Today I’m sitting down with my buddy Thom Stanley to talk
about his two books. His books are, to say the least, unique. Although the two
books are similar in tone, they are still very different even from each other. We’ll
take them one by one.
Amazon says this about My
Chupacabra Ate My Homework: A satirical and humorous look into all
things paranormal. Through the years, there have been many questions that have
gone unanswered regarding ghost, aliens, UFOs and other paranormal topics. This
book attempts to answer some of those questions with a bent toward the light
It looks to me like Thom has some serious explaining to
do. So without further ado, we’ll get to it.
MJB: Thom, would you tell us first about My Chupacabra Ate My Homework? What the
heck is a chupacabra, and what does it have to do with homework?
THOM: A chupacabra is literally Spanish for “goat
sucker.” From Puerto Rico to the Americas, chupacabras have allegedly been
responsible for animal mutilations, especially livestock. While scientists have
yet to acknowledge its existence, witnesses have described the menacing beast
as resembling a small bear on hind legs with spines protruding from its neck
MJB: Hmm, I have a sneaking feeling that most teachers wouldn’t
fall for this excuse from a student in class, but the kid might get an A for
effort. How did you gather all this information on the paranormal?
THOM: For more than ten years, I research books and
online paranormal sites to discover what people were asking and allegedly
MJB: So would you consider yourself an expert on these
THOM: Absolutely not. First I believe there are no
experts on any topic, as life is in constant flux. I find a question I
appreciate for whatever reason and exaggerate the answer based on the nonsense
of the question.
MJB: So you answer nonsense with exaggeration? Sounds
reasonable. What do you think is the most amazing and unbelievable incident in
THOM: People who claim to have been abducted by
extraterrestrials, probed, and returned to tell their story fascinate me. I
just don’t understand the human orifice fetish that life clearly more advanced
than ours has.
THOM: The title length is due to the vast number of
revered consultants. People seem more apt to follow the advice of celebrities,
some with and some without credentials, than to trust their own instincts or
seek the help from a loved one or friend.
MJB: What was the impetus behind this book? Did you find
the usual advice-givers were falling down on the job?
THOM: The usual advice givers are no more qualified than
Frankly Fanny to advise people who have reached out to outside influences to
solve their problems. The intent of these answers is to offer comic relief to
what seem to be issues of concern.
MJB: What would you say is the weirdest question that you
cover in your book?
THOM: I find questions from parents about the appropriate
time to talk with their children about the things their parents never talked
with them about to be most perplexing. The simple answer is that you will
always be too late to tell your kids what they already know about sex.
MJB: I think you’re right about that. That’s a
conversation that everyone seems to want to avoid for as long as possible, and
by the time they get around to it, it’s almost obsolete. Maybe they could just
hand the kid your book.
Obviously you gravitate toward the weird, the funny and
the strangely useful. What are you working on now? What subjects do you have
planned for the future?
THOM: I am compiling original horoscopes for my book: Astrology For The Weak, The World’s First
and Only Multiple Choice Horoscopes. Again, a lengthy title, sorry. Also,
I’m working on a book of what I believe are the world’s best quotes. My intent
through these books is to offer people a respite from the trials and
tribulations of daily life and the sorrow or pain it may bring.
MJB: Giving people an alternative to the stress and
teeth-gnashing of our complex society? That’s commendable. I think we all need
a break from that once in a while. If people want to find out more, how can
they find you?