Q: What does morbid curiosity mean to you?
A: Morbid curiosity is that bit of raw over-sharing. You know, like when you are sitting around at a family dinner in a fancy restaurant and your grandfather chooses that moment to announce that he has a new penile implant. Morbid curiosity is that moment after the stunned silence when you say, “Tell me more, Pap.” Not saying this was a Broaddus family experience or anything.
Q: How did you discover Morbid Curiosity magazine?
A: My friend Simon Wood introduced me to it. I had recently regaled him and several other friends with tales of medical procedures gone horribly, horribly awry. He piped up in that droll British accent of his: “You know what? That would make a great story for Morbid Curiosity.”
Q: Your only piece in the magazine was “Man-O-Gram: Guys Shouldn’t Give Milk” in issue #8. Do you wish there had been others?
A: I only had the one piece in the magazine, which was my loss. Though I must admit that after my piece was published, I started putting myself in odder and odder situations in order to have something happen to me that I could turn into another story. So maybe it was for the best that the magazine closed when it did.
Q: What was your favorite story in the zine?
A: I come back to Simon Wood. I’ve probably learned more about him through his various stories in the magazine than in all the years of just casually talking to him. But his tale of crashing a plane: classic. (Editor’s note: That’s “Plummet,” which was also in Morbid Curiosity #8. That issue is, unfortunately, out of print.)
Q: How did the piece you have in Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues come to be written?
A: Like most of my stories, I lived it. There’s nothing like waking up one day to believe yourself to be lactating (after double-checking to make sure that all of your boy parts are still firmly in place), and then trying to figure out the cause (all to the varying sympathies of friends and family).
Q: Is there anything you’d like to add to that story now?
A: I am 100% healthy, my family’s bout with H1N1 notwithstanding. I have found myself performing breast exams on myself more regularly, though.
Q: Do you have a tale to tell about your involvement with the magazine or the book?
A: The Morbid Curiosity reading at the World Horror Convention in San Francisco was actually the first reading I ever gave. I practiced all day. I thought I would dress for the occasion and wore a big pimping red zoot suit. Maybe a little much, but I made an entrance. (Editor's aside: No Morbid Curiosity contributor ever matched Maurice in sartorial elegance.) Only midway through my reading did it occur to me that I was discussing my lactating boobies in front of my horror-writing colleagues.
Rumor has it that my essay was passed around an editorial office (Editor’s interruption: More than one!) when the Morbid Curiosity book was in the proposal stage, furthering my humiliation among editors in New York. Up-and-coming writers, you should note my meteoric rise to success with such career steps.
Q: Have you had another morbid experience that would make a good story?
A: Yeah, but my wife instituted a policy fairly soon after we got married: I’m not allowed to share stories about her, no matter how involved in them I believe I am. So I can’t discuss things like the birth of my children, or how I managed to get the operating staff to break into singing and dancing to The Temptations while my wife’s organs were displaced. She was not amused by this and thus I can’t share this story.
Q: What are you up to these days?
A: I actually have been rather busy lately. My story “Pimp My Airship” (written after I made a tweet joke about how I ought to write a steampunk story with a cast of all black characters) is available on the Apex Magazine site (http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/2009/08/short-fiction-preview-pimp-my-airship-by-maurice-broaddus/). My story of nurses’ aides run amuck, “Uncle Boogeyman,” is up at Dark Recesses #11 (http://www.darkrecesses.com/?p=1034). And my story, “Trouble Among the Yearlings” is available in the Harlan County Horrors anthology.
I am editing an anthology entitled Dark Faith (Apex Books), launching at my convention Mo*Con V (April 30th – May 2nd). And my novel series, The Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot Books) debuts in 2010. The first, King Maker, bows in March, with the follow-up, King’s Justice, in December.
Other than that, I do plenty of over-sharing on my blog (http://www.mauricebroaddus.com/blog.htm) and you can check out all that I’m up to on my web site (http://mauricebroaddus.com/).