Interview – Lochlan Bloom

Lochlan’s short story collection, Ambi & Anspi and Other Stories can be downloaded for free from For information on Lochlan’s other stuff, visit

 Lochlan Bloom


Who are Ambi and Anspi?

Ambi and Anspi are names dreamt up by a small girl trying to understand a world that is too strange for her to fully comprehend.

Who are your influences?

I’ve always been interested in fiction that that attempts to describe things that are somehow ‘beyond’ the everyday world we know. One of the most powerful uses of fiction for me is to allow us to grasp at something deeper when we describe events and as such its often as little as a line or a paragraph that makes all the difference. A few authors that can achieve that sense for me are:  Kazuo Ishiguro, Paul Auster, David Lindsay, Franz Kafka, Michel Houllebeq, Christopher Priest.

How would you describe your writing process? 

Keep banging my head against the keys until something feels like it’s working its way out.

Your short story, Metamorphosis, retells the famous Kafka tale from a different perspective. Do you think readers need to be familiar with Kafka in order to appreciate the story? 

I would hope it stands on its own but I would also encourage anyone to read Kafka if they have not already….

Are you working on anything new at the moment?

I am but it’s under wraps for the moment.

How do you feel about non-profit publishing?

I think any author’s first aim should be writing something that they are proud of and that connects with readers. As such non-profit publishing is an excellent way to get your work out there but having said that if anyone wants to write me a cheque, I’m not going to stop them 🙂

Published by

Frank Burton

I'm a fiction writer, and founder of the non-profit online publisher, Philistine Press. I'm the author of the short story collection, A History of Sarcasm (Dog Horn 2009). My short story, The World, was featured on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Reading. My novel, The Prodigals, can be downloaded for free at

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