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Inside Charlie’s Head

by C. Ross Jam on January 13, 2009

The Jennifer Morgue Cover.jpg Charlie Stross that is.

One of the nice things about getting back into reading books is that many authors now blog. I’m monitoring a rather arbitrarily compiled “4 Horsemen of the Scifiblogalypse”: Charles Stross, John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, and Cory Doctorow.

In The Atrocity Archives, Stross had a lengthy addendum describing how the book was a combination of spy thriller and Lovecraftian horror. Apparently he’s working on some follow up novels and the process is … nibbling at the dark corners of his mind. He coins the term Strangelovecraftian to cover the style of horror he’ll be further exploring in the Laundry series. Looks like it’ll be a blend of the absurdity of Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove and Lovecraft’s apocalyptic shuffling things from a cold, dark, alien time. It’ll probably be quite funny, in a sick sort of way.

Anyway, it’s an interesting look at how an author thinks about shaping an upcoming work. Now I have to go and place an order for the trade paperback of The Jennifer Morgue.

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