Urban Fantasy, with living influence.
I’ve been working on Immortal Fear for the better part of 4 years.
Since I took my first teaching job really.
The prologue’s motorcycle scene was the inspiration behind the story to begin with. I was driving home from a particularly rough day with middle school children, my nerves already frayed beyond belief, when a motorcyclist passed me in the fast lane easily pushing 100 mph while the rest of the congested traffic pushed on normal afternoon rush hour fashion.
I just imagined, with a cringe, this guy swerving onto the gravel shoulder or hitting the back of a car whose breaks worked just a little too well and being catapulted off the bike.
That combined with reading a LOT of Stephen King at the time, I found myself writing Immortal Fear.
As far as I know the motorcyclist was fine. I wished the guy no ill will – he just put some sick imagery in my head.
Grimdark, Stephen King, and Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden
While I don’t think I write in the style of Stephen King, I am heavily influenced by the way he writes horror. While there are many paranormal themes in his works there’s also a lot of gore.
That’s what I wanted the reader to get a sense of in the beginning of Immortal Fear.
The problem is, I’m a fantasy author and have relatively little interest in writing horror for a living. I hadn’t discovered the great Fantasy Grimdark genre as of yet, pioneered by Michael Moorcock, George R. R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, or Mark Lawrence; I was still enthralled with Harry Dresden.
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files combined my favorite elements of fantasy into one bad ass character. He brought disparate mythologies together to create a world that feels like the one we live in. Then he turned it on it’s head using Celtic, Norse, and Christian lore that made the world feel deep and complex. Then he added vampires that were actually scary and didn’t just glitter in the sun.
I was sold.
Silas Bishop (Immortal Fear’s protagonist) is what I imagine Kincaid (a character who first appeared in Death Mask) would be like if he had his own series. A brutal killer whose alignment is unknown to us, until we traverse his complicated past and understand the past that motivates him.
I think he turned out to be less ‘Anti-Hero’ than Kincaid, but the influence remains.
Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Norse Mythology
I didn’t realized how much this book had influenced me until Grimm popped up in Immortal Fear. Suddenly I had my own twisted versions of Shadow and Mr. Wednesday walking through a world I had created. Then my mythology took a turn towards the classics.
I’ve been fascinated by the Norse Mythology ever since I started listening to metal in the early 2000’s. Immortal, Emperor, Hammer Fall: these bands were my first real taste into the Norse myth. I learned more and more on my own because I found it all so interesting. How could one deity be the god of war, death, wisdom, and poetry?
It’s because truth has many facets and each of us can only see a piece.
So when a fictional character meets an unknowable god, their motives can only be guessed. That’s part of the mystery of the plot itself.
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