Patrick Hurley

If You See Her, flash fiction, Issue 47, June 15, 2019

Get to know Patrick:


June 9th, 1981

When did you start writing?

I remember scribbling stuff all the time when I was a little kid, but the first complete story I remember writing was in 4th grade. It was a ghost story which had the brilliant title "Dark Thing." 

When and what and where did you first get published?

My first post-college publication was a science fiction story on The Drabblecast podcast titled "Luna Springs." It was about a nursing home on the moon. 

Why do you write?

I write because I love stories. I love it when the words seem to come from nowhere--like I'm the first reader instead of the one writing them. It's the closest thing I've felt to a religious experience. 

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

I love writing science fiction and fantasy because almost anything can happen. The familiar can be made strange and wonderful and vice versa.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

It's hard to have just one! Tolkien, Gaiman, LeGuin, and Pratchett are some of my favorites. Stephen King as well. "A Study in Emerald" is one of my favorite stories. "Those Who Walk Away From Omelas" is another, for entirely different reasons. 

What are you trying to say with your fiction?

Stories have power. Everything has its own story and those stories are worth hearing. 

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

Once upon a time, he lived and was loved. Now he goes where stories go after The End. 

Do you blog?

I haven't for a few years, but I plan to start again once I've created a new website. 

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