Interrogation—Erik Arneson

Who: Erik Arneson

What: His short stories have appeared in ThuglitNeedle, Otto Penzler’s Kwik Krimes, Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder, and many other places. THE THROES OF CRIME is his first published book. His comic book, FORTUNE, is available from Comixology, Indy Planet, and NoiseTrade.

Where: Pennsylvania

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Congrats on the release of your excellent short story collection, THE THROES OF CRIME. How did this project came together?

Thank you! I’m glad you like it. This is a collection of stories that have been published by various magazines and websites, plus a handful of brand new stories.

The first thing I remember publishing was a four-page, handwritten newsletter called The Atari Times back when I was in third or fourth grade. I wrote it, my father photocopied it, and we distributed free copies to people in our development trying to drum up some subscriptions. That didn’t work—I think there might have been a second issue, but I couldn’t testify to that. But it did plant the seeds of interest in self-publishing, or indie publishing.

So when I had enough short stories ready that the collection would be a good size—it’s just under 50,000 words—my natural inclination was to compile them and put it out indie style. I’m fortunate to be married to an incredible editor, Beth, and to know a super-talented artist, Dillon Samuelson, who created the skull for the cover.

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