The Vacation by Jeremy C. Shipp is available from Raw Dog Screaming Press.
It’s time for blueblood Bernard Johnson to leave his boring life behind and go on The Vacation, a yearlong corporate-sponsored odyssey. But instead of seeing the world Bernard is captured by terrorists, becomes a key figure in secret drug wars, and, worse, doesn’t once miss his secure American Dream.
Jeremy says, "I suppose I'd describe Vacation as "A journey into civilization's festering wound--metaphorically speaking."
"This is an intriguing, challenging, literate, provocative novel I'm not sure I understand and suspect I'm not meant to… I recommend it to those who find reality boring; it may make them see it in new ways."
—Piers Anthony, author of the Xanth series
To see if you'd enjoy Jeremy's writing, check out his short story Camp in Chizine.
I was thinking of interviewing Jeremy Shipp about his book "Vacation." I read some of the reviews and decided I really couldn't think of the right questions to ask. The only person (or should I say 'entity'?) qualified to interview Jeremy is The Devil. Herewith is the interview. Please pardon the fire and brimstone emanating from your computer screen.
Devil: First of all, let's get this out of the way. Do you dislike to avoid abstaining from not eating babies?
Jeremy C. Shipp: What?
D: Just answer the question!
D: Ah, you do eat babies then.
JCS: No, I meant that I won't answer such a confusing question.
D: So you're not as smart as you claim to be.
JCS: I'm not claiming anything.
D: You wrote a novel. Isn't that another way of saying, "Look at me. I'm smarter than everyone else. I belong on a pedestal so that I can throw tangerines at people's kidneys."
JCS: Are you evil or just stupid?
D: Moving on. Let's talk about your novel.
D: What inspired you to write a story that's pure evil?
JCS: I wouldn't say it's evil.
D: Aha, but didn't you say in a prior interview, and I quote, "I'm Jeremy. I like writing evil stories. Anyone who reads my book loves the Devil and wants to marry him?"
JCS: I never said that.
D: Your word against mine. Anyway, if your book isn't evil, then why do you kill every single character?
JCS: You haven't even read it, have you?
D: I can read it in your eyes.
JCS: That's it. We're done.
D: No, wait! I'm sorry. Sometimes I get a little overexcited. It's a condition. If you say your book isn't pure evil, then it isn't pure evil. I'm sure it's filled with baby puppies dancing on giant sunflowers.
JCS: Don't get me wrong. Bad things sometimes happen in the book, because bad things sometimes happen in life. People don't always act respectfully towards one another. The book, I'd say, has a good heart. It wants the world to be a better place.
D: I understand. You're saying that you're some sort of savior who can save mankind from all its suffering.
JCS: Just…forget it. This interview's over.
D: Fine. But before we can publish this interview, I'll need you to sign right here.
JCS: There…wait a second. What was all that fine print?