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People Sometimes Ask Me What The Life Of A Writer Is Like

And here’s a clue.

I’m sitting here at 2.24am on a Saturday night listening to the Pillows and trying to write something about zombies while peering through an alcoholic haze induced by drinking something over a litre of 8.5% beer somewhat quicker than may have been advisable.

Basically, I gave up living like a human being something like sixteen years ago.

Fucking zombies, I ask you. I’m never accepting a bet from a publisher again, I can tell you that much.

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32 Comments

  1. Remy

    Remy

    You sir…are my hero.

  2. Bigby Fife

    Bigby Fife

    It’s only 6:30 here, but I’m in the same boat. People think I’m joking when I tell them I socialize once a month.

  3. Tamara

    Tamara

    Hooray! Zombies.

  4. I wish I could empathize more, but honestly, sir, ZOMBIES.

  5. If you were in New Mexico, I’d assume you were referring to me as the beer drinker… and I look forward to your pub-fueled zombie mayhem.

  6. Jacob

    Jacob

    I’m at my real job wishing I could be doing yours…it’s a little after 8PM, I’m having serious caffeine and methadone withdrawals. Well, fuck me if I don’t hate it here. Good luck with the zombies.

  7. edu

    edu

    You like The Pillows? Dear God, why can’t I find a woman like you?

  8. Plague zombies or voodoo zombies?

  9. None of those are as scary as angsty homoerotic Ann Rice style zombies. “I love him! But he’s just a torso and a head – our love can never be!”

    Perhaps I should start drinking beer.

  10. Fred B

    Fred B

    Music, beer, zombies… sounds like a date with Al Gore.

  11. Zombies are the vampires of the ’00s!

    You too could be the next Poppy Z. Brite, and spend the next twenty years cursing the undead.

  12. The Pillows? Truly, you *are* intarwub jebus.

  13. Ah, the Pillows. Fantastic, upbeat Japanese rock band. I only first heard them on FLCL (Fooly Cooly), one of the most bizarre, original anime shows I’ve ever come across one late night when I was struggling with insomnia. If you haven’t seen FLCL, rent it now. It’s only six episodes long and, chances are, you’ll sit through all of them.

    Hmm, Warren Ellis and zombies? Whatever, whenever it comes out, I’ll be there.

    MPV

  14. Josh Hechinger

    Josh Hechinger

    Except the drinking, that’s pretty much how my nights go too nowadays. I find this oddly comforting.

    But my zombie’s a cowboy, so nyah.

  15. Anthony Baker

    Anthony Baker

    The Pillows — brilliant.

    Am assuming this is off of the FLCL soundtrack, or is it some other album?

  16. Anthony Baker

    Anthony Baker

    Also, I just want to state for the record that I came across FLCL in the same late-night stupor that Mel did. You’re watching what you think is some normal anime series (wonderful character design and all), and then it just goes WHACK and twisted on you as if you were suddenly stoned/drunk/whatnot.

    Wonder what other shows the creators have done…

  17. Oh well, imagine you wouldn’t be a writer, then you’d be drunk without anyhting to moan about…. Or not.

    Ah well. It’s only 10:31pm here and *I* feel like dropping over dead, now that is depressing, I take your zombies anytime.

  18. james

    james

    warren.. you just described the lifestyle of me and most of my friends and we can barely write our name..

  19. it’s cuz of the fkn chickens man…. the fkn chickens with their gobble this and gobble that… no wait that’s turkeys… hmmmm… wild turkey…

    yeah…. um.. and tequila.

  20. possible story idea for you, you can have it for free (I’ll sign waivers or whatever)

    Zombies and lepers.


    rodent (putting the eek in geek)

  21. NaD

    NaD

    Fucking Zombies… because when two zombies really, truly, care about each other. They fuck.

  22. Living the dream Warren, living the dream.

  23. Maybe it’s time for a run of “Ellis Hate Future” strips.

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  25. Chris

    Chris

    Well, since everyone else is asking…
    Did the Pillows do anything that wasn’t the FLCL soundtrack? If so, where can I get it?

  26. The Pillows have released 15 or so albums since 1989.

    Try Yesasia.com, or Amazon Japan.

  27. If you mean “Blackgas,” I think that it succeeds.

  28. Jonathan Visminas

    Jonathan Visminas

    ACCEPT THE SWEET LOVING EMBRACE OF SWEET ZOM-BAY JAY-SUS! HE WISHES TO LOVE YOU, AS HE LOVES EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. ALWAYS REMEMBER: SWEET ZOM-BAY JAY-SUS LOVES YOU! RAW!

  29. Jurgen Pletinckx

    Jurgen Pletinckx

    “a litre of 8.5% beer”

    The curse of Chimay strikes again, I presume.

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