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Today we chat with Chandler Morrison
Nikki: What’s your most extreme or most bizarro fantasy? Feel free to follow up on why you never will never act it out in real life?
Morrison: I don’t really have weird fantasies. The crazy stuff that happens in my books is pretty much the beginning and end of it, I suppose. In real life I’m rather reserved and docile, and I think that’s sometimes a disappointment to people. The extreme acts I describe in my work are always symbolic and allegorical of something deeper and more profound than just violence for the sake of violence. I’m in no way titillated by the depravity often depicted in my pages. I just want to be true to the characters and the plot, and stay in line with the themes I’m exploring.
Nikki: What real-world environment is most terrifying to you? Why?
Morrison: The human body. It’s a wasteland of disgusting biological processes, a host for innumerable diseases and parasites. What’s more, it’s always decaying. From the moment we’re born, it’s breaking down. Our consciousness is an eternal prisoner to a fragile, deteriorating husk. We’re slaves to biology. Mortality haunts us at every turn.
Nikki: Tell us about your story in Welcome to the Club? What inspired it?
Morrison: My story is called “Neutered,” and it’s about a drug-addicted woman with a traumatic past who is abducted by aliens for the purpose of being made into a house pet. The idea stemmed from these somewhat barbaric procedures we as humans force our own pets to endure, but on a deeper level, it’s also an indictment of society’s long-held tradition of essentially declawing women and attempting to force them into domestic compliance.
Nikki: What does Splatterpunk or bizarro fiction mean to you? And is it a big part of you as an author?
Morrison: I don’t actually consider myself to be a Splatterpunk or bizarro author. While my work certainly has elements of both, I’ve always described myself as a satirist. I write about some pretty horrific and bizarre things, but life is pretty horrific and bizarre. The world is a dark, strange place, full of violence, fear, and despair. On the other side of that same token, though, there’s a lot of beauty and comedy to be found in the world, oftentimes not very far from the people, places, and things that make it so ugly. Sometimes, you can even find it in those people, places, and things. That’s what I want my work to reflect, and I don’t know that there’s really a genre that encapsulates that with any kind of definitive totality.
Nikki: If there’s one thing you’d want readers to know about you or the mission of your work, what would it be?
Morrison: I’m primarily concerned with the human experience. I like to explore the unsightly trappings of what it means to be a person living in a society that is all too often cold and unfriendly. I’m always looking for the places where the façade is chipped and peeling away, and then I get out my hammer and chisel and start excavating. I want to uncover the darkest, most unexplored recesses of existence and shine a light on them.
Nikki: What’s your next project and where can we stalk you?
Morrison: I’m currently working on a transgressive Western novel set in Los Angeles in the mid-1800s, and that’ll be out from Death’s Head Press sometime next year. I’m pretty active on Twitter, where you can find me talking about any number of complex topics, ranging from my tan to the reasons why Dexter has the most perfect series finale of any show in TV history.