Fractured Friday: Michael Kellar

Cover design by Jonathan C. Parrish, original artwork by Tory HokeFor the next several weeks I’ve decided to call Fridays ‘Fractured Friday’ and use them to share news, contributor interviews and excerpts from B is for Broken.

B is for Broken is the second title in the Alphabet Anthologies series. It follows A is for Apocalypse and will in turn be followed by C is for Chimera.

B is for Broken contains 26 stories (one for each letter of the alphabet) centered on the theme of brokenness. The diversity of genres and subject matter will blow you away. We’ve got science fiction, fantasy, horror and weird fiction about broken hearts, broken space ships, broken lives, broken bones–you name it. If you like speculative fiction and short stories, this collection is one you’re going to want to check out 🙂


Interview With Michael Kellar

What letter were you assigned? R

What is the thing you’ve most regretted breaking? The line between youth and middle age.

Have you ever broken something and not been saddened by it? Can you tell us about that? I once belonged to an organization which turned out to be based upon false premises, and made certain promises to that group. Once it fell apart and I discovered that the Emperor was naked, those promises became meaningless.

If you could break one law and get away with it consequence-free, what would it be? I’ve broken quite a few and gotten away with it, but telling you might negate the “consequence-free” part…

But if you really mean literally ANY law, I would say gravity…

Do you have any rules for yourself, a code of some sort, which you’d never break? Yes.

Never ever? Probably not.

Really? Isn’t there something which could make you break it? Well, we supposedly all have our breaking points, don’t we?

Did you struggle with the letter you were assigned, or did the ideas come freely? The story came first, and fortunately the letter was flexible enough that I could have called it any number of relevant titles.

What was your favourite idea you didn’t use? I was lucky enough to have my story idea pop into my mind as soon as I heard the theme. (This was a good thing, as I have absolutely no idea as to what else I might have attempted!)

What, aside from the anthology’s theme and your letter inspired your story?  A rather mind-blowing horror story by Aleister Crowley called “The Testament of Magdalen Blair” which disturbed me years ago and stayed with me.


Michael Kellar is a writer, poet, and occasional online bookseller living in Myrtle Beach, SC. He has had fiction appear in Metastasis: An Anthology to Support Cancer Research, Bones II, Bones III, Side Show 2: Tales of the Big Top and the Bizarre, A is for Apocalypse, and the recently released The Grays. He has also had fiction appear on the Dark Futures Fiction website, and had poetry published in Gothic Blue Book III: The Graveyard Edition. Upcoming pieces will include stories appearing in Pure Fantasy and SciFi 3 and The Temporal Element II.

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