Sometimes, writers just exude cool. And sometimes, I get to interview them on Twitter. Not only has Benjamin Percy received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, but he has also won a Whiting Writers' Award and two Pushcart Prizes. And none of that even really factors into the fact that he wrote a werewolf epic. Read that last sentence again. He wrote a mother f'ing werewolf epic. And I'm actually quoting that term. From Stephen King, who called Red Moon a "werewolf epic" that he "can't stop thinking about." And if all that isn't cool enough, he has now reimagined the Lewis and Clark exploration during a post-apocalyptic future in his latest, The Dead Lands.
Question 1: You and Stephen King (admirer of Percy's work) go exploring, Lewis and Clark style. Where do you go?
Question 2: Why make Clark a woman?
Question 3: What is the draw of the American West for you?
Question 4: What comic influences inspired you to turn a short story collection into Refresh, Refresh - the Graphic Novel?
Question 5: Why the mutton chops?
The Dead Lands hits shelves in April. You should do yourself a favor and pre-order it. And, while in the process you can check out some other Benjamin Percy brilliance.
"If I shaved my sideburns, I would lose my writerly powers."