William Rotor

Pan, fiction, Issue 28, September 1, 2014


Birthdate? 1994-03-30

When did you start writing? I've still got a thick crayon book from preschool, journaling the adventures of "Star War" and his battles with "alians." It ended with the heat-death of the universe.

When and what and where did you first get published? Eleven years old. 300-word story about Hurricane Katrina. Anthology collection for young writers. Everyone loved it. I didn't.

What themes do you like to write about? Connections, honestly. Two or more people connected by a shared experience or a traumatic event ... or simply by coming to an understanding about each other. Usually coupled with madness-inducing terror. I suppose it's a bit of wish fulfillment.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I'm interested in experimental storytelling and the possibilities of new formats. I loved House of Leaves (Mark Danielewski), as most people should, but things like Time (Randall Munroe), Homestuck (Andrew Hussie), Ruby Quest (Weaver), Marble Hornets (Troy Wagner), and most of Emily Carroll's works (particularly Margot's Room) have all been captivating in the way they tackle long-form storytelling using a unique perspective or format. The stories themselves may often lack a certain finesse, but the way they're told is what makes them interesting to me. The medium is the message, et cetera.

And you're looking at a massive Lovecraft fan. Just his themes and ideas. Can't stand his style of writing, and can't stand the Cthulhu Mythos as a whole. His themes alone resonate with me and show up in almost everything I write.

Biography
Moved to Australia in 2010. Used to live in Canada, used to change homes once a year. Maybe I'll stay here. I like here.