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Mike Thorn is the author of Shelter for the Damned, Darkest Hours, and Peel Back and See. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, including Vastarien, Dark Moon Digest, The NoSleep Podcast, and Tales to Terrify. His essays and articles have been published in American Twilight: The Cinema of Tobe Hooper (University of Texas Press), Beyond Empowertainment: Exploring Feminist Horror (Seventh Row), MUBI Notebook, The Film Stage, and elsewhere.

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Mike Thorn Thank you so much for the kind words, Laertes! I'm thrilled to hear that Darkest Hours connected with you. "A New Kind of Drug" originated as an abstr…moreThank you so much for the kind words, Laertes! I'm thrilled to hear that Darkest Hours connected with you. "A New Kind of Drug" originated as an abstract attempt to grapple with the suffering that humans impose on nonhuman animals, but it led me to some surprising places. The story certainly owes something to the Weird tradition (especially Lovecraft and Hodgson), but it's also driven by personal creative obsessions: addiction, psychedelia, adolescent alienation, familial trauma, etc. The hope is always that, while studying and paying respect to one's genre of choice, one can also find new points of entry.(less)
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“There are so many things Blair doesn’t get about me, so many things she ultimately overlooked, and things that she would never know, and there would always be a distance between us because there were too many shadows everywhere. Had she ever made promises to a faithless reflection in the mirror? Had she ever cried because she hated someone so much? Had she ever craved betrayal to the point where she pushed the crudest fantasies into reality, coming up with sequences that she and nobody else could read, moving the game as you play it? Could she locate the moment she went dead inside? Does she remember the year it took to become that way? The fades, the dissolves, the rewritten scenes, all the things you wipe away—I now want to explain all these things to her but I know I never will, the most important one being: I never liked anyone and I’m afraid of people.”
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“If reason be judge, no writer has produced such inconsistent characters as nature herself has. It must call for no small sagacity in a reader unerringly to discriminate in a novel between the inconsistencies of conception and those of life. As elsewhere, experience is the only guide here; but as no one man’s experience can be coextensive with what is, it may be unwise in every case to rest upon it.”
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“In lots of books I read, the writer seems to go haywire every time he reaches a high point. He’ll start leaving out punctuation and running his words together and babble about stars flashing and sinking into a deep dreamless sea. And you can’t figure out whether the hero’s laying his girl or a cornerstone. I guess that kind of crap is supposed to be pretty deep stuff—a lot of the book reviewers eat it up, I notice. But the way I see it is, the writer is just too goddam lazy to do his job. And I’m not lazy, whatever else I am. I’ll tell you everything.”
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Mike Thorn Leo wrote: "Hiya Mike! Cheers for connecting on here, and congrats on your publication with Unnerving! Can't wait to read when it comes out :)
Keep in touch!
Leo"


Thanks Leo! I look forward to delving into some of your work as well.


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Leo Robertson Hiya Mike! Cheers for connecting on here, and congrats on your publication with Unnerving! Can't wait to read when it comes out :)
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Leo


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