What books are currently on your night stand?

For various reasons :

  • (Currently reading and loving! !!) Selena Chambers – Calls For Submissions (I’m reading an ARC of the collection)
  • Livia Llewellyn – FURNACE
  • Laird Barron – SWIFT TO CHASE
  • Edward Carey – ALVA & IRVA
  • Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (EDITOR) – THE MADNESS OF DR. CALIGARI
Who is your favorite novelist of all time?
JACK O’CONNELL. Every accolade is true!
Who are your favorite writers — novelists, nonfiction, journalists, poets — working today?
Rebecca Solnit. Alice Fulton. Laird Barron. Gemma Files. Kaaron Warren. Karin Tidbeck. Dan Beach-Quick. Michael Cisco. Henry Lien. Megan Abbott. Sarah Gran. John Langan.
And I have to add an editor: Ellen Datlow! !! Her importance to horror in the last 3 decades is immense.
What genres do you especially enjoy reading? And which do you avoid?

My #1 w/ a bullet! – Crime/noir/hardboiled. I’m a freak for Vachss and Ellory.
A close 2nd is Poetry

I’m not much for Science Fiction these days. And I do not read much biographical either.

Of all the genres you write in, which is the most fun? The most difficult? The most rewarding?
For fun and rewarding: WEIRD!

What I swear at and over the most, horror.

You’ve written a number of novellas over the years. What’s the attraction of the form? And what novellas in particular do you especially admire?
I like what the length let’s you do, but I don’t pick length, each tale wants to be what it is and that dictates how long it runs.

T.E.D. Klein “The Events At Porath Farm”.

Many by Laird Barron, he is a master of the form.

Music has been a big part of your life and infused your work. Do you have favorite books about music or books written by musicians?
Several about Dylan, Miles, and Tom Waits.

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.

There But for Fortune: The Life of Phil Ochs.

Julie Coryell/Laura Friedman Jazz-Rock Fusion: The People, the Music.

On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno.

Many titles from the 33 1/3 series (Bloomsbury Academic).

And all kinds of REVIEW books (Trouser Press, Christgau, Penguin Jazz, etc.) over the decades.

What books might we be surprised to find that you own?
Take a moment to praise a few unheralded writers. Whom should we be reading?
The following never fail to amaze and delight me. Selena Chambers, Nadia Bulkin, S. P. Miskowski, Michael Wehunt, Mike Griffin, Livia Llewellyn, John Langan, Gemma Files, Jeffrey Thomas, Jeffrey Ford, Anna Tambour, Kaaron Warren, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Robert Levy, Julia Elliot, Brian Evenson, and Robin Spriggs.
Do you enjoy fiction in translation? Stories from particular corners of the world?
Some, but I’m not as well read as I should be. I think Zafon walks on water, and Bolano, too. Karin Tidbeck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Clarice Lispector is amazing. Italo Calvino. Alian Robbe-Grillet, if only for LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD.

No. From no particular place.

What kind of reader were you as a child? Your favorite book? Most beloved character?

I started at 5 years of age with anything that had dinosaurs in it, then at 8, moved on to comics. Marvel Comics in the 60’s, monsters and aliens, then superheroes consumed me. The Fantastic Four was my favorite comic title, later it would be the comics that had Captain America and Dr. Strange in them.

Benjamin J. Grimm, the Thing, was my favorite character in the comics, he was a member of the Fantastic Four.

Comics pushed me at adventure stories, heroes (and villains!), and fantasy. By 11 I was deep into science fiction, and at 12, I discovered crime fiction (Clark Howard THE ARM).

Of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite or the most personally meaningful?

My favorite: my collection, BLOOD WILL HAVE ITS SEASON. It was my first collection and I was stretching out, trying to find my voice. And I was also beginning to see the page as a canvas and not just a recording device.

Most personal: The King in Yellow Tales volume 1, a lot of tears, hellishly long nights, and broken dreams went into those tales.

If you could pick your next book to be turned into a movie or TV series, which would it be and why?

I’d pick my new novel (I’m currently editing it), TRAFFIC WITH AUTUMN. It’s a love story, a “weird” love story that uses the trappings of the King in Yellow to tell the tale of a psychiatrist (he is a very unreliable narrator) and a poet (she has as much baggage as he does, and she is just as strange). There are murders, betrayals, a bevy strange characters, and it’s presented in a narrative style that is not unlike an anthology of postmodern poetry written by David Lynch.

A 13 part Netflix series (starring Eva Green and Andrew Scott—Moriarty on SHERLOCK and Toby Jones) would be fine w/ me J

Screenplay by Mark Gatiss and directed by David Lynch J J J

You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited?
Shirley Jackson (who, I’m sure, would think her invitation was a plus one and bring Tanith Lee), Robert W. Chambers (I’d kill to pick his brain in regards to the King in Yellow), and Jack O’Connell.
What book did you feel you were supposed to like, and didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

Everything by Clive Barker that I’ve tried to read, and there were many.

Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I just could not connect with it.

What book hasn’t been written that you’d like to read?
The next 10 novels by Michael Cisco!
Whom would you want to write your life story?
I’d like it to be a non-linear round robin as told by Laird Barron, Michael Cisco, Selena Chambers, Livia Llewellyn, Henry Lien, and Gabriel Blackwell, with many interludes (of various lengths) by S.P. Miskowski and Anna Tambour and Michael Wehunt.
What books do you find yourself returning to again and again?
  • Roszak – FLICKER (I reread it every year)
  • John Rechy – CITY OF NIGHT
  • The works of David Goodis
  • Alice Fulton – FELT
  • Herman Hesse – Steppenwolf
  • Samuel Beckett – “Rockaby”
  • T.E.D. Klein – The Ceremonies
  • Harlan Elison – (editor) Dangerous Visions
What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?
Faulkner. I keep trying, but can’t get my heart in it.
What do you plan to read next?

John Darnielle’s Universal Harvester: A Novel is top of my list!

For more on this author (who wrote a superb story with TLC as the main character in Autumn Cthulhu) check out his author page on Amazon and his blog at http://thisyellowmadness.blogspot.com/

TLC is also the 11th Umbrella in his Wind, Rain. . .and Umbrellas

11th umbrella:

Marilyn (sans the momentary cure of last night’s waltz). Marilyn (not near the old neighborhood—but she was last Saturday night)… wants to be over the bridge. Marilyn never likes it when the sky cries. Marilyn (5-11, slender, shaking, exposed) has stood on this exact spot by the river many times (the last time was last Saturday night)… most often at the end of the day. She has never enjoyed what it radiates.

No kiss of the ordinary world. No moonsong, no for the road, or if I could . . . No use… no use

No poignant “Last Dance” piano music.

She remembers him, young then. After lunch, watching him—his head down as if to impart a kiss, his fingers pleasing the colors of two together, listening to his enthusiasms produce the nocturnes on the piano on the stage in the high school auditorium. Her temperature up, her heart in a delirium of splendors. She can still taste the hollow prophecies…

Marilyn throws her umbrella ($139. Designed by M. Vitous of Ostrava.) into the rushing water.” Jospeph Pulver, Sr.

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