Today I am interviewing L. Andrew Cooper, author of the new horror collection, Peritoneum.
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DJ: Hey Andrew! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
L. Andrew Cooper: Thanks for having me here! My partner and I recently finished playing the Assassin’s Creed game where you kill your way through the French Revolution. I love being able to run around through combinations of gorgeous and savage imagery, like the game’s hi-def rendering of bright Paris streets lined with guillotined heads. I revel in peculiar details and enjoy sorting through convoluted conspiracies. My genre is horror, so my conspiracies are darker, and guillotines seem mercifully quick by comparison. I’m a bit of an egghead and am prone to let characters wax philosophical, but eggheads roll and splatter, too.
DJ: What is Peritoneum?
LAC: The peritoneum is a membrane that covers our intestines and other viscera. I think of it kind of like a bag for our guts, but as a character in one of Peritoneum’s stories observes, it doesn’t really work that way when you cut a person open. Anyway, Peritoneum is a collection of interrelated short horror stories, and the conceit is that a membrane of ideas connects all the stories to each other. Often stories share characters, but sometimes they share images, events, or phrases. The horror differs from story to story, but it is always visceral. Continue reading