Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I am an author with a penchant for the dark and macabre. My earliest memory is of eighties Horror on VHS video which ignited a fire within. I excelled within English at school, and went on to study film and scriptwriting at University. I wrote my dissertation was on Italian Giallo director, Dario Argento, and used this inspiration to make my own short films, some of which were nominated at International Film Festivals.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I am not writing, I read philosophy, I like to travel and lose myself in a film.
Other than the horror genre, what else has been a major influence on your writing?
My influences are Clive Barker, Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk, outside of those authors, Philip K Dick is a big influence with the Valis trilogy being my favorite novels.
The term horror, especially when applied to fiction always carries such heavy connotations. What’s your feeling on the term “horror” and what do you think we can do to break past these assumptions?
Horror can come from all sources, it isnt just the scary monster or demon, the biggest horror of all is how people relate to one another, to quote Satre, “Hell is other people.” Some of the scariest stories are characters like Patrick Bateman, he looks normal, successful and he seems polite, yet is a raging psychopath underneath the mask.
A lot of good horror movements have arisen as a direct result of the socio/political climate, considering the current state of the world where do you see horror going in the next few years?
Following on from my previous answer, we as humans face a potentially horrific time with the threat of war, state sponsored terrorism and an Owellian future where we are observed 24/7. We are sadly 90% there already with devices and surveillance. I think there is also a general, “dumbing down” of our children through social media and television that would make a good story, quite literally they will be the evolution of the zombie from folk-law.
What are the books and films that helped to define you as an author?
As I have mentioned, on the literary side, Philip K Dick and Clive Barker was a big influence, but within film, my love is of all the classic Horrors, John Carpenter, Wes Craven and George A Romero. I also branched out into Italian Horrors, with Dario Argento, Lucio Fluci and alike.
What new and upcoming authors do you think we should take notice off?
Don’t write something to be famous or sell lots, write your story. New writers should write without fear, don’t censor or be afraid. Take readers into the darkness and gore. Show the reader just how awful they are. This isn’t to say that you can’t weave in commentary on society, you can, but horror comes first.
How would you describe your writing style?
I write, plain and simple. I don’t plan or have any idea what happens in my story. I let the narrative form itself. I start with a strong character and let whatever happens to them, happen. My subconscious roams freely which I hope is as exciting for me as the reader.
Are there any reviews of your work, positive or negative that have stayed with you?
None so far.
What aspects of writing to do you find the most difficult?
The times when I feel tired but have to push myself.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
No, everything is fair game. The execution is key.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
Sometimes I pick names based of people in real life, sometimes they are connected to historic or cultural meaning.
Writing, is not a static process, how have you developed as a writer over the years?
I am much more detailed now, early works were so keen to get to the payoff or end, that I skipped scenes. Now my writing builds.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
A desire to write. No tools, no expensive laptop. Just a mind that wants to be free.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received with regards to your writing?
Do it, and don’t lose this passion.
Getting your worked noticed is one of the hardest things for a writer to achieve, how have you tried to approach this subject?
I set up my own website mdmuller.co.uk but also use social media. I was very lucky that I found, Ink Hills who are a new company that was open to unrepresented authors.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
My first novel.
And are there any that you would like to forget about?
I wrote a Science Fiction short story that has morphed into a new idea, but the original was terrible.
For those who haven’t read any of your books, which of your books do you think best represents your work and why?
Well, the first one. But stay tuned for more later on including a sequel.
Do you have a favorite line or passage from your work, and would you like to share it with us?
It is a line from the bible that the demon uses, “And thou mourn at the last when thy body and thy flesh are consumed.” It also appears in the game, Doom.
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
I am working on two, a sequel which focuses more on the aftermath of the first book and a science fiction novel called Human 2.0. The science fiction novel has an Orwelian feel to it but is again steeped in Philosophy. It is the Nietzschean ideal of the Ubermensch or Superman. One man against the system.
If you could erase one horror cliché what would be your choice?
Falling over when being chased.
What was the last great book you read, and what was the last book that disappointed you?
The last great book was Bruce Dickinson’s biography. The worst was Dice Man, it just felt too long and lost me halfway through.
What’s the one question you wish you would get asked but never do? And what would be the answer?
What is your favourite video game would be the question, and the answer would be Super Metroid on the SNES. I am a sucker for retrogaming.
MD Muller’s novel, published Malvern-based Ink Hills, is described as “a lurid adult novel that deals with themes of lust and willpower”.
The story is told from the perspective of main character, Clara, an author who is facing a crisis of confidence.
A chance encounter with a homeless girl, Lucy, leads to a wild night, and a turn of events that even Clara couldn’t predict.
Due to the mysterious demonic presence of Andras, Clara’s natural hedonism morphs into Andras’ murderous desire for flesh.
MD Muller said: “The basic concept was easy to come by as all writers have experienced writers block, but we don’t all deal with it thankfully in the same manner as Clara.”
He added: “I study a lot of philosophy and I am interested in people. It is fascinating the depths people will plunge to in order to get what they want. We see in the book how Clara changes as a character.”
MD said the story is also a “loose allegory for mental illness and how a singular narrow vision can either be liberating or lead to a very dark place”.
The Chronicle of Flesh is available now in paperback and ebook at amazon.co.uk/Chronicle-Flesh-M-D-Muller/dp/1727279476