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Smoking With Richard Hulse

Art by Marty D. Ison
Art by Marty D. Ison
I love your story "Fall." It is so wonderfully surreal. What gave you the idea for this story?
Thank you. Actually, I'm pretty sure I was lying on the sofa and staring at the far wall—the far wall and I often have these meaningful exchanges. It just struck me there might be a whole microcosm within that minute of falling—love, hate, hopes, failures, empires built and collapsed. It's a nice metaphor.

In your bio, you say that you are interested in "iconically evil figures." Which ones are most interesting to you and why?
Well, my novel's about Satan, so he's the focus at present. I'm curious about the psyche of a fallen angel. For several centuries he's externalised and blamed for mankind's woes, and then 'recently' he's made redundant by the Enlightenment, and then internalised by Freud and Jung. He must be an intriguing individual.

You have finished a novel. Which do you enjoy writing more, novels or short stories?
They're both fun. Obviously you can let yourself roam free and wide in a novel, but I also like the neatness of flash fiction.

You get to be a fictional character for one day. Which one would you choose?
Poe's C. Auguste Dupin. And I'd take that young Englishman, Holmes, under my wing. I'd get him drinking absinthe as an addition to shooting cocaine. Also, I'd probably take him on a tour of the Paris brothels—it'd do him good. Loosen him up a little.

A wealthy person offers to pay you to write 40 hours a week. Name your price.
That's far too fantastic a premise for my imagination to stretch to!

Read Fall.
Issue Five (August 15, 2004): Lovers by Karen Simpson Nikakis «» Shore by Susan Henderson «» Lovechild by Ellen Parker «» Lipstick by Claudia Smith «» Back Home by Bob Arter «» Gloves by Gary Cadwallader «» Gilda by Patricia Parkinson «» Attic by Kim Chinquee «» The Radioactive Chicken or the Egg? by Randall Brown «» Summer Swim by Pia Z. Ehrhardt «» Two Benches by Pasha Malla «» Fall by Richard Hulse «» Drop by Roy Kesey «» Galveston by Steven Gullion «» Every Pane of Weathered Glass by Ellen M. Rhudy «» I Can't Talk About Butter Because Margarine Is All I Know by C.R. Park «» Something of Value by Brian Reynolds «» The Therapist Told Her Not to Stop Smoking–Right Now by Astrid Schott «» Maintenance by Miriam N. Kotzin «» Enough by Katrina Denza «» Interviews: Karen Simpson Nikakis «» Susan Henderson «» Ellen Parker «» Claudia Smith «» Bob Arter «» Gary Cadwallader «» Patricia Parkinson «» Kim Chinquee «» Randall Brown «» Pia Z. Ehrhardt «» Pasha Malla «» Richard Hulse «» Roy Kesey «» Steven Gullion «» Ellen M. Rhudy «» C.R. Park «» Brian Reynolds «» Astrid Schott «» Miriam N. Kotzin «» Katrina Denza «» Cover Art "A Character in Short Fiction" by Marty D. Ison «» Letter From the Editor
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