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Ed Ahern




Penance
, fiction, Issue 41, December 2017




Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had a hundred fifty stories and poems published so far. His collected fairy and folk tales, The Witch Made Me Do It was published by Gypsy Shadow Press. His novella The Witches’ Bane was published by World Castle Publishing, and his collected fantasy and horror stories, Capricious Visions was published by Gnome on Pig Press. Ed’s currently working on a paranormal/thriller novel tentatively titled The Rule of Chaos. He works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of five review editors.

Biography Questions

Birthday? Christmas eve, 1942

When did you start writing? Dabbled as a teenager, dilettante at sixty-seven, diligent at seventy.

When and what and where did you first get published? First pub credit was a poem in my high school newspaper, followed by a bodice ripper to a pulp. Hiatus writing corporate speak and marketing almost-lies for decades, then individually published  folk and fairy tales, followed by genre and almost literary stories, followed at seventy-one by general poems. First book was my collected folk and fairy tales.

What themes do you like to write about? Whatever the swamp gas mind bubbles up. The fiction is about half genre, a quarter sorta literary and a quarter folk and fairy tale. The poetry is almost all general/literary. Have had a hundred seventy stories and poems published so far.

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? There are too many to mention. Am currently on a Neil Gaiman reading kick, but have a recurring  love/hate relationship with David Foster Wallace's fiction and essays. Have reread Tolkien three times, Andre Debus' collected stories twice. I.E. mood and impulse driven reading.

Facebook page? @Ed Ahern73 (This is where I pimp my work)
Twitter? @bottomstripper (I tweet about writing rather than pimp my work)


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