Anthony Crowley (born 1979, Birmingham in U.K). From a young age of 6, Anthony began to take an interest in English literature and Poetry from an early childhood.Then throughout his teenage years he studied music and achieving song-writing skills,whilst still creating his visions. He also achieved a diploma in creative writing with a college located in Oxford,England. Anthony has also written short stories for student newsletters,horror monthly's and he is also a proud member of (HWA) Horror Writers Association and appears on the 'A LIST' of the IDPA (International Directory of Published Authors), NFAA (Non Fiction Authors Association). The present day Anthony Crowley is also a featured contributor to 'Haunted after Dark' with his very own dark haven of 'Crowley's Crypt' and has written many works of literature & poetry for publications,such as Massacre Magazine,The Horror Zine, Sanitarium magazine, HelloHorror, Sub-Verse and Fiction Terrifica. Anthony Crowley has also appeared as an official Judge for the 'British Horror Film Festival 2014' and recently his forthcoming anthology of Horror tales 'Doomsday After Midnight' is nominated at the 'AuthorsdB' BOOK AWARDS 2014. The dark verse of 'The Fallen Angel' featured in Sanitarium Magazine,issue 14. The work itself was mentioned via a live radio podcast on the evening of Halloween 2013. The Devils Foot Soldier' was another dark verse which was inspired by the 'Slasher Icon' movie of 2011 'The Orphan Killer' which was positively recognised by the movies creators and the written piece is now featured at American based Blood Born Magazine several more features and frequent media interviews and being ranked as "one of the best Modern Authors in recent years" Horror-Web described him by the following statement 'Anthony Crowley is one of the most prolific and talented authors of dark prose and poetry During a recent interview on the 'Sinister Scribblings' Mr Crowley has been placed amongst the likes of Poe, Lovecraft and Clarke Ashton Smith. Forthcoming Novella 'The Mirrored Room' was ranked in the 'Semi-Finals' at 'AuthorsdB' Book Awards of 2013,and ranked four times in the 'Top 100' list of popular Authors and not forgetting being a trending Author for many consecutive months and a featured Author on numerous literature and Horror themed websites and more. Presently, Anthony Crowley has published best-selling Horror anthology 'Tombstones' which was described by US Horror podcast show 'The Mouths of Madness' as "Beautiful Dark Prose" and the introduction to a new dark series 'The Black Diaries' which is currently being introduced as a new edition paperback edited by Simon Marshall-Jones (Spectral Press). Anthony Crowley dubbed 'the Master of Realities' is always creating new and exciting projects within the subjects of speculative literature and Horror,Occult and Historic references..Anthony is Currently residing in England.
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1. Tell me a little about your latest book The Mirrored Room, what inspired it and what would you like readers to gain from reading it?
I wrote the majority of 'The Mirrored Room' way back in 2010. I was initially inspired by psychic awareness and human personality. I watched a show on television about a psychic, it was titled 'Crossing Over with John Edward'. I had a quick thought "What if a psychic healer had somekind of a reverse effect", I was also into esoteric studies. This is the first time I spoke about this, I went to bed one night and I was hearing these surreal words being spoken to me, as I was sleeping. I immediately got out of bed and wrote these words on paper. I found it I had received an Enochian message. The Enochian language is known to be the language of the angels. I was incredibly focused at that point. It felt quite like an exploration I had to look into more of. I turned my internet on and managed to locate a well known occult author, and I mentioned to him, and he confirmed it was an angelic message I had received. I thought I would include some of these elements within the story. The rest I shall leave to the reader to conclude. I would like readers to gain an exciting read of exploration into believing and to have an understanding of certain subjects, while gaining their own conclusion.
2. You’re a poet as well as a fiction writer; do you feel that poetry gets the light and respect it deserves in today’s market?
I believe poetry is just as important, but rightly deserves the same recognition, fiction is widely commercial. Poetry can be more powerfully attentive than a fiction story.
3. What tone and style do your poems take on? Do your stories share any qualities with your poetry?
It can depend on the mood and depth of the imagination. Sometimes they have had similar qualities. One of my recent projects 'Symphony of Blood' shall feature three dark forms of poetry. The story shall be the entire literary journey, while the verses shall focus on a certain element of the story theme. But each shall express their own positive energies.
4. You mention esoteric themes, elements of Egyptology, histories, the supernatural, and conspiratorial involvements in your poetry and prose. Do you research these elements as well? If so, is it difficult to do so?
They are interests I have had since a child. If the story or verse shall include a deep subject, I will sometimes research, but also in some cases it was from gathered knowledge since I attended school.
5. Do you have any particular subjects that fascinate you as a writer and poet as well as outside of your writing?
My three passions I have always loved and felt comforted by from a young age was, writing, music, drama. I have achieved the first two passions, but I have always had an interest to act. I realised this more from my previous role as an entertainer. I also have interests in photography, art.
5. Who would you say are your biggest influences in poetry and writing? Do you see elements of their work in your own?
There are many. The first names which come to mind are, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe and Jack Ketchum, Dennis Wheatley. I have been told on many occasions that my poetry verses are similar to elements of work by Edgar Allan Poe. I never read my work once it is published, I just look ahead and keep writing towards the next project, or book.
6. You’ve been featured in magazines like Sanitarium and Massacre Magazine, how do your experiences with them compare to regular publication? Do you enjoy the collaborative atmosphere?
I enjoy both experiences, but it is a positive stepping stone for new and upcoming authors to take on those opportunities. I have seen comments about contributors not getting paid for their first work involvement. They need to also realise that it will assist their exposure, the royalties shall come later, or sooner. The more your input shall be, the better the recognition in the long run.
7. You’ve recently gotten involved with some of the anthologies at JEA, are there any stories or poems you’re particularly fond of and you hope to see coming out in these?
I am honoured to be working with JEA and being part of their publications. There are a few, but I shall mention 'Infestation' which shall be featured in 'Undead Legacy'. That story was a new direction for myself, but very enjoyable to write. Recently there has been a critical uproar about a simple gay kiss in the 'Walking Dead' series. It is baffling to know that viewers would rather witness blood and death, than a simple human kiss. 'Infestation' is a homoerotic zombie story with gorey themes. Not for the fainthearted.
8. Do you have any other works in progress you’d like to share with us? What can we expect to see from you in the coming years?
At this very moment I am finishing three new stories. I have more literature projects throughout the year. In the foreseeable future, I will be launching a new horror publication 'Dark Realms'. It will be original in it's own right. No restrictions. I have acquired two talented team members to assist me in this venture, Alex S.Johnson, Dean M.Drinkel. They both have exceptional qualities, and each possess their own talents within our wonderful world of literary horror. Later this summer, I will be travelling to Europe to work with a model friend towards another project, this shall be a visual art involvement. My fans and followers can also check out my Facebook and Twitterfor many more future updates.