Friday, April 8, 2011

We are the Monsters - Aaron Polson

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 Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year. 

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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 Stephen King (of course).  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 Michael Stone 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. 

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