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Born and raised in Boston, Christopher J. Dwyer describes his work as a brawny mixture of the genres he grew up reading: horror and noir. “Both genres of fiction tug at my skull,” he says. “Often times, when I’m writing a new story, both are sitting on either shoulder, whispering in my ear.”


Christopher’s work has been featured in numerous magazines (both online and print), including Twisted Tongue Magazine, Pendulum, Colored Chalk, Red Fez, Shalla Magazine, New Horizons, Gold Dust Magazine, Nefarious Muse, and Sex and Murder. His stories have also appeared in several fiction anthologies, including Fried! Fast Food, Slow Deaths, End of Days: An Apocalyptic Anthology, Dead Worlds 5, and more.


In early 2010, Christopher’s epic neo-vampire tale, “Suicide Angels,” was featured in the Eternal Night alternative vampire fiction collection.


Christopher is the former writer-in-residence of indie online fiction magazine Dogmatika, where his work was featured on a monthly basis. He spent the past year as the in-house writer for online fiction magazine Troubadour 21.


Christopher graduated in 2004 from Suffolk University and currently lives with his wife Sarah in the suburbs of Boston.




1. What made you want to be a writer?

Someone read me passages from The Stand when I was in the womb. Seriously, I feel like I was born to write. I lived inside books when I was kid. I can remember staying up late, reading Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes , while in elementary school. I took my love of darker film and literature to the next level while I was in college; my first short stories and works were all some derivative of dark fiction and horror.


2. Who are some of your literary influences?

Growing up, it was writers like Stephen King and Michael Crichton that started me on the path. I walked along, finding Chuck Palahniuk in my teens. Soon enough, the neo-noir duo of Will Christopher Baer and Craig Clevenger rang through. There’s major respect for Douglas Coupland, Will Clarke, Max Barry, Steve Erickson, Brian Keene, Weston Oche, Mark Z. Danielewski, Albert Camus, James Joyce, Edgar Allen Poe, and many more.


3. Describe a typical writing day in your world.

There’s no such term in my vocabulary anymore. The word “typical” is usually thrown out of the window the minute a writer is born. If I’m locked into a story, I can easily get lost for nine, ten hours. It’s enlightening to be able to slip into your narrator’s voice without knowing it. I try to float between first-person POV and third-person POV, because I'm never keen on having a 'default' voice.


4. Where do your inspiration and ideas come from?

The great thing about writing darker literature is the freedom to take the most fucked-up nightmares and thoughts in the recesses of your mind and put them to paper. If the dead can speak, I want to hear them. If there’s something lurking outside, I want to know what it is.


5. What are you working on now?

Multiple projects are brewing, but nothing I'm going to publicly announce until it's officially on the publishing docket. Plenty of short stories are on the plate for 2009.


6. What’s your favorite novel?

This is a tough one. It really depends on my mood. Sometimes I believe that Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor is first on the list, but there are other times when I can easily say that Kiss Me, Judas by Will Christopher Baer is the masterpiece we should all be worshiping. But, how can you forget Salem’s Lot ? Or Richard McCammon’s Swan Song ? What about Brian Keene’s The Rising ? We should stop there, because House of Leaves is staring at me from my bookshelf.


7. What genre would you classify your work under?

When I first started writing, I had grand dreams of being the next famous horror writer. I grew up idolizing King and Matheson, although as I got older my influences and inspiration were derived from non-horror sources. To be honest, I'm more of a noir writer than anything else these days. Many, many of my short stories linger on that dark edge and involve some type of illegal activity.

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