Hi and thank you for joining me over at Janine’s ghost stories. It is fantastic to share a TOC with you for Vol 3 of this amazing book – The One That Got Away.
Why did you sub to this particular call, what pulled you in?
My interactions with editor Jill Girardi and Kandisha Press – she has been great to work with. And it’s an honor to share a TOC with so many talented women horror writers.
Where did the idea for your story come from?
“Minor Malfunction” takes place in a near-future world where a volatile twentysomething Manhattanite gets a state-of-the-art prosthetic arm. The idea for “Minor Malfunction” came about when I was a science reporter covering breakthroughs in brain-machine interfaces and prosthetics. Seeing what was possible prompted me to think about what the near future might look like and envision how emerging technologies designed to help us can also be used against us.
What do you think women can bring to the horror genre?
Even though women make up half of the world’s population, women writers in horror have been few and far between in the public consciousness. The average reader may not be able to name a woman horror writer beyond Mary Shelley, Anne Rice and Shirley Jackson. But a variety of perspectives—gender, race, age, culture and other demographics—is invaluable to any field and horror literature is no different. Women writers in particular have helped break apart the tired, one-dimensional portrayals of female character as solely victims or love interests and offer fresh, horrific tales through which we can better understand ourselves and the human condition.
Kandisha Vol 4 theme is … what would be your dream reveal?
Cosmic horror or underwater horror – two of my favorite subgenres!
Has COVID/lockdown affected your writing?
Oddly enough this was a productive year of writing/editing for me, since we were essentially home for the better part of a year. Working on fiction was an escape from the news and the only way I felt like I was able to survive this year’s chaos, tragedy and uncertainty without losing my mind.
What is next for you on your writing journey?
I finally finished a few longer pieces I’ve had on the back burner, so I would love to get a debut book on its way to market next year. One novel is set in the same world as “Minor Malfunction.” Another is a weird western that feels a little like Bonnie and Clyde meet the Witcher.
Where can we find you? Include all SM links.
Links: www.KCGrifant.com and amazon.com/author/kcgrifant
Thank you very much K C. I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading more of your work. That western sounds fun!
Thank you all and stay spooooooky …