Joseph Nicholas

Daro Waterseer, poem, Issue 29, December 1, 2014

Birthday? July 11, 1991.
When did you start writing? I have held a passion for writing stories since I was a youngin', but did not start getting into free verse until about 2 and half years ago.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first published poem was included in Emerge Literary Journal last September. It was called "Aubade", and was a surreal personification of intangible yearning.
What themes do you like to write about? A lot of what I write about comes from my background in Psychology, and my obsession with the perpetual evolution of "the self", and the definitions "the self" can hold.  
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 authors that come to mind are Hermann Hesse (Demian), Aldous Huxley (Island), and Albert Camus (The Myth of Sisyphus and The Fall). These authors got me started on my journey towards a deeper understanding of the written word, and its power. Their seamless melding of philosophy and narrative have always been, and continue to be, a profound influence.

On the subject of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien (The Silmarillion), George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), and David Lindsay (A Voyage to Arcturus) have been my main influences. Struggling to balance a cohesive world within your mind is tiresome work, but the writing of these great authors give me great confidence as I attempt to write my own first fantasy novel, The Rise of the Grey Cat.
Joe Nicholas is an experimenter, experiencer, and editor of The Screaming Sheep. His work can be found in BOAAT, Driftwood Press, Mojave River Review, Profane, Willard & Maple, and other fine magazines. He enjoys wine, felines, puns, perpetual evolution, and all things bizarre. He can be found at