Short, Sharp Interview: John Mantooth

Went to graduate school with John at UAB. He’s a very talented writer. Pick up The Year of the Storm immediately.

Paul D. Brazill

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PDB: Can you pitch THE YEAR OF THE STORM in 25 words or less?  

(I’m terrible at these things) If you like your horror with a healthy dose of mystery, Southern-fried grittiness, and some narrative experimentalism, give THE YEAR OF THE STORMa shot.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

Like everybody I know, TRUE DETECTIVE took over my life for a couple of months.  As far as books, I’m loving Claire Vaye Watkins’ collection, BATTLEBORN.  Some great short stories in there.  Also dug Jeff Vandermeer’s novel ANNIHILATION.  And I was lucky enough to read and advance copy of Paul Tremblay’s new novel,A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS, which I totally loved.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

I don’t see why not.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films…

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