Halloween, Relationships, and Cursed Eggs...
OR I may be scrambled.
*no authors were harmed in the making of this blog post*
1. writes Bizarro, horror, dark fantasy, and magic realism that has been recognized by authors such as Piers Anthony and Jack Ketchum.
2. has work that has been, or will be, included in over 50 publications, including various magazines and anthologies.
3. lives in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse.
4. loves his wife, Lisa, and their legion of yard gnomes.
His books include: Vacation, Sheep and Wolves, and Cursed. He has also tossed out a little eye candy with his first short film, "Egg".
Those who have already read Cursed may recognize my list as part of the trademark writing style in that Jeremy C. Shipp story.
Jeremy, having just finished reading Cursed, I'm curious. What do the gnomes think of such an interesting bit of story?
Jeremy: My yard gnomes are big fans of the novel. Gnomes are illiterate, of course, but every Thursday, they buy a new copy from me to sacrifice to the gnomic god of burning paper.
Ah, yes, the ritualistic book burning. There is nothing like the smell of book barbecue, that is, unless it’s an on-fire author (figuratively speaking of course *wink*).
Speaking of on fire…
Which of your stories is your personal recommended read, and why?
Jeremy: For fans of horror, I’d recommend Sheep and Wolves. For fans of quirky characters and mystery, I’d recommend Cursed. For fans of trippy sci-fi, I’d recommend Vacation. For fans of dark fantasy, I’d recommend Fungus of the Heart.
~For fans of a unique writing style, pick your genre and then pick up the Jeremy C Shipp book best suited for you. Still unsure? Stay tuned for links to free short stories that will give you an idea of what’s in store and wet you whistle so you read more…~
Jeremy, in addition to writing, you also have a short film out called “Egg”. In prepping these questions, I sat down and watched it. I'll have to admit, I was a little lost, but that could be in part to my obsolete video capabilities on this darned laptop of mine. “Chop chop chop”, says the machine.
Since I seem to be a little out of the technological loop, can you tell my readers a little about this project, and how it came into being?
Jeremy: Director/producer Jayson Densman read one of my novels, and contacted me about working on a project together. We discussed various possibilities, and eventually we decided to create a short film together. I wrote the screenplay, and acted as a creative consultant. “Egg” is about a man’s fractured psyche, and his attempt to free himself from his traumatic past. Luckily, only one mime was killed during the making of the film.
You can watch the entire film here.
Despite my earlier observations and technical difficulties, I must say it is an entertaining film, and well worth the short time it takes to watch, even on an obsolete piece of *BEEEEEP* where the audio works oh so much better than the video.
Beyond these things already mentioned, is there anything else available out there for Jeremy C. Shipp fans?
Jeremy: I’m always publishing new short stories. Here are some free reads.
And...What else do you have in the works at this time?
Jeremy: My newest book, Fungus of the Heart, is coming out on Halloween. This is a book about relationships—the good, the bad, and the weird. I’m currently working on a new novel, some short stories, a comic book series, a screenplay, and a few other projects. In addition to all this, I’m attempting to organize a yard gnome Civil War reenactment, which is harder than it sounds.
Ooh, a relationship book on Halloween. Awesome! Oh, and hopefully you’ll get video coverage on that yard gnome Civil War bit… Now that, that I’d go out and buy a new laptop for. Mwahahaha!
I'd like to give you a great big thanks, and offer up a sacrificial treat as a way of showing my appreciation for your time. Corporal Crumb has volunteered his regimen of cookie cadets to serve as treats for not only you, but also your entire gnome army. Of course, he did come to this agreement under threat of death...so he won't be on today's menu.
Is there anything else you'd like to add before we take our armies and go today?
Jeremy: Thank you for the cookie cadets! They seem a bit upset about being eaten, but I don’t mind. In fact, I prefer cookies with chips on their shoulders.
Mmm. Yum! Tender sweet morsels of triumph…
Again, thanks for hanging out with me today, Jeremy. I look forward to seeing where your talent takes you.
Jeremy C. Shipp can be found in these places:
At his Website.
At his Blog.
Tweet him on Twitter.
Friend him on Facebook.
Meet him on MySpace.
Greet him on Goodreads.
Now it's your turn, folks. All questions welcome; good, bad, and ugly. Fire away! As for me, I'm going on Vacation!