Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Man With A Skull For A Head Interviews #3: Aaron Polson
Later that same evening, The Man The Man With A Skull For A Head interviewed Aaron Polson - it was getting close to chucking out time at the Jeykll and Hyde, but obviously the Abominable Gentlemen are in cahoots with the barman, and an old-fashioned 'lock in' is theirs upon request...so there's never any need for them to stop drinking Blue Monkey if they don't wish to.
This may explain a lot.
TMWASFAH: "If you could make any one person - alive or dead, male or female, real or fictional - an honorary Abominable Gentleman, who would it be and why?"
AP: Without going the obvious "H.P. Lovecraft" / "Edgar Allan Poe" route, I'm going to say Charles Darwin. While not a fiction writer, that dude was really thinking out of the box.
TMWASFAH: "What's the most abominable thing you've done that you want to reveal to the internet at large?"
I'm ashamed of this one--and it amounts to theft as well as "murder"--I pulled fish from a tank at a discount store when I was five or six. I liked the way they felt in my hand: squish and wet. When I heard footsteps, I dropped the poor little guy (a goldfish, I think), and it suffocated on the white tile floor.
TMWASFAH: "As you know, the Gentlemen drink in the Jekyll and Hyde pub. If you had a Mister Hyde style alter-ego what would he (she?!) be called and why?"
If I had an alter-ego? I thought I was the alter ego... My alter-ego would probably have a nice, safe name like "Bob Jones" or something. Either that or Pleather Tuxedo (after the fictional girl band "Leather Tuscadero and the Suedes" from TV's Happy Days.
TMWASFAH: "If you had a free pick from all of literature of one story by a guest author for a future issue of Penny Dreadnought, what would it be?"
"Greasy Lake" by T. Coraghessan Boyle would be my first pick. Man I love that story--great voice, great imagery, and a mossy, waterlogged corpse. It speaks to my growing up in middle America, too. H.P. Lovecraft's "The Rats in the Walls" comes in a close second. The "big reveal" in "Rats" still gives me chills, and I've read it ten+ times.
TMWASFAH: "As writers, we often get asked for boring factual author bios. If you could write an author bio unconstrained by the boundaries of reality and truth, what would it say?"
I'd say that I'm made of marshmallow fluff and branches from a willow tree with an I.Q. of 134. I could go higher on the I.Q., but why get cocky?
TMWASFAH: "What one thing would you like to know about one of the other Abominable Gentlemen that you currently don't?"
Peanut butter: do you believe it's more peanut or more butter?
TMWASFAH: "What one book of yours would you like to plug to the Penny Dreadnought readership?"
I'd love for more folks to read Loathsome, Dark and Deep (Amazon US | UK). I loved writing that book and it's garnered some decent reviews. I think it would make a nice film, too. (wink, wink)