Regular Magazine of the Dead contributor James Horn sat down with MotD Contributor and sometimes editor Nathan Tyree to discuss fiction, writing, death and other important topics. The following is a transcript of that conversation.
James Horn: So, how have you been?
Nathan Tyree: Roughly close to death, I guess. It's all up and downs but no arc. You know? How about you?
NT: You working on anything good?
JH: Right now I'm writing a story about people having sex with dead amputees. I'm reading a draft of a new book by Z. Lustig, and it's very good. Very strange. Tell me about your new book. What's it called again?
JH: What's it about?
NT: Self destruction. Sex. Self loathing. Existential dread. Underage girls. Cigarettes. Alcoholism. Everything that I have a problem with I guess. It's about enjoying a hellish existence. Maybe enjoying it too much. The main character mutilates himself and gets a sexual thrill from it. He can't maintain a relationship in a healthy way and he has terrible secrets in his past. That's all on the surface though. The subtext is the interesting part.
JH: What's the subtext?
NT: None of your fucking business.
JH: Fair enough. Let's talk about the old book, Mr. Overby is Falling.
NT: Let's talk about fetuses.
JH: Really. That book has a bit of a cult following. I know it effected me a bit. When you wrote it did you think that it would catch on the way that it has?
NT: I don't know that it has caught on. A few thousand people have bought it. Some of them liked it and mentioned it various places. I'm not Chuck Palahniuk or anything.
JH: Didn't I hear that it inspired some artist?
NT: Yeah. Teo Treloar cited it as an inspiration for his NO EXIT exhibition.
JH: How'd that make you feel?
NT: Good. The dude's work is the balls, and that he chose to claim I helped inspire it shocked me.
JH: What's this I hear about Palahniuk saying something about your work?
NT: I don't know about that.
JH: Okay. Do you consider yourself an internet writer>
NT: I don't know what that means. Do you consider yourself an internet writer?
NT: Have you ever killed anyone?
JH: I'm not answering that. What are you working on now?
NT: Mostly poetry and flash fiction. I hate that term, by the way. It sounds like something dirty. But I love writing short, forcing myself to create a full story in a short space.
JH: What are your plans for the future?
NT: I want to be a mercenary. That or a male stripper. I'm sexy, you know.
JH: This has been fun. I hope we can do it again.
NT: Me too.