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I began it some time at the end of the last century with a story called “Vic Chews It Over” which was published in Ambit
. It was finally completed some time at the beginning of the new one by a slightly older version of myself. If you see him, phone the authorities.
LR: Is the short story important to you? Do you consider it relevant?
HPT: Is this a trick question? "Yes! Yes!" What else did you expect me to say?
LR: You have been quoted as saying that you'll never write a novel? Why?
HPT: Well, I am very interested in writing books . . . just not novels. There are too many novels nowadays. We need to encourage novelists to stop writing them. It’s a failing form that has fallen into the hands of Vulgarians. If it continues its present trajectory the novel will wither and die. Nobody will be remotely interested. Not even Richard and Judy.
LR: Who are your literary influences?
HPT: Alan Bennett, Joe Orton, Harold Pinter, Sam Beckett, David Mamet, Woody Allen, Morrissey, Nathanael West, Denton Welch, Leonora Carrington, Donald Barthelme, HP Lovecraft, Philip Larkin, TS Eliot, Dr. Seuss . . . to name but fifteen.
LR: Do you think that independent publishing is the way forward?
HPT: I think any publishing is the way forward. Not-publishing is the way backwards. Self-publishing is like hopping on the spot with an orange in your mouth, difficult, but oddly rewarding. A book is a book is a book. I think it's important people remember that.
LR: What next? What are you currently working on?
HPT: Well, I've just finished something called “The Fall of Bohemia”. I could be wrong, but I think it may be the best short story ever written. It’s a vast socio-political epic, similar to the Guernica, but with better jokes. Possibly it's Generation-defining, a signal post for distant literary movements. It’s a great work of art, absolutely. And as with all great works of art I’m totally prepared to sell it to the highest bidder.
LR: Thanks, HP Tinker.