Welcome Hellscape Readers! Yes, Welcome back to another Meet the Editors! Strap yourselves in to seatbelts or straightjackets. This week we present the lovely Michelle Orabona, our proudest & most surreal interviewee yet.
So, who Are You?
Role: Fiction Editor
Name: Michelle Orabona
Likes: peanut butter, petrichor, ponies
Where are you from? Long Island, NY
Where are you now? Alexandria, VA
How did you get from there to here? I know a guy.
Um, okay... & What do you do? Mild mannered TA by day, unreliable narrator by night
& When did you start doing... that? After my knee gave out in the war
You... were... in a war? ... anyway, who is important to you? Narwhales
*Nods vigorously while shifting through the interview papers* Right & do you have any animal companions? I have a cat and a partner.
Great! So, tell us about Hellscape?
How did you get to Hellscape Press? I have a safety deposit box that contains photos and documents Rhodes does not want made public.
*visibly flustered* Uh... I can't believe you would throw me under the bus like this... What does Hellscape mean to you? Hellscape is feeling like the world is sliding on black ice and the only thing that will stop it is a crash.
& What is your Hellscape? What populates it? A locked room full of clowns. Clowns. And people who argue against the Oxford comma.
What is it like to be in your “Hellscape”? That moment you realize you’ve made a terrible decision and there is nothing you can do to stop what you have started. On loop. Forever.
Sounds about right. What is Hellscape Press to you? Being crushed to death between two Right Wing pundits expounding upon their view of women’s rights. OR a space for horrible realizations, catharsis, and community
How does Hellscape Press relate to Hellscapes? It defines and explores and (if we’re lucky) undermines and overthrows them.
So, why do you work for us? Masochism.
That makes a lot of sense... So, what is important about Hellscape Press to you? The ability to think about what is happening to the world and what it means to each person on an individual level, as well as for America and humanity as a whole.
Tell me something fun?
What are your favorite books? Ishmael, Jane Eyre, The History of Love, White Noise, Her Body and Other Parties, There is a Monster at the end of This Book.
How do you spend your free time? HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Same. What is one thing you cannot live without? Autonomy
Right... & what your plans for the future? What do you want to see? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do?
“I want to live and I want to love. I want to catch something that I might be ashamed of.” Or, well, that was my go to quote in my 20s but maybe Morrissey will forgive me if we skip that last part…
I want to write someone’s favorite book, explore all 7 continents, and not have to worry about health care.