PAC'N HEAT: Meet The Contributors! Kathryn Mockler

PAC'N HEAT: A Noir Homage To Ms. Pac-Man will be available November 2016! Advance Copies will be for sale Oct. 29th at CANZINE 2016! Pac'n Heat Launch Party is Nov. 10th at See-Scape! Let's Meet The Contributors...

Kathryn  Mockler


Did you ever play Ms. Pac-Man?

Oh yes! I played in the arcade and in grade eight I got my very own mini arcade tabletop Pac-Man game. I still have it.

Do you/Did you play other video games?

In the 80s I had a ColecoVision and used to play Frogger, Q-Bert (here’s a free version), Tetris, and Donkey Kong. In the 90s I played Wolfenstein, which is when I realized I was the type of person who could easily get addicted to video games—especially first person shooters which are my favourite. Sometimes I would play for nine hours straight until I got dizzy and felt sick. I also played Doom, and I had a PSP stint a few years ago where I played Grand Theft Auto and some other bloody and violent games.

What did you find most appealing about video games?

I liked the violence and moving up to different levels was satisfying.

What did you find most frustrating?

That I could not be a casual player. That it’s all or nothing for me.

If you used to play video games and don’t any more, why did you stop?

Ultimately had to quit because I was too addicted and couldn’t get anything else done. I plan to do nothing but play video games when I retire.

What video games do you wish existed?

I think all the video games exist.

What about Noir as a genre appeals to you?

I like the murder plots and the tone of the narrators.

What’s your favourite work of Noir?

I really liked The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson.

What are you reading these days?

I’m rereading How to Win Friends and Influence People by the late great Dale Carnegie. It didn’t work the first time I read it, so I’m giving it another go.

What else are you working on now?

I’m working on a collection of short stories called The Boy is Dead and a screenplay called Weak People are Fun to Torment.

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