Tell us a little about your story.
“The Toe Scene” is an excerpt from my novel Murder Girls, in which five college housemates decide to become serial killers. This particular bit was always my favorite to perform at readings, because it’s got the humor and the horror and fun dialogue showing the dynamics among the girls.
Why did you want to write a slasher story and do you feel you brought something different to the table?
The original idea came about partly because I’d become fascinated by the classic serial killer “profile,” and wondering how I could turn it upside down; female serial killers are more rare and tend to fall into their own couple of categories, so I wanted to mess with that trope too.
Do you have a favourite slasher story/movie?
I am such a squeamish weenie in real life and cringe and flinch my way through so many movies … but I have a particular fondness for the Saw movies, which are just so evil and inventive and put the victims in the position of having to choose to hurt themselves.
Why is it important to you to have a woman led press like Kandisha?
Because there are still yo-yos out there saying women can’t or don’t read and write this stuff, which is absolute garbage; even as little girls, we can be freakin’ VICIOUS. We just get socialized into suppressing it, into being nice, and I’m tired of putting up with it.
What’s next for you?
Hopefully, Murder Girls itself will be being re-released soon; it’s been out of print for a while. I also owe my sister a sequel (she claims she’s the “normal” one but here she is demanding more murder!). I’ll also have Warlock Infernal, the sequel to the Splatterpunk Award winning Lakehouse Infernal, coming out in early 2022.
Where can people find you?
https://christinemariemorgan.wordpress.com/ — for updates, book reviews, free reads, editing services, etc