Wednesday, August 19, 2015

20Q7A: An interview with Christoph Paul

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

This week's guest is Christoph Paul…


If you could have chosen your own name when you were born, what would it have been?

CP: Angelhair Apocalypse. No relation to JRJ’s cool collection. It is more about my love of X-Men and Italian food.

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

CP: Good question. The Blob. I have had the most nightmares about the Blob since I was a little kid. Jason Voorhees is second.

What's the best movie, new or old, that you've seen for the first time in the past 3 months?

CP: Spring.

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

CP: Aliens. Ghosts are definitely not real and honestly, do people really think most clowns are in good shape or know Karate? An alien, who knows what it would try with you. Fuck aliens, they are interstellar terrorists.

If you could be reincarnated as a sentient but inanimate object, what would you like to be?

CP: A raspberry tree in a nude colony.

What is your writing environment like? (Are you out in public or in seclusion? Is there noise? Is there coffee? Do you type on a laptop or write longhand on lined notebook paper?)

CP: I have been trying a new thing where I write on the couch with a laptop on top of a pillow on my lap. I also write a lot at my phone cause I once worked at RadioShack and they encouraged us to fuck around on our phones. I owe a lot to RadioShack for helping me learn to write on a smart phone.

What's your secret?

CP: I see myself is being only moderately above average at the things I’m passionate about. It gives me just the right amount of confidence to do stuff but the humility to try to be the hardest worker to make up for being only moderately above average.


Christoph Paul is an award-winning author of 6 books that cross different genres: humor, poetry, satire, bizarro, horror and non-fiction. He played in rock bands Moses Moses & The Only Prescription, but still wishes he was a gangsta rapper. He hosts The Passion of the Christoph Podcast and writes Bizarro Erotica under the Pen Name Mandy De Sandra.