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Josh Pearce

And Then There Were Infinite, fiction, Issue 32, September 1, 2015

Josh Pearce is a San Francisco Bay Area author whose work appears in Electric Spec, Kaleidotrope, and PoV magazines. He is the inventor of a special solution that when injected into a main artery of a recently deceased person causes the body's mechanical, living functions to return. However, most subjects that have undergone the "re-animation" process have turned violent and, after failed attempts to return to their own graves, have terrorized the communities into which they were reanimated. You can follow him on Twitter: @fictionaljosh

Get to know Josh...

Birthday? May 6

When did you start writing? I first remember writing when I was in the third grade, and my teacher praised a fantasy story that I wrote. Shortly thereafter, I declared to my mother that I was going to write a novel, and I'm still working on making that happen.

When and what and where did you first get published? At some point during elementary school, I published a poem in Clubhouse magazine, but never kept an issue of it, or even remember what year that was. My first sale was a short story in the September 2010 issue of Aoife's Kiss.

What themes do you like to write about? Identity and sense of self, told through unreliable or unusual narrators who may or may not be insane, and who may or may not even exist.

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 paranoia of Philip K. Dick and the existential horror of H.P. Lovecraft manage to affect me even though neither of those authors are highly regarded for style of language. Their characters are probably what I hold in my mind the most as templates -- everyday, non-heroic people who are faced with impossible decisions in a landscape that is melting around them.

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