the root of my idea behind disappearing.

Did you have to do any research? If so, what kind? What did you learn?

I did a little about voice boxes. I’ve never seen them in use up close. Mostly, I got the jist of the process.

Can you tell me a little bit about your protagonist?

He’s a hopeless schlubb having a difficult go with capitalism and giving up on his dream to live off his writing.

Tell me about the setting you chose and how it influences your work.

The story takes place in an office mostly, which is a fun challenge for horror. The flashbacks are pretty much the bad jobs where I’d applied while out and about, chasing my wife’s career advancement.

What would you like readers to take away from your story?

A little thrill, maybe a sinister grin.

If your story was front-page news, what would the headline be?

Man Found Dead in Home From Apparent Sudden Though Healed Trauma





What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Hard to say. By dollar value, probably Stephen King’s On Writing. Experience wise, I attended the advanced horror writing course put on at The Stanley Hotel by the University of Colorado Boulder, run by Stephen Graham Jones; it was expensive, but really helped me nail some formally intangibles.

If you had to put your name on someone else’s book/story, which would it be and why?

My favorite book is The Shining, so I guess that.

If you could choose a single superpower, what would it be and why?

I’d be cool with a long, emotionally rewarding, and financially lucrative string of good luck.




Transcendent - Amazon KindleEddie Generous is an author of the slasher collection Splish, Slash, Takin’ a Bloodbath (written with Mark Allan Gunnells and Renee Miller) as well as the collection Dead is Dead, but Not Always. His novel Radio Run is due out from Severed Press in the coming months. He runs Unnerving and Unnerving Magazine and lives on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia with his wife and their cat overlords.



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