Interview with Patrick Winters

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Today we chat with Patrick Winters



Nikki: What’s your most extreme or most bizarro fantasy? Feel free to follow up on why you never will never act it out in real life?


Winters: Well, a deep, strange part of me would love to run naked through the streets of my hometown, waving sparklers while a marching band chases after me playing a rendition of “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance. But I don’t have the money to pay for the marching band, and I don’t want to be charged with cruel and unusual punishment for the naked part . . .



Nikki: What real-world environment is most terrifying to you? Why?


Winters: I’m antisocial to a near-crippling degree, and I don’t tend to do well in crowds that I have to interact with. So stores like Wal-Mart can be little pockets of hell for me. Snail’s-pace browsers, crying toddlers, “Karens” on the prowl — if Dante had been alive today, they all would have appeared in the Inferno. Add the craziness that comes with the current pandemic to that situation and you’ve got yourself a pretty bad experience.


Nikki: Tell us about your story in Welcome to the Club? What inspired it?


Winters: My story, “The Big Bad Boy,” is actually a sequel/companion piece to another story I wrote called “Curses and Shit,” which appeared in the Shit Fest anthology from Deadman’s Tome. Some people love to go on about how bad junk food can be for you, and I wanted to create some junk foods that were extremely bad for you. I also used to work in a dollar store, so it’s no coincidence that’s the setting for “The Big Bad Boy.” Haunted houses can take a flying leap; Dollar General is where the true terror lies.


Nikki: What does Splatterpunk or bizarro fiction mean to you? And is it a big part of you as an author?


Winters: I don’t tend to think or write with specific genres in mind, but I suppose I would associate those genres with graphic content that’s combined with absurdism. I lump my pieces under “Horror” or “dark” fiction, more often than not, and the reader can decide for themselves where exactly it fits along the spectrum. When it comes to my writing, I try to aim for whatever style happens to suit my content best, or whatever tickles my fancy in the writing process. Whether I make it an absurd and whacky experience or treat it with utter severity depends on the story at hand.


Nikki: If there’s one thing you’d want readers to know about you or the mission of your work, what would it be?


Winters: I’d like for people to know that my work can (hopefully) be both entertaining for entertainment’s sake and meaningful in ways that go beyond a chill or a laugh. Sometimes I just want to relish in some mayhem and sensation with my horror stories; other times, I’m aiming to speak to something greater, some grander issue that lends itself to the human experience and maybe even critiques something that is worth holding a magnifying glass up to and asking “Why?” And in either instance, whether I’m writing for thrills or thought, I see some value in the effort.


Nikki: What’s your next project and where can we stalk you? 


Winters: Several stories of mine will be appearing in the various Lockdown publications being released by Black Hare Press throughout the remainder of the year. I’ll be featured in various copies of the Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy editions, and I’m waiting to hear back on even more stories I’ve submitted to the series. Readers can keep tabs on those releases and many more on my writer’s website, which can be found at http://wintersauthor.azurewebsites.net


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