GUEST POST BY: Suzanne Robb
I am never sure what I’m supposed to write when asked to do a blog or something in which I am given control. I much prefer questions, or even puzzles to the possibility if me rambling on about something and boring people to death.
I would love to have all sorts of interesting stories about myself, but sadly in most of them I am the cause of other people’s good laugh.
For example, did you know tarantulas can swim? I found out the hard way by going swimming at night. I saw something “floating” on the water and headed over to investigate. When I was within about five feet I realized what it was. My first night in Arizona, welcome!
I tried to move away, but my ability to move in any sort of organized manner left me. The more waves I caused the more the thing rode them to get closer to me. Eventually, as I neared the side I was able to use my sandal to flip it out of the water.
At this point I sighed, safe right? Nope, the ground below her, and I can safely say her (not that I am some sort of arachnid pervert who checks them out) because hundreds, what seemed to be thousands to me, of babies spilled off her back and onto the ground.
I backed away, got out of the pool and decided to swim another day, with a bigger shoe.
And now I have gone off on the aforementioned ramble, so that is over and I can get to the meat of this post which is my collection with Dark Continents.
The title is actually a combination of the basic idea behind a three story collection. There is a story titled Welcome to the Future in which a boy makes a choice about genetic alteration with catastrophic consequences. Another story titled The Moonlight Killer (my favorite) is about a man bitten by a wolf, though he bites back with interesting results. The third story is B.I.T.E, about a dysfunctional family that tried to fend on an apocalypse involving giant cannibal squirrels, large cobras with hands, and other unpleasantness.
I wish I could say there was some sort of unifying theme, but like me my stories ramble around my head. They usually have some element of comedy and or horror mixed in. I like to mess around with mythology as well. Not too much so people get mad, but just adding in elements of what if? Sometimes it works out well, others not so much.
I hope those who have read the collection enjoy it, and those that read this do not think me a total freak.
Suzanne Robb is the author of Z-Boat, released by Twisted Library Press and Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation, Oh my! published by Dark Continents. She has over 4 dozen stories in current and upcoming anthologies with various publishers. She is also a contributing editor at Hidden Thoughts Press, and in March Wicked East Press will be releasing Read the End First, an apocalyptic anthology she edited with Adrian Chamberlin. In her free time she reads, watches movies, plays with her dog, and enjoys chocolate and LEGO’s. Visit her blog here at Ramblings of an Anxiety Ridden Mind