TIH 054: Jeremy Robert Johnson on Skullcrack City, the FBI and Style Over Substance

Jeremy Robert Johnson

In this podcast Jeremy Robert Johnson talks about Skullcrack City, Visits from the FBI and Style over Substance in Stories.

About Jeremy Robert Johnson

Jeremy Robert Johnson is the author of We Live Inside You, the cult hit Angel Dust Apocalypse, the Stoker Nominated novel Siren Promised (w/Alan M. Clark), and the end-of-the-world freak-out Extinction Journals. His fiction has appeared internationally in numerous anthologies and magazines. In 2008 he worked with The Mars Volta to tell the story behind their Grammy Winning album The Bedlam in Goliath. In 2010 he spoke about weirdness and metaphor as a survival tool at the Fractal 10 conference in Medellin, Colombia (where fellow speakers included DJ Spooky, an MIT bio-engineer, and a doctor who explained the neurological aspirations of a sponge). He is also the founder of indie publishing house Swallowdown Press and is at work on a host of new books.

Show notes

  • [02:40] Interview start
  • [03:07] Initial interest in genre and writing
  • [06:55] Discerning between genuine passion and manufactured stories
  • [07:35] The Jeremy Robert Johnson style of writing
  • [11:30] Short story titles
  • [13:30] Humour
  • [19:10] Planning Skullcrack City
  • [21:10] The Skullcrack City story
  • [24:35] Dealing with surprise while writing
  • [27:40] The FBI visit Jeremy Robert Johnson
  • [32:55] Style over substance in stories
  • [35:04] Abandoning stories
  • [37:00] Day-to-day work and writing routine
  • [38:05] Swallowdown Press
  • [39:30] Live readings
  • [45:00] Corresponding with other authors
  • [47:50] Outtakes


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