Richard Godwin, author of Machine Factory is interviewed by Henry Roi of Scream Hard Reviews

HENRY: Your short story, Machine Factory, is featured in The Blood Red Experiment, a magazine with the bold goal of reviving the giallo horror genre. After you were invited to write a series for this magazine, where did the idea for Machine Factory come from?

RICHARD: When I wrote my second novel, Mr. Glamour, I was unaware of the academic and extra-fictional categorisation of the Narrative form called giallo. Reviewers and critics alike, those worn appendages to an excitement they’re both fail to deliver or enjoy, (much like court eunuchs at a banquet of orgies) both alike told me I had written a giallo Novel and truth to say I had to look the term up ( I hasten to add that I think all categories are truly defunct and the terrain of the nervous traveller, or the economically driven poorly advised publisher who know figures but not style, much like a man who has wandered into a rose garden seeing only the thorns unable to smell the perfume or glory of the luxuriant petals, whereas true Art true Artists are always breaking the rules and exploiting the boundaries in a highly sexual manner). We inhabit the Narrative, We write what we inhabit, we write the stories that are there to be told, and I speak of Artists not bankers here, reaching precariously across the temporal space that forms the boundaries to the non-creative world of fiscal realities and the endless cloned self-cloning personae that we see peopling our streets today. The process of that novel, Mr. Glamour, that involved my renting and spending time alone in a log cabin on the Canadian American borders mid winter the year before its publication surrounded by six feet of snow and a bottle of Jack Daniels winking at me across the dining room table on which I set and stationed my whirring laptop, no one around, close by a dark house I believe was inhabited by a serial killer as yet unidentified never caught, me writing as a wolf prowled, howled outside my door, fangs bared, dripping blood the blood of all the opponents and enemies of Art and its true unbroken promise, while large wild turkeys flapped settled on the thick crisp snow, ripping the heart out of the first draft until I had shaped the thing; when asked to write for the series that is ultimately an act of Anarchic Revolution, stage one, as designed by the Old Enterprise, and thus initiated in ideas by the goodly Jason Michel, himself a heretic and dictator, I simply dipped my sharpened pen of chiselled shark tooth and black Obsidian stylus both embroidered with ancient script into the blood that was being spilled two days in advance, yeah is, of this interview, for while we may inhabit the black parameters, watch the news, we also make the kaleidoscope for pleasures many, ready thyself for stage two, welcome to the Narrative.

HENRY: Do you have any rituals that prepare you for writing horror stories?

RICHARD: I have told you where the idea for my story Machine Factory came from, now I am going to answer this question and to tell you what Machine Factory is. The present state of totalitarian social engineering that must be resisted at all levels, and an anti-environment created as stipulated by Marshall McLuhan, for if the medium is the message we need to advance the entropy to Full Revolution now, turning the second law of thermodynamics into its composite brother, full of the kind of meat we like to eat, energised; rituals exist at all levels in the free zone, celebrate at all levels now Decadence.


Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash, and Locked In Cages.

His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child.

He was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London.


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