Dean A. Schreck
Of What Do Superior Beings Dream, poetry, Issue 25, December 1, 2013
When did you start writing? I began writing at the age of fourteen.
When and what and where did you first get published? I was first published at no later than the age of 17, in 3 different small press publications--unfortunately, I have been unable to locate my copies of these magazines, along with any written record of same in my files. But, I am still looking, still hoping to unearth them. The earliest one I have proof of is Voices International, 1977. Later, I was published in Space and Time; Magical Blend; Eldritch Tales; Owlflight; Weirdbook--to name a few. Also, I had short fiction published in Noctulpa and Soft Door.
What themes do you like to write about? The nature of consciousness, human and otherwise, and the role of myth in expansion as opposed to restriction of human awareness.
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? Poe's Purloined Letter--Cask of Amontillado; Masque of the Red Death; Man of the Crowd; Silence--A Fable. Arthur Machen's masterpiece of spiritual introspection, The Hill of Dreams; The Great God Pan. T.S. Eliot--The Hollow Men. Heinlein--Stranger in a Strange Land. Asimov--Foundation Trilogy. Bradbury--Something Wicked This Way Comes. Robert Browning. H.G. Wells--The Time Machine. Bram Stoker--Dracula. Zukav--The Dancing WU LI Masters. Faulkner--As I Lay Dying. Orwell--1984.
As far as how these contribute to the nature of my work--hopefully, in achieving that transcendent sense of evocative resonance found in all of the above.
I grew up in Levittown, and graduated High School in 1967. I am married with 2 kids and 4 grandchildren. In regards to my writing, I have had poetry published in over 30 small press/literary magazines. I have also done Comic Book work--Bloodscent (Comico, 1988); Twilight Zone #7 (Now Comics, 1992); Hellraiser & Fanfare (Marvel Comics). The appearance of my work here in the pages of New Myth marks both my first attempt and success at reentering the publishing world--the first, in a long, long time!