Recently, DarkFuse, the premier dark fiction publisher, has been unveiling the strange tale of Isaac, the night auditor at a Goddamn Hotel and the guests seeking shelter for the night. This serialized novel is a recent work of Max Booth III, author of dozens of published short works and a handful of standalone titles, including The Mind is a Razorblade, where a man in bunny slippers looks to topple a god-like overlord reigning from within an especially filthy dystopian casino.
The Nightly Disease is coming at premium DarkFuse subscribers bit by bit over the month of October. From the very opening, this story shows the edges of teeth, grim and in need of a brushing. Mr. Booth has a way with words, though more stated and apparent is his vision for the shifty and dark edges of the world around him. Given that Mr. Booth is a night auditor and the protagonist of The Nightly Disease is a night auditor, it seemed likely that the idea came from particular spark of reality. So I asked.
“I came into work and a new co-worker asked for advice about how to pet an owl. Something about that night seemed to plant a seed about an owl conspiracy that somehow continues to this day,” said Booth.
Somethings are too odd to be fiction. Inspiration isn't the only assist Booth takes from his day job, or rather, night job, he sometimes sneaks in some work.
“A few paragraphs here and there as I took breaks from plunging toilets and convincing guests beetles aren't cockroaches,” said Booth.
I asked Max Booth III if he thought his writing would be different if his job was in another line, a night stocker or something secluded like a webmaster.
“That's a good question that I'm unsure how to answer. Maybe my work would include less character interactions with a stronger focus on ideas. A lot of my writing contains mostly simple plots with heavy doses of people interacting with each other. I actually used to be an overnight stocker at Walmart, but I encountered even crazier motherfuckers there than I do at the hotel,” said Booth.
Early reviews of the ongoing release have been good and copies of the signed limited edition are more than 75% sold out on pre-orders.
According to Booth, the idea for serialization was, “All DarkFuse's idea. I sent them the novel and they asked what I thought about them releasing it in serial format before its physical publication. I'm down for trying anything.”
So far so good.
“A few beta-readers compared it to Chuck Palahniuk and Haruki Murakami. I'm a big fan of both writers, so obviously I'll accept it,” said Booth.
Max Booth III doesn’t stick to only plunging clogged cans, offering extra toilet paper rolls and writing shadowy fictions, he’s also an editor and publisher.
“I'm mainly working on upcoming titles we're publishing through Perpetual Motion Machine, such as John C. Foster's Baby Powder and Other Terrifying Substances, Christopher David Rosales's Gods on the Lam, and Jeremiah Israel's Live On No Evil, among many others.”
Dark Moon Digest is a quarterly horror magazine that Booth runs alongside Lori Michelle as well as a handful of contributors. “We're always consumed by the latest issue,” said Booth. “I'm also currently deep into two novels. One is a dark comedy crime thing called Casanova Curbstomp, and the other is my first real horror novel, titled Cirrhosis.”
As a DarkFuse premium subscriber, I have to wait like the rest of you to see how The Nightly Disease plays out (I’ve read part one and decided I’d wait until all but the finale is up to continue, I’m an instant gratification kind of guy and spreading this out might kill me). Certainly, likely on the first of November, my review of serial will appear here on the site. Until then visit DarkFuse for yourselves.
Max Booth III was reached via email and I thank him for his time.