INTERVIEW: Mark Chadbourn on “Jack of Ravens”, Writing Trilogies and *Not* Thinking in Terms of Genres or Sub-Genres
A two-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, Mark Chadbourn is the author of eleven novels and one non-fiction book. His newest book in the U.S., Jack of Ravens, starts the Kingdom of the Serpent trilogy. A former journalist, he is now a screenwriter for BBC television drama. His other jobs have included running an independent record company, managing rock bands, and working on a production line. He lives in a forest in the English Midlands.
Paul Weimer had the opportunity to ask Mark about his latest novel, trilogies and not thinking in terms of genres or sub-genres…
SF Signal: For those readers who haven’t read any of your novels…Who is Mark Chadbourn?
Mark Chadbourn: I do a lot of different things. In The US, I’m just drawing to a close a long – I guess you would call it – urban fantasy sequence, which began with World’s End and will end with Destroyer of Worlds. NIne books, a trilogy of trilogies. What would happen if the ancient mythological gods returned to our world today? Standing stones, prehistoric sites, magic, mysticism, fabulous beasts, the wild hunt, the original iterations of vampires, philosophy, psychology, politics. If you only like secondary world fantasy, it’s not for you. Save yourself the trouble. I’m not supposed to say that, am I? Sell, sell, sell! If you’re interested in the Occupy protests and the Burning Man Festival, you might like it. These books were first published outside the US starting about 12 years ago now.
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