AISFP 306 — Robert Brockway, The Unnoticeables

Brent chats with Robert Brockway, a senior editor and columnist at Beyond his penchant for making the internet chortle into its cornflakes, he’s also taken to fiction writing. The Unnoticeables hit shelves July 7 and Kirkus Reviews calls it “A nasty, freaky, and haphazardly funny horror story.” They discuss the novel, what Robert has against Iggy Pop and Mario Lopez, and a surprising must try craft beer. (Interview begins at about 31:45)

It tells the parallel tales of a punk kid in 70’s NYC and a stunt woman in modern day LA who are both experiencing some serious weirdness.

There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is “you” gets solved.

Carey doesn’t much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching strange kids with unnoticeable faces abduct his friends. He doesn’t care about the rumors of tar-monsters in the sewers or unkillable psychopaths invading the punk scene—all he wants is to drink cheap beer and dispense ass-kickings.

Kaitlyn isn’t sure what she’s doing with her life. She came to Hollywood in 2013 to be a stunt woman, but last night a former teen heartthrob tried to eat her, her best friend has just gone missing, and there’s an angel outside her apartment. Whatever she plans on doing with her life, it should probably happen in the few remaining minutes she has left.

There are angels. There are demons. They are the same thing. It’s up to Carey and Kaitlyn to stop them. The survival of the human race is in their hands.

We are, all of us, well and truly screwed.

Prior to our Robert Brockway interview:

Kristi and Brent discuss a number of industry-releated topics and two giveaways. The first of the giveaways is an international-only giveaway for a hard copy of Robert Brockway’s The Unnoticeables — to enter, international listeners should sign up for our AISFP Wormhole Newsletter — while the second giveaway we announced in Episode 305 with Karin and Patrick Weekes — message us on Twitter or Facebook with the species and subspecies of our special guests in our two-part interview with the Weekes.

As for the topics, we address:

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  1. Fun interview, very entertaining. But a correction: if it’s written down, it’s not slander, as stated in the interview, but libel (much worse, ha, ha!)

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