Short, Sharp Interview: Jason Michel

PDB: What the hell is And The Streets Screamed Blue Murder!? 

It is the tragic history of Alfie Lime. 

Bad things happen to good people.

An act sends poor old Alfie into the dark & surreal underbelly of Paris. 

He meets some colourful characters.
Snowflakes fall.

PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? 

Plowing my way through A Song Of Fire & Ice series, which is completely engrossing & been digging a lot of China Miéville.

KILL LIST definitely needs another spin. Not before doing any DIY though.

TAKE SHELTER was a phenomenal piece of cinema.

Recently enjoyed HANNA too, oh & talking of spy flicks watched Funeral In Berlin again.

As for TV, well, I watch the American stuff for the drama & since The Wire‘s done, then Breaking Bad has got me by the balls.

For comedy, I’ve been chuckling my way through Trailer Park Boys & Garth Meranghi’s Dark Place.

Oh, & the new BBC Sherlock is fun.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader? 

Absolutely. I don’t read to judge, I read because I enjoy reading. I’m no academic. If something floors me, it’s NOT because of their use of the subjunctive.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television? 

Would bloody love to. Never been asked.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Well, for the last, seeing as Alfie was a journo, I thought I’d better ask one how he approaches this & that. So,Chris Rhatigan was kind enough to put up with my pestering. 

As for the rest, well, I live in the suburbs of Paris & have wandered its streets quite a few times. All the other stuff is just pure interest & fascination. Fortean phenomena, gnosticism & conspiracy theories … what’s not to like?!
PDB: How useful or important is social media for you as a writer?

I know it’s important & I do try but often I just can’t be arsed with it. There’s not enough time in the day, too many books to read, movies to watch, ideas to play with.

I’m a shit self-publicist.
PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?

PULP METAL MAGAZINE will keep on putting stuff out when I get ’round to it & will probably go quarterly as of the next issue.  
PULP METAL FICTION has a wonderful collection of Chris Rhatigan‘s short stories out now & I’m also putting out an anthology of Richard Godwin’s MUSTARD MAN series with two unpublished stories to boot!
As for the writing, well, I’ll continue working on the Stories Of Old Lurk which will tie in with a follow up to ATSSBM!