Hi Robert. Can you tell us about your main character?
Tell us about a book that stayed with you long after you finished reading it.
Neville Shute’s On The Beach haunts me. I picked it up last year as a recommended book on many people’s lists with no idea what I was in for. It held onto me the whole time I was reading, slowly wringing out every last drop of emotion I had left. As an adult, I’ve never had the same visceral reaction to a book and I’m still thinking about its poignant, beautiful, horrifying message.
What makes you laugh out loud?
I’m a huge fan of physical humor, word play, and puns. The more absurd something is, the more likely it is to get a laugh. Something that made me laugh until I couldn’t breathe was the first time I watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the killer rabbit scene. Something ineffable about that scene just hit me the right way. I’m also a huge fan of Brooklyn 99, Community and other slick, well-written comedies. It’s good to laugh, so I make it easy on myself and like all sorts of things.
Modern times gave way to a general idea that reason and logic were enough to stop something from dragging you into the sewers and wearing your skin to protect itself from daylight. It’s easy to see why: it doesn’t happen to a lot of people, therefore it must not happen. I see it all the time, people who say things like “I’ve never seen a ghost, so they must not exist.”
Oh yeah? Because if spirits did exist, they’d all be tripping over themselves to haunt you? Do you understand the preternatural forces that conspire, the circumstances that line up, to create any kind of ghost? Let alone one that shows up in your room at night and moans about revenge or betrayal or rattles some chains and teaches you a valuable lesson about being selfish?
“Well, there’s no such thing as Bigfoot. All those pictures are super blurry and grainy,” they say, their voices nasally and snobby, like all the knowledge of the world is pumped directly into their tiny brains through their tiny phones. Go stand out in a remote Colorado forest one night. Turn off your phone, open your eyes and ears, and wait. When you feel those eyes watching, and when you know, deep in that primitive monkey brain, way, way down inside, that there’s more than just the animals you have names for sharing that clearing with you, then you can call me to tell me that there’s no such thing as Bigfoot.
That is, if you live to turn your phone back on again.
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