Shells Chats with author Brick Marlin

What's your background with writing?

During the past three years I have already published over twenty-five short tales - not to mention a select few that were included in a few anthologies - and five books.

Who are your inspirations/influences?

Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allen Poe, Douglas Clegg, Johnathan Maberry, Richard Matheson, Gary A.Braunbeck ,Brian Keene, and the list goes on and on. Also, the complete series of the Twilight Zone.

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment as a writer?

My novel "Sectors" because I think that my writing has taken a different turn and, to date, is my favorite novel I have written.

Do you often do research for your fiction writing?

Yes. I want to make darn sure what I write about, such as an in depth version on how to embalm a body, makes sense to the Reader, If not I feel lazy, not taking the time to do the proper research and background for my tale.

You seem to write a combination of genres, which is your favorite to write in?

I would have to say Dark Fantasy. While my visitation lasts, it seems to open the doors if I wish to add other genres.

You have written several short stories, which is your favorite?

"Betsy Boo" is my favorite. It has a Twilight Zone dark sense of humor to it.

Can you tell us a little bit about "Sectors?"

Against their parents’ wishes, Gilbert and Bobby trespass into an abandoned old house, unaware of the horrors that lurk inside. With Bobby’s sudden disappearance, Gilbert finds himself caught up in an adventure that only starts with the ghosts who reside in the house. After stepping through a door into the Sectors, Gilbert is confronted with an entirely new world populated with werewolves, vampires, zombies, ghosts, robots, humans and a cannibal.

Where did the idea of Sectors come from?

When I was quite a bit younger and didn't know any better, like Gilbert and Bobby, I trespassed into an abandoned old house with my friends. As cool as it was to do this, breaking the law, we found more than we bargained for: a dead body stuffed up in the attic. Sure, we smelled something funny walking further into the gloom of the house, but if the season had been warmer, the smell of the dead would have been more pronounced.

Where can we find "Sectors "?

It is sold at

Who was responsible for the cover of your book?

Kendra Egert. She did a GREAT job!

How was it to work with Whiskey Creek Press?

It has been GREAT! They are a very professional small press.

Do you have any stories from book signings/radio interviews/etc.?

I have one story at a book signing where an odd woman approached me, telling me that I did not look like a person who would write dark tales. Guess you can't judge a book by its cover, huh?

What projects do you have planned for the future?

Recently, I have started writing a book geared toward a wider audience, much like "Sectors". The tale is actually an idea stolen from a novella I have been trying to publish for a few years, but to no avail, have had no such luck.

Any events or book signings for the future?

Nothing yet.

Any advice you would like to give to new writers who may not know how to approach the publishing world?

Like all of the authors I have spoken to, the ones who have gone on to become great writers, keep writing. Believe what you write and what you do.

Where can people know more about you?

Anyone can find me strolling around the Internet by visiting, Facebook and on Twitter.

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