Today on the Wrapped in Black author tour, we find ourselves with the ever lovable, always sporting black underwear, Patrick C. Greene! Today we take a look into his story titled, Unto the Earth, featured in Sekhmet Press’ latest anthology series.
Slightly bit spoilerish – so if you haven’t read the story – you might want to skip this part.
Without sounding completely ambiguous – you led us down a dirty road my friend, and pulled out all the stops at the end! I was very surprised by the ending and absolutely didn’t see it coming. What made you craft these characters to reveal their true selves at the end?
I’ve discovered that, especially in the case of love, it’s very rare that there is a “good” and a “bad.” We feel what we feel and can’t really force it. Sometimes that hurts the other person, or worse–ourself.
Danai Gurira – Michonne from The Walking Dead, is my first choice for Agnes. She has a great presence and the few flashes of vulnerability we’ve seen from her in that role would have a chance to come to the forefront in Agnes.
Have you considered your main character landing his/her novella or novel one day?
Agnes comes from a big, interesting family, all very magickal. She could possibly return at some point. Certainly, it would be interesting to see what lessons she has –or perhaps hasn’t– learned from her experience in Unto The Earth.
What should Sekhmet Press produce next? Maybe a Wrapped in Sunshine – for futuristic Solar flare stories. What say you – what content topic would also spark your pen?
My vote would be Wrapped in Cellophane. Horror is so immersed in moldering corpses and ancient curses. How about something fresh for a change? Supernaturally crisp veggies.
What is the “must have” or “must do” before you sit down to write? Me, I need to brush my teeth to make room for the nasty words my characters want to spew.
An admirable and reasonable ritual. My writing usually comes at the end of the day or very late at night, so I generally have a good workout under my belt, or a decent meal. I can get pretty antsy, so some level of mild exhaustion puts me in a mood to sit still and get to work. Depending on how far along I may be in a project, I will check email, social media, etcetera.
How do you relax?
Relaxation is for the weak. Nonetheless, a late night horror or kung fu movie, some popcorn or trail mix, and a glass or seven of wine are the accoutrements of my down time. Reading time is just before bed.
If you had a chance to live off the grid – would you do it?
IF—I could still have my flicks and snacks, yeah I probably would.
Silly Question: Essential oil or Poison – which one would you be and why would you be beneficial or harmful to people? What form of self-gratification do you receive?
I honestly believe we are all here to realize we are One; a single organism, if you will, having and creating experiences and coming back together, time and again. We’re all here to love one another and ourselves—and I can only hope that I create something that engenders a feeling of unity. So, yeah, deadly agonizing poison, definitely.
If what you mean is the same as a “set up” in screenwriting parlance, the diverse characters isolated and under siege from some force greater than they, ala Night Of The Living Dead, is an old fave, as evinced in my novel PROGENY and the upcoming UNDER WICKED SKY.
If you’re talking about cute cat pics on facebook, I like the one where Grumpy Cat likens human disdain for Mondays to her own feelings toward any living creature.
In Japanese lore, there is a race of semi-human, birdlike beasts called the Tengu, which were said to roam in the high mountains and deep forests. During the nation’s long era of war, these creatures were said to have passed mystical secrets of combat on to certain humans, who became the early ninja.
So feared were these clandestine assassins that such abilities as invisibility and flight were attributed to them. I like the idea of magical creatures communing directly with humans and teaching us—even if their lessons were deadly combat techniques.
What is the best killing scene you have ever written?
So many greats… But the climatic demise in Unto The Earth, my contribution to the Wrapped in Black anthology, takes the prize.
Have you ever killed your boss or a co-worker in a story because you didn’t want to go to jail for actually doing it? LOL
Indeed, several. No one in my work is safe in fact—not even me.
What is your worst FEAR? How do you handle it?
My fears center around the idea of misfortune befalling my family. I cannot bear the idea of my children being emotionally manipulated, or having some sort of accident.
As to some terrifying fate befalling me personally—it would probably have something to do with great heights or deep dark water.
Where can we learn more about Patrick?
As a toddler, Patrick C. Greene was creating horrors in crayon and magic marker upon every available surface. Not surprisingly, he soon discovered comic books and immersed himself in the fantastic worlds found therein. Horror fiction and films came next, and despite spending nights of terror hiding under covers, he always found himself drawn back to tales of dark fates.
Greene wrote scripts for a pair of series, as well as several original screenplays before finding his true calling in the world of prose fiction of the kind his heroes King, Barker and Koontz create.
With the success of his first novel PROGENY, and the upcoming THE CRIMSON CALLING from Hobbes End Publishing, Greene presents a brand of horror as emotional as it is terrifying, as engaging as it is suspenseful.
Living at night, deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Greene answers the call of his morbid muse when not enjoying monstrous helpings of horror, kung fu and doom metal.
Connect with Patrick~
You can find Patrick at www.PatrickCGreene.com
You can also follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/patrickcgreene
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