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Interview with Tamara Romero

By Spike Marlowe

Holy shit. Is it October already? This means November is just around the corner. This also means Eraserhead Press is about to decide which of this year’s New Bizarro Authors are going to have the opportunity to work with them again in the future.

I thought it would be fun and informative to interview this years’ authors, both so I could better get to know them, and so you could get to know them, too.

If you like what you read here, I highly encourage you to check out the authors’ books NOW. This is the last month that the New Bizarro Authors’ sales are counted as part of their sales quota in order to become full on bizarro authors.

her fingers1. What was the first fiction you read that you consider bizarro?

I’ve only known bizarro for a couple of years now and the very first text I read was Cannibals of Candyland. After that I realized that I had written a bizarro book myself (Her Fingers). Also, one of my all time favorite weird reads is Jeff Noon’s Vurt. It was the first novel that in my sweet teenage years got me thinking WHAT.IS.THIS.

2. Do you have any phobias?

Yes. I’m afraid of saints, nuns, bugs and doing the dishes. It has been claimed that I have social phobias but that’s wrong, I just don’t like talking to Germans. I’m also very afraid of arriving late to the airport. On 9/11 I would’ve been toast for sure.

3. What’s the strangest real life bizarro experience you’ve had?

Back when we all had cd players I once listened to Nirvana’s In Utero in shuffle mode but it played all the songs in sequence anyway. I figure that’s the only time that has ever happened in the history of the World.

4. Kafka or lemon crepes?

 I don’t buy the premise. I eat both.

5. Your NBAS book Her Fingers is very reminiscent of the best fairy tales. What were your favorite fairy tales growing up? Any current favorites?

There’s a funny Scandinavian one where this kid gets kidnapped by a troll who wants to eat him. The kid says, “Let’s have a porridge eating competition! If I win, you let me go.” The troll thinks, “This kid is tiny. Of course I can eat more porridge than him.” So he says,”Yes. But the kid only eats a little, most of it he sneaks into his knapsack which he has hidden under his shirt or something.” After a while the troll is stuffed. “Man … I can’t eat anymore.” And the kid goes, “Aw come on. What I do in these situations is cut a hole in my stomach. Then I keep on eating.” He illustrates by slicing his knapsack open with a knife. The troll says “Great idea!” and disembowels himself. Then the kid takes the cigar out of his mouth, looks into the camera and says, “All in a day’s work.”

6. If you could have an evening with one bizarro author, who would it be and what would you do?

When I was at BizarroCon last year I was hypnotized by The Slow Poisoner, so I’d choose Andrew Goldfarb. I’d like to attend another of his shows and I’d like to help paint one of his stage props.

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