The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… @MauriceBroaddus
Welcome to the ninth installment of LAST WRITES.
The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.
Today’s guest is Maurice Broaddus. Originally born in London, England, Maurice has lived in Indianapolis, Indiana for most of his life. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Purdue University in Biology (with an undeclared major in English) and comes from a family that includes several practicing obeah people.
With over fifty stories, his work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. He is the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court trilogy (Angry Robot Books). His novellas include I Can Transform You (Apex Books), Orgy of Souls (Apex Books), Bleed with Me (Dark Fuse), Devil’s Marionette (Shroud Publishing). He is the co-editor of Dark Faith (Apex Books), Dark Faith: Invocations (Apex Books), and Streets of Shadows (Alliteration Ink).
This was actually the hardest question for me. At first I was trying to remember the menu of the seven course meal I had on my trip to Paris, France. But a week or two ago, I had this great Chinese meal that will go down as one of my all time favorites. It occurred to me that it wasn’t the meal, per se, but the company. So, my last meal would be a seven course meal, a combination of Chinese food and Italian food (my two favorite food groups) with an opening appetizer of chicken wings (my dad always fixed bbq chicken wings whenever I came by because he knew they were one of my favorite foods). But the meal boils down to who I’d share it with. It would look like one of the Broaddus family Christmas parties, in that we’d have our oldest friends, some biological family, our writing community, and our church community. We’d gather around tables and do what we always do when we’re together: laugh, cry, have great conversations, and tell stories.
Jerusalem by Alan Moore (nearly a million words long or so … something I said that I’d read before I die)
Either Blazing Saddles or Big Fish, depending on if I wanted to laugh or cry.
It’s So Hard to Say Good-bye to Yesterday by Boyz II Men.
FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE
Jesus. It may sound like a cheesy answer, especially from a Christian, but there’s something about opening my eyes on the other side, and seeing Him if only so that I can say “whew”.