Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Will Bernardara Jr. aka 9Hc∅Wi. I’ll be 52 years old sometime next year.
Where are you from?
A small, south Louisiana town called Ponchatoula.
A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I didn’t have a formal education. I was raised in the Hosanna Church, in the cypress flats of Tangipahoa Parish on Lake Pontchartrain’s northwest rim. My principal teacher was a man named Louis Lamonica Jr. He taught me everything I know, for the most part. After Hosanna, I studied briefly at Le Collège de ‘Pataphysique in France. The rest of my education was autodidactic, conducted in various solitary confinement cells in myriad prisons throughout the United States. My family consists of the members of The Tender Wolves Society (TWS) – epistemological terrorists, mostly, teleological necessities manifesting in a world of semiotic atrocity. They were born of the noumenon collapsing. They are an organization concerned with bringing the void into view.
Fiona:Tell us your latest news.
Subversion. Active ontological discord. I’m working on a memoir and a few other things. Two or three multimedia projects. I have a handful of stories coming out in anthologies and magazines in the next couple months. I never really know what I’m going to finish or what’s going to be out there for people to consume. Sometimes we throw art into garbage cans, literally – maybe someone eventually finds it, maybe they don’t. It’s all food for the abyss.
Fiona:When and why did you begin writing?
Seems like I’ve been writing since the age of 12 or thirteen. Hard to pinpoint. I wrote for a newspaper for a couple of years. I don’t know exactly why I began writing. I think it had something to do with the inadequacy of available art that agreed with me, a desire for transmogrification, and perhaps just a kind of abstract, long-form suicide note. I wanted to transcribe the record of wolf activity into the decomposing remains of the artistic establishment.
Fiona:When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t, actually. Writing is something I’ve done and something I continue to do, but I don’t feel like it defines me in any meaningful way. I might give it up tomorrow, do something else.
Fiona:What inspired you to write your first book?
Don DeLillo’s Mao II and the death of my mother.
Fiona:How did you come up with the title?
Well, it’s called America. I wanted a one-word title, something generic but also monolithic and imposing.
Fiona:Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I think so. I’m influenced by transplutonic transmissions as well as the aeons spilling in from the future, all of it informed by 32 Qliphothic secret arbiters between this flat, banal realm and the SitraAchra. And it’s a challenge because the objective is a lofty one: I’m trying to place humanity and its values into the cultural pyres of the abattoir that is TWS. Seeking nothing less than total subversion, total transgression, – stylistically and thematically, and in effect – failure is basically guaranteed. But we wouldn’t have it any other way, of course.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Everything is artifice. ART/ifice. That said, I’d say a good 30- to 40-percent of the book’s details are based upon people I know or events I’ve been a part of, directly or indirectly.
Fiona: To craft your work, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Astrally, in a sense. Before and during.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
America’s cover was done by an Algerian-Swedish outsider artist named IshmailSandstroem. I believe he often works with the publishers of the book, voidfrontpress. Luke Spooner handled the cover of Broadswords and Blasters Issue 3, which is an interpretation of my story “Moss” therein.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are contradictions galore in the novel, which I hope elucidate the overarching idea that all is paradox. Ontologically, life is a 1980s slasher flick. And madness is sacred.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I don’t know. New could mean from the past five years or the past thirty. I liked Cronenberg’s debut novel Consumed. John Darnielle’sWolf in White Van. My favorite writer is probably Thomas Ligotti. Although I enjoy others equally: Nick Land, Comte de Lautréamont, Pessoa, Bernays, Marquis de Sade, EmilCioran. What strikes me about Ligotti’s work is its philosophical and stylistic consistency from first story to last. His vision is scrupulous and unwavering.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The Illuminates of Thanateros and The Process Church of the Final Judgment were instrumental.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
It should’ve been longer.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Writing is unpleasant much of the time.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Eric M. Smith. But it’d have to be before August 2, 1993.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I stare back at you from the black light of the Tipherethic depths.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading an unpublished play written by Seung-Hui Cho.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh at the way Grimes says “It’s time to die!” in that song she did with Poppy. I really like that. I don’t cry often but my eyes sometimes get wet at the thought of straight-to-video erotic thrillers from the 1990s.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Brion Gysin maybe. Or ÉliphasLéviZahed. Austin Osman Spare? Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. I think any one of those would have useful information to impart. Gilles de Rais. Yeah, de Rais. Definitely.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Television: USA Up All Night; Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; Tales from the Darkside. Films: Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees; Beyond Dream’s Door; Dialing for Dingbats; Vermillion Eyes. To name a few.
Fiona: What are favorite foods, colors, music?
I like key lime pie, pastels, and Psychic TV.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Synesthetic art. Of some kind.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live. How would you spend that time?
I’d probably ingest a lot of opiates and benzodiazepines, chain-smoke, and watchMerhige’sBegotten on VHS over and over again.
Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone?
I don’t want a burial or ceremony of any kind but if I had to choose? Non Serviam.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Not really. The usual social media stuff under my name.
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Armen Pogharian said:
You’ve got a good handle on bizarre. That said, any interview that works transmogrification into it gets a thumbs up from me – not that that should matter. Best of luck to you.