About & Welcome

Growing up, my culture was the 16-bit screen, X-Men the Animated Series, Pizza Rolls, and isolating depression. On this blog and author site, I kidnap all sorts of events from my personal life, and push them through this fluid vacuum of fiction and nonfiction. Monsters are a form of therapy for me. I use them in my fiction to expose the humanity of the characters. I use them in nonfiction to talk about my lifelong battle with depression and mental illness. I use the basement metaphor often because that is where I grew-up, in the jeweled shadow of Nintendo and Star Wars. This is my culture, and so much of my identity was forged beneath a window on the edge of the earth peering out into some bushes and streetlights.

I’m the author of the novels Beware the Ills and the Greenland Diaries. I’ve released two short story anthologies Seven Monsters and I Sing Constellations.  I’m also the former editor and founder of Calamities Press. I’m the Writer-in-Residence at the Robbin Gallery. I’m a father of four, and my wife is a photographer. I studied creative writing at three different colleges, been blogging for half-a-decade, and I’ve been both self-published and traditionally published. For more info about my credentials and publications you can click on Press & Cred.

My books are mostly dark fantasy and horror, with variations on the apocalypse, epic fantasy, and journals. I like common settings in uncommon styles, with moralistic characters battling against supernatural forces that are the product of their own personalities. To read free excerpts from my books to see it you might enjoy them, please click here.

Nonfiction has become an evolved voice for me as I battle depression. I have written countless essays about the subject and how it has effected my personal life. I’m currently working on a collection of nonfiction essays for traditional publication here in Minnesota. These are my most popular articles. No matter how fantastic my fictional monsters are, they pale in comparison to the truths behind my own personality and experiences. To read these unique and haunting stories, please click here.

Thank you for giving my voice a chance, and for supporting me. Please follow me on social media. I love to interact with people. If you need to get a hold of me, please email me at basementsaid@gmail.com. I will respond. I have emotions. Thank you for reading my blog and work.

author photo with millie

-Patrick W. Marsh

206 thoughts on “About & Welcome

  1. I love your writing. You are so talented and gifted. I can so relate to your personal writing and how you write. It makes perfect sense to me that you talk about your illness relating to it as a monster. I have used those type of terms often as well including calling it a beast and other similar things because that it was it is. It comes back and rears its very ugly head when you least expect it etc. I have only been blogging for about a month and a half. I love to write and am in the process of writing my memoir of living, surviving and thriving with severe Bipolar Disorder and PTSD and a few other labels but that is enough for now l want to share my story to help other people and to increase awareness and educate people and to reduce the huge stigma. My memoir has a long way to go as far as organizing it better etc. I though tI would write on my new blog for many reasons. I hope I can get more followers to get some feedback. I want to figure out how to get better at blogging which is kind of hard for me right now as I am not a very tech savvy kind of gal but I am trying to learn and then once I get better at this blogging then I want to get back to finishing my memoir as well. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I can’t wait to read your next post. I thoroughly enjoy your style of writing and your words.


  2. The way you write is a huge inspiration. I want to become a blogger/writer about the same way you are, but everyone is different. I relate to most of your stories, and I cannot wait to read more.


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