Interview with K.Z. Morano

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm a certified bibliophile... and it started when I was a kid. I can't remember which story I first fell in love with but I'm certain that it started with "Once upon a time..." Lost in volumes of fairy tales, I existed in a world of my own creation where memories were painted in colors that no toy nor playmate nor amusement park could ever have duplicated.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing fiction on my blog about a year ago. After gaining a good audience and receiving encouragement from readers, I kept on writing. August last year (2013), I submitted a micro-fiction piece to a contest and got my story, "The Baobab", published in a book. That was when I decided to start writing horror. My stories have been included in several horror anthologies and magazines over the past few months.
Right now, I'm still trying to find my genre while enjoying the whole process. :)
What are your five favorite books?
1) The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

2) A Wizard of Earthsea- Ursula K. Le Guin

3) Necronomicon - H.P. Lovecraft

4) Books of Blood - Clive Barker

5) The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle

There's great writing and then there's pure magic. I found myself barely able to breathe as I read from these books. I like authors that give as much attention to words as they do to the plot.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've always been passionate about short fiction. It's that extra challenge that draws me to it... the dare to convey as much emotion as possible in very few words. In micro-fiction, every single word matters. There's power in knowing that you can make the reader see your world with a single properly placed adjective... that you can invade-- even linger within-- the reader's mind with a single well-chosen word.
100 Nightmares is a book with 100 stories, each written in exactly 100 words and accompanied by over 50 illustrations.
Inside, you’ll find monsters—both imagined and real. There are vengeful specters, characters with impaired psyches, dark fairy tales and stories and illustrations inspired by bizarre creatures of Japanese folklore.
It's a representation of everything that I love about horror.
It's my first solo project and an attempt to reach more readers.
I hope that through 100 Nightmares, people will get an idea of my what my writing style is like. Hopefully, they'll like it. :)
How do you approach your cover design?
I think the book cover plays a very essential role in the success of a book.
For 100 Nightmares, I chose a cover that truly spoke to me. I look at it and see every imaginable horror that exists-- the sick, the possessed, the anguished soul, the undead and as a friend once described it, the predator turned prey.
It's beautiful, eye-catching.
But above all, it's a warning.
It embodies everything that you'll find inside the book... and to me that's the most important thing.
Published 2014-05-04.
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Books by This Author

100 Nightmares
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,580. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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100 Nightmares by K.Z. Morano is a collection of 100 horror stories, each written in exactly 100 words, and accompanied by over 50 illustrations. Inside, you’ll find monsters—both imagined and real. There are vengeful specters, characters with impaired psyches, dark fairy tales and stories and illustrations inspired by bizarre creatures of Japanese folklore.