1 character from Balloon Animals will reappear in Living Dead Lovers…
JD: Have to ask this question to kick-off seen as I’m a Big Fish fan: how’s it been since Big Fish and Tim Burton’s take on your book?
DW: So far, so good. Gotten married, gotten a job, two dogs, a house, flowers, friends who love me. Feel as if I am floating high above it all in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon.
JD: Like Balloon Animals, there is an element of magic and the carnivale in your books, from Big Fish up to your latest ‘The Kings and Queens of Roam’. Where does that come from?
DW: I hate the circus, and freaks scare me, but yes, I write about that a lot. It’s a nice setting, full of interesting possibilities. Magic I play around at in the worst ways: stupid card tricks, even rubber hands hidden beneath a pillow, which isn’t magic per se, just juvenile. If I had to say something thoughtful I would say magic is a lot like storytelling.
She’s alive but he’s dead…
Living Dead Lovers follows the life and times of famed psychic-medium half-Romanian gypsy Nicolasia ‘Cabbage’ Moone, from her mute infancy trawling the roads of Europe to a fiery-tongued, hard-drinking, speed-loving clairvoyant with a complete disregard for human life, including her own of late…
Psychic medium Cabbage brings forth more than she can chew with a womanising dead racing-car driver, Marty ‘Magma’ Molloy, who doesn’t want to give up the chase.
Unfortunately, Cabbage has always possessed a sick fascination for deviants and perverts which she blames on her unconventional bohemian quasi-gypsy upbringing.
A twisted love-affair never meant to be ensues. Necrophilia: that’s what the sceptical call it. Romantics call it the yin-yang love between being and human being, light and oh so very dark.
Cabbage wishes to be with her dead lover but it’s not fair because she must take her own life, it’s not as if Marty ‘The Magma’ can come back to life – that wouldn’t be believable. However, a life-time of snooping around in the after-life and conjuring up old ghosts who never wanted to be conjured up has left Cabbage with a predicament: she isn’t allowed to die … she isn’t allowed to be with her other celestial half. The vengeful powers-that-be don’t want Cabbage the spirit-spy on their cloud because she’s spent a life-time hauling ghost-ass to the living. The motto of the Dead is: Don’t Call Us; We’ll Call you.
Cabbage resorts to suicide which becomes a morbidly sick failed pantomime. This is the most original right-to-die case the country has seen and all for the love of a man.
The impossible love story becomes a national scandal… And her guardian angel Mr. Brick Shithouse only makes matters more complicated.
Big Fish author Daniel Wallace talks Balloon Animals and Balloon Animals author Jonathan Dunne talks Big Fish and more…