Patrick Lacey has appeared in Dark Moon Digest before, but this time, his haunting tale “Full Disclosure” appears in Dark Moon Digest 19.
1. Do you ever have dreams that give you ideas for a story?
I have nightmares often, usually no less than three times per week. I’m guessing it’s related to the things I write and surround myself with. The dreams are often very vivid but most of the time they’re completely insane and nearly impossible to make sense of. If a particular image sticks with me, I might include it in a story at some point down the road. Rarely, my dreams will actually make some shred of sense and are easy to put to paper. I have one story under consideration that came to fruition this way. I dreamt I was walking by my childhood home and it just happened to be the apocalypse. I was the last person on Earth and hadn’t come in contact with anyone for a long time. I looked into the kitchen window and noticed movement within. I ran inside, thinking it was another survivor, but saw a deceased relative instead. The kitchen was decorated just as it had been when I was a kid. The relative in question began to blur and ripple as if turning to a liquid. Then it morphed into a fur-covered thing that was roughly seven feet tall. I woke just as it started howling. That’s just one example but you get the idea. Nightmares = grist for the mill.
2. Do you read works similar to your writing or do you enjoy an entirely different genre when you read for fun?
I have a system in place for reading that I try not to deviate from. I’ll read a newer horror work, then an older horror work, and finally something in an entirely different genre, then I repeat the pattern. This way I can keep up with my contemporaries, study past works within the genre, and broaden my horizons with other genres. Sometimes it feels like work but I do think it’s helped my writing immensely. For a long time I had a list of books that I thought everyone needed to read but I’ve since abandoned it after getting halfway through the thing. It felt too much like homework and to be honest, I despised a lot of those books. I finally told myself there are more books than I can read in this life so I might as well focus on the ones that actually interest me.
3. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Aside from reading, I like to watch horror movies, cook, run around like a maniac with my Pomeranian, and spend time with my wife. She’s also a horror buff so it works out quite well. I play guitar but I haven’t gotten in as much practice as I’d like the last few years, since we live in an apartment with two other units and my amp can be . . . harsh to say the least. Once we have our own home, I plan on setting up a practice space where I can hopefully shred a bit louder.
4. Where do you do your best writing?
I’ve written in all sorts of places: the library, the kitchen table, my car, during my break at my day job, etc., but I think my home office is where I do my best work. It’s a small room with a desk, a record player, and way too many horror books/toys/movies for the amount of space. I need absolute silence and never work to music, so the record player stays off during writing sessions. When I’m editing, I like a bit more distraction so I’ll usually work on the living room couch next to my wife, dog, and cat.
5. Links Links Links
I took down my author page on Facebook but you can just search for my regular profile.
I’m also on Twitter (@patlacey)
My novella A DEBT TO BE PAID is being released this September through Samhain and can be preordered at Amazon .
Make sure to pick up a copy of Dark Moon Digest 19 today to read Patrick’s story. Or get a copy of Issue 11 to read another story by him!