TIH 057: Max Booth III on Running A Small Press and Pushing The Boundaries in Horror Fiction

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In this podcast Max Booth III talks about running a small press, pushing the boundaries in horror fiction and writer’s block. With special guest co-host Bob Pastorella. Check out the first part of this interview with Max: TIH 056: Max Booth III on Writing A Novel In Two Weeks and Reviewing Books You Haven’t Finished Reading

About Max Booth III

Max Booth III is the author of three novels:Toxicity, The Mind is a Razorblade, and How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers (forthcoming). He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. He’s currently a columnist for LitReactor and Slush Pile Heroes. He has studied under Craig Clevenger and award-winning editor, Jennifer Brozek.

Max was born in Northern Indiana. He has worked as a cashier, stockboy, copy editor and hotel night auditor. He currently lives in San Antonio and is represented by his agent/dachshund, Jack. Follow him on Twitter@GiveMeYourTeeth for random drunken ramblings.

Show notes

  • [01:40] Interview starts/Bob disappears/things get weird
  • [04:30] ‘Real’ interview start/ Max Booth – a DNA mashup of Louis CK and Richard Matheson
  • [06:20] The positive and negative effects of running a small press on Max’s fiction
  • [08:10] Pushing the boundaries of horror fiction: successes and failures
  • [09:30] What do you look for in a story when commissioning stories?
  • [12:50] ‘Aspiring’ writers
  • [13:40] Is writer’s block real?
  • [20:20] Inspiration through great fiction
  • [21:45] Flash fiction
  • [24:40] Dark Moon Digest
  • [28:30] Stephen King article on LitReactor 
  • [35:05] Goals and aspirations as a writer and publishers
  • [36:25] Marketing approach
  • [38:30] The ethics of paying for a review
  • [44:45] How not to react to a bad review
  • [52:05] What’s next for Max?


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