One of the stranger things I've encountered, and which I'm still having a hard time wrapping my brain around, is the idea that because I write about werewolves and vampires and Bigfoot, that I must somehow then believe they exist.
This idea never occurred to me.
I just got my first one star review. It was for The Dead Spend No Gold. Basically the comment was "pure speculation."
Well, you know, it is a book about werewolves and Bigfoot. Speculation isn't even the half of it.
I looked up the other reviews by this person, and sure enough there were several non-fiction books about Bigfoot, expressing their belief that Bigfoot is real.
So...well, nothing I can do about it.
When Led the Slaughter, the Donner Party Werewolves first came out, I got the strangest question over and over again.
"Is it true?"
At first I laughed, thinking they were making a joke. "Only the werewolves," I'd respond.
It finally dawned on me that they were asking a serious question. So that was the first surprise.
Did they believe in werewolves? Are there actually people who believe in werewolves?
As more time passed, I realized I had this wrong. The person asking didn't necessarily believe in werewolves, but they assumed that I did!
I still have a hard time with this. I live half my life in a fictional world, maybe more if you count my dreams at night. Movies, TV., books, comics, games.
All made up, folks.
I pretty much don't believe in anything supernatural, nor have I seen any evidence of it. To me, these are symbolic representations of bigger truths.
And, well...sometimes they're just entertainment.
4 days ago