Please join me in welcoming the newest member of the Eraserhead Press Team, Spike Marlowe.
Many of you already know her as the author of PLACENTA OF LOVE, which blew the condoms off readers of the 2011-2012 New Bizarro Author Series.
Spike will be taking over as Editor of the New Bizarro Author Series from Kevin Shamel who is leaving the company July 1st. She will also edit books for the Eraserhead Press main line.
We are extremely excited to have Spike on board. She’s been our pal since 2008 and has already made a mighty impression on fellow fans at BizarroCon over the past several years. Inspiring groups of men and women to perform cunnilingus on donuts and solve the mysteries behind Carlton Mellick III’s missing sideburns.
Here is a short interview I conducted with her:
1) What makes you the perfect person for this job?
I love bizarro fiction. I love reading it, I love writing it. I am ecstatic with how the genre and movement is growing and evolving, and I want to be a part of this growth. Bizarro fiction is rocking the world, and I want to be involved when bizarro blows up the world. I want to be a part of making that explosion happen.
I believe a significant part of this growth and diversity and world-rocking comes through the authors discovered via the New Bizarro Author Series. I was part of the 2012 incarnation of the New Bizarro Author Series, which was an amazing experience. I also became close with my fellow New Bizarro Authors that year, and watching them start their careers with their first books was powerful.
I believe in new authors, and I love working with them, and writers in general. I love editing, and I’m good at it. The chance to work in a genre I love, with authors I believe in with the purpose of making amazing books is a dream come true.
Besides, I get to help others make their dreams come true, and I absolutely thrive off of that.
2) What does bizarro mean to you?
I’ve often talked about how bizarro is the ultimate fiction of the imagination. It’s gritty and honest. It’s fiction without a safety net. It’s boundary-pushing. It’s explosive.
Beyond that, when I think of bizarro, I think of joy, I think of fun, I think of innovation, I think of community.
3) What are your top five favorite bizarro books right now?