Author: Marisha Pessl
Genre: Mystery, Literary, Thriller
*The following transcript is of an exclusive interview with Scott McGrath.
*It is an interview made up by Carolyn and is not real.
Hello everyone, today I am here with my assistant interviewer, Bob and of course the infamous reporter himself Scott McGrath. That’s right, THE reporter, the reporter that figured out the murder (suicide?) of Ashley Cordova, daughter of the very famous, but very elusive horror film director, Stanislas Cordova. His impressive investigative reporting is chronicled in Pessl’s Night Film. I’m here with him today to discuss the case in detail like never seen before.
Interviewer 1: So, let’s start off this interview with why you wanted to pursue this case when Cordova had already shot down your reporting career previously after you slandered him on TV for having allegedly done horrific things to children. That’s a big statement.
McGrath: Well, obviously, the book starts out a few years after that incident and I just couldn’t shake the feeling that something wasn’t right with Ashley’s death. Call me reckless but there must have been a reason why she supposedly commited suicide and why is her father, this horror film director hiding out in his mansion? Why is he so elusive? The last known interview he had done was way back in 1977 and as a reporter of some of the biggest mysteries, I just couldn’t let it go.
Bob: That’s very interesting [taps his pen on the paper], so how did you escape from that mental institution? Can you teach me how to do that, you know, for future reference?
McGrath: The most I’ll say is just read the book. That’s all the info I’m offering.
Interviewer 1: ANYWAYS, let’s talk about the book in general. How did you feel Pessl portrayed your investigation? Accurate?
McGrath: I think she did an amazing job for the most part. She was very attentive to the eerie atmosphere that pervaded this investigation and I think she really kept you guessing until the very end. I’m glad that she didn’t sacrifice delving into my own personality and the people that helped me with this case just for the sake of the plot. And in that sense, I think the book reminds me a lot of Stephen King’s books with a splash of Gillian Flynn.
Bob: So did you really kiss-
Interviewer 1 [glares at Bob]: Did you think you would ever end up working with the supernatural of all things. I know your investigation took a very cult-ish route complete with exorcisms and the like.
McGrath: Well, I was definitely scared of bringing my daughter into this but I think it allowed me to expand my thinking, that there could be other explanations. My thinking is very grounded in reality.
Me: Does this investigation cause you to believe in other types of reality?
McGrath: I think it opens me up the possibility. But you know maybe the supernatural is just a way of masking reality.
Bob: So you’re saying you didn’t really do the investigation so you masked reality?
McGrath: ..I never said that.
Interviewer 1: Please excuse Bob, he’s new to this. [Proceeds to subtly stomp on Bob’s foot] I gotta say I love the blog articles and interesting factoids in the book. It really lets me see into the investigation.
McGrath: Right and I think it just added a level of mystery and creepiness to the story
Interviewer 1: I have personally read the book and I am still very intrigued by that ending. I know you wanted to leave it ambiguous on purpose but can you shed more light on it. Perhaps, a hint or two?
Bob: Yeah I read it too and I didn’t really like it. You’re just talking to people and they just spill their guts out. If Cordova is so elusive, how come so many people are willing to spill the beans about him??
McGrath: Well for the first time, you bring up a good point Bob, and honestly I don’t know. [To interviewer 1] And I think everyone’s been asking me that and I’m still not going to tell. All I gotta say for readers is that nothing is as it seems and to keep an open mind.
Interviewer 1: Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with us. It’s much appreciated.
Bob: Wait, I have one more question!! I wanted to ask if he could get me a tour of the weird mansion he broke into??? And what about the blood he found on the–???
Interviewer 1: CUT THE INTERVIEW NOW [murmurs] I’m going to fire Bob.