BOMB, a publication that is capitalized and violently titled, talks to author Amelia Gray about her book THREATS, which also happens to be capitalized and violently titled. Predictably, SPARKS FLY.
It all starts so well:
My awe of Amelia Gray began last winter at a noisy bar in DC. Half-drunk and totally drunk book nerds were getting rowdy
But then they start to really get into it when Catherine Lacey wants to know all about the abiding sense of doom in Gray’s work.
CL It’s interesting that you bring that up. I feel like your fiction, overall, has a sense of threat running through it, coming in from all sides. Someone or something is threatening the central character or else a sense of feeling threatened is pervasive. Is this mode of writing something you’re conscious of? Do you like reading fiction that has an element of threat in it?
AG The best fiction, to me, does have some looming shadow behind it. A threat can mean anything—a threat that the stasis will change, that something has been irreparably broken, that an object of desire or love has vanished. THREATS is all about threats, but there’s not very much physical harm in the book. That’s life, man.
Read the whole piece at the BOMBLOG.