Wednesday, October 07, 2015

20Q7A: An interview with Garrett Cook

20 Questions, 7 Answers is an interview series for writers of bizarro and horror fiction. Each author receives the same batch of 20 questions...but they may only answer 7.

This week's guest is Garrett Cook…


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What's your latest book, and how does it differ from your previous work?

GC: My latest book is A God of Hungry Walls from Deadite Press. It differs from my previous work because my Bizarro input was various flavors of balls to the wall experimental pulp but this is more literary extreme horror. That’s not to say it’s not strange, that’s not to say it doesn’t have pulp roots but it’s very different. It’s a haunted house story told from the perspective of the haunting as it takes apart and corrupts the inhabitants of the house.

If it was socially acceptable to wear anything as clothing, how would you dress?

GC: Like Gary Oldman does in that scene in Bram Stoker’s Dracula when he’s walking through Piccadilly Circus with Mina. Top hat, tiny Victorian sunglasses, blood red vest.  Such a great outfit.

Who or what is your favorite movie monster, and why?

GC: My favorite will always be Godzilla. Godzilla in a weird way represents not just destruction but a certain amount of sense in the world. Godzilla is a natural moral order. He punishes and protects mankind. There’s something comforting about that.

If you could survive on one food for the rest of your life with no health repercussions, what would it be?

GC: I would have to say buffalo chicken calzones.

Are you most afraid of ghosts, aliens, or clowns, and why?

GC: Clowns. I used to be terrified of clowns. But then I saw one of the most beautiful women I know in clown makeup and I realized I’m also attracted to clowns, which is even scarier. I’m as afraid of falling in love as I am of dying.

What happens when you die?

GC: In a perfect world, a 22 year old masochist would get filthy rich.

What’s your secret?

GC: The kind of fear that makes you fight for shit.

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Garrett Cook is an author, editor and singer/songwriter residing in Portland, OR. His latest book is A God of Hungry Walls from Deadite Press. If you would like to know about writing workshops he teaches or contacting him for editorial services go to http://www.garrettcookeditor.wordpress.com

Purchase A God of Hungry Walls at Amazon

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