And Here's Satan with the Weather, flash fiction, Issue 37, December 15, 2016
Birthday? December 1, 1989
When did you start writing? When I was fourteen I tried writing a short story based on the Legend of Zelda video games, but it went nowhere. Then when I was a senior in high school my AP English teacher Mrs. Lampman gave us a creative writing assignment based on Dante's Inferno. Things clicked that time. Afterwards, I couldn't stop writing.
When and what and where did you first get published? Suspense Magazine published my story "Bottom of the Pile" back in 2011. Funny thing about that one: they never notified me about its acceptance, and I didn't learn of its publication until 2016.
What themes do you like to write about? Staying true to oneself, learning from mistakes, overcoming loss, free speech, how technology dehumanizes us.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work?
My story "And Here's Satan with the Weather" drew influence from Bret Easton Ellis' work. I'm a huge fan of American Psycho and the way Ellis uses dark (and sometimes morbid) humor to get a message across without sounding too preachy. We can learn just as much from rotten characters as we can from admirable ones.
Brandon McNulty writes from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in Sci Phi Journal, Digital Horror Fiction, and Acidic Fiction. He is a graduate of Taos Toolbox and a Writers of the Future semi-finalist. Visit him at www.facebook.com/brandon.mcnulty.