Interview with Samuel R. George, author of The Candidate and Other Stories
11 Mar 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, The Candidate and Other Stories?
They are designed as pure escapism; don’t look for profundity or morality. On the other hand, I’m not sure a writer is qualified to comment on his own work, who knows what the deep subconscious has imbedded in a writer’s prose?
What or who inspired you to become an author?
My aunt, Rosel George Brown, was a science fiction writer. She was so witty and sophisticated, I decided early on to emulate her.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
“Master and Commander” by Patrick O’Brian.
“Naked Lunch” by William S. Burroughs.
“The Sign of Four” by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle.
“The Odyssey” by Homer.
“The Plague” by Albert Camus.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
My first guest would be the skull of Edgar Allan Poe, and after I drank a mixture of blood and Merlot from it, I wouldn’t need to ask anything because then I would know.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The humbling effect and the arrogance, both come from putting oneself on the same level as Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Heinlein, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, de Sade, Masoch, and the list goes on.
What is a typical day like for you?
It begins with gratefulness for being alive for another day, and with keen pleasure knowing there is no such thing as god so I don’t have to be grateful to anything but the random events that got me here. The day ends with the punishment reward system caressing or thrashing me for producing (or not producing) text.
What scene inThe Candidate and Other Stories was your favorite to write?
Perhaps the scene in “Harold” when he escapes the homunculus sized Colosseum where the evil Pamela Perkins pits him against the savage Tabby named Thomas.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
No. That would be pretentious. But if I did it would be Memento Mori; Remember you will die.
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