Leigh: Today I’m excited to host S.T. Gulik, author of “Birth,” on my blog. Thanks for agreeing to the interview!
S.T.: Thanks for having me.
Leigh: Which small castle outside of Dublin did you first live in during those old nostalgic cockroach days?
S.T.: Lol, it never occurred to me to check the address. I tried to find it in the early 1900s, but I couldn’t quite tell where it was. It’s all shops now.
Leigh: Did that part of your life inspire your work?
S.T.: In a way. Alchemy made me who I am, so I developed an interest in fringe science and philosophy. I’m not interested in writing anything set in that period, though. Everything was painfully boring, back then. I mostly ran around looking for food and trying not to get stepped on. The humans toiled and used their remaining energy to make more humans to help with the toiling. It wasn’t romantic. Everything stank. It was a horrible time.
Leigh: What else has inspired your work?
S.T.: A bit of everything. I really enjoy watching humans go.
I just saw a spectacularly abysmal movie called “Never Too Young To Die” from 1986, about an all-American teen (John Stamos) trying to stop an evil, hermaphroditic rock star (Gene Simmons) from poisoning the water supply. It harkened back to a simpler time before the human singularity when good was good, evil was evil, and you could tell which was which based on fashion. Go back 50 years, and it was white-hat vs. black-hat. Before that, it was this skin vs. that skin. It was simplistic, but in an innocent way that doesn’t exist anymore.
Everything is postmodern now. You can’t tell who’s joking or what’s worn ironically. A hermaphroditic villain is a totem for transphobia and an act of aggression, if not rape, by the heteronormative establishment. Meanwhile, that same character in that same movie is a tool for the homosexual agenda to create talking points for the paid protesters, normalize perversion, and ultimately lower youths directly to Hell in a bedazzled handbasket. These are not even the poles of the sociopolitical discussion a B-movie can inspire.
That cognitive dissonance is mutating human consciousness. Much like the Iiitis prophesied in “Birth,” this mutation can be helpful or harmful. It’s cultural puberty. Like in individual puberty, a lot of people are self-destructing in their attempts to test boundaries. Depending on your perspective, it is either profoundly sad, or entertaining, or both, or all three, or none of the above.
Watching humans go is like seeing a cat fall off a TV that’s playing an old chimpanzee-western, in a house that’s on fire and infested with Smurfs that are too high to walk out the door. It’s exquisite and highly inspirational.
Leigh: My brother-in-law’s single. Is the goddess of chaos hot?
S.T.: She’s got tits you could crawl into and die. Many have.
I could hook him up, but you should know that her last boyfriend’s soul is imprisoned in the outermost sheet of toilet paper in the first stall of a Pilot gas station in Tennessee. Every time that piece gets used, he reincarnates into the piece above him.
Leigh: Which movies make you cry and why?
S.T.: Wow, wasn’t expecting that one. Lol, I guess that’s a reference to my bio. I joked that vampire movies make me cry because we immortals are always maudlin about having to outlive our loved ones. Honestly, immortality’s pretty nice. Watching your friends die sucks, but having seen the other side of things makes it a lot easier.
Death is like seeing your father naked. It seems like a big deal at the time, but it’s really just an unsettling thing that happens to everybody eventually. Afterwards, everybody gets on with their life.
I’m much more likely to be moved by beauty than sadness. There’s a song by AJJ called Linda Rondstadt about totally losing your shit in public after witnessing an entirely mundane thing that struck a nerve. That’s me. Repressed and stoic 99% of the time, then wham.
But you asked what movies make me cry. The saddest movies I’ve ever seen were cartoons. When the Wind Blows, Plague Dogs, and Grave of the Fireflies are a few good ones. I hate to see innocents suffering because of ignorance.
Leigh: How accurate do you think this prophecy labeled “Birth” is? Is there anything we can do now to avert this catastrophe?
