Philip Roberts

Outside the Body, fiction, Issue 23, June 1, 2013


Birthdate? July 19th 1983

When did you start writing? I first started writing around 2002, attempting to jump right into writing novels. I wouldn't say I seriously started writing until I jumped into short fiction around 2005.
 
When and what and where did you first get published? My first published work was a short story entitled "Noise Complaint". It was published in a UK magazine called Dark of Night in the fall of 2005. 
 
What themes do you like to write about? I like mixing with the mundane aspects of life with the supernatural, something horror lends itself very nicely to. Beyond that, I write about isolation and the inability for characters to come to terms with the things they've done.
 
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? Due to the fact that he was the first horror writer I read, Stephen King had a big impact on my early writing. I went through many of his novels during my first years writing. After that, however, I can't think of a single influence to put my finger on. I've tried to read a variety of authors. 
 
Biography
Philip lives in Nashua, New Hampshire and holds a Masters in Education and a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing. As a beginner in the publishing world, he’s a member of both the Horror Writer’s Association and the New England Horror Writer’s Association, and has had numerous short stories published in a variety of publications, such as the Beneath the Surface anthology, Midnight Echo, and The Horrorzine. A full anthology of Philip’s short stories entitled Passing Through can be found on the Amazon kindle store. More information on his works can be found at www.philipmroberts.com.