Aaron Polson currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, two sons, and a tattooed rabbit. To pay the bills, he teaches high school English. Aaron’s stories have been reprinted in The Best of Every Day Fiction 2009 and 2010, listed as a recommended read by Tangent Online, and received honorable mention in the storySouth Million Writers Award and ’s Best Horror of the Year.
We are the Monsters at Amazon.com
We are the Monsters is a short novel about regret. Yes, there are drunken teenagers, ghosts, a haunted pond, and a few reanimated corpses, but its mostly about regret. The narrator discovers, no matter how well he tries to hide the truth, a horrible decision will stay with him for the rest of his life. It just might destroy everything he loves.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
It's quick, quirky, and full of rich imagery. I love the main character's voice--a very authentic teenager. Unexpected turns keep a reader guessing. I've tried to play with some of the conventional "horror" genre tropes and do them a little different. For example, the ghosts are afraid of the monster, just like the narrator and his friends.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I went indie because I want to communicate directly to my audience. Some stories need more filtering, more "gate-keeping". We are the Monsters is different, and at the length (35,000 words) a hard sell to most publishers. To write longer just to meet quota would be wrong. I love these words. These are the right words.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I'm a big fan of Jeff Vandermeer has a wonderful way with words, too. "The General Who is Dead" is one of the most hauntingly beautiful short stories I've ever read. There's a fellow in England named I expect we will hear big things from. His stuff is always spot on. Tim O'Brien, while not exactly in my genre, has always been a favorite. (of course).