A BETTER KIND OF HATE
Stories by Beau Johnson
The world has never been perfect. The world has never been all bad. But there has always been evil and men who drink of it. This ends now. Enter Bishop Rider and people like him who have had enough and are willing to embrace what most will not. The world will never be perfect. The world will never be all bad. It’s the middle we must embrace. This, a better kind of hate.
THE BIG MACHINE EATS
Stories by Beau Johnson
Life has never been easy. Life has never been kind. It is always hungry. It is never full. Enter the struggles within the pages of The Big Machine Eats. Where fathers clash with sons, cannibals turn on cannibals, and sometimes sandwich meat is far from the worst choice a person can make.
These stories, along with the continuing adventures of Bishop Rider, make up the bulk of this collection. They are not for the faint of heart. They are not for those who fail to believe one should get what one deserves. We must help ourselves. We must help those who find themselves unable. If not, it’s as the sign says: The Big Machine Will Eat.
Beau Johnson has been published before, usually on the darker side of town. He is also co-editor over at Out of the Gutter Online, or the Flash Fiction Offensive to his friends. As ever, he would like the world to know he enjoys golf, John Carpenter’s The Thing, and both Beckys from Roseanne equally.
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What inspired your collections?
I’d say my stumbling upon crime fiction is what inspired my collections, Shay, and that even though I tend to skew toward the darker side of things, at heart I root for the underdog, hence the slivers of hope I offer in many of my stories.
What is your favourite part of each collection?
Ah, a soft ball. I knew there was a reason I liked you! Bishop Rider and co. are my favorite parts in each book, hands down and without a doubt. His story really being one big long story told in short stories. It’s not traditional in execution, agreed, but nonetheless it’s how it happened and the only way I seem to be able to work things.
Why did you choose to create collections of stories rather than larger individual stories?
Goes back to my answer to your second question I guess: it’s just the way I seem to tell my stories. And sure, yes, I’d love to put a novel out there, but as of yet it remains a nut I cannot crack.
Can you describe your journey from idea to publication?
Hmm...idea to publication. Well, I can’t really take credit for this. As a man by the name of Tom Pitts is the one who put the idea in my head. I’d been published quite a few times at Out of the Gutter Online, a magazine he edited, when he mentioned, hey, you have so many stories here, why not put a collection out? From this question did the seed then grow. Took about a year and then I landed a deal with Double Life Press. Almost just as fast Double Life Press goes under, me thinking, boom, gone, there goes my one and only chance. I was wrong, of course, and my work soon found its way to a man by the name of Eric Campbell, founder and Chief Poobah of Down and Out Books, who has published both A Better Kind of Hate and The Big Machine Eats.
What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give aspiring authors?
No matter how many times they ask, don’t try licking your elbow. It’s impossible. Believe me, I’ve tried. Nah, I kid. The answer I would give involves the re-write. I’m a big believer in this and the adage that 90% of writing is re-writing. Might not work for some, and hey, good on them if this is the case, but for me it is imperative.