S.T.: Well, that’s all going to happen verbatim in one string of reality, but consciousness can navigate strings by focusing will and action to move toward a particular destination. A few things you could do to shift yourself into a less chaotic reality: Vote for honest, altruistic leaders who’s plans make sense. Relax. Agree to disagree. Worry less about differences in appearance or opinion and more about cancer and Fukushima killing the ocean. Actually, instead of worrying, work with others to find solutions. Find reasons to love everything. Really, anything you do that’s calm and inspired by love will nudge you away from Eris’s influence.
But what’s the fun in that?
Leigh: Can you tell us a little bit about “Sex”? If I buy “Sex” from you, will it make me laugh or cry?
S.T.: Both, probably at the same time, plus it will swap your gender, turn your tongue blue, and help you see electromagnetic fields.
“Birth” is a reference point to help you understand the end of the world. “Sex” is the apocalypse. You could say that the Chakra Kong trilogy is the story of a man trying to dig himself out of a pit of quicksand with a tasting spoon. The deeper he digs, the more quicksand he finds, but he learns a lot in the process.
My favorite scene involves creatures like Care Bears fighting a Shoggoth. Mind you; they are not their copyrighted counterparts. These are real beings from other planes, whose existence filtered through the subconscious of artists and manifested as entertainment.
Leigh: What’s your favorite FUD?
S.T.: Cheeseburger Flavored potato chips and the pizza sliders from Arbys.
Leigh: What do you do to relax?
S.T. – Fun fact; a properly stimulated pineal gland secretes a chemical similar to crystal meth. I forgot how to relax years ago. I try to meditate, but Eris starts bugging me the second my body goes to sleep. The closest I get to shutting my brain off is when I play Soulcalibur.
For fun, I play a lot of board games. Argent the Consortium, Cthulhu Wars, and Trickerion are a few favorites. None of those are particularly relaxing, though.
Leigh: You’ve just learned you have 24 hours before the world ends. What do you do?
S.T.: I’d put on my T-shirt that says, “I told you so” and walk around town playing my concertina for the orgies.
Leigh: How did you come by the idea for this series? When you write, do you fly by the seat of your pants, or do you plan things out in advance?
S.T. – Chakra Kong is all divine revelation. Dreams inspired most of my other stuff. I let my subconscious do most of the work then adapt the byproduct into something that makes sense.
Sometimes, I try to raise awareness of a particular issue. For instance, most people are unaware that dolphins are psychopathic rapists by nature. Not to say they’re all evil. I’m sure some of them are very nice. Still, porpoises are the only non-human mortals who kill each other for fun. They use their psychic powers to gain followers and erase the memories of those who see them for what they are. It’s getting harder now that everyone has a video-recorder in their pocket. Tons of dolphin videos get uploaded to Youtube, but the bastards keep getting them taken down.
My screenplay, “Dolphin Cock Massacre,” is the wakeup call humanity needs. Unfortunately, everybody who’s aware of the menace is too afraid to make it. It’s a real problem, and we need a real solution. If anyone reading this is brave enough to make this movie, send me a PM on Facebook or contact me through Sausage-press.com. It could be animated, live action, or puppets. The medium isn’t important as long as we get the word out. Together, we can make a difference.
Leigh: What advice would you give to a new prophetic cockroach, starting out, just trying to turn on the screen and open the word processing program?
S.T.: I’d smoosh it as an act of mercy.
Leigh: Where can readers learn more about you and your work?
S.T.: I am omnipresent. Seek, and ye shall find.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/S.T.-Gulik/e/B01MROM3CP/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
American print or ebook- Birth (USA)
UK – Birth UK
Italy – Birth Italy
France –Birth France
Germany –Birth (Germany)
Spain – Birth (Spain)
Goodreads: Birth at Goodreads
S.T.: I’m also lurking in your couch and behind the potholders in your kitchen, but I am very fast and sneaky. It’s easier to click the links.