Best Quotes by Josh Malerman

I wrote my first book in fifth grade. It was about a dog that goes to outer space and is an ambassador for Earth.

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I didn’t get a formal introduction to horror until right about the age of 12, when my uncle showed me ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie.’ When you’re 12 years old, and you see that – oh, God. I devoured as many horror movies and novels as possible.

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So what did influence ‘Bird Box?’ Well, I’ve had a crush on Medusa since about 1985. Maybe the book is an ode to her.

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Truth is, I love all the horror guys and girls: Gord Rollo, Shirley Jackson, Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Dan Simmons, Thomas Ligotti. Each one of them brings something wonderfully different and, because I love the genre, I love those who love the genre, too. And I hope the genre ends up loving me back.

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After college, I went on a real big classics kick. Read everything by Faulkner, Hemingway, Woolf, Proust, Dostoevsky. And that classics train dropped me off at ‘Dracula.’ Halfway through it, I understood I’d never be going back, never ‘leaving’ the genre again. Since then, I’ve been on a fairly strict horror diet.

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Most apocalyptic fiction makes it very clear that it’s the end of the world. But ‘Bird Box’ hasn’t convinced me of that. Is ‘Bird Box’ instead a suburban neurotic nightmare? I don’t think so. But it’s fun to consider.

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I do know that I love placing my stories in Michigan because, if you collect all the ideas, it turns the whole state into one kaleidoscopic, frightening place. Michigan as house of horrors.

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I have ten thousand memories of myself writing alone in basements, bizarre servant quarters, cemeteries, deserted fountains, the band van, and other awkward settings.

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I wonder if some artists determine their entire identity through that which they create. How dangerous! Imagine if they were to stop creating!

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It’s refreshing, if you ask me, to have lengthy conversations with clear, brilliant minds about books, art, and what ought to happen next and how. I love it.

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I’m okay with the path that I’m on, but it’s fascinating to think, ‘I could’ve been a gay guy in Key West. I could be working at an insurance company in Lansing. But somehow, this is what’s happening.’

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I never actually sought out an agent or a publishing house. A friend of mine named David Simmer got wind of what I was doing, and he sent one of my books to a literary lawyer in Los Angeles. He loved it, and he sent it to other people, including an agent, and he picked me up, and that’s how ‘Bird Box’ got to where it is now.

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I think some horror authors are trying to scare you, but with me, I’m as scared as the reader is of the story. I’ve always been that way, since watching the ‘Twilight Zone’ movie – watching ‘Firestarter’ when my parents were out, or sneaking out to watch ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ at a friend’s house because I couldn’t watch it at my house.

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I didn’t sleep much in the summer of ’98. Was getting ready to move to New York City. Start a band. That was a madman’s summer. A summer of change.

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I can’t imagine writing a novel without some sound. When you’re facing a few hundred blank pages, silence can be cold.

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I was seven years old when ‘Creepshow’ came out, and I’m guessing I was around 10 when I saw it for the first time on VHS. The opening theme reminds me that there are five stories to be told, all so different, and the process of telling a scary story is a dark, glorious trip.

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The only real failure to me is if you don’t finish something.

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You can’t even look outside because everything’s so crazy, especially in America. And I live in Detroit! There’s the economy, and the fact you can’t even open your door any more without going nuts.

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