Featured Interview With P.C. Darkcliff
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was alternately raised in the Czech Republic and Canada, and I also lived in Bulgaria, Portugal, and Turkey. I’ve currently settled in Southwestern Spain.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve been reading and writing fiction ever since I learned my letters. My first literary attempt was a short story about a talking dog. After a brief flirtation with sci-fi and adventure, I discovered the world of dark fiction, and there was no turning back.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite author is H.P. Lovecraft, who’s also my greatest inspiration. But I also love writers like E.M. Remarque and Ken Follet. My favorite genre is fantasy and horror, but I also enjoy historical fiction, thrillers, and mystery.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I started writing Deception of the Damned while living in Bulgaria, so five years ago. As I got sidetracked with other projects, I didn’t finish it until last week. It takes place not only across Europe but also across different periods of time. It’s a dark, modern fairy tale retelling where Sleeping Beauty meets Faust.
The story starts with Hrot, an absent-minded dreamer who feels so miserable in his primitive times that he sells his soul in exchange for a decade in Renaissance Prague. There he dabs in occult studies in a desperate attempt to sneak out of the deal.
Four centuries later, young reporter Jasmin Bierce leaves Alaska for Europe to avenge the death of her husband. Facing more enemies than she expected, her quest for revenge turns into a flight for her life. As she stumbles into the ruins of a medieval castle, she meets an immortal specter who calls himself…Hrot.
Although he saves her skin, Hrot unwillingly drags her soul into a pact with the fiend who cursed him. The fiend makes her husband’s killers look like a flock of doves—but Jasmin’s heart is awakening to Hrot’s devotion, and she travels in time and skirts infernal dominions to save him.
If she ever wants to break their curse, however, she must succeed where Hrot failed: she has to outwit the Emissary of the Otherworld.
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