Interview with Author Myk Pilgrim

Myk Pilgrim

How do you feel about cemeteries? Do find them creepy?

There is a cemetery not far from where we live, and I go there whenever I can.  It’s peaceful and the walk always helps to bring me back down to earth.

I find the idea that we are all impermanent both terrifying and immensely comforting. That no matter what happens I’ll end up in the ground, and some smarmy git in the future will walk over my grave and contemplate the meaning of their own mortality the way I’m doing now.

Who are your favourite short story authors, and why?

Tim Pratt’s work is always phenomenal. I discovered his short stories on the Drabblecast when I was getting serious about writing.

Nelson Pyles also turns a solid yarn, his novel Demons, Dolls, and Milkshakes was a hoot from beginning to end bringing ample quantities of all of the above. The creepy doesn’t let up, one of my favourite scenes was a ritual that takes place in a graveyard.

Also and be warned, because this is nepotism considering I’m married to her, I also love Pippa Bailey’s work. If Pip has an ideal reader, then I am very much that person. She has a story out this year in Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror from Rooster Republic Press. Sarah Tatlinger has put together a brilliant line up of horror tales that promises to be one hell of a read.

What’s your favourite Horror book? What do you like about it?

If I make one recommendation over and over it’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. It captures so many things perfectly. I read anything Grady writes.

Another recommendation off the top of my head is the Locke and Key graphic novel series by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodríguez. It has everything that you want from a horror tale. Though somehow the Netflix show managed to omit everything that made the books so special.

Also Cabal and the Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker if you haven’t already read them. They’re hot and gory and utterly stunning.

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

I love cults. I love folklore, ye olde tales of beasties that crawl out of people’s ears and into the real world while they sleep.

There is something magical about the chosen language of those sorts of stories, they always hit me right where I live. We haven’t lost folktales in the internet age, they have just changed form.

Creatures in the dark forest have become sadistic clowns on internet videos. Slender Man has real world influence, even Momo has terrified kids so much that they wouldn’t dare tell their parents for fear that she’d kill them.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever written?

I don’t know about the best, but certainly my upcoming story Personal Growth is the most different. It’s an offbeat sci-fi piece. After losing his wife and kids in a catastrophic fire Arthur uses the insurance money to eat his feelings. All of his feelings. His plan being to grow his family back, by whatever means necessary. Also there are amniotic tanks and nanobots.

The story will be out on the Wicked Library Podcast sometime in 2022.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR, MYK PILGRIM

Myk Pilgrim is partially bald by genetic mishap but totally bald by choice.

He lives with his wife in a tiny cottage, in an even littler Scottish town where he spends every free moment consuming stories and watching films.
He writes supernatural horror fiction with a sense of humour and an unapologetic cathartic streak – but only when he runs out of excuses not to.

Myk’s work has appeared on the Wicked Library podcast, 13 Wicked Tales, Dark Faces Evil Place 2, Frisson Comics, Sirens Call Magazine, and in Bite-sized Horror collections Poisoned Candy, Bloody Stockings, Rancid Eggs, and Devil’s Night.

Thank you, Rayne, for facilitating the interview!

ABOUT THE BOOK,

AMONG THE HEADSTONES: CREEPY TALES FROM THE GRAVEYARD

This anthology, edited by Rayne Hall, presents twenty-seven of the finest – and creepiest – graveyard tales with stories by established writers, classic authors and fresh voices.

Here you’ll find Gothic ghost stories by Robert Ellis, Lee Murray, Greg Chapman, Morgan Pryce, Rayne Hall, Guy de Maupassant, Myk Pilgrim, Zachary Ashford, Amelia Edwards, Nina Wibowo, Krystal Garrett, Tylluan Penry, Ambrose Bierce, Cinderella Lo, Nikki Tait, Arthur Conan Doyle, Priscilla Bettis, Kyla Ward, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul D Dail, Cameron Trost, Pamela Turner, William Meikle and Lord Dunsany who thrill with their eerie, macabre and sometimes quirky visions.

You’ll visit graveyards in Britain, Indonesia, Russia, China, Italy, Bulgaria, Thailand, USA, Australia, South Africa and Japan, and you can marvel at the burial customs of other cultures.

Now let’s open the gate – can you hear it creak on its hinges? – and enter the realm of the dead. Listen to the wind rustling the yew, the grating of footsteps on gravel, the hoo-hoo-hoo of the collared dove. Run your fingers across the tombstones to feel their lichen-rough sandstone or smooth cool marble. Inhale the scents of decaying lilies and freshly dug earth.

But be careful. Someone may be watching your every movement… They may be right behind you.

Purchase Link: mybook.to/Headstones

The ebook is available for pre-order from Amazon at the special offer price of 99 cents until 31 January 2022. (After that date, the price will go up.) 

The paperback is already published.

15 thoughts on “Interview with Author Myk Pilgrim

  1. Lana says:

    Do you like urban legends? Your answer about inspiration reminded me of them. People really can’t get anywhere without telling each other scary stories, no matter if it’s around a bonfire or in group chats. And somehow, these stories, that people make up just to give each other creeps, always scare me the most. Also, eating feelings? Not gonna lie, I’m pretty hooked by that phrase alone. Thanks for the interview!

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  2. Nice interview! I’m curious about the plot of your story ‘Rancid Eggs.’ What was it about?? The cover looks interesting as well! Looking forward to reading your story on the anthology!

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  3. meryem7turkmen says:

    No matter how far we go and what age we live in, I don’t think it is possible to rid ourselves of the need or desire to fear. And the Internet is a perfect tool to spread that fear to others. So we will see a lot more Momos and Slender Mans in the future, I assume.

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    • Lana says:

      Only, perhaps, in the future, they will take a new form. Can you imagine telling a person from 100 years ago about Momo, Slender Man, and urban legends as a whole? It’s even fascinating to think what kinds of creepy things people will come up with in the future.

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      • meryem7turkmen says:

        Even a person from 30 years ago would have trouble understanding the concept of social media and how much it affects us. We evolve (to both good and bad) quite fast…

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  4. senceralpay says:

    I also love Locke and Key (ofcourse the graphic novel). It consists every element that a horror story needs and i think the art style makes it even better since most of the novels are ruined with their live-action adaptations.

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  5. Talha Efe AY says:

    I think your view on death and the impermanence of us humans are on point, but I want to add the fact that probably the sole reason we don’t go mad about death is that everyone else will experience it too. Just think for a second, how would you feel if you were the only mortal in the world, and the rest of the population will forever be here, that’s scarier than most horror stories in my opinion.

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    • Lana says:

      Wow, you came up with a perfect horror story there! I only wonder if anything like this has already been written – I would gladly read it.

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    • meryem7turkmen says:

      Good point there, but I don’t think the main reason is the “everyone will die” mentality since most people don’t die simultaneously. We are still on our own when we die. Maybe it is more about realizing that “everyone keeps living despite knowing that they will all die one day.” So we find it strange to be affected by the idea of death while everybody else already accepted it as something normal.

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  6. akikda says:

    Another great interview…Looking forward to reading your story in the anthology, also I am sure that the other books and authors you recommend are definitely worth looking up and reading.

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