PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: MARIETTA MILES

TELEVISION – Zombies. I love zombies. The Walking Dead. Fear the Walking Dead. Both shows are very different from when they first began. I admit I am not as obsessive as I used to be, but I still watch and look forward to the episodes.

American Horror Story, though I haven’t watched an episode since Roanoke Island. I need to catch up. Game of Thrones. Going to miss that show. It was spectacular. I liked The Strain and The Returned, the French version. I have not seen the American remake. It’s safe to say I like anything spooky and atmospheric. Horror.

Right now, I’m watching a lot of anime. I like the horror sub-genre there, as well. Tokyo Ghoul is my favourite.

BOOKS – I have a mixed bag of favourite books. I think it’s easier to discuss my favourite writers. Shirley Jackson and The Haunting of Hill House or We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Flannery O’Connor and The Violent Bear It Away. Joyce Carol Oates and Kate Chopin. Plus, Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and Joe Hill. Ramsey Campbell. Adam Nevill, The Ritual was brilliant. Richard Matheson.

When I was younger, I consumed science-fiction. A love of crime fiction came later for me, in my late twenties. James Ellroy and his L.A. Quartet was an inspiring thrill. From there it was a deep dive into more and more writers. The genre-defying Cormac McCarthy. Elmore Leonard.

FILMS – The movie I am most looking forward to this summer is The Dead Don’t Die. Bill Murray and Adam Driver. Sounds like it is going to be amazing.

Movies are funny things these days. Because of streaming services, favourite movies might be several years old. For instance, I just got around to showing my girls Train to Busan. It may be from 2016, but it’s a new household favourite.

MUSIC – I have music that I write to, which is for background and atmosphere. Soundtracks are good. Depending upon what I’m working on it can be the music from Dexter or Call of Duty.

My playlist is crazy random and I can usually find something I like no matter who is in charge of the tunes. I do listen to what my kids listen to a lot. Boy Pablo. Billie Eilish. Beach Fossils.

TRAVEL – I’ve been pretty lucky and have travelled a bit. London. Paris. Amsterdam. Chicago and Atlanta. Miami. Lived in NYC and Los Angeles. Washington D.C. Baltimore. Hawaii.

I’d like to visit Italy and Japan. I could spend weeks in both countries.

FOOD – Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Cal-Mex. Enchiladas, tostadas, burritos. Quesadillas. Tacos of all makes, but particularly tacos al pastor, with bits of pineapple and a nice red salsa. Barbacoa. Guacamole.

DRINK – Coffee and sweet tea. Water in between. Nice and simple.

ART – Another area where I am really all over the place. I think the art that I gravitate towards is influenced by where I’m at in life. After high school I was fond of the French Impressionists. Years later, when I lived in the East Village, I fancied Mondrian. Recently I’ve regained an interest in folk art from Mexico and the southern U.S.

BIO: Marietta Miles’s short stories and flash can be found in Thrills, Kills and Chaos, Flash Fiction Offensive, Yellow Mama, Hardboiled Wonderland, Shotgun Honey and Revolt Daily. Her stories have been included in anthologies available through Static Movement Publishing, Out of the Gutter, and Horrified Press. She is rotating host for Noir on the Radio, Dames in the Dark. Her first book, Route 12, was released February of 2016. She followed up Route 12 with May in 2018. Her latest novel, After the Storm, is due in September 2019. Born in Alabama, raised in Louisiana, she currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two children.

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