We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Schlossberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor in Denver Horror Collective’s success is obviously the fact that all dues-paying members must sign over their immortal souls to the organization, which ultimately lends itself to a tight-knit group.
Aside from that, I’d say having a common connection to the Colorado landscape and culture has been invaluable, along with most of us living close enough where we can see each other in person (though the pandemic has put a damper on that).
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a horror author who feels compelled to explore the shadow—neither wallowing in nor denying the darkness—to find the strength to push into the light.
I think the secret to getting work out there in the fiction world—whether as an author, editor, or publisher—is to keep an open mind for the creative process, hone the craft with discipline, and interact with others who are trying to do the same. I’ve also learned that when the gatekeepers won’t let you through, it’s often time to build your own gate.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d drive them deep into the mountains, hike them a mile or so off trail to a remote meadow, wait for a gnarly thunderstorm, and then run away from them in the chaos. If they make it back to the car alive, they’ve truly experienced the Rocky Mountains.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The success of Denver Horror Collective rests firmly on the shoulders of its members, especially the steering committee for keeping things running: Desi D, Thomas C. Mavroudis, Sean Murphy, Gary Robbe, Matt Sprague, Henry Walker, Jeff Wood, and Joy Yehle.