More Bizarro Than Bizarro – Q&A
Name: William Cook
Story Title: Dream of a Dog
Firstly, what drew you to this anthology?
I was invited to sub a story and it appealed to me as I write macabre/bizarre stories as a matter of course.
What does Bizarro fiction mean to you?
That which is surreal and other-worldly while being firmly entrenched in the everyday minutiae of urban life. Textual hallucinations bordering on bad-trips.
What was the first Bizarro book you read?
I guess I would say William S Burroughs’ Naked Lunch – whether or not it is Bizarro fiction per se, I classify it as such.
And which Bizarro book has had the biggest influence on you?
I really like Jeremy Shipp’s short fiction, so rather than any one book I guess I like the way he does it.
How would you pitch your story to potential readers?
A dream of a dog dreaming he is a dog – or is it?
How close was the finished story to your initial vision?
Do you have any additional publishing plans for 2017?
Always. I have a new horror collection titled ‘Death Dreams’ due for release end of September/early October, and a novella-length collection of Bizarro short fiction titled ‘Babylon Fading’ due for release the month after.
Finally, if you had the opportunity to put together an anthology, what would be your chosen theme?
New Zealand Horror Fiction centred in a NZ setting.
Check out William Cook’s Amazon page here: https://www.amazon.com/William-Cook/e/B003PA513I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1506024670&sr=8-1