It’s the last INTERROBANG‽and the last 404 INK event of the year tonight, and we’re both going out with a bang! For the 404 INK Christmas Party, we’re going to be joined by one of the best practitioners of live lit in the country, KIRSTY LOGAN!
Kirsty’s featured in issue three of 404 Ink’s literary magazine – POWER! She lives in Glasgow and is the author of The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales. Her fourth book, The Gloaming, will hit the shelves in May 2018. It’s a queer mermaid love story set on a remote island that slowly turns its inhabitants to stone. She’s currently writing a collection of horror stories called The Night Tender.
Well, not Christmas Eve. We like Christmas Eve. It’s… well, never mind. Let’s try that again.
We’ve got another Interrobang Interrogation with a featured 404 Ink author today – Gavin Inglis.
Gavin writes games and interactive stories, contributing to fitness app Zombies, Run! and gothic tea-break epic Fallen London. Depending on your mood, you can try his sensitive mental health piece Hana Feels (http://hanafeels.com/) or wreak a blood-soaked revenge on your home town in the phone game Neighbourhood Necromancer.
To warm up for The War on Christmas, Ricky Interrobang has been reflecting on the inept campaign waged by his favourite band, forgotten indie stumblebums, Birds Fate…
I’ve just opened the doors on my advent calendars for the sixth of December. “Tobacco” beard oil, a jasmine green tea light ale, and a piece of chocolate bearing the countenance of an appropriately sceptical elf, since you ask.
Knock-knock. Who’s behind door number 5 of our War on Christmas?! advent calendar? Why, it’s another 404 Ink featured author, Christina Neuwirth!
Christina Neuwirth was born in Austria and now lives in Edinburgh where she splits her time between working at Scottish PEN and the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (home of the Dangerous Women Project). She has produced and written short films, performed at the International Storytelling Festival, and dabbled in music production. Her short fiction has been published in Gutter and 404 Ink, and her non-fiction can be found on CommonSpace. Her novella Amphibian was shortlisted for the 2016 Novella Award. She is currently writing her first novel. You can say hi at @gwynn255. Find Scottish PEN at @ScottishPEN and www.scottishpen.org, and the Dangerous Women Project on @DangerousWomen_ and www.dangerouswomenproject.org.
And here’s how Christina answered our questions:
‽: If you had to write a letter to ‘Santa’, is there anything you’d particularly like to say to him?
In my country, you don’t exist. I was never taught to believe in you. Instead, we have a little angel child who wears a nightgown and has curly blonde hair and is also Jesus.
‽: What film would you choose to watch at Christmas?
CN: My sister and I always watch the highly underrated 1998 animated feature Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie on VHS. My dad has kept the VHS player around for precisely this reason. It’s a great tradition.
‽: Is there a Christmas tradition you’d love to get rid of?
CN: Krampus. He is terrifying. On 5 and 6 December, Krampus, who is St Nicolas’s friend/sidekick/nemesis walks the streets. He is a furry goat-footed horned long-tongued devil creature who, in the spirit of Christmas, threatens children with bodily harm for their sins. Festive!
‽: What song would you like as your entry music at War on Christmas? Or should we just choose something?
CN: All I Want for Christmas Is You, please. It’s the best one. (If someone’s already picked that I’m also happy with Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree).
‽: Oh, we think that can be arranged. 👹 In the meantime, here’s Mariah…
‽: What’s on your Christmas wishlist this year?
CN: I know I can’t actually make this happen with my wish but I’d really like some snow this year.
Chris McQueer is a 25 year old writer and sales assistant from Glasgow. His work has appeared in The High Flight fanzine, The Football Pink magazine and most recently in 404 Ink: Error. When he isn’t selling shoes, busting queues or writing weird short stories, you will most likely find him spouting nonsense at house parties with a bottle of Buckfast in hand.
And here’s how Chris answered our questions:
?!: If you had to write a letter to ‘Santa’, is there anything you’d particularly like to say to him?
CM: Why did I get a VHS player instead of the PlayStation I requested when I was 8? I already had a perfectly good video player.
?!: What film would you choose to watch at Christmas?
CM: Jingle All the Way with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not only the best Christmas film of all time but the best film ever made in general.
?!: Is there a Christmas tradition you’d love to get rid of?
CM: Turkey for Christmas dinner. It’s so bland and tasteless. No wonder we only eat it once a year.
?!: What song would you like as your entry music at War on Christmas? Or should we just choose something?
CM: Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse is probably my favourite song ever so that would be nice to walk on to please.
INTERROBANG?! – Making Christmas wishes come true since 2016
?!: What’s on your Christmas wishlist this year?
CM: I work in retail so I’m just looking forward to the day off really. And maybe a new laptop. And loads of books.