Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Co. virtual book tour for Luke Tarzian’s Absurdist Fantasy novel A Cup of Tea at the Mouth of Hell! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character of the book, Stoudemire McCloud, Demon!
You can find our interview below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, and links to purchase a copy of A Cup of Tea at the Mouth of Hell for yourself! Also, be sure to take a look at the schedule here or at the top of the post and follow along to see the stops from our other awesome hosts!
A Cup of Tea at the Mouth of Hell by Luke Tarzian
Series: Whimsy Hell
Genre: Absurdist Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Adult
Published: August 7, 2022
Publisher: LukeTarzian.com (Self Published)
BRIEFLY, A WORD ABOUT ORDER
Order is the focal point around which existence revolves. Without order there is only chaos. And in the halls of Damnation (pronounced Dam-NAWT-ion, thank you kindly) the first sign of impending chaos is a cup of tea made without the water having first been well and properly boiled in a kettle.
Why is this relevant, O nameless narrator, you ask? Who cares about the preparatory order of tea in the fires of Hell?
Lucifer, dear reader. After all, how does one expect to properly greet the newcomers to Hell without having first had a hot cup of tea to bulwark the cold?
Behold The Morning Star, frantic on the annual Morning of Souls, the arrival of Damnation’s newest recruits.
Someone has misplaced the kettle.
Sad Boi Searches for His Missing Tea Kettle • Bring Your Tissues • Me, Myself, and I and the Times We Got High
Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Stoudemire McCloud, Demon, therapist to Lucifer Morningstar.
What music do you listen to?
The “sultry” sounds of Phallic Forest.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
Whiskey, in quantities of three. Have you read the shit I deal with in Hell?
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
What do you do in your free time?
Listen to Lucifer whine.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
You think I want to get out of bed? O, reader…
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Erase your browser history.
What do you carry in your bag?
What’s your favorite animal?
Not the serpents in Phallic Forest.
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
We’re a sorry lot. Read the story and you’ll understand why.
Do you have favorite saying?
What is your favorite holiday?
It’s certainly not the Morning of Souls. Not after this book.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
The Gleezeria. One truly needs to be high as a fucking kite to deal with the content of this book.
What do you do to relax?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite season?
How would you define happiness?
What are you passionate about?
How do you feel about your government?
*Stares in metaphor*
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
Phallic Fucking Forest
What’s your biggest secret?
Read and found out, my friends.
What do you hate?
I really don’t know how many times I can reasonably say “Phallic Forest.”
What’s your biggest fear?
What do you think your best quality is?
My unrepenting desire to listen.
How would you describe the world you live in?
Whimsy what-the-fucking Hell.
About the Author
Luke Tarzian was born in Bucharest, Romania. His parents made the extremely poor choice of adopting him less than six months into his life. As such, he’s resided primarily in the United States and currently lives in California with his wife and their twin daughters. Somehow, they tolerate him.
Unfortunately, he can also be found online and, to the dismay of his clients, also functions as a cover artist for independent authors.