An Interview with Becket

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Becket

Becket is a fascinating character to say the least. He currently assists the iconic authoress Anne Rice, is a former Benedictine monk with a master’s degree in theology, and an author in his own right. His latest offering The Blood Vivicanti features characters and concepts by both Becket and Anne, and is slated to be released as a 6 part series. It was an honor to sit down with him and learn a little more about the man behind the mystique.

Where are you from? What did you love most about growing up there?

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. What I most loved about growing up there was living close to the beach.

Did you have a love of words from an early age?

My love for words began around 11 years old, when I met Sam Rivers (now the bassist for Limp Bizkit). He and…

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An Interview with the late Neal Barrett Jr.

Unknown to many is that Neal never completed this otherwise in-depth interview. Perhaps a premonition of what was soon to come? He passed on to the beyond (our limited, so far, perceptions) on January 12, 2014. Makes this interview all the more intriguing, since he left questions regarding the beyond unanswered (though Tina Hall deserves recognition for daring to ask such questions).

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This interview originally ran January 21, 2011 and is no longer available anywhere. With his recent passing I felt it only fitting to show it to you all here.

Neal Barrett Jr. is likely one of the best, least known authors out there. His works have dealt with science fiction, fantasy,mystery/suspense, and historical fiction. With his first work appearing in 1974 he has written several novels, series, and short story collections. Barrett gained recognition recently when the Science  Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him Author Emeritus in 2010. In recent years he has been working on screenplays as well.

What was it like for you growing up in Oklahoma City? What was your very first favorite story? Do you feel your early experience have had a lasting impact on your as a writer?

Growing up in OC was, I guess, like growing up anywhere. I was born…

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“The Queen” by John Fitzgerald

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I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.

                                      –Rilke

The Queen

 

She can move in any direction,

but can’t break the boundaries of the grid.

None can.

No leaving the field.

 

And even though the board is preset at the beginning,

it morphs into countless situations.

I cannot say for certain if it’s finite,

though the plane itself has edges.

 

But if the big bang is an explosion still expanding,

those most ancient, outermost parts lead

to John describing this, then continue

on ever more molecular levels of space inside and out him.

 

So no matter how random the point

something begins from seems to be,

there becomes, that moment and thereafter, the pre-beginning,

like a chessboard set for the very first move.

 

It makes no difference that the start is arranged,

that it’s “set up,”

that there’s a…

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“Nicolas Jaar” by Ian Ayres

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“The poet is a pariah, an anomaly.”
~ Henry Miller

Ian Ayres (Bronze Casting) by Hendrik

Saint Pariah

Sings

“This is the time

For me and you”

He’s seen

Crumbled names

Of old

Grow green

Amid

Oceans of

Blood

Carried

Onto land

In vessels of

Evolution

Destined to

Crowd

Rhythm’s

Ancient shore

Where

Temporary

Eyes

Drown

Saint Pariah

Kneeling

Down

To touch

A tombstone

He cares about

Because he cares

About the about

And the when

And the why

He will be

Categorized

When he dies

Wishing

All would stop

Dying

Without meaning

Or purpose

These words could

Go on forever

If forever

Didn’t wear down

Indecipherable

Beneath

The great

Divide

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