…with Matt Drabble
The Cartesian Theatre now welcomes guests from around the worldosphere, with an invitation to tell us all about themselves – in 25 words or less. Okay, okay, it’s not as bad as all that: they get 25 words per answer. They can wax lyrical if they want, but beware: I edit with an axe…
This week, let’s give a big hand to Matt Drabble, one of the footsoldiers in the modern self-publishing revolution…
Hi, Matt, tell us “all” about yourself.
I’m a 40 year old English full-time writer of horror and dark thriller stories.
What is the most inspirational thing you’ve ever read – and why?
The Dead Zone by Stephen King, because it’s a story format with multiple strands that has always stuck with me as a way of writing several stories within one book.
What was your first published work?
A short story called Better the Devil you Know was published in the horror anthology, Slaughter House: The Serial Killer Edition – Volume 2.
What is the best thing you’ve never had published?
With the advent of Indie Publishing I think that everything you write is capable of getting out there.
True… though I fear you’ve dodged the question there. Anyway, what are you most proud of – in your life, not just your writing?
I’m a huge Bath Rugby fan and managed to get into training and get a shirt signed by all of the players. It’s framed on—
BUSTED. And not just because I’m not a rugby man…
Tell us about your latest work – novel, short story, shopping list, whatever.
The Montague Portrait was launched for Halloween night, 2014. It’s a supernatural thriller about a cursed painting.
Pitch us your unwritten masterpiece – you’re in the Hollywood elevator now…
What if a zombie retained enough intelligence to lead other zombies and organise them into an army instead of a mindless horde?
If only one person was to ever read your work – who would you want it to be?
Stephen King. King is King and long live the King.
I think we’ll let the Queen decide that. What are your plans for the future – all of it?
Keep writing, keep improving and maybe one day stumble across something of literary value.
Okay, my thanks to Matt for not buckling under the pressure (even if he did run off at the mouth about rugby). You can find out more about his writing at his blog, and maybe he’ll come back again one day and discuss the horror empire he’s steadily building…