Author Dossier 10: Dan Brady

Please welcome Dan Brady to the final wrap-up weeks of the Artifice Author Dossiers. He is the poetry editor of Barrelhouse.  His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Big Lucks, BlazeVox, Circumference, Dark Sky Magazine, Gargoyle, IsReads, Shampoo, and ARTIFICE 4.

We agree that most things during the apocalypse should be “kind of swanky and decrepit at the same time”…


1. Preferred type of apocalypse: 

Earth swallowed by our Sun as it balloons into its Red Giant stage. At least we’d know it was coming.

2. Preferred post-apocalyptic city: 

I’d probably stay in DC. There are will be plenty of hidden bunkers, fortified buildings, and surplus military equipment to keep me going for a while.

3. Preferred anti-zombie weapon: 

Maybe a taser? Do zombies have a central nervous system?

4. Top five necessities to bring to the fallout shelter: 

Food, water, family, books on post-apocalyptic survival, board games.

5. Describe said fallout shelter: 

Deep underground, all concrete, but well-lit. Furniture that looks unused and old – kind of swanky and decrepit at the same time.

6. Who would be in your post-apocalyptic gang?

A who’s who of 80s TV drama stars: MacGyver, Mr. T, Poirot, Cliff Huxtable. There would be no problem we couldn’t tackle.

7. You’re the new charismatic leader of a cult of your choosing. What do you wear to your first meeting? 

Jeans. My people are a casual people.

8. Spirit guide?

No, thanks.

9. If you had to eat another author (in Artifice 4 or otherwise) who would it be and why? 

Probably a cookbook author. If they’ve stuffed themselves with only the best flavors for the past 20 years, maybe some of that will carry over. It’s a Kobe beef approach.

10. A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off. What does this mean to you?

It says something about the difference between having life and being alive and the tragic gap that can exist between the two.

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