Henry Ford College PR writer Kurt Anthony Krug recently sold his first short story, “The Man You Don’t Want to Meet” to Strand Magazine.
“The Strand has published short stories written by New York Times bestselling authors like John Grisham and Jeffery Deaver – whose work I have enjoyed over the years, especially Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance books. He has also published rare works by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald – these are authors whose books should be read in high school and college classrooms and have prices that bear their mark. name. The issue in which I am published features a story by Shirley Jackson, who wrote The Haunting of Hill House. I know what an honor it is to be in such company. It’s very humiliating. I feel like I’m at a really exclusive VIP party,” Krug said.
A graduate of Pinckney High School, Krug earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Michigan State University and his master’s degree in English and film studies from Wayne State University. He took graduate courses at Marygrove College in Detroit.
“Believe it or not, I was originally an engineering major at MSU. Engineering is a family tradition on my father’s side, but a tradition I quickly broke from after graduating in differential calculus,” he said. “I’ve always been a better blacksmith than a mathematician, so getting into journalism was more natural. When I first set foot in MSU’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences, I felt this was the right place for me.
Krug has been affiliated with HFC since 2002 when he covered various events as a reporter for the Dearborn Times-Herald. He joined HFC in 2007 as an auxiliary English instructor while completing his master’s degree. He then taught telecommunications before getting his current job as a marketing and communications writer in 2011. He started out as an entrepreneur before officially becoming a College employee in 2014. Krug also periodically teaches journalism as an assistant at MSU School of Journalism.
“The Man You Don’t Want to Meet”
“The Man You Don’t Want to Meet” is a mystery thriller set in Detroit. Krug didn’t want to say anything else without spoiling the story and its twisted ending.
“I feel like M. Night Shyamalan must have felt when he pulled off that twist with The Sixth Sense. No one saw this coming. I am proud that I was able to succeed. Authors Steve Hamilton, Karen Dionne, Tessa Wegert and Alex Finlay read my story and told me they were impressed. That’s praise right there. I am definitely grateful,” he said.
Krug made history at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to entertain when everything was shut down. He submitted it to The Strand, a magazine for which he wrote various articles.
“I was definitely channeling my inner Shyamalan when I thought of this twist. That scene between Clint Eastwood and the Gran Torino street gang (filmed and set in Detroit) also played a part in writing this story” , he said. “Deaver, Harlan Coben, Linwood Barclay, Lisa Unger and Kevin O’Brien influenced me. David Baldacci too. Every time one of them has a new book coming out, I stop reading what I’m reading and immediately start reading the latest.
Growing up, Krug read science fiction authors like David Eddings and Terry Brooks, as well as horror maestro Stephen King, especially King’s work in the 1980s.
“Misery is my favorite King novel. I remember crossing it in one day,” he recalls. “My mom introduced me to mysteries. She loved to read and watch mysteries. She was a huge fan of the shows Murder, She Wrote, and Magnum, PI. I remember watching them with her when I was a kid. She really enjoyed PBS’s Mystery! series too.
So far he has received positive feedback on ‘The Man You Don’t Want To Meet’.
“People told me they would like to see it again,” he said. “I’ll see what I can do to arrange another meeting.”
Source: Henry Ford College