Tell me a little about yourself, personally.
My name is Jeremy C. Shipp, and I’m a writer of weird horror tales, a sewist of monster plushies, a frequenter of taqueries, a minion of cats, a wanderer of labyrinths, and a tickler of demons.
What is the name of the book or books you have published?
Some of my books include Vacation, Cursed, The Atrocities and Bedfellow. An interesting fact: in the Opposite Dimension, my books are called Work, Blessed, The Kindnesses and Outsider.
Where can they be found?
My books can be found online wherever books are sold, and in bookstores and libraries. IndieBound (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250175298) is a fantastic way to see which of your local independent bookstores are stocking my novels.
You can also find my books inside the secret passageways of haunted castles, in the nightmares of jerboas, or within the stomachs of bioluminescent deep-sea monsters.
Do you have any current WIPs?
I can’t say too much about this project yet, but I’m working on a new novel about a cult and an amusement park and a princess. I’m also working on a short story written primarily in direct messages and emails.
How are they going?
As I work on this book, I’m experiencing frustration and anxiety and heartache. In other words, it’s going very well indeed.
What got you into writing?
A 10-foot-tall muse with transparent skin and thorns for teeth once trapped me in a net and wouldn’t let me out until I promised to write until the end of my days. Also, when I was young, my father would read books to me and my brothers every night. I remember receiving a trophy in elementary school for reading over a hundred books in a short period of time. I have always loved stories, and when I realized that I could create them myself, I never wanted to stop.
What keeps you focused?
I tend to write at the library, so that I can’t be distracted by the cats or ghosts or tacos in my home. And then, once I actually begin working, I tend to enter a state where I forget where I am. I forget to eat or drink. At that point, I’m a bit too focused, and sometimes I need a good kick to the shin to get me out of it.
What gives you inspiration?
I’m inspired by world events, nightmares, cats, people I love, people I don’t love, French fries, architecture, ancient civilizations, orange trees, and other things in that vein.
How do you battle writer’s block?
I like to make writing into a sort of ritual.
I sit in the library, and silence my phone. My mind knows that when I’m existing here, next to this window, beside these trees and these insects, I’m meant to write. And that’s what I do.
I have also found that the more pressure I put on myself, the less I tend to write. If I think, “YOU NEED TO WRITE 1000 WORDS TODAY,” I’ll probably write 50. On the other hand, if I think, “Write whatever you can, Jer. 50 words would be excellent,” I’ll probably write 1000.
Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?
I go both ways. I have worked with large houses and small presses and I have self-published a few of my own books. Every pathway comes with its own set of challenges and advantages. When I self-publish, I enjoy hiring my own artists and coming up with some of the concepts for the cover illustrations. I even like formatting ebooks using book design software. When working with small presses and large houses, I can focus more on writing tales, and less on everything else.
What made you make that choice?
I was too curious not to try out the different pathways. I am a wanderer of labyrinths, after all.
How does it feel to be considered an author?
To be perceived as an author in society is an interesting, multifaceted experience.
I grew up in a religious community whose prophet once wrote, “The readers of fiction are indulging an evil that destroys spirituality.” These days, when I’m speaking with people from that community, some of them will say things like, “What’s a nice guy like you doing writing fiction?”
I also receive hate mail (or hate emails) from time to time. Once, someone wrote, “You must write horror because you hate people.”
And on the other side of the coin, my life is blessed by myriad messages from my readers and fans. As long as my work continues to touch people’s lives in a positive or meaningful way, I will be happy.
What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?
You can reach me at:
You can also contact me by writing a message on a scroll and feeding the rolled-up sheet to the nearest mannequin. The contents of your missive will be transferred to me shortly.
I was so excited to get back this interview, and I hope you, as the reader, enjoyed reading it as well! Please go follow Jeremy C. Shipp! And thank you, Jeremy, for the interview!