Interview with the author of Tunnel Vision

This is Marcia Hammerhead, interviewer extraordinaire for the famous Hoboken Sun-Times-Star-News-Post-Ledger-Reporter. Normally, I only interview reknowned authors of literary fiction, but I have been commanded to work with an unknown author of genre fiction. Despite my reservations, I will plunge ahead. I have with me today the author, Hank Quense.  The print edition of his Tunnel Vision collection of short stories has just been unleashed on the unsuspecting world.  Take this interview as your warning.

Marcia:  Can you tell us why anyone in possession of all their faculties would buy Tunnel Vision?

Hank: Sure.  To get some laughs.  To put some humor in their lives.  It’s a tough world and there certainly isn’t anything humorous in the news.  My collection of humorous short stories offers an alternative to reality.  Besides, laughter is good for you.

Marcia: What types of stories will the reader be subjected to?

Hank: Fantasy and science fiction. The stories take place in medieval settings, in the future or in modern times.  The reader will encounter dwarfs, humans, aliens and other bizarre character types.

Marcia: What is the meaning of this dubious title?

Hank: Tunnel vision is the single idiosyncrasy that most of my characters have, in abundance. This tunnel vision leads them to make extraordinary decisions that ordinary beings would never attempt.  Much of the humor in the stories comes from this tunnel vision.

Marcia: Tell us about the protagonists in these stories.

Hank: In the book, the reader will meet; Burga, a warrior-chef; Zaftig the Magnificent, an alien impresario; Ida, an undead chick who plays softball; Shakespeare’s Wyrd Sisters, the three witches from his MacBeth play, Lucretia Borgia; Vatsik, a knight-accountant and also the Knights of the Round Table Soccer Club and many more.  And this doesn’t touch on the minor characters.

Marcia: I can’t take any more of this genre fiction babbling.  I prefer to read works of high literary fiction, works filled with obscure imagery and incomprehensible, dense passages.  We’ll leave you now so I can plot revenge on my editor for insisting I take this assignment.  Until my next interview, with a famous literary author I hope, good-bye.

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