- Which mythical monster would you most enjoy discovering (first- or second-hand) is real?
The ones I would least enjoy discovering are real are the Nightmarchers because that’s a little too close to home, and the marchers seem scary as heck. I guess I wouldn’t mind discovering the Loch Ness Monster, something I had a fascination with when I was in elementary school. One of my first short stories was called “The Search for Nessie,” which I wrote in fifth or sixth grade for a class. It just seems like a really cool beast. Plus it’s far, far away from me.
- When did you last exhibit monstrous behavior?
I think it’s been a rather long time. I’ve learned to be mellow in my adulthood. Oh, I know. A couple of years ago I brought home a Costco rotisserie chicken with plans to eat it with mashed potatoes for dinner and take the leftovers for lunch the next day. Instead, I got it home and just tore into it (with a knife), eating it right there at the dining room table right out of the plastic box. It felt rather savage, the hungry way I devoured that thing.
- What do you think of monster trucks?
I think they’re so cool! I doubt I would ever go to a monster truck show, but if I were ever given the opportunity to drive one, I would take it.
- If you like monster movies, what’s a monster movie you dislike? And if you dislike them, what’s a monster movie you like?
I’m ambivalent about monster movies, so I’ll name one I dislike and one I like. I kinda liked the original Godzilla (the all-Japanese one, not the American adaptation with Japanese footage) and of course The Toxic Avenger. I disliked Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), but I last saw that when I was a teen. I’d be open to giving it another chance someday.
- What song about a monster (or with the word monster in the title) do you really like?
I hate to continue the Godzilla theme, but I really do like Blue Öyster Cult’s “Godzilla” (“He picks up a bus and he throws it back down, as he wades through the buildings toward the center of town…”), and of course there are a thousand great songs about Satan. Maybe my favorite is Extreme’s “It(‘s a Monster)” which I think is about sex, or at least a young man’s sex drive. Here’s a pretty good live video of the song. Pat Badger (bass) and Nuno Bettencourt (guitar) really groove on this (especially Pat during Nuno’s solo), and Nuno looks great.