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Joseph S. Pulver

Schlock Talks | Joseph S. Pulver

One of the most prolific and dizzyingly experimental writers working today, Joseph S. Pulver speaks to us candidly about what underpins his two most recent collections, the difference between homage and mere fan fiction, and the importance of maintaining catholic reading habits.

Haralambi Markov

Schlock Talks | Haralambi Markov

The young Bulgarian writer Haralambi Markov burst on the scene with ‘The Language of Knives’, a shocking, surreal and tender story published over at He’s also a Kickstarter success story, as a fund to fly him over to World Fantasy 2015 – in the interest of having as many international writers there as possible – proved to be a success. He speaks to us about the need for speculative fiction to embrace a more internaitonal dimension, and his plans for the immediate future.

Vermilion by Molly Tanzer. Cover art by Dalton Rose

Schlock Talks | Molly Tanzer

Molly Tanzer’s easy-to-love novel Vermilion has been a highlight of the literary year for many: first grabbing our attention thanks to a sumptuous cover illustration by Dalton Rose, but charming us further – the c-word is not incidental here – with its picaresque journey into an (alternate) Wild West, courtesy of young psychopomp Lou Merriwether. The debut novelist and short story writer speaks to us about what inspired Vermilion’s literary brew, her early days as a writer, and what’s in store for her in the near future.

Schlock Talks | Jeremy Robert Johnson

A proud and beloved representative of the darkly teeming milieu of ‘bizarro’ fiction, Jeremy Robert Johnson is attracting acclaim for his debut novel, Skullcrack City – a conspiracy thriller whose grotesque dystopian vision would have made Hieronymous Bosch proud, but whose pulp roots and cyberpunk beats lend it a brisk and ice-cool clip. He speaks to us about the sub-genre that has become his home, the challenges of corralling such a heady premise into a debut novel… and Tacos.

Bettina Hutschek: “Strolling through a city with open eyes will always feel like being Alice in Wonderland”

Schlock Talks | Bettina Hutschek

A seasoned traveller between the worlds of both fact and fiction, the German-born, Malta-based multimedia artist Bettina Hutschek insists on being called a ‘storyteller’ first and foremost, even if her subject matter and methods are far more complex than what that ‘stories by the campfire’ image might suggest. Ahead of our chat with her for our upcoming Destructcast, she tells us about her work, which with a distinctly ‘ethnographic’ twist explores the fine but deep chasm between history and myth.

Kathleen Jennings: "Thick skins are born more often than grown, and it's no shame not to have one."

Schlock Talks | Kathleen Jennings

For our second November Schlock Talk, we speak to the versatile Australian artist Kathleen Jennings. Both a writer and illustrator, she has most recently applied her delicate, evocative and fragile line to Angela Slatter’s latest collection, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings. We chat to her about juggling two art forms on a regular basis, meeting your clients half way, and her predilection towards an ‘autumnal’ colour palette.

Rachel Edidin: "Editing done right is creative midwifery, not creation."

Schlock Talks | Rachel Edidin

When somebody describes themselves as an ‘all-purpose editorial mercenary’, you know they’re probably worth talking to. Rachel Edidin – writer, editor and publishing consultant – speaks to us about her work in both literature and comics, pointing out what writers should be mindful of when they embark on their forays into fiction, her work as an erstwhile equality activist for the comics world, and her irrational but enthusiastic love of the labyrinthine tangle that is X-Men continuity.

Laird Barron: “My worlds are growing much larger and much more frightening than I’d imagined.” Illustration by Thom Cuschieri.

Schlock Talks | Laird Barron

We’re proud to cap off our run-up to Schlock’s Halloween issue by interviewing one of the luminaries of contemporary horror fiction. In an illuminating Schlock Talk, the award-winning novelist and short story writer Laird Barron speaks about his long history with horror (specifically, since the age of five), the enduring influence of the Alaskan landscape on his work and his latest collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All.

'Anna Tambour, Self-portrait, 2014'

Schlock Talks | Anna Tambour

“Anxious about how [my novel, Crandolin] would be received? Once one is dead, one can stop being reckless. Until that time, limiting oneself to doing the expected is a horror scenario too terrifying for me to watch, let alone live in.” We speak to the Australian author Anna Tambour about the struggles of being a true original, what drives her to keep creating, and the challenges of being a full-time writer.