Gerald Dean Rice is an enigma. Some say he is a demonic creature from another dimension that climbed out of a birthday cake. “Surprise!” he said, before melting the birthday girl, friends, and parents, with his famous exploding striptease. Some say he’s more than that, a dream that thought it was a man, ethereally plucking out concepts and characters from the collective fever-dream and stitching them to paper with pen and ink, trapped forevermore. Others say he’s just a great guy!
But fuck those people, I say…
Let’s hear what Gerald Dean Rice has to say about Gerald Dean Rice.
WHO – Gerald Dean Rice
WHAT – Bizarro, horror, obituaries for the amphibian pets of celebrities
WHERE – Mostly in the Detroit area, so it’s kind of biographical.
WHAT DO YOU WRITE WITH – with my bloody hands and one of those nice Pilot gel pens, preferably .7mm. The blood is probably unnecessary but I’ve learned to respect the process.
ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR MIND – Kitten. Apocalypse. That may seem like two words, but don’t be deceived: I have two minds.
CAN WE SEE A PICTURE OF WHERE YOU WRITE – It’s surprisingly comfortable. A little moist, but I can lay back on a pool float and really bang out the word count.
WHAT WAS YOUR INTRODUCTION TO BIZARRO – David Bowie is Trying to Kill Me. I’d been hearing about this Bizarro stuff but I didn’t know what it was. Then one day I asked on Facebook where a good place to start was and someone suggested the Lee Widener title. It was awesome. I was in.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BIZARRO-ADJACENT MOVIE OR BOOK – I’m not too sure on movies. Maybe Naked Lunch or Videodrome. Book? I’m going to go with The Serialistby David Gordon. The subject matter definitely isn’t bizarro but the guy’s writing style is. And I was absolutely enthralled by the way he wrote.
HOW DO YOU RECHARGE – Unplugging from everything else and having a long writing session. It’s absolutely relaxing for me.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS – Jimmy Pudge
Ah yes. The Pudge who holds no grudge! I know the guy. I’ll drop him a line and see if he’s up for a session.
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.
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