'Head-games, ghoulish hallucinations, and disturbing memories lurk around every corner of the psychic and physical labyrinth that is The Manor Experience'
- Bonespin Slipspace
Links to work
Bonespin Slicespace: https://tinyurl.com/kc6yx7h
Leo X. Robertson is a Glaswegian-born fiction writer currently living in Oslo, Norway. His book Bonespin Slipspace has been published by Psychedelic Horror Press, a story about what happens when Rudy and Tammy accept an invitation to Blackburn's manor to party with the depraved Manorites. His work has also appeared in or is forthcoming in Helios Quarterly, Unnerving, The Stockholm Review of Literature and Twisted50 (see a full 2017 bibliography below!). He also hosts a podcast called Losing the Plot, which can be found on Soundcloud and currently boasts 14 episodes! They are fun, lively discussions with writers about their progresses, mishaps and experiences with writing. He has had such guests as Eddie Generous, of Unnerving fame, and writers such as Harry Whitewolf, SS Haque and Gary Buller. Leo also posts reviews of books on the podcast as well as his website and Goodreads. His latest story - The Diary of a Prostitute's Landlord - is now available on Wattpad. If you sign up for Leo's newsletter, you will receive a story from Leo in your inbox, ready to be devoured and enjoyed.
We asked Leo a few questions about the writing life! If you have ideas about what questions we could ask writers, feel free to tweet/DM us at @SelcouthStation.
So Leo, what is your biggest pet peeve as a writer?
There's enough in each day to write about for the rest of your life, yet you sit down to type and it's a struggle every time? WHY.
What do you love to read and why? same goes for writing!
I keep an open mind when it comes to what I'll read or write, but it's primarily literary fiction with just enough plot. I like sci-fi and horror, both to read and to write, as I guess they're my preferred flavours of revealing the human condition. We can all only live one life but yearn to live many more, and fiction's one of the most evocative ways of getting about as close to living a different life as is possible. Mostly I read and let someone else do the imagining for me, and occasionally I have to imagine it myself if it hasn't been done already (at least to my own satisfaction!)
WhEN DID YOU START WRITING?
About five years ago, when I was teaching English in Spain. I had more free time and solitude back then and needed something to do with it. There has been an enormous learning curve I'm glad I didn't know about before I started, and it seems to have plateaued this year, but I would've said the same last year, the year before...
2017 BIBLIOGRAPHy - COMING SOON & SO FAR!
Robertson, Leo X. 'Stabbing in a Lighter Darkness'. The Stockholm Review of Literature, 2017. Here
Robertson, Leo X. 'A Disturbance'. Unnerving Magazine Issue #3, June 2017.
Robertson, Leo X. 'Levels for Sustainable Living'. Helios Quarterly’s Volume 2, Issue 2: “Redux & Progression”, June 2017.
Robertson, Leo X. 'Cool Kids'. Deadman’s Tome Campfire Tales, 2017. A pair of anthologies!
Robertson, Leo X. 'The Grimhaven Disaster' (novella). Unnerving, August 2017.
Robertson, Leo X. 'Brothers'. Hardened Hearts Anthology. Unneriving: December 2017.
ALSO AN E-BOOK OF BONESPIN SLIPSPACE IS COMING OUT SOON!