Next up in my series of interviews to celebrate the launch of the new Gutter Books anthology ‘Waiting To Be Forgotten: Stories of Crime and Heartbreak, Inspired by The Replacements’ is Angel Luis Colon, author of The Fury of Blacky Jaguar.
Name: Angel Luis Colon
Story Title: Kiss Me On The Bus
Firstly, what drew you to this anthology?
I’d heard about it somewhere on social media (probably on Jay Stringer’s feed) and decided to harass Jay immediately about getting a slot.
How did you first get into the band, and what was the first Replacements album you owned?
I really didn’t get much into The Replacements until college. Before then, I’d heard their radio singles on and off but was completely ignorant of the band’s full body of work. A friend had recommended them based on some other music I enjoyed at the time and I picked up Pleased to Meet Me (basically, the starter kit). It all snowballed from there.
How would you pitch your story to potential readers?
If you’re tired of love stories having hope or happy endings, this one’s for you.
This story aside, does music have an important influence on your fiction?
Always. I always put together a little soundtrack for whatever project I’m working on. I don’t obsess over whether all the music ‘fits’ the story, but it certainly helps the process when I listen to something that meets the tempo of the story at any moment (be it an action scene or something more somber).
Apart from your own one – do you have any favourite stories in Waiting To Be Forgotten?
I just finished reading the entire collection and was very much blown away at the quality of all the stories in this one, but Gary’s Got A Boner by Johnny Shaw is probably about as perfect a piece as we’re going to get from said author. I also really dug Alex Segura’s Within Your Reach. Both stories were appropriately out there and endearing.
Do you have any additional publishing plans for the rest of 2016 and 2017?
The struggle is indeed real. I’ve got a new novella coming from Down & Out Books later this year called No Happy Endings – it’s the story of a sperm bank heist during Superstorm Sandy without much of a heist. I’m also putting the last touches on a short story collection, Meat City on Fire and Other Debacles and the follow-up to my debut novella from 2015, The Fury of Blacky Jaguar (available wherever you like downloading cheap and quick reads). Those latter two are coming at some point next year. There are other plans for actual novels, but it’s too soon to talk about those.
Finally, if you had the opportunity to put together a music-themed anthology, which band or artist would you choose?
I think an anthology using the music of Bauhaus as its theme would be a hell of a lot of fun. Opportunity there for some real moody, dark, and off-center work.