Deke Mackey Jr. has spent most of his life sitting cross-legged in a corner. Rocking in place. Knocking his head against the wall. Quietly telling himself stories.
Recently? He’s been getting louder.
Interview with the Author
Q – How did you come to write FROM AWAY?
A – While living on an island in the North Atlantic I was surprised to discover many islanders had opposed the construction of an 8 mile fixed-link bridge connecting them to the mainland. I wondered why anyone would object to easier access to the rest of the world. What rationale might explain fighting to keep themselves isolated? From Away is the answer I came up with.
Q – But is it fair to say that at its core, this is the story of a family?
A – A fairly broken one, but I’d agree with that description. The catalyst is the homecoming of an estranged and wayward son whose teenage daughter is anxious to meet her kin. As she uncovers a hidden family history, he’s forced to deal with unhappy siblings who blame him for their troubles, because he left the island rather than dedicating himself to the family business as everyone expected. The family business? Protecting the island against monsters.
Q – You’re calling the series: A Serial Thriller of Arcane and Eldritch Horror. Can you unpack that phrase?
A – The arcane and eldritch horror refers to something weird and sinister operating beneath the surface. Unthinkable occult mysteries crawling out of the dark places to threaten sanity itself.
As a serial thriller, FROM AWAY is a suspenseful continuing story told over seven parts. It’s important to know upfront that individually these books don’t necessarily wrap up fully-explained with happy endings, but instead feature unfolding mysteries and climax in cliffhangers which leave our characters in jeopardy with their fates uncertain.
Q – Why a serial?
A – It’s a structure that I love, and one which far too few authors employ. Incorporating smaller segments into a much larger narrative, a serial allows for a complex long-form story to be told through fast-paced and easily digestible episodes. It’s the best of both worlds.
And make no mistake, FROM AWAY is far more than just a novel chopped up into smaller pieces: It is truly serialized. Each episode is a complete 45,000 word novella, culminating in multiple cliffhangers and leaving readers desperate to dive into the next installment.
Q – Did you have any particular influences in mind?
A – Set in a maritime community, where something evil and ageless may be lurking in the black watery depths, Lovecraft is an obvious influence. Manly Wade Wellman. Mignola’s Hellboy and BPRD stories. Really, any urban fantasy that imagines the impact of the paranormal on a modern world.
Q – What kind of readers should try this series?
A – Fans of weird fiction and horror suspense who worry about dark conspiracies involving secret societies and the occult. Readers looking for creepy scares and a general atmosphere of dread which may well culminate in utter madness.
Oh, and tentacles. Fishmen and tentacles.
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