Some dark serendipity plopped a young Patrick Greene in front of a series of ever stranger films-and experiences-in his formative years, leading to a unique viewpoint. His odd interests have led to pursuits in film acting, paranormal investigation, martial arts, quantum physics, bizarre folklore and eastern philosophy. These elements flavor his screenplays and fiction works, often leading to strange and unexpected detours designed to keep viewers and readers on their toes.
Literary influences range from Poe to Clive Barker to John Keel to a certain best selling Bangorian. Suspense, irony, and outrageously surreal circumstances test the characters who populate his work, taking them and the reader on a grandly bizarre journey into the furthest realms of darkness. The uneasy notion that reality itself is not only relative but indeed elastic- is the hallmark of Greene’s writing.
Living in the rural periphery of Asheville North Carolina with his wife, youngest son and an ever-growing army of cats, Greene still trains in martial arts when he’s not giving birth to demons via his pen and keyboard.
TDBW: When did you start writing?
Patrick: I was writing and drawing comic books in fourth grade, but my first horror short story probably came earlier. I attempted my first novel inseventh grade–something about a kung fu master quelling a robot uprising in the near future.
TDBW: What was the first story you remember writing?
Patrick: The aforementioned horror short had something to do with a man-sized praying mantis chasing a car during a rainstorm. Hm. Not that I think about it, this came before I ever read The Mothman Prophecies, which gives account of several similar scenarios during the Mothman flap. That book fueled my imagination like few others.
TDBW: What genre is your most preferred?
Patrick: Horror will always be my first love, genre-wise. But sci-fi and anything martial arts related also connect with me. Snarky comedy has its appeal.
TDBW: What challenges you the most in your writing?
Patrick: Meeting my own deadlines is the short, boring answer. To elaborate, I tend to juggle several projects at once, all in various stages. Much as I might try to stay focused on only one, something about one or two others will arise that urgently demands attention, be it flashes of inspiration or an interested producer/publisher.
TDBW: What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Patrick: It’s sort of the flip side of the above answer in that I get to make my own schedule, more or less, and create whole worlds. I love it when somebody is moved by what I’ve written and finds it to be an immersive experience, so the beginning (creating) and end (reader input) of the process are pretty much my favorite elements.
TDBW: What do you like least about being an author?
Patrick: There’s that part of my ego that wants to be seen as a big shot and have more people think I’m really cool and treat me like an A-list celebrity–which I would probably find to be miserable, actually.
TDBW: How many books do you currently have available?
Patrick: One super suspenseful novel (PROGENY) a collection of soul searing short stories (Dark Destinies) and some other brain warping stories in a few blood curdling collections -The Endlands 1 and 2, Wrapped In Red, Wrapped in White and Still Dying 2.
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TDBW: What projects are you currently working on?
Patrick: My sophomore novel THE CRIMSON CALLING is in final stages. It’s a vampire thriller and the first of a series called CHRONICLES OF THE SANGUINARIAN COUNCIL. The story concerns itself with two factions of vampires who, after centuries of hiding, are ready to either co-exist with mankind–or take control as overlords.
TDBW: Do you have any books coming out soon?
Patrick: THE CRIMSON CALLING drops in October, and after that, an illustrated novella called PIECES OF MIRACLE will release. My co-conspirator/illustrator is Audrey Brennan, a brilliant young artist whose fiercely dark aesthetic matches the tone of the story perfectly. Fans of TALES FROM THE CRYPT and SUPERNATURAL will relish it.
TDBW: Which book, or series, is your favorite?
Patrick: In many ways, my works are gifts or tributes to people in my life. PROGENY for instance, is inspired by and in a sense created for my son Deklan, while CRIMSON is very much meant for my wife, so I can’t really play favorites–I’ll get in trouble. 😉
TDBW: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Patrick: My Hobbes End stablemate Allison M. Dickson has produced a deeply demented little gem called STRINGS, which has me fan-boying all over the place. Bryan A. Alaspa wrote a book with some story similarities to PROGENY called VICIOUS which had me biting my nails too.
Of course, I’ve mentioned Clive Barker in more than one interview, and there’s no denying the influence of Stephen King. I think Edward Lee deserves a nod–he’s not afraid to get gory.
TDBW: Which book(s) inspire you the most?
Patrick: Reading both The Stand and It were experiences that felt like epic immersions into other worlds for me–they came at the right time and sort of took over my head when I was reading them, and in that way inspired me to try and create my own dark universes.
Same with Barker’s The Damnation Game. I’m inspired as much by great writing as I am by a character’s arc of redemption in a book, and when it all melts to its barest ore, it’s sides of the same pyramid anyway.
TDBW: Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what band(s) do you play?
Patrick: Indeed! I’m a metalhead to the core. A Russian melodic death metal band called Fiend has caught my attention lately, though I prefer doom metal acts, like Candlemass, Isole and Slumber. But that’s mostly just for some of the early stages–mapping out the locations and whatnot, stuff that doesn’t require deep immersion into the story and characters.When I get that deep I prefer something without lyrics, dark ambient or horror soundtracks. Atrium Carceri and Nox Arcana are two of my go-tos, acts that create musical landscapes meant to evoke a powerful horror film ambiance.
TDBW: Any hobbies?
Patrick: I am a martial arts enthusiast, having trained in one form or another since my youth. I feel like the physical training goes hand in hand with writing-it’s good to take a break from one in favor of the other from time to time. Perfecting a certain move or sequence, for whatever reason, can activate a part of my mind that opens the creative flow. Difficult to explain but there’s no doubt it works.