There are some books which stick in your mind, even years later.
‘Inside The Outside’ by Martin Lastrapes is one of those books, and today I talk to Martin about his inspirations for writing literary horror, and why ‘nice’ people like us love to write of the darkness.
Martin Lastrapes‘ brilliant debut novel, “Inside the Outside,” won the Grand Prize in the 2012 Paris Book Festival. He also writes short stories, is an English professor, and a podcaster, and is currently working on a vampire series.
In the interview, we discuss:
Martin’s writing background. He had a late start after discovering literature at college, and was drawn to the darker side of fiction. He was into comic books earlier in life.
- The inspiration behind the award-winning ‘Inside the Outside,’ which is about a girl who’s part of a cannibal cult in rural America. Martin’s own reasons for going vegetarian plus serial killers who are seem to be really nice people.
- On ‘literary’ vs ‘horror’ in terms of genre and why Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis changed Martin’s life. About Martin’s next Vampire series.
- On self-censorship.
- Being a ‘nice person’ and writing horror. How really happy people write dark things.