Ian Benjamin interviewed me a few weeks ago and I wanted to share it here with my friends!
Michael Phillip Cash is the author of “Brood X,” a recently released horror novel recounting a cicada invasion. The full-time author lives on the north shore of Long Island.
Q In your own words, what is the gist of “Brood X?”
A “Brood X” is a satiric look at contemporary life and how unprepared and unrealistic American popular culture has become. Caught up in petty nonsense, are we as a society missing nature’s cues? Seth and Lara are a young married couple living in an affluent community. Hard working and uptight, Lara is a perfect foil for her laid back, unemployed, sarcastic husband. Finding out they are expecting a child they decide to document it with a newly purchased camcorder. Filled with witty dialogue Seth and Lara go through preparations for the impending birth while the world reacts and prepares for the cicada invasion destined to arrive at the same time. Different characters from prepper neighbors to overzealous neighbors to free-loading friends, each person is a representation of the people who inhabit America and their priorities. When the impending disaster arrives, Seth must face his harsh new realities and is forced to rapidly mature and accept responsibility as the leader of his group. The whole story is told through a camcorder in a found footage motif.
Q What inspired the use of cicadas?
A I am huge Alfred Hitchcock fan. His movie “The Birds” both thrilled and inspired me that we are mere playthings to Mother Nature. Cicadas are a fascinating creature, that when you think of the shear multitude of them emerging from the ground, it’s staggering and terrifying. What defense do we really have against natural disasters? How can you prepare against something so small and harmless that when it multiplies it becomes an unstoppable force of nature.
Q What attracted you to the horror genre initially?
A Who doesn’t like a good horror story? The fact that cicadas are a formidable thing made it even scarier. I personally will never look at those bugs the same way again. (The actual Brood X last appeared in New York in 2004. They are scheduled to reappear in 2021.)
Q Are you planning a sequel or prequel?
A Absolutely! I’ve already started working on “Brood X Part II.” It’s going to begin where the last story left off. The new story is a roller coaster ride!
Q What projects are you engaged in currently or have planned? To find out, continue reading here!