B54 Mini Interviews with Errick A. Nunnally, KT Bryski and Grady Hendrix

If you like the darker side of fantasy, you won’t want to miss this! These authors write horror, dark pulp and “grim tidings in the woods.”

Errick A. Nunnally

Errick NunnallyBorn and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Errick A. Nunnally served one tour in the Marine Corps before deciding art school would be a safer—and more natural—pursuit. He strives to develop his strengths in storytelling and remains permanently distracted by art, comics, science fiction, history, and horror. Trained as a graphic designer, he has earned a black belt in Krav Maga with Muay Thai kickboxing after dark. Errick’s successes include: the novel, Blood For The Sun; a comic strip collection, Lost in Transition; and first prize in one hamburger contest.

The following are short stories and their respective anthologies: Welcome to the D.I.V. (Wicked Witches); Harold At The Halfcourt (Inner Demons Out); Penny Incompatible (Eulogies IV); The Last Apology (A Dark World of Spirits and The Fey); You Call This An Apocalypse? (After The Fall); Recovery (Winter Animals: stories to benefit PROTECT.ORG); A Hundred Pearls: PROTECTORS 2 (stories to benefit PROTECT.ORG) and The Elevation of Oliver Black (Distant Dying Ember). He also has two lovely children and one beautiful wife. Find him online at his website and Twitter.

What are you working on now? What excites or challenges you about this project?

The emergence of superhuman abilities appearing mostly among non-whites of the world, the political ramifications of such, and the fallout from those who would use those abilities for illicit gain. In a nutshell. I haven’t completed it yet, so there’s no simple pitch. BUT what’s most challenging is juggling the amount of characters and locations. It’s turning out to be the longest piece of fiction I’ve ever written–around the 100k length that I used to think was weird. As well, it’s something that’s been knocking around my head for decades.

If you could recommend a book to your teenage-self, what book would you recommend? Why did you pick that book?

In general, more of Octavia Butler and Tananarive Due’s work, more women, more non-European derived narratives just to expand my earlier experience of stories.

What is it that you enjoy most about Boskone?

The critical mass of professional and deeply interested persons willing to reasonably discuss nearly everything genre.

KT Bryski

kt bryskiKT Bryski is a Canadian author and playwright. She has short fiction in “Tales from the Archives,” “Black Treacle Horror Magazine,” “Daily Science Fiction,” and forthcoming from “Strange Horizons” and “Apex.” She is the winner of the 2016 Toronto Star Short Story Contest—the largest such contest in Canada. Select playwriting credits include scripts for Black Creek Pioneer Village, East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon (Canadian Children’s Opera Company), and Key of D Minor (Sears Ontario Drama Festival).

Her audio dramas Coxwood History Fun Park and Six Stories, Told at Night (funded by the Ontario Arts Council) are available wherever fine podcasts are found. In 2014, her short story “Under Oak Island” was a Parsec finalist. KT is a SFWA member and graduate of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing. She has a mild caffeine addiction. Find her online at her website and Twitter.

How would you describe your work to people who might be unfamiliar with you?

Hopeful angst. My work tends to go fairly dark (not in a blood-and-gore way, more in a grim-tidings-in-the-woods sort of way), but there is usually a tiny little ray of light at the end. It contrasts with the shadows, you know?

I work a lot with fairy tales, and I also draw from Canadian history and culture quite heavily.

What event or experience stands out as one of those ‘defining moments’ that shaped who you are today?

So it’s 2011. I’m very wee. I’ve been working at a living history museum for about six months. I’ve just asked this really cool girl who ALSO works there to voice a character in this podcast novel I’m releasing. We chat about the project over dinner, and then talk eventually turns to our museum’s onsite brewery.

“Our Christmas events are so hard,”” she says, “”it’s a two-person job down there, but no one else has their Smart Serve Certificate*.”

“Um,”” I say hesitantly. “”I have my Smart Serve.”

And so I ended up in the brewery – for one night only – as an extra set of hands. Except that I fell in love with it the moment I saw it; the sweet smell of boiling wort, the gleaming copper kettle, the history and tasting notes of each beer style…

Five years later and I manage our brewery’s blog, I’ve given beer talks across the United States and Canada, and I’ve sampled/written tasting notes for over 400 different beers.

And it all started from that one chance comment…

*Editor’s note: Smart Serve refers to the The Smart Serve Responsible Alcohol Beverage Service Training Program for hospitality service workers in Ontario, Canada.

What are you looking forward to at Boskone?

I’m looking forward to learning a LOT. This is a new con for me, so I’m stoked to meet new people, hear new points-of-view, and check out a slew of awesome programming! (Also looking forward to shenanigans. There are always shenanigans.)

 

Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a writer and film programmer living in New York City. His novel, Horrorstör, is about a haunted IKEA and it is currently being developed as a television series by Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich). He recently wrote the screenplay for the War of 1812 horror movie, Mohawk, starring Kaniehtiio Horn (Hemlock Grove), and his latest novel is My Best Friend’s Exorcism, out now.  Find him online at his website, Facebook and Twitter.

What are you working on now? What excites or challenges you about this project?

I’m just finishing up my new book, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, that will be out in September 2017, just in time for Halloween. It’s a non-fiction book about the publishing horror boom of the 70s and 80s and it’s got more Nazi leprechauns than you might expect.

If you could recommend a book to your teenage-self, what book would you recommend? Why did you pick that book?

Phoenix #1: Dark Messiah by David Alexander because I could have used a hero who fights post-apocalyptic mutants and draws his signature Phoenix with bullets from his machine gun.

From a fan perspective, what new book, film, TV show, or comic are you most looking forward to seeing/reading?

It was MEG until they moved it to 2018. Jason Statham fights a giant shark. Now I look forward to nothing and shall greet 2017 with hot tears.

About Brenda Noiseux

Product Owner by day/Sci-fi geek and community builder by night. Using my super hero powers for the good of all kind. I'm the organizer several groups, including the League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen, a women's comics discussion group and a writer for Women Write About Comics.
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