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Mythic and Apocalyptic: Interview with EV Knight

Welcome back for this week’s featured author interview! Today I’m thrilled to spotlight the fabulous EV Knight! EV’s debut novel, The Fourth Whore, was just released through Raw Dog Screaming Press to much acclaim, and she has even more horror fiction on the way later this year from Unnerving.

Recently, EV and I discussed her inspirations as well as what it was like writing her first book.

A couple icebreakers to start: when did you decide to become a writer, and who are some of your favorite authors?

I have always been a voracious reader, my grandmother read Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales to me every night growing up which I think is what made me seek out the darker side of literature. When I was in sixth grade, I read my first Stephen King book–Pet Semetary and I was hooked. I loved the way he wrote, the way he put words together and the stories he told. Not only did I want to read more of his work, I wanted to write like he did. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a writer. Of course, up until then, I wanted to grow up to be a doctor so of course my family preferred that dream and continued to encourage medicine as a career and writing as a hobby. So, it wasn’t until I completed medical school and had been working as a physician that I began to revisit the idea of writing more seriously.

My favorite writers…there are so many. Clearly, I love Stephen King but lately, I have been reading a lot of Ania Ahlborn, Josh Malerman, Victor LaValle, and my literary hero: Shirley Jackson.

Congratulations on the release of your debut novel, The Fourth Whore! What can you share about the inspiration for the book?

The inspiration for The Fourth Whore came during the 2017 Women’s March in D.C. I was there and marched beside so many amazing people. I kept hearing women invoking the name Lilith and after some research, I knew I had to have her in my novel.

What was it in particular about Lilith and the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse that made you want to tell their story?

After discovering Lilith’s religious mythos, and hearing the phrase “the war on women” over and over that year (2017), I imagined a war started by women. And since I was using Lilith’s religious background, I went to the Book of Revelation and looked into the “end of the world” scenarios. In my mind, Lilith wanted to wipe out the world as is and bring on a new world where women would rule. She wanted to write her own “Bible.” The Four Horsemen, to me made for a good plot of four different ways to bring about the end of the world and could easily be renamed “The Four Whores” because it was the very thing Lilith was “taking back.”

What were the biggest surprises for you as you wrote and edited your first book?

The process of writing a novel is long and complex! You think you know your story and characters and won’t forget details, but you do. And I had to go and decide to write a novel with multiple character’s story lines woven together so keeping track of where I was and where each character was at any given time, was so stressful.

By the time, I got to the end of the story, I didn’t think I ever wanted to look at it again. But then, you have to edit. If I had to do it all over again, I would have probably chosen a more straightforward story for my first novel and worked my way up to something like this. That being said, I learned so much about myself, my process, and the industry in general, it was a good experience.

What draws you to horror as both a writer and a reader?

Horror is the great escape. It’s the endorphin rush, the blood pumping, thought provoking study of all the things that we as humans keep locked away in darkness of our imaginations. All those “what ifs” that never left us from childhood. It allows us to get in touch with our animal brain. I love that about us as a species. The things we, as adults would never admit out loud—that our hearts still beat a little harder and we quicken our steps after turning out the basement light to head back upstairs. When our child swears there is something under their bed or in their closet and we have to look, there is that tiny voice inside that says “there might actually be something there.” I love that. I love feeding that idea.

If forced to choose, which is your favorite part of the writing process: drafting ideas, working on a first draft, or polishing up an almost finished piece?

I am a plotter. I plot overall, and then I replot each chapter before I write it. I love it. I love the brain storming aspect. The planning part is the most enjoyable.

I carry notebooks, note cards, and sticky notes everywhere. I have a giant dry erase board in my writing room for mind maps and note taking. For me, it’s like mining for gold. Working an idea until it shines. That is, without a doubt, my favorite part.

What’s next for you? What projects are coming out soon, and what are you currently working on?

I have a novella–Dead Eyes–coming out in November from Unnerving. It is part of the Rewind or Die series celebrating the 80’s horror film craze. I had so much fun rewatching a lot of those old films from my middle school sleepover days in order to write it.

My next big project is a four novel series centered around a commune that once belonged to a hippie cult calling themselves the children of Demeter. They disappeared overnight in 1973. Since then, the land has been dead and barren, but maybe not everything at the commune has died.

Tremendous thanks to EV Knight for being part of this week’s author interview series! Find her online at Twitter, Facebook, and her author website, and also check out her podcast Brain Squalls!

Happy reading!

Fiction for the End of the World: Submission Roundup for April 2020

So a lot has happened in the world since the last Submission Roundup. Wherever you are, I hope above and beyond all else, you’re keeping safe. Plenty of writers out there haven’t found much time to write in the last month, and if that applies to you, that’s okay. Taking care of yourself and others is an absolutely valid and highly recommended way of spending your time these days.

That being said, if you have managed to get a little bit of writing done (or if a beloved story you submitted has found its way back to you from a slush pile), then perhaps you can find a good match in one of the markets below!

So for those of you with stories seeking homes, onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Strange Lands anthology
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; .06/word for reprints
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: April 5th, 2020
What They Want: Part of Flame Tree’s Gothic Fantasy series, their latest anthology will focus on speculative fiction with strange and distant settings.
Find the details here.

Electric Spec
Payment: $20/flat
Length:  250 to 7,000 words
Deadline: April 15th, 2020
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction.
Find the details here.

Translunar Traveler’s Lodge
Payment: .03/word (minimum $20)
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15th, 2020
What They Want: Open to fun speculative fiction stories.
Find the details here.

Payment: $15/flat for poetry; .04/word for fiction ($50 minimum)
Length: up to 100 lines for poetry (shorter is preferred); up to 2,500 words for fiction
Deadline: April 20th, 2020
What They Want: Open to poetry and short fiction that explores “human nature as part of nature.”
Find the details here.

Punk: An Anthology of Poetry
Payment: $10/flat
Length: no line limits
Deadline: April 30th, 2020
What They Want: Open to poetry that explores the meaning of the word, “punk.”
Find the details here.

Luna Station Quarterly
Payment: $5/flat
Length: 500 to 7,000 words
Deadline: May 15th, 2020
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction from female-identifying authors.
Find the details here.

HWA Horror Poetry Showcase
Payment: $5/flat
Length: up to 35 lines
Deadline: May 31st, 2020
What They Want:  Open to HWA members, this annual anthology features horror poetry of all subgenres. Also, along with Carina Bissett and editor Stephanie M. Wytovich, I’m pleased to be one of the judges of this year’s showcase! Send us your best and coolest horror poems!
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!