I am most pleased to have another author who is part of this years NBAS ( New Bizarro Author Series ) on. Andy Adams author of Janitor of Planet Anilingus joins me for an interview to share a little about himself and his most uniquelly titled book which I must confess to being very amused by. Andy sounds like a great guy and hes reading In Watermelon Sugar which totally rocks and has me all excited as I myself loves that book. Be sure to check out Andy’s book for a taste of something a little different 🙂
In a galaxy where everyone is Roman Catholic and sexual fetishes are celebrated on a planetary scale, the fate of all life rests in the hands of one man: Jack—janitor of Planet Anilingus.
All Jack wants to do is his job. But his desires quickly change when he meets a weird, sexy woman and the mysterious killer who wants her dead. After being fired and replaced with an idiot, Jack fights to survive in a world of perpetual erections, anal pregnancies, possessed pigs, and competing Gods.
It’s a battle that will lead him to the heart of his planet, and into history in a mildly disgusting, 2001: A Space Odyssey sort of way
Please tell me about yourself –
I’m 25. I grew up in Ohio in the middle of nowhere. My childhood consisted of playing with hamsters, running around in cornfields, reading Goosebumps books, and watching sitcoms and horror films. Oh, and summoning demons and making toast and doing fake martial arts in my basement, and Bigfoot and UFOs, and studying my face in the mirror until I experienced ego-death, and crying.
I lived in the same house for 21 years in a ghost town with a population of about 50 people. I moved away for my last two years of college, then I dropped out of college and joined the Air Force because I thought it was funny, then I got discharged early for having an extra toe, then I went back to Ohio and wore a hardhat, then I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I’m trying to start a kazoo band.
I really just want to be sincerely myself, but I have trouble knowing what that means. My two favorite things are love and outer space, followed closely by cosmic horror.
I am available to perform at birthday parties.
What are you reading now? –
Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar, this year’s New Bizarro Author Series, and The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
Favorite books and authors? –
Some of my favorite books are: The Brothers Karamazov; Kafka’s The Castle; House of Leaves; Finnegans Wake (though I haven’t read all of it yet and it might take me the remainder of my life to do so); Infinite Jest; VALIS; Our Lady of the Flowers; Stephen King’s It; Being and Time; and pretty much every other book ever written, including telephone books. As for authors, I like Burroughs, Beckett, Lovecraft, Vonnegut, Carlton Mellick, Sam Pink, Chuck Palahniuk, Clive Barker, Richard Brautigan, and the kid who writes Axe Cop. And everyone else.
What is your favorite bizarro read? –
Cameron Pierce’s The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island and Lost in Cat Brain Land; most of Carlton Mellick’s books, but especially The Egg Man, Apeshit, Cybernetrix, and his earlier stuff like The Baby Jesus Butt Plug; short stories by Bradley Sands (Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy is a great collection) as well as his Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You; D. Harlan Wilson’s short stories; anything by Kevin L. Donihe, but particularly House of Houses; and The Overwhelming Urge by Anderson Prunty.
How did you discover bizarro and what about it hooked you? –
I discovered bizarro when I was a teenager scouring the internet for reasons to live. I was doing that one day and found Carlton Mellick III. This was in 2004, I think, when he only had five or six books out instead of five hundred; but those five or six books looked like the most fantastically deranged things ever written. I branched out from Mellick to the rest of Eraserhead Press and beyond. What hooked me on bizarro was that thunderstruck moment I had when I realized that art and literature can be whatever we want them to be and that it is a good and beautiful thing to be as weird as we really are.
What was bizarrocon like? –
BizarroCon was like some rare astronomical event. It was like a movie. It was like real life. It altered the course of future events. There were a lot of stabbings.
Did you do a lot of hands on in depth research for your book? –
Yes, I definitely did a lot of hands-on in-depth research for Janitor of Planet Anilingus. To delve into the janitor character’s psychology, I pushed a broom around and cleaned toilets; and then, to really get the sense and meaning of anilingus, I watched countless hours of reality television and underwent an unnecessary colonoscopy. And once religion worked its way into the plot, I converted to Catholicism for an hour just to see what it was all about. Thorough research is a big part of everything I do.
Mostly I just look things up on Wikipedia if I need to.
What was the inspiration for Janitor of Planet Anilingus? –
Work, porn, and The Omega Man. (Actually, I’ve never seen The Omega Man.)
What do you have planned for the next year to get the word out about your book? –
I’m going to do a promotional offer where I do janitorial service for a day for anyone who buys the book. Well, anyone who lives around me. I’ll probably do different readings and performances (although they probably won’t have anything to do with the book). I’m going to make a t-shirt (one single t-shirt) and wear it around (under a jacket). I’ll do chaos magick. I’ll be really nice to everyone I meet, and then, once I’m sure they like me, I’ll mention my book. And I’ll try to do interviews … like this one! Thanks for interviewing me. 😉