Answer The Fucking Question, John Bruni!

DOF WEB FJ

*We met Rachel Thorne at BizarroCon in Portland, Oregon. We were totally impressed with her pitch at the workshop and her thoughts on erotica and writing. And as things happen, she started doing interviews for us. Nice, eh?*

Rachel Thorne: Hey John! I absolutely loved Dong of Frankenstein! Frankenstein is one of my favorite books, and I love that you explored the gay subtext that is so obviously there.

Have you written erotica before?

John Bruni: I’m glad you liked it! As far as writing erotica, I’ve done a few things in the past under pen names, but nothing big. This is the first time I’ve done it under my own name.

RT: So what was your inspiration for the book? Why did you decide to write a Frankenstein erotica?

JB: Dong of Frankenstein came to me in an unusual way. Normally the story idea arrives first, and the title occurs to me when I sit down to write the story. I’d been invited to take part in a monster porn imprint, but I didn’t really have any monster porn ideas. Then one day, out of the blue, I’m taking a shower and the title Dong of Frankenstein appeared in my head. I couldn’t stop laughing. I had to write something about that. I just had to make sure no one thought of it yet. Shockingly, after a Google search, I determined no one had done something like that. It pleased me to be the first.

RT: What kind of research did you do before you started writing?

JB: I researched the hell out of this thing. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was actually published in two formats: the original 1818 version and the revised 1831 version, the latter of which is more widely read. I read it when I was a kid, but I didn’t read the 1818 version until I was in college. I didn’t even know it existed until then. I used this one as more of a guide rather than the popular version because there is a bit more humor in it than its younger brother. I double checked everything. I made sure to include the Captain Walton frame, I made sure to include his professor’s name from the university, I included his best friend Henry Clerval and even went so far as to go into Victor Frankenstein’s family life. It all comes from Shelley. I dedicated the book to her, hoping that she isn’t spinning in her grave.

RT: You call him ‘the monster’ in the book, but do you mind when people call the creature himself ‘Frankenstein’? This is a bit of a controversy in the literary world…

JB: I do get irritated when people call the monster Frankenstein. I’m also kind of irritated that the James Whale movie renamed Victor to Henry. I guess I find a lot of that kind of thing annoying. But calling the monster Frankenstein is actually addressed in my book. I think I handled it in a pretty clever way.

RT: You handled it well. So my next question: Why do you write erotica?

JB: I write erotica, quite frankly, because it makes me more money than writing anything else. My first writing payday came to me because of a story I wrote for a gay porn magazine. It was a private investigator story, and I got a whopping $75 check for it. So of course I wrote more erotica.

RT: How do you get inspired when you write erotica? Take me through your process.

JB: Writing erotica is always different from my usual writing process. Usually I get an idea for a story, and then I figure out what kind of people I want this story to happen to. I have a general idea of where it’s going, but I don’t really know the details until I sit down and start exploring. Erotica is different. The character usually occurs to me first. Once I have that character, I have to figure out what kind of situation he or she would deal with. But it can’t simply be a stroke piece. I need it to mean something. It’s fine if no one wants to go looking for meaning, if they’re just looking for something to jerk off to, but I have to have a bit more. If it’s just a stroke piece, I don’t think I’d waste the time to write it. Stroke pieces can be fun for a moment, but then they’re forgotten. When someone reads Dong of Frankenstein, I want them to remember it for the rest of their lives.

RT: What do you do when you’re not writing for New Kink?

JB: When I’m not writing for New Kink, I’m usually editing for New Kink. Aside from that, I sell stories on a regular basis to magazines and anthologies. I like to sell books at horror cons, and I really hope to be at BizarroCon in 2016. But when I’m not writing or editing or doing anything related to the publishing world, I work days as an audio/web tech for a conferencing center. Yeah, it’s pretty dull, but it pays the bills.

RT: What’s next for you? Will you be writing more erotica in the future?

JB: I never really know what’s around the corner. Will I write more erotica? Probably. It’s not something I’m thinking about right now. A publisher that was going to print my next book went out of business, so I’m looking for a new home for that project. In the meantime I’m thinking about revisiting an old novel that never got published because there are a lot of great ideas in it. I just didn’t have the experience I have now to do it justice back then. I have several stories coming out from various publications.

RT: Last question: Fuck/Marry/Kill – Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s monster, Ygor?

JB: I think I would fuck Frankenstein’s monster because how many people can actually say they did something like that? I’d marry Victor Frankenstein because he’s such a sad, lonely guy. He needs a pick-me-up. And I’d kill Ygor. He’s a bad dude, and the world would be a better place without him.

RT: Good answer. And I lied, I have a bonus question: Frankenstein’s monster on the cover looks a bit like Feyd-Rautha, famously played by Sting in the movie Dune. Was he an inspiration when you were writing?

JB: It’s funny you should say that. No, Sting/Feyd-Rautha was not an inspiration to me during the writing of Dong of Frankenstein, but as soon as I saw Jim’s cover for the book, that’s the first thing I thought of.

*And now, the reveal of Strange Sex 3, an anthology of weird erotica compiled by John Bruni.*

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