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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Swallowed by the Beast Author Interviews: Alex Winck


1. Can you please tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?

 I´m a Brazilian nerd who grew up in the eighties, which means I was a nerd long before it became cool, and with even less opportunities to make money out of it. I´ve loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and horror since I can remember, and I´ve dreamed for a long time to write that stuff. I studied jpournalism in college because it was the most viable way to make a career out of writing, and it was an opportunity to learn a lot about a variety of subjects, while still trying to nurture my dream of becoming a fiction writer. By pure dumb luck, I got a spellchecking job at a company that published educational comic books for children, distributed for free at schools. Since I remembered loving cartoons, Disney comics and also Monica´s Gang - a highly popular comic book lineup for kids in Brazil, a pop culture icon here -, I took a shot at writing it, and ended up writing almost 100 issues of ir, with one million copies being distributed monthly. I still write some institutional and educational material, but lately I´ve focused more on my author´s work. I edit and write for the online comic book and short story anthology "Tales From The Absurd", devoted to horror, fantasy and sci-fi, recently had my first printed comic book horror story in the "Sinister Tales" anthology. I also have a script for a sci-fi/action thriller, an animated pilot, and a children´s book that´s close to getting a publishing deal in Brazil. My first prose story ever to be published for sale was "Apocalysium" on the Monster Attack" anthology, and I have yet to have any in Portuguese.

2. Can you please describe your story in Swallowed by the Beast?

They´re three, actually. "A Clinical Case" is a werewolf story that takes the old cliché where the guy claims there´s something supernatural going on with him and the psychiatrist tells him he´s just crazy, and then I threw some of my own twists and turns on that. "Selfie" is kind of a digital age, middle class take on "The Portrait Of Dorian Gray". Finally, "The Devil´s Therapist" was inspired by an article I read on how so much of the mythos and iconography of the devil didn´t come from the Bible or early christianity, but has been built up by authors and artists over the centuries, like the contract thing, or even the horns and tail thing, and that might upset him quite a bit...

3. How long do you think you would survive in your story?

On "A Clinical Case", it depends on who I´d be, although I´d say survival wouldn´t be the main issue there. On "Selfie", I don´t think I´d do some of the things the protagonist does, but anything kind of similar to the situation in the story would still be at least seriously disturbing. On "The Devil´s Therapist", I´d be facing the most unbeatable adversary, and again it might have a much higher cost than merely death.

4. What are you currently working on?

I´m about to finish a new issue of "Tales", which may be up still this week, also putting together three issues in English for Comxology, which recently approved our content for online selling, We´ll also offer the Portuguese and English versions along with other content as an online subscription system similar to Netflix. I´ll also be recording narrations for Creepypastas I wrote to upload on Youtube, plus writing comic book scripts and short stories to submit to various anthologies. I may also soon work as an actor for an independent horror short film that will be uploaded on YT as well.

5. Where can people find out more about you?

Besides my short stories on both the "Swallowed By The Beast" and Monster Attack" anthologies, there´s a whole issue of "Tales From The Absurd" available in English on our website ( with a couple comic book stories I wrote the scripts for, along with editing the issue.

Beast Cover 

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