Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
From Hell's Heart, fiction, Issue 30, March 1, 2015
Dark God Rising: The Slender Man, nonfiction, Issue 32, September 1, 2015
Birthdate? March 22nd
When did you start writing? My sixth grade teacher gave a weekly creative writing assignment, and I usually wrote a minimum of three times the required amount. But I first started writing seriously (ie, to get paid) around 2005, when I read a novel by a fantasy writer and said to myself, "I can do that."
When and what and where did you first get published? The first short story for which I got paid was a piece of flash fiction called "Ghost in My Mind" that appeared in a now-defunct webzine.
What themes do you like to write about? Many of my stories are about ordinary people forced into extreme situations. For example, "From Hell's Heart" treats how far someone might go for revenge. I also deal a lot with alienation and loss of faith and its results.
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? Every story or book I read shapes me as an author. The author that intrigues me the most these days is Jorge Luis Borges. I admire how he was storyteller, essayist and poet, and how such classifications have a tendency to break down in his work. Even in translation, his work has a deceptive simplicity. The simplicity allows for some complex thoughts and emotions to take root in the soul. I strive for a similar effect in my own work.
Donald Jacob Uitvlugt lives on neither coast of the United States, but mostly in a haunted memory palace of his own design. While primarily a short story writer, he also writes the occasional book review and essay. His short story "From Hell's Heart" appeared earlier this year in New Myths, and he has a story in Chaosium's forthcoming werewolf anthology Mark of the Beast. He also regularly serves as a judge at the weekly one-on-one writing contest, TheWritersArena.com. If you enjoyed "Dark God Rising," let him know at his webpage http://haikufiction.blogspot.com or via Twitter: @haikufictiondju