Interview: Bryan Thao Worra on “Demonstra”


Bryan Thao Worra is an award-winning Lao-American writer. An NEA Fellow in literature, he is a member of the Horror Writer Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. His work appears internationally, including in Innsmouth Free Press, Tales of the Unanticipated, Illumen, Astropoetica, Outsiders Within, Dark Wisdom, and Mad Poets of Terra. He is the author of several books of speculative poetry including the recently released Demonstra from Innsmouth Free Press. Visit him online …

IFPInterview: Bryan Thao Worra on “Demonstra”

Micro-interview: Jess Kaan

Nathaniel Katz, editorial assistant extraordinaire, has gone out into the virtual world and interviewed the writers in issue 13 of Innsmouth Magazine (purchase it!). Learn more about the people behind the pen! Today: Jess Kaan.

IFP: What kind of research went into your depiction of the time period and the way that the Pious Adélaïde operated?

JK: I worked with several books in French, especially one about Haiti, which depicts the conditions of slavery (how some African kings worked with …

IFPMicro-interview: Jess Kaan

Micro-interview: Ada Hoffmann

Nathaniel Katz, editorial assistant extraordinaire, has gone out into the virtual world and interviewed the writers in issue 13 of Innsmouth Magazine (purchase it!). Learn more about the people behind the pen! Today: Ada Hoffmann.

IFP: I found the mix of standard fantasy ideas, like a university for magic, with a quest involving unsettling horror elements like dementia, to be not only unusual but also really powerful. What drew you to that combination?:

AH: The short version is: I looked …

IFPMicro-interview: Ada Hoffmann

Micro-interview: Meeah Cross

Nathaniel Katz, editorial assistant extraordinaire, has gone out into the virtual world and interviewed the writers in issue 13 of Innsmouth Magazine (purchase it!). Learn more about the people behind the pen! Today: Meeah Cross.

IFP: Though it all fits so well together when reading the story, presidential assassination, the Aztecs and Lovecraft never struck me as linked before. Why did you decide to tie them together?

MC: The connection wasn’t entirely thought-out by means of any rational process beforehand. …

IFPMicro-interview: Meeah Cross

Micro-interview: Andrew Dombalagian

Nathaniel Katz, editorial assistant extraordinaire, has gone out into the virtual world and interviewed the writers in issue 13 of Innsmouth Magazine. Learn more about the people behind the pen! Today: Andrew Dombalagian.

IFP: In your bio, you refer to Charlotte Babbage’s adventures as “Liberian Steampunk.” Liberia is certainly not the standard setting for steampunk stories, nor for Weird ones. What drew you to it and how do you think it changes the genre’s standard tropes?

AD: Liberia has …

Nathaniel KatzMicro-interview: Andrew Dombalagian

Micro-interview: Nathaniel Katz

There are many people who work to make Innsmouth Free Press happen. One of them is Nathaniel Katz, our editorial assistant. Today, we interview him.

IFP: Why are you interested in the publishing world?

NK: Wanting to know more about publishing came as a pretty natural consequence of loving stories for me. Being familiar with the first, writing stage of a book’s life and then seeing finished, published books left me curious about what came between, about how a word …

IFPMicro-interview: Nathaniel Katz

Micro-interview: Leslianne Wilder

Innsmouth’s Editorial Assistant Nathaniel Katz interviewed Leslianne Wilder, author of  “I Fall to Pieces,” part of Innsmouth Magazine issue 12. Remember, you can buy an issue for $2 at Amazon.com, Weightless Books or Smashwords. Or subscribe to Innsmouth Magazine and never miss an issue.

IFP: You’ve written Horror, Bizarro, Weird Fiction – what draws you to the stranger edge of the fiction spectrum?

LW: The funny thing is, I never think that I write particularly …

IFPMicro-interview: Leslianne Wilder

Micro-interview: Erin Stocks

Innsmouth’s Editorial Assistant Nathaniel Katz interviewed Erin Stocks, author of  “Grotto of the Helpless,” part of Innsmouth Magazine issue 12. Remember, you can buy an issue for $2 at Amazon.com, Weightless Books or Smashwords. Or subscribe to Innsmouth Magazine and never miss an issue.

IFP: Reading “Grotto of the Helpless,” I was struck by the narrator’s palpable need for the genuinely unusual, the impossible to predict, even the transcendent. Is that a drive you feel in …

IFPMicro-interview: Erin Stocks