On Episode 102 of The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour my guest was Mark Allan Gunnells, author of Flowers in a Dumpster. Mark talks about growing up in a small town, his fascination with fantasy and horror, and why he loves zombies.
Here's an excerpt of Horror Novel Reviews' review of Flowers in a Dumpster:
“'Flowers in a Dumpster' compiles seventeen of [Mark Allan] Gunnells’ short stories. A strong collection, Gunnells takes readers through the barren wastelands of post-apocalyptic America; he drags us alongside highways frequented by hitchhiking serial killers, lets us look over the shoulder of a horror writer on the cusp of greatness, and holds our feet to the wood as our own gods crucify us.
Some of Gunnells strongest storytelling comes in the form of bringing us characters that have been pushed to a breaking point. What happens to the sweet family of three when they’ve watched the entire world around them die? What do we become when we can’t reconcile who we are spiritually with who we are sexually? What happens when our passions take hold, become us? Gunnells’ believable characters are brutalized in what makes for a consistently suspenseful read."