A year ago, Chris Kelso and I started talking about working on something a little different for Rooster Republic. We spoke about a handful of projects, but the one that stuck with the both of us would be a non-fiction imprint that would specialize in film, specifically cult classics, the types of movies that one may even consider… Bizarro.
And it has been a busy year, but the project is finally coming to fruition.
RoosterVision will begin releasing titles in February 2017. Read on to see what Kelso has to say about the project:
The proceeding is an interview with the supposed G. Arthur Brown.
First, feel free to give a little background on yourself and your own written work.
I started writing absurd proto-Bizarro fiction long ago (c. 1996), before it had a name or I knew there was a market for it. This was also before I knew there were quasi-popular writers like Mark Leyner or Donald Barthelme or Thomas Pynchon who just didn’t give a rat’s ass about the conventions of popular fiction, and before I’d read any Kafka. So I gave up on writing for a long time, not picking it up again until about 2007, with the added advantage of having now read Borges, Burroughs, and Ionesco, as well as having seen many bizarre and highly inspirational films, such as Cemetery Man, Mulholland Drive, Schizopolis, Naked Lunch, and Dead Alive. Then, I stumbled upon the Bizarro community and the rest is history.
It was a last minute kind of gig for us. Michael Allen Rose (we met in a bathroom at BizarroCon and quickly became friends shortly after) invited us up to this show in Chicago. Last year, several of the presses in the Bizarro community had teamed up to showcase their books at Printers Row, and since Nick and I were now carrying the torch for Rooster Republic Press, we figured it’d be a good idea to represent. Right there on the street. In broad daylight.