William Grabowski is the author of nine books (ghostwriter of others), and over 350 short stories, articles, essays, interviews and reviews in FORBES, CEMETERY DANCE, PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL and others. His career began with five years writing for legendary World Fantasy Award-winning THE HORROR SHOW magazine, and these days he is a contributing editor with LIBRARY JOURNAL, Metaphysical Circus Press, and JournalStone Publishing.
Who are your favorite authors?
How much time DO we have? Well, here are my all-time favorites: Michael M. McDowell, Jacques Vallee, John A. Keel, Dylan Thomas, Colin Wilson, Thomas Ligotti, Paul Bowles, Brian W. Aldiss, John Sladek, Shirley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates, Mark Danielewski, Norman Mailer...I'll stop at thirteen! But these writers have genuine vision...thrill, educate, and disturb me over and over. I've gone through many versions of their books--literally worn them out.
What are you working on next?
I've just completed a short novel (known to fellow scribblers as a novella) titled JOHNNY FLASH, set in the "mythical" southwest Pennsylvania township of Seven Pines. I use mythical ironically, as the setting is based on Penn Township (considered part of Jeannette, in Westmoreland County) where I once lived. A somewhat remote, sometimes eerie, but beautiful place ruled by trees, hills, streams, and endless back-roads. Also a nexus of UFO and "entity" sightings--what investigators call a "window area."
After a bizarre sighting, a middle-aged man's spiritual despair over the death of his son explodes into a dark, emotional quest for meaning...and another's soulless craving for proof of the existence of a terrifying, godlike entity.