Humans of Spectrum: Madeleine Almond, Managing Editor
Why did you decide to participate in the production of Spectrum?
I’m on Spectrum to get experience and to get myself into the world of literary publishing before I have an internship, before I go out into the workforce, to gain experience and to know what’s expected and what’s happening in the literary world.
What do you look for in the submissions that you receive for the magazine?
Weird, wild, wonderful, kind of stuff that breaks the norm is really attractive to me personally as a reader. It has to be well written, it can’t just be insane. It has to be well written and express something that needs to be expressed.
What genre (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art) of Spectrum interests you most, and what about it speaks to you?
Horror and I know that sounds weird. There’s something really attractive to me about things that scare me, things that scare everyone and should scare everyone, even if they’re completely implausible. Often, nightmares say more about us and communicate more about us than we know.
Can you share a short story about your own writing?
Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived in the middle of a forest with very few friends, her sister and two other kids in the neighborhood, and that was it. And all she had were books. They had no internet. They didn’t have TV. They didn’t have anything besides books. So, eventually she ran out of books, and she got bored with the books she had, and instead of going to the library and instead of trying to find something new to read, she started writing her own stories. And she wrote and she wrote and she wrote and she wrote and she wrote and she never stopped writing.