Big super blast-o-rama of a 3Q’s today! Coy Hall has quickly become a go-to author for folklore based fiction and with his latest he’s now delved into the Western Horror world as well!
I’m excited to have Coy join me today for a new 3Q’s!
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
Coy: It draws dirty looks when I say it, but I’m a morning person. Since all my energy is there, I write from 5am-7am each day. My wife is asleep, my dog is asleep, it’s quiet, night is against the window, ambient light in the office gives the right mood, the fresh coffee lands, and I get the writing out of the way before the work day begins.
I don’t do a word count. It’s not good for my mental health. If it’s flowing, I may write 2000 words. If it’s not, I may write 200. A for effort, regardless.
Steve: You’re riding an elevator and BAM! It gets stuck. What two authors (one living and one dead) would you happen to find yourself stuck with?
Coy: To my left is M.R. James. He’s my idol, he died half a century before I was born, so I’m taking full advantage of this. To my right is another idol, Ramsey Campbell. Since this is my fantasy, Campbell asks James questions and I listen. In this fantasy, none of us are claustrophobic, and we trust we’ll be rescued without having someone rappel down the elevator shaft.
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
Coy: My latest novel is The Hangman Feeds the Jackal: A Gothic Western. It released in June from Nosetouch Press, and I’m proud of the attention it’s received. The novel mixes gothic horror with the traditional western. As a historian, I wanted to take on the mythology of the Old West, and this novel is the antidote. If the Classic Western emphasizes newness, gain, growth, and the triumph of Good, then my Gothic Western has decay, loss, withering humanity, and the banality of Evil at its heart. It’s not all heavy, though. My favorite remarks from reviews so far are those that call the novel a page turner. That makes me happy.
Steve: Bonus Question! If you were transported back in time, which Pop Band/Hit Band would you hope to find yourself a member of?
Coy: I want Kajagoogoo in 1983, so I can rock “Too Shy” unironically like it deserves. Hand me my keytar, Steve.
Great choice! I can see you rocking the keytar with them now!
Thanks again Coy!
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