Menu

An interview with Will Elliott

This week I interview Will Elliott, author of the highly acclaimed novel The Pilo Family Circus and the recently released Nightfall. We talk about his new book, what it's like having such a highly acclaimed debut novel, and what it's like having schizophrenia.

You can download this episode directly from Archive.org. If you have any questions for Will you can leave them in the comments below, you can email us at blog@fantasybookreview.co.uk, or you can contact us on twitter (@wElliottAuthor and @RyanL1986)

 

About Will
Will Elliott's debut novel The Pilo Family Circus was published after winning the ABC fiction award, beating 900 entries from across Australia.

Once published, it co-won the Aurealis award for best horror, won the Golden Aurealis for best novel, the Australian Shadows Award, the Ditmar, the Sydney Morning Herald "Best Young Novelist Award" for 2007, and was short-listed for the 2007 International Horror Guild Award, up against, among others, Stephen King.

In 2011 it won the "Best International Book" in the Nocte Awards. At present the book is being made into a play with the Godlight Theatre Company in New York.

His memoir, Strange Places, was published in Australia in May 2009. It was short-listed for the 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Following this was Will's visionary fantasy, The Pendulum Trilogy. His standalone comic fantasy Nightfall will follow.

Will was born in Brisbane, Australia.

Music
The awesome song you'll hear at the beginning and end of this podcast is Stealing Horses by Karl Buhre, who you can find on Facebook at facebook.com/karlbuhre and on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/KarlAlouatta.

Our Will Elliott reviews

Nightfall by Will Elliott

Aden awakens naked in a bath tub, knowing only that he is dead. His new world is Nightfall, a place filled with characters bizarre, grotesque and magical: Julius the duke, the monstrous Gorr family, the goddess Muse, Slythe the deadly assassin.On the night Aden awakens, the Forgetting closes in, erasing everything it touches. Aden has little time to discover why this world and its characters seem so familiar to him, and why they call his grandfather the Worldmaker... and he must work out if he is here to save this world, or to help destroy it.Yep. Last Friday I became one of t [...]

9.6/10

Read our full review

The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliott

“You have two days to pass your audition. You better pass it, feller. You’re joining the circus. Ain’t that the best news you ever got?”Delivered by a trio of psychotic clowns, this ultimatum plunges Jamie into the horrific alternate universe that is the centuries-old Pilo Family Circus, a borderline world between Hell and Earth from which humankind’s greatest tragedies have been perpetrated. Yet in this place—peopled by the gruesome, grotesque, and monstrous—where violence and savagery are the norm, Jamie finds that his worst enemy is himsel [...]

9.2/10

Read our full review

Inside Out by Will Elliott

Inside Out by Will Elliott is stand-alone novel where a man's brain provides the canvas for a trippy adventure through the world of cults and brainwashing. It is similar in style to his previous release Nightfall, and while it may not have the same emotional impact, the story is more comedic and, in my opinion, far more accessible.The story follows Denton, a young directionless man who is meandering through life without much hope or purpose. After a very angry moment where he flies off the handle in a road-rage incident, he is brought to his senses and "rescued" by a ve [...]

9.0/10

Read our full review

Our most popular interviews


Jen Williams

2020-04-15

Mark Lawrence

2019-01-04

Ian C Esslemont

2017-11-28

John Gwynne

2017-05-04

NK Jemisin

2010-06-11

Steven Erikson

2009-09-03
View all