My interview with author Steve Erickson is now live over at ChuckPalahniuk.net
From the intro:
I know many of you are already familiar with author Steve Erickson. In fact, it was on the forums here and at Cult sister-site, The Velvet, that I was first introduced to his work. I read The Sea Came At Midnight and screamed for more like a hungry child. Erickson fills the void, writing the type of mind-bending, genre-less fiction that simultaneously challenges and excites. Less than a year and 10 books later, his is one of the first names mentioned when I’m asked about my favorite authors.
Which is why I was thrilled when, so soon after my initial binge, I discovered Erickson had a new novel, Zeroville, due in November from Europa Editions. Not wanting to wait that long to read it, I selfishly hatched a scheme to score myself an advance reader’s copy. I’d masquerade as a journalist and interview him for The Cult! The second the idea crossed my mind I realized how cool that would actually be and suddenly it was about much more than scoring a free book.
Zeroville is a more straightforward effort for Erickson, narratively, but it is also one of his flat out best, so there is no reason for longtime fans to fear. It is the story of Vikar Jerome, a film obsessed ex-seminarian come to LA, fresh off the bus like Axl Rose in Welcome To The Jungle. The story begins in 1969 and spans the entirety of film history itself. Zeroville is a who’s who of film references and is truly a treat for anyone who loves the movies. Erickson, who is also a film critique for Los Angeles magazine, really knows his shit, and it is evident on every page.
Zeroville will be published by Europa Editions on November 9th, but is already available from Amazon.
Nov 2, 7.30 pm at Skylight Books in Los Angeles
Nov 7, 7pm at The Booksmith on Haight in San Francisco
Nov 8, 7 pm, at Black Oak Books in Berkeley
Nov 18, 6pm at the Hammer Museum on Wilshire Blvd in West Los Angeles
Jan 28 at The New School in New York
TBD KGB in New York.
Official Steve Erickson website
Los Angeles Magazine
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