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Welcome to the Wild, Whacky, Genre-Hopping World of Steve Grogan

Welcome to my author site. This has been a long time coming, but it is here now…finally! This blog serves as an introduction to what you can expect to find here.

I don’t believe in sticking to one genre. Why? Because to me, writing is an expression of the self. I don’t always feel the same way, so why would I always write the same story? Having said that, a lot of the tales here involve an element of horror. However, I take a cue from one of my heroes, Phillip K. Dick, the man whose book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was the basis for the movie Blade Runner. He wrote within the science fiction genre, but his writing was much more “literary.” He didn’t write run-of-the-mill, cookie cutter plots. No, his work was cerebral, surreal. If you ask me, his work belonged in the high-falutin’ “Literary” section of your average bookstore.

I also take inspiration from my favorite band, the Smashing Pumpkins. Anyone who knows their music knows they definitely did not stick to one genre. And why should we have to? Think about it: let’s say you have a music listener who likes Black Sabbath and Fleetwood Mac. Well, what’s wrong with having a band who writes songs like both? Why should that be such a hard pill to swallow?

Same goes for writing. If you can appreciate the likes of Franz Kafka and Clive Barker, then what would be wrong with an author who writes like both? I think the only reason authors label themselves is, sadly, because of money. They think, “Well, the person who bought my book that was like Stephen King’s The Dead Zone won’t like the book that is more like James Joyce’s Ulysses, so I’ll hide that one so deep in my subconscious that I’ll never even think about writing it.”

It’s sad.

In my case, I’m okay with the idea of having people who love my horror stories, but not so much anything experimental. That’s okay, because I know there is an audience for the other material. Is it as wide as the horror fans? Maybe not, but so what? With the rise of self-publishing, I don’t have to worry about selling more than my advance or my first print run. The publishing industry are the ones who obsess over how to categorize authors. Now that we have wrested control from them, it’s time we remove ourselves from our pigeon holes, spread our wings, and let those imaginations fly in whatever direction our muse takes us.

Do you remember your parents telling you that you could grow up to be anything you wanted? Well, now that is true.

Write fearlessly, my friends.

 

~~~Steve

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