And above all else, I keep coming back to Carnacki. The ghosthunter resonated with me immediately on my first reading many years ago. Several of the stories have a Lovecraftian viewpoint, with cosmic entities that have no regard for the doings of mankind. The background Hodgson proposes fits with some of my own viewpoint on the ways the Universe might function, and the slightly formal Edwardian language seems to be a "voice" I fall into naturally.
I write them because of love, pure and simple.
You may notice while reading that Carnacki likes a drink and a smoke, and a hearty meal with his friends gathered round. This dovetails perfectly with my own idea of a good time. And although I no longer smoke, writing about characters who do allows me a small vicarious reminder of my own younger days. I wish I had Carnacki's library, his toys, but most of all, I envy him his regular visits from his tight group of friends, all more than willing to listen to his tales of adventure into the weird places of the world while drinking his Scotch and smoking his cigarettes.
I read widely, both in the crime and horror genres, but my crime fiction in particular keeps returning to older, pulpier, bases.
Derek is a Bogart and Chandler fan, and it is the movies and Americana of the '40s that I find a lot of my inspiration for him, rather than in Victoriana.
He's turned up in three novels so far, THE AMULET, THE SIRENS and THE SKIN GAME, all out now in ebook at all the usual online stores and in shiny new paperback and audiobook editions from Gryphonwood Press.
THE AMULET is also out in a Portuguese language edition from Retropunk Publicadoes (with the other 2 novels to follow) and there's a German language edition of THE AMULET from Blitz Verlag.
There's also an ever growing list of Midnight Eye short stories, and three novellas, RHYTHM AND BOOZE in my Dark Melodies collection, DEAL OR NO DEAL from Gryphonwood Press, and FARSIDE in the OCCULT DETECTIVE QUARTERLY PRESENTS anthology.
Derek has developed a life of his own, and I'm along for the ride.
There seems to be quite a burgeoning market for this kind of mixing of detection and supernatural, and I intend writing more... maybe even a lot more.
I've sold a new CARNACKI collection to Dark Regions Press and have a collection of Midnight Eye stories coming from Gryphonwood Press. Watch this space, and see the list below for details of what I've done so far.
Short Stories not in any of the above