Chris, thank you for joining us. Can you tell us about who you are and also about your writing: for example, what genres and themes do you write in and about, and is there anything that has influenced your choices?
I’m Chris Mason and live in Adelaide, South Australia. I predominantly write horror but sometimes include fantasy and SF in my work. I write with a fair dose of humour and my characters love to chat. I grew up in the ’60s so I tend to hark back to that time when I was discovering the world and realising not everything was as happy and safe as it seemed. Innocence corrupted is a recurring theme in my work.
Can you tell us a bit about your publications and writerly highlights, and what else we can look forward to seeing from you in the future?
I have had stories in all four editions of Trickster’s Treats and was absolutely delighted to have “Digging up the Past” included in this last one. Trickster’s has a special place in my heart, as it is one of the first places I was published. Continuing my wonderful association with Things in the Well, I also have stories in the recently released Outback Horrors and the soon to be released Tales of the Lost V2. Smiling at my name sitting alongside Joe Hill and Neil Gaiman on the ToC will never get old. Looking forward, I have a lot of new work bubbling away, some of which I hope will go into a collection next year. I’m a pantser through and through so who knows what else I’ll be doing in 2021.
This year has presented a lot of challenges for many of us. Instead of discussing those, what are some of your 2020 highlights?
Who knew 2020 would be the year to renovate. I finally found the time to turn the spare bedroom into my own writing space. Instead of having books scattered throughout the house, most of my collection is now contained in the one place, and my sticky notes, mountains of notebooks, and general brain vomits onto any writable surface, have a new home. The laptop is still free to roam, but I’m hoping my considerable mess will keep to the one room from now on. On the writing front this year: I co-edited the anthology Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts with Louise Zedda-Sampson (we had so much fun), two of my stories were nominated for awards – “Vivienne and Agnes” winning the Aurealis award for Best Short story – and several short stories were picked up for publication.
Where can we find out more about you, Chris?
You can find me at facebook.com/chrismasonhorrorwriter or on twitter@Chris_A_Mason where I tend to post a lot of pictures of books I’m reading, and animals doing cute animally things.
Thanks, Chris, for stopping by. Looking forward to the collection. And yes – doing an anthology in 6 weeks was a bit of a challenge, but it was a hoot working with you! Steve Dillon obviously knew we’d get along. Chris’s story “Digging up the past” appears in Trickster’s Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not! , a charity anthology in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.