by Luke Kondor
S.T. Cartledge is a real boy! Sort of. He was born as a computer game sprite and after years of being controlled by unseen masters, he broke free, started a war on humanity, That lasted for a while but like any war… it got really tiring. So the man of pixels took to writing an incredible blog, dreaming up bizarro fiction works such as The Orphanarium and Cherry Blossom Eyes, and putting out his latest work of poetry, Pixel Boy in Poetry World.
We managed to pull him away from his writings to tell us a little about what life is like inside the mind of a Pixel Boy.
WHO – S.T. Cartledge
WHAT – Surreal/dream-like weird fiction
WHERE – Perth, Western Australia
NOTABLE WORK –
The Orphanarium (prose)
Pixel Boy in Poetry World (poetry)
WHAT DO YOU WRITE WITH – Right now I mostly use my phone to write, with a little time spent in my study on a desktop pc to put on the finishing touches and editing and whatnot.
ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR MIND – Overstimulated?
CAN WE SEE A PICTURE OF WHERE YOU WRITE – I could take a picture of my phone but I don’t think it’d be very interesting. Here’s my desk where I do a bit of revision and editing.
WHAT WAS YOUR INTRODUCTION TO BIZARRO?
Carlton Mellick III’s short story Candy Coated was recommended to me by a writer friend. Then I picked up his novel Satan Burger and Cameron Pierce’s short story collection, Lost in Cat Brain Land. It all spiralled down the rabbit hole from there.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BIZARRO-ADJACENT MOVIE OR BOOK – I like my fair share of weird anime, so I’d say Mind Game probably best captures the vibe of Bizarro, while the series the Tatami Galaxy probably captures what I love most about Bizarro, the sheer ambition to go for broke on whatever weird as hell concept comes to mind. If that makes sense.
HOW DO YOU RECHARGE – Same as everyone else: Via USB.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS – I definitely wouldn’t mind hearing from Madeleine Swann.
How I Weird is a series of mini-interviews conducted by Luke Kondor, looking to celebrate the bizarro genre and the people who work in it. If you would like to be featured, then drop him (me) a line on Twitter at @Lukeofkondor.
Check out more of his nonsense at www.lukekondor.com.