Video Interview with J.D. Wilkes
It's March, and this month sees the release of two new(ish) books from us. One, is a reissue of Rudolph Wurlitzer's masterful "epic," The Drop Edge of Yonder. (Which, if you aren't privy to that book yet, now's the time to privy yourself.) The second release this month, is the first novel by filmmaker, visual artist, musician, frontman of the Legendary Shack Shakers, and all around "one-man Southern Renaissance" (according to Jello Biafra), J.D. Wilkes.
The Vine That Ate the South is a Homeric voyage that strikes at the very heart of American mythology. Two friends set out in pursuit of adventure and the legendary Kudzu couple—an elderly couple who quietly passed away in their homes only to be swallowed whole by a hungry vine. On their way, they encounter vampire cults, albino panthers, gun-toting property owners, and just about every folk demon imaginable.
Jeff VanderMeer describes the book as, "A sly, rollicking Southern phantasmagoria that finds the sweet spot between tall tale and something more dangerous and psychological."
Below is a video interview we produced and shot last summer while visiting J.D. at his home in Paducah, Kentucky, in which he talks about the origins of his first novel, the writing process, and what he hopes to accomplish with the work. Enjoy.