Simon‘s a fantastic author himself, with his first book due out soon with Medallion Press, entitled The Soul Consortium. So check out our conversation here as we chat about my novel, Transubstantiate, multiple POVs, plot vs. no plot, staying motivated, and many other things.
In addition to doing book reviews at The Nervous Breakdown, I’ll also be doing interviews. My first is with one of my favorite authors, Amelia Gray. I hate to even limit her by calling her a small press darling (in the vein of Parker Posey, indie film darling) as she is a voice to be reckoned with, and I’m sure the small presses will only hold on to her for as long as they can, until the bigger presses come calling. Harper Perennial, are you paying attention?
Instead of doing the standard interview, asking about her latest projects and what her process is, I went over her first two books, AM/PM (Featherproof) and Museum of the Weird (FC2), reminisced about the times I’ve seen her read live at various AWPs and other outings, and generally prompted her with whatever authors, presses, and eccentricities I could think of.
So, go check out the review up at The Nervous Breakdown, pick up copies of AM/PM and Museum of the Weird, and track her at Twitter and her blog. She’s one of the most compelling voices out there right now – hilarious, disturbing, emotional, surreal, heartbreaking, grounded, alluring and smart.
My in depth interview about Transubstantiate, my work, and life as a struggling author (by talented writer Brandon Tietz) is now live at The Cult
So many people at The Cult have been supportive of my work – from the intensives with Craig Clevenger, Monica Drake and Max Barry to the people that run the show (Mirka, Mark, Dennis and Kirk) to the entire workshop and all of the people that make me laugh and distract me with pictures, videos, books and randomness.
Thanks Cult. And thanks Chuck Palahniuk for inspiring me back when Fight Club came out.
So Stephen Graham Jones is just a fascinating, immensely talented writer, and not only a great influence on me, but a bit of the ideal future I seek out. He has published seven novels, teaches at the MFA program at CU Boulder, and is one of the most prolific writers I know. I have been lucky enough to get to know Stephen over at The Velvet and met him in person at last year’s AWP here in Chicago. He publishes in literary publications and also writes impressive dark fiction – horror, sf, bizarro, and other genre work. The opening to ALL THE BEAUTIFUL SINNERS haunts me to this day, it is such a powerful novel.
This is a hilarious interview, but also so enlightening. Like Brian Evenson, he is at the forefront of the genre-bending writing that is going on today. Call it what you want – slipstream, new-wave fabulist, etc. – but this movement is powerful and one I’d like to think I’m a part of, or try to be. He will be doing some fantastic panels at the 2010 AWP in Denver, so be sure to check him out.
Craig Wallwork is a fantastic writer as well, and I’ve published him several times. Really, all of the people at this gathering who were previously interviewed by Craig are writers I really enjoy and hope break out in 2010.
I’m still a bit itchy from all that fur, but man, what a good time.
Thought I would make sure this link was up here on a more glorious and permanent basis.
Craig is a writer whose work I’ve really grown to love. I have in time published him in Colored Chalk (twice, Issue #6 – Waking Up Strange and Issue #9 -Heaven and Hell) as well as in Sideshow Fables (#1).
This was a lot of fun and always a bit revealing.
My short story “Interview” is now live at Troubadour 21. It’s a dark little tale that has three unique voices. I hope you enjoy it.
This is a Table of Contents for all of my current, LIVE fiction that is available online for FREE. Below are each of the stories, a brief synopsis, and a link to the site that hosts them. They are in reverse chronological order.
What do all of these stories have in common? I tend to write about the darker aspects of life, and am fascinated by what happens when things fall apart, how we handle life when it throws us a curve ball, the dysfunction in everyday life, how we rebel against the rules of society, and what goes on in the middle of the night.
Last Updated: August 13, 2019
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
“How Not to Come Undone”
THE WRITING DISORDER
SYNOPSIS: A pair of twins balance each other out, but that’s not always a good thing. In this dark magical realism we see how far family will go to save each other.
HOW NOT TO COME UNDONE
SYNOPSIS: When a violent car accident takes his family, one man starts having visions.
SYNOPSIS: In a slave state, how do you protect your son? What if he doesn’t need protecting? Long-listed for Best Horror of the Year.
“Little Red Wagon”
THE WRITING DISORDER
SYNOPSIS: What would you do to keep the human race alive? And what does being human really mean?
LITTLE RED WAGON
“Moving Heavy Objects”
SYNOPSIS: A son tries to forgive his father for being so distant.
MOVING HEAVY OBJECTS
“Asking for Forgiveness”
SYNOPSIS: When the land yields nothing but abomination, how does family change, how do we survive? Long-listed for Best Horror of the Year.
ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS
SYNOPSIS: What happens when evil finds a young boy, an ancient creature, the signs all ignored?
“Tinkering With the Moon”
SYNOPSIS: When a little boy misses his father, he’d do anything to reunite with him.
TINKERING WITH THE MOON
“Bury Me Deep”
THE BIG ADIOS
SYNOPSIS: Out in the wild west, there lurk shadows and dark deeds, all done under the blazing sun for God and all to witness.
BURY ME DEEP
SYNOPSIS: The things we do for love are often very destructive.
“Flowers for Jessica”
SYNOPSIS: How far would you go to bring your loved one back from the dead?
FLOWERS FOR JESSICA
“The Fix-It Man”
BLACK HEART MAGAZINE
SYNOPSIS: When a man falls apart, disconnects from his wife and son, what gesture can he make as he disintegrates?
THE FIX-IT MAN
SYNOPSIS: Charlotte needs to escape sometimes.
[Sixth place winner of the Zouch Lit Bits Fiction contest]
“Jimmy Five Ways”
SYNOPSIS: A wife, a son, a mistress, a partner and a man named Jimmy—five ways.
JIMMY FIVE WAYS
[One of the five winners of the Punchnel’s Hard-Boiled Down Noir Fiction contest]
“Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave”
SYNOPSIS: When something tragic happens, do you stay or do you leave? Sometimes you stay for a long time, only to realize that leaving would be less cruel. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
TWENTY REASONS TO LEAVE AND ONE TO STAY
SYNOPSIS: In real life, there are paths to take, sometimes you have a choice, some times you do not. In this adult “choose-your-own” ending adventure it’s up to you whether or not to be parnoid or to trust, to be innocent, or just a fool.
(A number of other stores are no longer available as the websites and publications have since gone under. I have removed them from this list as they have disappeared. Gone are: Opium Magazine, Colored Chalk, Cause & Effect, Nefarious Muse, ChiZine’s Chiaroscuro, Cherry Bleeds, Troubadour 21, Carbon-Based Lifeform Blues, Leodegraunce, Metazen, Emprise Review, Conjectural Figments, Beat the Dust, Thickjam, Circa, The Dying Goose, Parable Press, Revolt Daily, Penumbra, Word Riot, etc. RIP. )