Interviewer: FLAPPERHOUSE has described itself as “Dragging the future back through the past, like a rotting donkey on a grand piano.”
FLAPPERHOUSE: Chien! Andalusia! We are un!
Interviewer: Precisely. And by “the past,” more specifically you mean circa the 1920’s?
FLAPPERHOUSE: Yes and no. Mostly yes. We do think the future should have much more futurism. But with much less fascism. We’d also like to see more surrealism, expressionism, dadaism, psychological horror, and, of course, modernism.
FLAPPERHOUSE: Is punk rock post-modern?
Interviewer: Is that a rhetorical question?
FLAPPERHOUSE: It wasn’t meant to be, but we’ll answer it anyway. Punk rock is kind of post-modern, right?
FLAPPERHOUSE: Right. So we want to see post-modernism as long as it’s punk rock.
Interviewer: Punk rock is more of a 1970’s thing.
FLAPPERHOUSE: Technically, yes. But the 20’s were punk rock too.
Interviewer: I see. So who are some of the writers in the FLAPPERHOUSE family?
FLAPPERHOUSE: They’re writers you should know, but probably don’t yet. They’re very good.
Interviewer: Like George Saunders?
FLAPPERHOUSE: Yes, like George Saunders, if you didn’t know him yet. We don’t have George Saunders though. We do have Todd Pate. He calls himself a “hobo journalist.” A real American vagabond. Like a 21st-Century Kerouac, only sober.
Interviewer: Kerouac was more of a 50’s guy than a 20’s guy.
FLAPPERHOUSE: Yes but he was born in the ’20s.
FLAPPERHOUSE: In our Spring 2014 issue we’re gonna publish a story Todd wrote called “The Better Cowboy,” a mix of American mythology and psych-horror. A sexy, bad-ass, bastard spawn of Cormac McCarthy & HP Lovecraft. Once we’re done editing it we’ll run an enticing excerpt on our website.
Interviewer: My blood’s tingling already. Who else you got?
FLAPPERHOUSE: Jeff Laughlin. He’s a writer and musician living in Greensboro, North Carolina. Writes for YES! Weekly, Creative Loafing Charlotte, and The Awl.
Interviewer: I know The Awl!
FLAPPERHOUSE: Jeff wrote their obituaries for Leslie Nielsen and David Markson, among other things.
Interviewer: I remember those obituaries! Two of the best obituaries I ever read.
FLAPPERHOUSE: Damn right they were. Well, Jeff’s also a fantastic poet, and our Spring ’14 issue will feature work from his collection Alcoholics Are Sick People. It’s a dark yet tender exploration of the forces that drive us to drink. It’s also kinda funny sometimes.
Interviewer: Sounds poignant.
FLAPPERHOUSE: It is. Touching, even.
Interviewer: Indeed. Any more FLAPPERHOUSE writers you can tell us about?
FLAPPERHOUSE: We’ve heard rumors that we may publish a brand new tale by Cameron Suey, a rising star in horror and dark fantasy fiction.
Interviewer: Rising where?
FLAPPERHOUSE: All over. In the past couple years his stories have appeared in Pseudopod, No Monsters Allowed, Mad Scientist Journal, and in anthologies published by Hazardous Press and Cruentus Libri.
Interviewer: My, how prolific.
FLAPPERHOUSE: Dude’s like the next Stephen King, but with much tighter prose.
Interviewer: And that’s all?
FLAPPERHOUSE: What do you mean, “That’s all?” That was intended as very high praise.
Interviewer: I meant, is that all the writers you can tell us about for now?
FLAPPERHOUSE: Oh yes, that’s correct.
Interviewer: You know for a magazine called FLAPPERHOUSE you don’t seem to have a lot of women on board. Or any.
FLAPPERHOUSE: Yeah we know. We’re working on it.
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