His stories have also been printed in numerous magazines and anthologies
When did you decide to start writing stories?
Very early. Third grade. I would write these crazy sci-fi and fantasy stories and my teacher would always let me read them to the class. They weren’t even assignments! Around seventh grade I started getting more serious, got a word processor (this was before hard drives if you can believe it) and wrote my first horror story called THE FOREST. A novella-length piece about little kids that kill a monster in the woods. I’ll have you know this was before King’s IT, so I think I was onto something. Anyway, been writing ever since. Never stopped, just changed gears a few times.
Why horror and suspense versus the other genres?
Horror, or genre fiction, is actually new to me as an adult writer. While I grew up reading horror and sci-fi and fantasy, as I got older I buried myself in classics and some of the more obscure literature and poetry. Mainly mid-century work. So that’s what I wrote in my 20’s and 30’s – literary work. I wrote three novels, one of which I self-published and the other two are in the proverbial drawer. I wrote hundreds of stories. But it wasn’t until I became a screenwriter that I tried to write genre fiction, so around 2010, give or take. But my first horror story, MOTHER, was written in 2014 and was published late in 2015. So I’m a babe in the dark woods here.
Who is your favorite character in Behold the Void and why?
There’s a few. Gary from ALTAR is a kid I feel for. I hate what I put him through. Gabino from THE HORSE THIEF is probably my most well-rounded, fleshed-out character, and I like Mike from MANDALA, another kid I put through hell. That said, I think Fat Ted from THE HORSE THIEF is my favorite. He was a lot of fun to write and I think he’s got the best lines of any of the characters from the book. He’s a lot of fun. Too bad what happened to him...
What are your plans for the next writing project?
Well, I have a slew of stories coming out in the next 6 months or so. I think the number is around 7 or 8 as of today, with a couple longer pieces still being considered. I always list my stories – past and upcoming – on my website under the BIBLIO section. I’m still writing screenplays and have three projects I’m working on right now on that side of things, and I’m working through edits of my first horror novel with the agent. Hoping to have that sold before the end of the year, and if everything goes my way come out in 2018 or 2019. I also have a second collection of stories that I’m looking to sell, likely as part of a package with the novel. Again, in a perfect world, both books will be out next year. Fingers crossed!
What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?
Geez, good question. How about: Where can folks find my movies? And the answer is I’ve had two movies produced to date. A Disney film called SANTA PAWS 2: THE SANTA PUPS, and a thriller that originally premiered on Lifetime called GIRL MISSING, which stars Francesca Eastwood. Both are available On Demand through iTunes and Amazon. So there’s one for the kids and one for the adults! I have another thriller in the works with the same folks who made GIRL MISSING called VINTAGE, and am writing a time-travel thriller with Philip Gelatt, who wrote the wonderful EUROPA REPORT and is the writer/director of the upcoming THEY REMAIN, which is based on the Laird Barron story, --30--. Gelatt will be directing that one, so I’m very excited to get that project off the ground.
Dogs or Cats?
I love animals. My wife rides horses, and has done so competitively her whole life, and we’ve both had more pets than you can count. I had dogs growing up, and I love dogs, but I live in Los Angeles and yards come at a premium, so now we have a cat who we love dearly. I think cats and dogs are great friends to writers. If there’s anything writers need, its unconditional love!
Thank you Philip for taking the time to answer my questions. I had fun.
You can follow Philip on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and his website at pfracassi.com
Check out his new novel Behold The Void
BEHOLD THE VOID is nine stories of terror that huddle in the dark space between cosmic horror and the modern weird, between old-school hard-edged horror of the 1980's and the stylistic prose of today's literary giants.
Revenge takes a monstrous form when a scorned lover acquires bizarre, telekinetic powers; a community swimming pool on a bright summer day becomes the setting for a ghastly nightmare of sacrifice and loss; a thief does bloody battle with a Yakuza for the soul of a horse god; a priest must solve the mystery of a century-old serial killer or risk the apocalypse; a newly-married couple discover that relationships-gone-bad can be poisonous, and deadly; a child is forced to make an ultimate choice between letting his parents die or living with the monsters they may become; and when a boy is trapped on a beach at low tide, he must face death in many forms - that of the rising water coming to consume him and the ghost of his dead mother who wants him back, reaching for him with dark, longing arms...
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The branches scratched the window panes.
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