The fat sun stalls by the phone masts. Anti-climb paint turns sulphurous on school gates and lampposts. In Willesden people go barefoot, the streets turn European, there is a mania for eating outside. She keeps to the shade. Redheaded. On the radio: I am the sole author of the dictionary that defines me. A good line—write it out on the back of a magazine. In a hammock, in the garden of a basement flat. Fenced in, on all sides.
The New Inquiry’s Malcolm Harris and The Los Angeles Review of Books’s Evan Kindley talked on Twitter with Spook Magazine’s one-man editorial team Jason Parham about the new publication’s founding, goals, and forthcoming first issue.
Evan Kindley: I’ll start us off. Jason, how long have you been planning Spook? When was it born?
Jason Parham: The idea was born in December. I officially started reaching out to possible contributors in January. There seemed to be a gap, so I thought, foolishly enough, I could fill it. Toni Morrison is famous for saying, “Write the book you want to read.” Spook is born out of that thinking.
More than a thousand [self-published] authors now each sell more than a thousand copies a month, some have already reached hundreds of thousands of sales and two have already joined the Kindle Million Club.