Forrest Aguirre Bio & Previous Interviews:
|Aguirre with Totenkopf|
Forrest's short fiction has appeared in over fifty venues, including Asimov's, Gargoyle, Apex, and Polyphony. He is a World Fantasy Award winner for his editorial work, with Jeff VanderMeer, on the Leviathan 3 anthology. His novel, Heraclix& Pomp is releasing now by the Underland Press imprint of Resurrection House (Oct, 2014). Forrest Aguirre has been interviewed several times already (see selection below), but this aims to cover some new ground.The primary theme across all S.E.Lindberg Interviews is “Beautiful Weird Art/Horror” and there is plenty of that in Heraclix & Pomp.
- 2003: Interview by Trent Walters, capturing Forrest Aguirre’s creative process and interest in Africa.
- 2013: Forrest Aguirre’s Fantastic Fugue – Interview by Bill Ectric, including Aguirre’s use of a real pen to hand write first drafts.
- 2014: Lost in the Forrest: An Interview with Forrest Aguirre – Dan Schwent: The literary inspirations and RPG origins of H&P.
"As a child, I always thought I would die at age 36..." F.Aguirre 2014
How does weird fiction deliver beauty?
Comment on “art” born from death? Were you affected by hermetic muses?
"...art that is drawn from death or that portrays death, allows the imagination to expand and fill in the gaps of knowledge that are inevitably caused by our inability to see beyond death or beyond birth, as in Heraclix’s case." F.Aguirre 2014
Do you consider Mattatheus Mowler an artist?
Do you have a curio cabinet at home, full of Etsy-purchased art? Where did you procure that Totenkopf (death’s head Fez)?
|Aguirre's Etsy Treasuries|
I posted them on my treasuries list. I do have a sort of curio cabinet or cabinets in my writing area. I collect a lot of knick-knacks that serve as writing prompts, distractions, or objects that spur the imagination. I have, among many other things, a small “crystal” (read: cheap clear resin) skull, a number of retro-rayguns, several metal miniatures (killer robots, martians a’la “Mars Attacks,” creatures from the Lovecraft mythos), a few European Renaissance-era and early modern silver coins, a meteorite, a bird cage filled with origami ravens (and a copy of Poes “The Raven” in paperback), and so forth. My Totenkopf was purchased from fez-o-rama.com. I couldn’t afford to buy an authentic Totenkopf (I think starting bids for these were around $2500 on ebay, last I checked). So the $50 I spent on my Totenkopf was well worth the price. They don’t make that particular style any more, but I do know that they recently put up another skull-emblazoned fez. And that reminds me, it’s not a “pirate fez” as I’ve heard so many people say. It’s a decidedly germano-slavic design. I am trying to educate the world about this, but it often feels like I am spitting into the wind. Cretins . . .
Is "mortality" one of your muses? Is there beauty in impermanence?
Any tips on how to incorporate humor into Dark Art without ruining the ambience?
How does your Humanities and African History degrees (Brigham Young University and Madison-WI respectively) inform your weird fiction?
When I went to college at BYU (in Utah, for those unfamiliar with BYU), I studied humanities with a history emphasis. Most of my history classes were in European History, medieval, renaissance, and modern. It wasn’t until the summer between my junior and senior year, when I did my senior thesis on the Battle of Tanga in German East Africa, that I began to become interested in Africa. That’s what led me to apply to UW-Madison and pursue a Master’s in African History. After I ran out of funding and ambition, I quit grad school and worked in the “real” world (where I am still gainfully employed) and writing fiction whenever I could manage it. We write what we know, so, of course my travels and my studies inform my work. As I mentioned earlier, I’m working on a science fiction novel set, where else? In space. I guess I’ve moved beyond this planet, for a short time, anyway. But I’ll be back. I have a feeling that Heraclix and Pomp might just return at some future point. There are no guarantees, but I hear that there were some interesting things happening between the time of their first adventures and now, maybe something in colonial Africa or in the American west. I’ll ask them if they were involved.
"Each of my characters has his or her own soundtrack, really, and when I need to get into character quickly, I turn on the appropriate music to tune in to that character." F.Aguirre 2014