Interview of the Iron Butterfly

Richard Smith, converter, customizer and all around good bloke, has kindly interviewed me over at his site, Tales of a Wargaming Butterfly. We talk about Gotrek and Felix, Charles St. Cyprian, and writing in general. From the interview:

WB: I really enjoy your dark humour and wit in the books I have read, and notice you are quite the fan of crime fighting and the occult. What was your first experiences with this genre and who do you think has added to it over the years to bring it into competition with some of the other horror sub genres?

JR: My first experience with the occult crime-fighter was actually William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki, in the story “The Horse of the Invisible”. From there I discovered Manly Wade Wellman’s supernatural sleuth, John Thunstone, and I became a fan of the occult detective genre in all of its forms.  As to what’s been added to it, well, it’s less a case of addition and more one of standardization, in my opinion. The fact of the matter is that nearly every urban fantasy or paranormal romance novel on the shelves today is, to some degree, an occult detective novel. And that’s not even counting the straight additions to the genre by writers like Justin Gustainis, Ben Aaronovitch, or Seanan McGuire. Somewhere around the late Seventies, early Eighties, someone figured out that the formula of [investigator] + [monster] = [audience appeal], and it’s continued to hold its own against other sub-genres ever since.

Why not go check out the whole interview? And after you do that, be sure to check out the rest of Richard’s site, especially the ‘Forge World Only’ project.

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