Chaos Theater talks about superheroes of a different variety as Magen Cubed joins us to discuss her new novel, The Crashers. Please note that after this episode was recorded it was announced that her publisher is ceasing operations. The book will be pulled from all storefronts both in print and digitally on May 31, so if you're considering getting the book, do so before then. Magen will be searching for a new publisher, but it's unclear how long that process could take.
The Bookie Monster Interviews Magen Cubed, author of The Crashers.
Magen Cubed is an author of novels about monsters, superheroes, and various other kinds of strangeness. Her first novel Fleshtrap was released in 2013 from Post Mortem Press. She is published and represented by Booktrope. Magen lives in Texas with a little dog named Cecil.
Tell us a little about yourself, your work and how you got into writing.
I am a writer, student, occasional critic, and blogger-type-person from Texas. Starting out writing weird tales and horror, I wandered back toward my longtime love of superhero fiction, becoming a comic book reviewer for three years. You can find some of my writing on ComicBooked.com, Comiconverse.com, and a few other odds and ends places.
I initially got into writing many years ago, while under the delusion that I would be a comic book writer. Unfortunately, I’m terrible at scripting, so prose it was. My new book, The Crashers, comes out of my lifelong love of the comic book medium, as well as the superhero genre specifically. It’s very much my love letter to/deconstruction of superhero comics as we know and love (or hate) them today.
The book follows five very normal, very imperfect people who gain powers through a shared trauma, and how they deal with the consequences of this experience. People with anxiety and depression, illnesses and divorces, criminal records and kids to take care of. There are no capes or mustache-twirling villains – just people trying to keep their heads above water, thrust into something they don’t understand, and trying to survive it together.
I’m interested in using well-trodden genre convention to play with new ideas, and tell familiar stories from fresh perspectives that we don’t often see in the mainstream.