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 🙂


Review – The Killing of a Bank Manager by Paul Kavanagh


This brilliant, uncategorisable novel, is proof if it were needed that indie publishers can kick the mainstream competition’s arses, in quality if not in sales. Hats off to Honest Publishing as well as the author. 

This feels like the kind of thing James Joyce would’ve been dabbling in if he were alive today.

Review – Gods Without Men (the audiobook) by Hari Kunzru 


Gods Without Men is a strange and wonderful book. But don’t take my word for it – take Douglas Coupland’s (which goes as far as coining a new literary term, Translit). 

In my view, the importance Coupland attaches to Kunzru’s work is entirely justified. 

My only PS is that it’s well worth tracking down the audiobook version. It’s very well produced, with its contrasting narrative strands performed by six ideally-suited voices. 
Great book, great recording. 

New ebook – Ambi & Anpsi and Other Stories by Lochlan Bloom


First of all, it’s great to be launching a new book through Philistine Press – our first in over a year. It’s a short story collection by the hugely talented Lochlan Bloom.  

Ambi & Anspi and Other Stories is described as: “Six starting stories, blending everyday life with horror, suspense and a touch of Kafka.”

Download it for free here.