ANNOUNCEMENT: A review copy of SIBERIAN HELLHOLE goes to Shackman.
Today, I welcome Michael Mulvihill to MBB. Michael is an Irish author and has written a paranormal fiction novel, SIBERIAN HELLHOLE, published by WheelMan Press. SIBERIAN HELLHOLE is a novel with a spiritual slant and a strong message.
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What made you a writer?
Maria, at school, an English and History teacher, Mrs Bateman, told my dad that I had book writing talent. I was regarded as a good writer by my Leaving Certificate English teacher. I didn’t know at fourteen what genre I could devote myself to. But this would reveal itself via time and thought. I remember things that influenced me as a child, like the horror/sci fi TV series V. This was an amazing programme. I learnt that if you want to devote yourself to a genre, that’s cool, but you do not have to abort your interest in the history of the world that you live in. You actually can become a genre writer by having a history in things inside and outside of the genre.Why is that?
Good question Maria. The paranormal genre is high art. Currently I am revisiting FRANKENSTEIN, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (psychological horror), DRACULA, VAMPIRE LESTAT and Edgar Allan Poe’s writings. I adore these works.
In the 1990’s, Francis Ford Cappola turned the horror novel DRACULA into an academy award winning film. This showed how good the genre can be. Gary Oldman’s depiction of Dracula is flawless. INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (which I also love) was also Oscar nominated. Look at AVATAR, an example of speculative fiction being a huge, huge success. A paranormal film isn’t just ninety minutes of orgies of death, and a celebration of the gruesome, . There is intelligent stuff being made in the name of horror/paranormal fiction. People love this genre. You call it paranormal fiction,. I call it speculative fiction. That way it’s more encompassing.
I’m not into the new vampires, unless I’m creating them. I have a few in SIBERIAN HELLHOLE, I have a few in a short story I have out with blackpetals.net in issue 63 which is about a vampire horde. And novel 2 will be all about one particular vampire as he roams around Dublin.
Do you write a certain target amount of words per day or do you write when the muse strikes?
I think about what I write and then I write it. Sometimes I will research it impeccably. Other times I will just let it be written and see how it turns out. I don’t have a set amount of words but I usually work every day. This is the discipline of writing. I am a slave to my writing. I often worry if this occupation alienates me from the rest of society. So what if it does? I have something that I am intensely interested in. Not many people can say this, can they?
The novel SIBERIAN HELLHOLE concerns a vampire/demonic horde, a portal to hell and an attempt by the powers of Satan to take over Siberia.
Do you see your literary work as a way of expressing your thoughts?
Yes. I want to write about social things, psychological things. I want to write about faith and ethics and morality, abut the dark side of the human soul and about how people can be exploited in this life. What better way to do this than to write fiction? Sometimes it’s better to show not tell and this is what fiction can achieve. I feel like a fraud saying what I just said. I have a thousand thing to say and I need a lifetime to say it. I want to write maybe twenty books in my lifetime and pick up some readers on the way.
Post-Perestroika has visited Russia and Tobias the Muscovite is out of work and looking for just about anything to make ends meet. He moves to a remote outpost in Vodka Valley, Siberia, where his duty is to guard a plot of land for oil and gas exploration by The Rusky Company. At first isolated, cold, lonely, and feeling alienated, he has gradually grown accustomed to and even accepted by this remote wilderness.
Little does the young watchman know that at night he is sleeping above a buried secret more hostile than Siberia’s weather. Just beneath the surface gurgles the mouth of Hell, waiting to be opened and spew forth.
Privy to the secret, an unholy band under Asmodeus, demon leader of dark forces, and Ethagoria Nebsonia, master of the Siberian Vampires, have taken up residence in this land. Their influence has caused humans to change in Vodka Valley. People have become more strange, indifferent, envious, greedy, and violent towards one another. The Devil prowls Vodka Valley looking for the ruination of souls, and expects the dark legions to plan and wreak havoc on an apocalyptic scale.
But, thanks to the local Russian Orthodox Church’s resurrection from the ruins of the communist regime and the revival of spirituality, the Devil may not have the last word in Vodka Valley.
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Micheal would like to give a PDF copy of SIBERIAN HELLHOLE to any reader who would be ready to post a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon after reading. Just let me know through the comment box if you’d like a copy.