Douglas Kolacki writes exciting fantasy stories, often with a Christian flavour, about zombies, pirates and almost normal people. Today he tells us about his writing pleasures and inspirations.
1. What do you enjoy most about writing fantasy fiction?
Remaking this world into a place more to my liking, where all the rules change and fantastic things come to life.
2. Many people enjoy reading stories about undead creatures - ghosts, vampires, zombies. What do you think is the appeal?
I think that in the case of ghosts and vampires, it's the mystery of it all--who hasn't been intrigued by ghosts and the undead? In the case of zombies, there's a sense of adventure in combating all these people-turned-monsters that can't be parleyed with, bribed or placated; you have to use your wits and whatever you can scrounge, do or die.
3. The story selected by editor Rayne Hall s for the anthology Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies features a human who adjusts to life in a zombie body. Where did this idea come from?
I wanted to tell a story from the zombie's point of view, and not only that, one that has a conscience. What if, as one of those who's been "initiated" into that kind of existence, he's seen how they get that way, and along with that comes a possibility of gaining your eternal rest at last? Most zombies don't have the awareness anymore to understand it, but this guy does. He determines to do something about it.
Thank you, Douglas. We wish you and your stories a successful 2013.
Douglas Kolacki has lived in Australia and in Naples, Italy, where he began writing. His specialty is creating fantasy worlds out of everyday modern life. He currently lives and writes in Providence, Rhode Island. His novels are Elijah's Chariot and On the Eighth Day, God Created Trilby Richardson. His stories have been featured in Weird Tales, Dragons Knights and Angels, Big Pulp, The Devil Eats Here, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies and Spells: Ten Tales of Magic.