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R. Michael Burns

It's a Most Wonderful Time, fiction, June 1, 2008

R. Michael Burns has published fiction in Dreams of Decadence and City Slab magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Bound for EvilGoodbye, DarwinBell, Book & Beyond; and the forthcoming Horror Library Volume III.  Before moving into the deep dark swamps of central Florida, he lived for more than four years in Japan, where he taught English to students from 1 to 70.  He is a Colorado native, and his heart is still among the mountains, a fact which has substantially diminished his circulation.

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Get to know R. Michael...

Birthdate?  October 12, 1970

When did you start writing? I can't recall a time I wasn't writing.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first published short story was a science fiction tale called "Project #374792", published in the Engineer, the magazine of the engineering department of the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Why do you write? To keep the weirdness from backing up in my subconscious until my brain drowns.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I like to tear little holes in the fabric of reality and see what leaks through.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? No single favorite...Bradbury, King, Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison...  Bradbury's "The October Game" is one of my favorite short stories. The pacing is brilliant, and the story ends with the best damn last line I've ever read.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? It depends very much on the tale, but like most writers (I think), I am fascinated by our daily struggle to determine what really matters, and how to hold onto it...or if we even should.

Do you blog? Where? I rant about politics on MySpace.  It's another pressure valve.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?  Hmmm... I can't think of anything appropriately pithy and morbid. I just hope I get a cool tombstone - something pre-aged, and moss-covered.

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