Curtis James McConnell

Nick Thumb, Monster Doctor, fiction, Issue 26, March 1, 2014

Birthdate? Been so long ago I forgot.

When did you start writing? Mrs. Martin, my second grade teacher, had us writing a story a week.

When and what and where did you first get published?1985 in Au Verso, the literary magazine of St. John's College

What themes do you like to write about? What it means to be human. What it means to be a man. What women would like to have men hear and understand.

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? "The Pink Worm" by Anthony Boucher. Golden Age Pulp. Everything from Hugh B. Cave right up to Elmore Leonard. I like to make the reader forget they're reading and then hit them with a sentence that reminds them why they are reading.

Technically, Curtis James McConnell is BB King's half blood-brother. Reviewers and publishers have likened him to that other King, Stephen. Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury and Raymond Chandler have also been used to complete the phrase "the next ____."  Since name-dropping never works, he prefers being regarded as The Next Curtis James McConnell. He is the recipient of the largest single grant given by The Charles L. Lewis Endowment for the Arts and has been to all fifty United States.