NEW BOOK: Hollywood on the edge of forever by Stavrogin
You may not have noticed but Stavrogin’s got a new book out. He didn’t tell us about it for a long time…he just said, ‘it’s better if I take the flak for this one.’
Turns out the book is about Hollywood. A satire, so he says. We asked him to come up with a description for it and this is what we got back:
‘I know Hollywood better than it knows itself.
The saddest thing in the world is two things: The murder of Sharon Tate, and the loneliness of the puebloblanco from the end of For a Few Dollars More.
Huh? Sharon Tate? Puebloblanco? We asked him what that meant and he said, ‘sorry, I was drunk. Here’s what it’s about, the basics of it’:
Alternate Hollywood. Directed by a madman, produced by Captain Insane.
Why is Tom Cruise wandering around the deserted basement of a movie studio?
What is Christian Slater doing in the sewers with a fake shotgun?
Why is Nick Nolte killing Russians?
What is this movie called ‘Statham’s Brain’?
And the big one…
Did Jack Nicholson really survive ‘The Shining’?
Hollywood on the edge of forever. An uncountable number of satirical stories, whipping a vaguely familiar Hollywood to within an inch of its life.’
[NOTE: Some of these stories have previously been published in satirical zine Gupter Puncher and on the Year Zero Writers site.]’
Okay, sounds good…but we still have a few questions about this whole thing:
Stav…how did you come up with the title?
I looked at all the episode titles from Star Trek: The Original Series and chose the one where Captain Kirk goes back in time to sexually assault Joan Collins. The episode itself didn’t make much sense, but the title was beautiful. The City on the Edge of Forever. So I stole it and replaced ‘The City’ with ‘Hollywood’. I also ditched the capital letters of ‘Edge’ and ‘Forever’, not sure why.
Where did you get the idea for your novel?
It’s not really a novel, more like short stories. The idea came from dreams mostly. About a year ago I had a really clear and distinct dream about going to Russia with Nick Nolte and struggling to stop him killing people. I wrote it down as close as I could to what I dreamed, and managed to get about 80% of it. The Tom Cruise story was a mix of all the media rumours and the scene from Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors where the boy who thinks he’s a wizard meets Freddy in the underground tunnel. All the other stuff just sort of spilled out of my head.
Who is your favourite character?
Christian Slater and Nick Nolte. Both are good. Slater’s better for fiction or satire right now as his career seems to be beyond salvation, so you can really put some desperation into the character and people will think, ‘yeah, he was pretty famous, maybe he would go down the sewers to get a decent film again.’ Nolte still has a career, but he kind of comes and goes, like vapour…which is perfect for the character of a serial killer with identity/reality issues. But yeah, neither character is actually Christian Slater or Nick Nolte, just skews of their media versions. The beauty of satire!
The book is out now on kindle over on the amazon sites, so if you wanna read some of that Tom Cruise story or buy it even, that’s where you gotta go. And you can get there through these portals:
Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/eOOK7j
Amazon US – http://amzn.to/hfYDL8