We talked about the medical benefits of marijuana, finding Goddess spirituality, Wicca, and her witchy tale on this episode of Get Lit With Leza.
TRAGEDY QUEENS is an anthology of stories inspired by two of my favorite muses. I have always been drawn to dark feminine archetypes.
Everything that we are afraid to do; the anticipation or the fear of it is always greater than doing it. Even if it is something awful.
Meet the authors that rocked my world. They will rock yours too.
Which is your muse? Plath, Lana, or both?
Being on Get Lit is like talking to the cool girl in the bar bathroom, only you’re talking about literature and other awesome shit instead of crying about something.
Wait till you hear the unintelligible shit show of my real life.
In an apocalyptic Texas where you can get high drinking your own shadow, there lives a young shadow junkie named Murk. This is from Brian Allen Carr’s breakout novel, Sip.
What did you do in Amsterdam?
Shy Watson: oh my god what didn’t i do
“Hustle sucks, man.”
“We met at a village cantina, and shit got deep the more rum we consumed.”
“We talked about life and writing in the same way that poets talk about love: straight forward and with no bullshit.”
“There is something spicy & sensual about the warm taste of ginger on your tongue.”
“We are not defined by our traumas, we are not defined by our traumas, we are not defined by our traumas.”
“There are plenty of zines and lit sites that give authors a platform to talk about their favorite seltzer water and convince everyone they use a typewriter, which is great and all, but that’s not what this is.”
“Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer.”
“Being a guest on Get Lit with Leza is like being at a great party and in therapy at the same time.”
“Leza and I took a strange and wonderful journey together.”
“So this summer I was helping out on this farm with all these anarchist witches & stuff.”
“I thought a blog would give me direction but it kinda didn’t do that at all. It kinda made me more aimless.”
“i like to paint. people seem to like them. win-win.”
“It was like being at Bizarro Con again, just hanging out and nerding out about Bizarro Fiction and literature in general.”
“I think I’ve organically drifted from horror to crime/noir to dark/literary.”
“I don’t remember any of this. To be clear, my lack of memory is because of the Xanax.”
“This was not an interview, it was a conversation.”
It was possibly the funkiest and most relaxed interview setting I’ve ever been in.
I enjoyed rambling through a wide range of topics.
“This movie is OUT THERE. It is dark and funny and to top it all, it is a musical.”
“Shared weirdness in a damp Necon hotel room.”
“Easily the most bizarre conversation I’ve ever been a part of.”
“Aliens don’t give a fuck about you.”
“Who is sexier Brad Pitt or a T-Rex?”
“More people need to wear a panda head when they do interviews.”
“It was a radtacular time.”
“These stories get under your skin.”
“The F word is used three times in the first three sentences.”
“I think I was smoking a cigar.”
“You have been very critical of anthologies paying in signed photographs. Why do you hate photography, Max?”
“Your father has a devil inside him.”
“How cool would it be if you actually got Cher to do a poetry zine for one of the Ladybox releases?”
“Come to Vegas and we can go to karaoke.”
You were published this past year by Lazy Fascist Press. What was it like working with the alt-right?
“10/10 would chat again”
“It felt much more like a conversation than a sort of performance of me-ness.”
“My friends were all hood rats.”
“Dreams are often a strange equalizer.”
Take a trip to the METAL side of LIT
“Being on this podcast made me feel like I fell into some weird Loony Tunes wormhole.”
“I was a religious little boy and thought Guns N’ Roses were nothing but sinners and going to hell.”
“I can’t untangle my queerness from my politics or my magickal practice.”
“Bet it feels good to smash up a toilet.”
“I picture myself as Lena Dunham with a beard.”
“I want to make shit happen.”
“No vampires, werewolves, and certainly no witches.”
“I fought so long to plant a flag in something that never should have been disputed territory.”
MAGIC HAPPENS EVERY DAY
“I have a firm belief that sacred cows make the best hamburgers.”
“Every human being gets addicted to something.’
“My heart is a dumpster fire.”
One of the earliest reviews I received said, “A full on satire of contemporary law as mesmerizing and complex as something lost from David Foster Wallace, yet as light in tone as A Confederacy of Dunces.” First I was flattered, thrilled, and then I thought, wait, didn’t both those guys kill themselves?
“I am compelled to tell stories.”
“Basically, Elizabeth Ellen should win the Pulitzer Prize and then immediately be beaten to death with it because she’s so good, so human, so completely fucked.”
“Bizarro is the Chaos Magick of literature.”
“I dreamt about Lola at night.”
“There are also realistic portraits of my cats, a sheep in wolves clothing, and ton of book references.”
“I can already see the glazed over eyes of anyone who dares read this shit.”
“Titles such as Wall of Kiss, Mother Puncher, and Suicide Girls in the Afterlife grab your attention and make you wonder what kind of madness unfolds within those pages.”
“Imagine watching your ten-year old drawing chainsaw dicks.”
“Godzilla helped give me my moral compass.”
“I just chose the gutter to dwell in, and with what the world seems to be moving into, I think it’s a perfect place to assess and judge it.”
“All of my tattoos are reflections, more or less, of visions.”
CLASH Media catches up with Constance Ann Fitzgerald and talks about her new book, Glue.
“Welcome to Skin Stories, where I ask some of the most exciting voices in fiction to tell us the stories behind their tattoos.”
“Our nation is a cracked mirror. You stare into the glass, hoping to find solace, but you are delivered more cracks.”
“What starts as a dare among friends, becomes an encounter with the otherworldly, the horrific.”
“Christoph Paul asks some tough questions to phone sex actress and author Jenny Ainsile-Turner
“CLASH journalist Dóra Bartal recently sat down with Sleeping Giant director Andrew Cividino to talk about his latest film.”
“Dan Falatko, the author of Condominium, and I met through our publisher, Chicago Center of Literature and Photography. We became fast friends and shared a book-signing table at AWP this year in Los Angeles.”
“Danger Slater is the stand up comic of the Bizarro Fiction scene. He has googly eyes, a big heart, and a mind that is teeming with dark and forbidden secrets.”
“Rainbows Suck is a Bizarro novella published by Eraserhead Press as part of their New Bizarro Author Series.”
“Recently I spoke with Alex J. Mann, the director behind the CLASH digital exclusive FOLLOWER. You can read the exchange below. “
“CLASH Editor Christoph Paul recently sat down with fellow author Vincenzo Bilof (author of The Violators) about writing career and a lot more.”
“…it is evident that through acoustic elements, harmonies, groovy bass, and even flute, the duo (Anthony Martel, Connor Carson) can be classified under the genre of ‘cold folk,’ with their mature songs of adulthood and love, and sounds that are similar to Keaton Henson and Bon Iver. “
“Bocanegra has been called a visionary, a huckster, and everything else you can imagine in between. There is no doubt that what he’s attempting is both dynamic and idealist. What’s more, with budding technology it is also entirely possible.”
“If you use Vine–or if don’t use Vine–you’ve probably seen at least one of OBT’s videos before. His comedy can only be described as shitposting come to life — and it is beautiful.”
“I really want to make it as an illustrator and I want to be able to devote all of my time and energy to it.”
“Noah Cicero is the author of The Human War, Bipolar Cowboy, and Go to Work and Do Your Job. Care for Your Children. Pay Your Bills. Obey the Law. Buy Products. He has been called “America’s finest literary pariah” by Dazed & Confused Magazine.”
“CLASH journalist Jessie Maness interviewed Dennis Hopeless, a comic-book writer for Marvel Comics.”