Deb Eskie is a resident of Massachusetts and has an M.Ed in creative arts education. With a background in women’s studies, her focus as a writer is to expose the woman’s experience through unsettling tales that highlight the dilemma of sexual repression and oppression. By combining the genres of feminist and horror/science-fiction she aims to not only disturb readers, but deliver a message that is informative and thought provoking.
In 2005 Deb’s play, Tell Me About Love, was featured in the Provincetown Playwright Festival. In 2011, she has been featured in various online magazines such as Deadman’s Tome, Bad Moon Rising, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. Deb has a number of short stories published by Pill Hill Press.
DM: Tell us a little more about your writing style and the kinds of stories you publish.
I identify as a feminist-horror writer. The question I get most often is “what is feminist horror?” and I usually define it as any horror that concerns feminist issues or has a strong female protaganist. People are constantly debating feminism, and therefore are forever debating its role within the horror genre, but I like a little thought challenge. My story “Heteronormative”, which can be found in Pill Hill Press’ “Big Book of New Horror” and Post-Mortem Press’ “Mon Coeur Mort”, focuses on two lovers whose volatile, competitive relationship results in a moment of sexual violence, vengeance, and destruction. There is no doubt in my mind that many feminists who read this story will find it perpetuates or promotes gender archetype and sexual inequality, when really my intention is to display the emotional disconnect between men and women within the power dynamic of rape culture. Again, I don’t think feminism can be easily defined and one person’s interpretation is not the sole perspective – especially if a story is multi-layered.
DM: What was it like working with Pill Hill Press?
I am extremely grateful to Pill Hill Press for its continued support. I find it feels weird to call myself an author. I consider myself more of a storyteller. Stephen King, Lovecraft, Koontz – those are authors. I’m just a creative gal with an over-active imagination, sick sense of humor, and an addiction to Microsoft Word. I have spent years trying to hone my “writer’s voice” and polish my skills, and I am still amazed that Pill Hill took note.
DM: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard or given out for aspiring writers?
I don’t get advice from writers. We’re a self-critical, aloof, and withdrawn personality type, but I do think artists should always have each others’ back. I suppose my advice would be – don’t do it because you want to be noticed. Don’t do it for fame, money, and recognition. Do it because you love it. Do it because if you don’t you will start ripping at your hair and rocking back in forth. Do it because there’s a fire in you that’s ready to explode. Do it because you have something to say and because self-expression is the only real kind of therapy.
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