Michael Noe is a horror writer from Barberton Ohio. He is the author of Legacy, The Darkness Of The Soul, Legacy 2 and the short story collection Insecure Delusions. When not writing, he reviews books on his website Slaphappy Fun Time and collects vinyl records.
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m a horror writer from Barberton Ohio. I’ve been writing off and on since I was twelve.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I read, I also collect vinyl records, and watch horror films. Lately I’ve been too busy to read or watch movies though.
Other than the horror genre, what else has been a major influence on your writing?
There’s so many, so it’s hard to pin down just one or two. I love novels like Johnny Got His Gun and 1984. I recently read a book called Haunt by Laura Lee Bahr and that showed me a lot about writing and how you don’t need to follow a set pattern to write a novel. Sometimes you just need a good story. A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay, The Handmaid’s Tale. Films like Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart and even Boxing Helena. I like dark films and that somehow finds its way into my work.
What are the books and films that helped to inspire you as an author?
Pet Cemetery was the launching pad when I was twelve. I had been reading Stephen King regularly but that book made me want to be a writer. As I read it I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I was also influenced by the late Richard Laymon. He was brutal in his delivery and it showed me that you don’t have to follow a certain set of rules when you’re writing horror. Even now when I read his stuff I see exactly what I want to accomplish with my own career. I grew up in the 80’s so I was influenced by slasher films and classics like I Spit on Your Grave and The Last House on The Left. Those films exhausted you in their intensity and I knew that if I was going to write I would be writing darker, less mainstream horror due to those influences. Other influences are American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis and The Books of Blood By Clive Barker. That to me was exactly what horror was and is all about. I love The Hills Have Eyes, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre so those are huge influential moments for me too.
What new and upcoming authors do you think we should take notice off?
There are so many. Jim Goforth is a guy that no matter what he writes, it’s an instant classic. You have Jeff O’Brien who writes some pretty messed up B-horror/comedy stuff so you need a sense of humor to read his stuff. Kyle M. Scott is another up and coming horror writer that more people should read. Toneye Eyenot has written some good stuff too. I could be here all day.
How would you describe your writing style?
Dark and violent. There’s no other way to describe it but the violence fits into the story so it’s not just violence for violence’s sake. There’s a reason behind it which doesn’t make it better, but there’s always a reason for it.
What aspects of writing to do you find the most difficult?
Coming up with ideas is probably the hardest part. Without an idea, there’s no book or story. I can’t just sit at my laptop and will something out of my head. It never works.
Is there any subject you would never write about as an author?
One hasn’t come up yet, but I’m sure at some point there will be. In my stories, you’ll never see me harm animals so I guess that would be it.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
For me it’s important to have Onenote so I can write down ideas and they’ll sync right to my laptop. If you write novel or story notes that’s the best app ever. When I get off work whatever I’ve jotted down is waiting for me.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received with regards to your writing?
Just write. That’s the best advice you’ll ever receive. As you grow you’ll find out other stuff on your own, but sitting down and writing is the only way you’re going to get published.
Getting your worked noticed is one of the hardest things for a writer to achieve, how have you approached this subject?
My route was unconventional and will never happen to anyone else so to all writers out there sub your work to as many anthologies as you can. It gets you noticed and from there a publisher who knows you from that anthology will be more likely to pick up your novel.
What piece of work are you most proud of?
All of them. Being published was a huge milestone for me so everything I’ve published I’m proud of.
Do you have a favorite line or passage from your work?
Too many to list. I think all writers have those lines of dialogue that stick out. Picking one is impossible
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
My last two books are Insecure Delusion and Legacy 2. Delusions is a collection off my short stories and shows my progress as a writer. Legacy 2 is about a serial killer’s quest to finish a legacy he stared many years ago.
What was the last great book you read, and what was the last book that disappointed you?
The last one? Wow, I would have to say Haunt by Laura Lee Bahr was the great one and I’ve read a few by Stephen King that were just awful.
What’s the one question you wish you would get asked but never do? And what would be the answer?
I’ve been asked a lot of odd questions so I’m still waiting for one that throws me off. Maybe do I think world peace is achievable and I would say no, people like chaos too much.
Darkness of The Soul by Michael Noe
Fear is just an illusion. Forget everything you’ve been taught, forget everything you think you are and step into a place where hate becomes love, and love turns into obsession. The parade of happiness turns into a flaming funeral pyre as you let go of all sense of self.
Experience tales from a dark, disturbed mind. Here dreams become nightmares, the exit signs have all been removed and the doors have been padlocked shut. Read if you dare and experience Michael Noe’s Insecure Delusions
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Set in the familiar locations of Cheshire, the world of this tech savvy, shoe loving Cheshire Girl is thrown into complete chaos as the E-Virus spreads through the Nation, where she has to fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic wasteland in a world where the dead just won’t stay dead.