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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Interview + Giveaway with Greg X Graves!!

Greg X Graves is author of Bears, Recycling and Confusing Time Paradoxes: An Anthology of the Guide to Moral Living in Examples and recently published Codex Nekromantia; which was still just and online series the last time I interviewed him on my blog for his Author of the Week feature on May 30th of this year.

HP: Hi, Greg! Last time I interviewed you I asked you to tell us about yourself. It’s been about 3 months or so since that interview; so can you catch us up a little on what’s been
going on in your life?

Greg X Graves: I can tell you a lot about what's been going on in my life!  I've moved house again.  I need to keep up my once-a-year average.  Unfortunately, my new place isn't haunted and no cellar trolls lurk in the basement.  But we do have a relatively spooky heating system.  Why's it spooky?  Because it gives you goosebumps when it decides not to turn on.

HP: On your site, you said you have been working on Codex Nekromantia for six years. What did you feel when you finally finished it, happy, maybe a little sad to let it go?

Greg X Graves: Six years ago I was riding dinosaurs to the local mastodon rodeo.  Today I'm flying my jet car over to the NutroCo surgery to get a new nutrition pack implanted in my buttocks.  I blinked and the world changed.

The weirdest part was that I had to switch from cultivating it in secret to walking down the street yelling tat everyone really should have a look.  I feel like a lexical exhibitionist.

HP: Do you remember what your original inspiration for Codex Nekromantia was?

Greg X Graves: I grew up at the library.  Even before I could read I used to go with my parents and I felt something powerful in the stacks, potential energy straining to get free.  The overwhelming volume of blood, sweat and tears locked and bound into pages and pages of text staggers me even now.  The ideas strain at the prison walls and leap, literally, through peoples' eyes straight into their brains.

That leaves an impression on a newly-minted mind.

It was only a matter of time until I found others who recognized that feral energy and used it in their fiction.  I guess I wanted to write a book that, in many ways, pays tribute to that concept.

Plus zombies!

HP: Does the name ‘Codex Nekromantia’ give a little insight as to what the book is about? Also how did you come up with the name?

Greg X Graves: Scarcity can produce power, and no better example exists than in the realm of knowledge.  If you control knowledge, you can control quite a lot - even the knowledge that you're withholding information.  Before the advent of the printing press, a macroscopic, squinting view of bibliographic history showed me that all of the then-rarefied books were named Codex this and Codex that.  I tried to evoke that sense of power in the naming convention.

The Nekromantia sounded badass, and implies what this particular Codex is about.

Codex Nekromantia also features a strong element of esoteric knowledge.  Truth is like an alien with a tractor beam - just because it is hidden doesn't mean that it can't jump out at you and steal your sandwich.

HP: Can you tell us a little about Codex Nekromantia? And where can we purchase it?

Greg X Graves: It's a light-hearted post-apocalyptic tale of the necromancers who created the zombie plague that destroys a city, and the survivors of the same.

It's available in print and kindle format from Amazon.com, and if you have an alternate ebook reader, I'd recommend picking up a copy from Smashwords.  They offer the book in many different digital formats.

HP: MCM, you said designed the cover for your last novel, Bears, Recycling and Confusing Time Paradoxes: An Anthology of the Guide to Moral Living in Examples. Did he design Codex Nekromantia’s cover as well?

Greg X Graves: Nope.  MCM is a crazy busy fellow, and he told me to find the best artist that I could for the job.  So I immediately contacted my friend Jeff Bent to see if he had time.  Luckily for me, he did!  I absolutely love the way that it turned out.

HP: Speaking of Bears, Recycling and Confusing Time Paradoxes: An Anthology of the Guide to Moral Living in Examples, can you maybe give a little over view about it for anyone reading this that missed our first interview?

Greg X Graves: Ah, crap, it's hard to describe."  Nominally it's a series of comic stories loosely connected by their moralistic overtones, like "if you’re just a head, there’s not really a place to keep a medical alert bracelet" and "Chewing on robots doesn’t do any good, and shooting them with silver bullets just makes your death more expensive." 

Actually, though, neither of those are from the anthology - the series is still ongoing, with several updates a week!  I feel like there's still so many common moral conundrums to cover before I call it quits on the Moral Guide.

HP: Now that you have finished both of your serials and have them published what is next? Are you working on anything at the moment maybe?

Greg X Graves: The Moral Guide's still ongoing, and I'm currently in the research stages of a new alternate history novel that is set during World War I.  It will be released as a web serial just like Codex Nekromantia.

HP: Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so what is it?

Greg X Graves: Doing the research for the new novel has led me into all sorts of wonderful books.  Right now I'm in the middle of Modris Eksteins' "Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age" and Barbara Tuchman's "The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914."

I earned a bachelor's degree in history so this research is recalling fond memories!

HP: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Greg X Graves: You guys not only make this possible, but you also make it worth it.  I wish that I could say more than Thank You.

HP: Fun question: In your opinion, which came first and why; the egg or the chicken? For that matter, where did the egg or chicken originally come from in the first place?

Greg X Graves: I once used a biology book to prop up a table, so I feel like I'm qualified to have a pet theory about this.

So about four billion years ago a chicken in a spaceship came to Earth and laid a clutch of eggs.  The chicken and spaceship were destroyed by a volcano.  The only part that remained was a single piece of paper with Chickenscratch written on it.

Then the eggs hatched and the brand-new chicks discovered the paper.  Not knowing the meaning intended by their parents, the chicks had to invent an entire mythology of existence based off of a language that they didn't know, and on an exotic planet that had already claimed one of Chickendom's best and brightest (for it takes an especially clever organism to achieve interstellar flight).

Unfortunately, their mythology involved getting eaten, so that kinda sucked for all of their descendents.

HP: Thank you for interviewing with me again, Greg and offering to giveaway two copy’s of your new novel, Codex Nekromantia to readers!






It all began with a single, massive point, an unfathomable amount of energy contained in a lump the size and texture of a raisin [author's interpretation]. Then the Big Bang banged, spewing chunky pieces of universe all over the rapidly-expanding walls of the universe. Material began coalescing into the first generation of stars, and their death resulted in the birth of heavy elements. In the Sol system, Earth formed from the corpses of those stars.

On Earth, a few pieces of carbon had a cuddle puddle, and life began. Millions of years after that, sex was invented by two adventurous organisms that wanted the cuddle puddle to lead somewhere. Still more years after that, some pioneering organism said “Hey, oxygen in air? Bitchin!” and it climbed out of the sea and onto a piece of rock.
For full bio on this author go here.

You can find Greg at:
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Greg X Graves has offered to giveaway two (2) eBook copies of his novel Codex Nekromantia!!



Book Description:

"Well, shit. A pair of necromancers have freed the dread necromancer Arkephalous from his prison. While Arkephalous works to restore his undead empire to its former semi-rotten glory by unleashing a zombie plague upon the city of Constantinople, Illinois, a band of survivors match their wits with the brainless undead.
The survivors include a sandwich craftsman with a bitten hand and a broken heart, an incorrigible addict with too much blood in his drug stream, and the three hundred year old founder of the city, whose exploits include being responsible for the extinction of the chupacabra north of the Rio Grande.

Codex Nekromantia tells the story of life, love, necromancy, the fragile human condition when caught between the jaws of a very robust inhuman condition, and wholesale zombie slaughter."



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  1. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

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  2. Codex Nekromantia sounds like a hoot. Thank you for sharing this interview and fun giveaway opportunity with me.

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