Interview with G. Arthurt Brown
By Spike Marlowe
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.
The first fiction I read that was officially labeled Bizarro was At the Funeral by D. Harlan Wilson in the Bizarro Starter Kit Orange. It instantly became one of my favorite stories. But I think that retroactively I was able to label Bizarro other stuff I’d already read, like Kelly Link, Franz Kafka, Donald Barthelme and even some Brian Evenson.
2. Do you have any phobias?
The three phobias I have are strange and they don’t come up often. I have a fear of being in an old building (like a bank barn) with decaying rafters and having a snake fall on my head. I have a fear of dark, murky water going down a drain, which makes me envision a huge shark or sea monster surfacing and devouring me whole. I also have a “phobia” when I see long spikes. I don’t get afraid really, but my eyes start going crazy and I can’t look at them for very long.
3. What’s the strangest real life bizarro experience you’ve had?
I’m not really sure I know what you mean, but Cameron Pierce did make my lie down on a staircase while he figured out if I was evil or not, then he had Constance Ann Fitzgerald punch me in the stomach. That was pretty weird.
4. Kafka or lemon crepes?
I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten a crepe. I’ve never actually eaten Kafka either, but I can imagine he would make a nice Eastern European pastry.
5. Will you and Andrew Wayne Adams finally be mud wrestling at BizarroCon this year? There is demand, you know.
It was my understanding that mud had been outlawed in Oregon. So an old school bare-knuckle boxing match is more likely, provided Andy can grow a handlebar moustache.
6. David Lynch or David Foster Wallace?