Mord appears in Borne, the short novel I’m working on. In the novel, Mord is a huge floating bear-creature terrorizing a ruined post-apocalyptic city in which an anonymous dysfunctional Company still creates bioneered creatures for places far-distant that haven’t yet become failed states. The thing known as “Borne” is found by the viewpoint character, Rachel, who lives in a trap-strewn fortified underground stronghold called the Balcony Cliffs with Wick, a rogue bioneer who left the Company a few years ago.
I thought it might be interesting to interview Mord about the experience of appearing in the novel.
Has it been fun being in the novel so far?
MORD HATE NOVEL. MORD HATE YOU. MORD CRACK BONES, EAT MARROW.
Is it true you were once human?
MORD IS MORD.
How accurately do you think the novel depicts your character?
MORD NOT MURDERER. MORD NOT RAGING FOOL. MORD NOT “RUINING CITY”.
But at last count, you had killed over four thousand people. How do you explain these actions?
MORD HUNGRY. MORD ONLY KILL FOR FOOD.
Doesn’t the Company feed you?
MORD ALSO KILL BECAUSE MORD DEPRESSED. MORD DEPRESSED AND ANGRY AND WANT OUT OF NOVEL. (SOMETIMES MORD KILL FOR FUN. SOMETIMES MORD JUST SIT DOWN SUDDENLY AND KILL PEOPLE BY ACCIDENT.)
Is that really an excuse?
MORD NOT CARE.
If you found a child playing near a river, what would you do?
MORD DUNK CHILD IN RIVER FOR FLAVOR. MORD EAT CHILD. MORD USED BONES AS TOOTHPICK.
What do you think of Borne?
MORD THINK BORNE POSER. MORD HATE BORNE. MORD EAT BORNE IF FIND BORNE. MORD CRUNCH BORNE BONES IF BORNE HAD BONES BUT BORNE COWARD AND HAS NO BONES. BONELESS BASTARD BORNE.
Read anything good lately?
MORD READ LORD OF FLIES. THEN MORD EAT LORD OF FLIES.
What is your philosophy of life?
MORD FORCE MULTITUDES AGREE WITH MORD AND JOIN MORD IN BATTLE. MORD NEVER KNEEL. MORD NEVER BEG FOR MERCY. MORD CANNOT DIE AND WILL FIGHT ON FOREVER.
Finally, what do you find beautiful?
MORD FIND YOUR ENTRAILS BEAUTIFUL.