Andrez Bergen interview: Chin Wag at the Slaughterhouse

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat was my first novel, published in April last year through Another Sky Press in Portland in the U.S. It’s a mixture of noir detective story with dystopian sci-fi, as much influenced by Blade Runner and Philip K. Dick as it is by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. The thing took half my life to cobble together, and I’m not kidding here.”

“It started out as a four or five-page short story, which then developed into the first version of the book in 1991. A second version came together in 2002, and by 2007 I had the deal with Another Sky and we seriously focused on putting together a final novel. Basically it’s a book about serious issues – fascist oppressive government, big business, environmental degradation, self-indulgent plastic surgery and the economic gap – undercut by a sense of humour (I hope) and a fetishist love for cinema. And alcohol. The narrator, Floyd, is a lush.”


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