RPP is always excited to welcome back old friends, so this week we get a mini-interview with repeat RPP offender, Milo James Fowler. Last time we had him around was Spring 2011 when he treated us to a Coyote Cal adventure. This time, it was Mercer and “Abomination of Desolation”.
1. For those who haven’t read it yet, can you describe “Abomination of Desolation” in one sentence?
Let’s see, how about this: Mercer, a body-hopping phantasmal antihero (and an abomination in the eyes of the Church), is offered a deal he can’t refuse by his nemesis, Father Thomas, if he rids the world of a certain boy with horrifying powers.
2. Perfect. So, from what I hear, this isn’t the last of your, um, hero, Mercer…?
That’s right; “Abomination” is the fifth in a series of Mercer tales that have been published to date, and it’s my favorite of the bunch. There are two more that have yet to find good homes: in one, Mercer goes toe to toe with the Big Man (Saint Peter) over a smuggled soul, and in the other, he’s up against Lucifer and his meddling minions. Both stories are currently out on submission, and just like the others, it’s not immediately clear whether Mercer is the hero or the villain in each one.
3. You’re always publishing all over the place–can you tell us about some of your latest stories and where we can get our hands on them?
Thanks for asking. =] “Minuteman” (alternate history) is currently up at Cosmos Online; “Soulless in His Sight” (post-apocalypse) is in the latest issue of Shimmer (#15); and “Captain Quasar and the Fastest Thumbs on Zeta Colony Four” (space opera) is at Ray Gun Revival. All three of these stories, as well as “Abomination of Desolation,” were written as part of the Write1Sub1 challenge, which I highly recommend for all writers of short fiction interested in honing their craft. Our slogan is “Come for the challenge; stay for the community.” Corny? Maybe. But it’s never too late to join, and you’ll be glad you did!
No doubt in my mind. And yeah, this is what I mean by all over the place. Amazing. So if y’all haven’t caught a chance to see “Abomination of Desolation” yet, consider this a written invitation. You’ll be glad you did that, too.