Here’s what some people are saying about my short story collection, FOR THE LOVE OF HORROR, now available as an EBook from NECON EBooks at www.neconebooks.com:
“One thing you’ll notice about this story collection is how entertaining it is. For the Love of Horror is an apt title, because you can tell how much Arruda loves the genre, and you will, too.”
— L.L. Soares, author of Life Rage and Rock ‘n’ Roll
“Michael Arruda’s For the Love of Horror is a brutal collection of stories, using well-imagined villains in a way that keeps the reader guessing and thoroughly disturbed…in a fun way.”
–Tracy L. Carbone, author of Restitution
“Michael Arruda has a knack for creating immensely clever stories that step outside of the norm, turning your expectations, and your nerves, on edge. His first collection of short fiction is an event worth celebrating!”
–Daniel G. Keohane, author of Christmas Trees & Monkeys
And for more insight on my collection, here’s an excerpt from an interview that I did recently, conducted by two very good friends of mine, the FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER and COUNT DRACULA.
FRANKENSTEIN: Your short story collection— good!
ARRUDA: Well, thank you. I’d like to think so.
DRACULA: To write such stories—that must be glorious!
ARRUDA: I try, but to be honest, I struggled with this one.
ARRUDA: Yes. I ran into some problems that I felt I was never able to fully resolve. I have to be honest here and say I wasn’t satisfied with my finished product.
FRANKENSTEIN: Finished product— bad?
ARRUDA: Well, I don’t know about that. It’s not as good as I wanted it to be, let’s put it that way.
One of the problems I faced was I wanted to write a cool wraparound story, but the more I wrote, the more I wanted to flesh it out, but I resisted turning it into a full-fledged narrative because I didn’t want to turn the book into a novel. Now that it’s all said and done, I’m not sure it worked. But it was fun trying!
FRANKENSTEIN: Trying, good! (lights match) Frying, bad!
DRACULA: What else about your work did you find— troub-ling?
ARRUDA: Some of the stories I wrote specifically for this collection, to move the narrative along, work more like chapters in a novel rather than separate short stories. I’m not sure this worked either.
DRACULA: Why didn’t you change it?
ARRUDA: I definitely put the stories through various edits and rewrites, but—.
(A wolf howls.)
DRACULA: Listen to them! The children of the night. What music they make! Excuse me. What were you saying?
ARRUDA: I was talking about the stories I wrote specifically for this collection.
I went back and forth with edits more times than I can remember, but I read some other short story collections, and I found that oftentimes the stories ended in the strangest places, and I thought, other stories end this way, why can’t mine?
DRACULA: Are you- disappointed with the collection?
ARRUDA: Not at all. I just don’t think I accomplished what I wanted to. You can’t win them all.
I did have fun connecting old short stories that when I wrote them originally had nothing to do with each other. It was fun finding common themes and then molding them into a cohesive work. And that I think worked.
But ultimately it comes down to the quality of the writing. To me, the writing process is always a work in progress, and each story I produce I hope is better than the last one, and so I hope that whatever I churn out next is in fact better.
The trick is to do it consistently, and that’s something I haven’t done yet. I think my movie reviews are consistently solid, but when it comes to fiction, I’m still looking for that string of hits. Some day.
FRANKENSTEIN: Short stories— good!
ARRUDA: Gee, thanks. I appreciate your kind words.
DRACULA: To celebrate. (Holds a wine bottle for ARRUDA to see.) This is very old wine.
ARRUDA: Great! Better wine than blood!
DRACULA: I never drink— wine.
ARRUDA (grabs bottle): Then I’ll just take this to go. Thanks, guys, for the neat interview!