Bloody Bookish has a special treat today! Author Maynard Blackoak has stopped by on the blog tour for his latest book, Eerie Trails… of the Wild Weird West.
EERIE TRAILS…OF THE WILD WEIRD WEST
In this collection of fourteen strange tales from the wild west, Cowboys and Indians face down supernatural beings of all varieties – from vampires and werewolves; to ghosts and vengeful spirits; to mythological creatures.
Saddle up cowboys and ladies alike, once the journey begins, Eerie Trails of the Wild Weird West will take you down a strange and bizarre path though the old west that you’ve never been on before.
Influences of the Wild West
Favorite authors and their writings can help shape the stories a writer pens. Their influence can be shown in different ways. Sometimes their voices influence our style in a particular story. There are other times their brush strokes help paint the path a story takes. In yet another way, favorite authors can affect how our characters and their development. Whether their impact is great or small, intended or not, it is there.
Each story in Eerie Trails of the Wild Weird West demonstrates the influence my favorite authors have on my writing. In Brethren, the works of two authors affected the story. The surrealism came from Poe. My tale might be not as dark and strange as most of his works. There is a bizarre element stemming from his influence.
There is also a minor Dickens influence present in the story. A Tale of Two Cities element found its way into the storyline. While the impact of Dickens’ tale is slight and unintentional, it shows how a piece of my favorite novel wormed its way into my subconscious.
Collateral Winds is another story with a Poe and Dickens impact. This tale borrows heavily on Poe’s darkness and surrealism. Those qualities are quite evident as the story unfolds. Scrooge from A Christmas Carol factored into the creation of the main character. Though Devileye Bobby Chambers is more heinous than Ebenezer, the overall disregard for humanity to get what he wants is the same.
Several other stories in Eerie Trails of the Wild Weird West display Poe’s darkness and surrealism to a degree. Some borrow more heavily on that aspect than others, but his influence is always there lurking in my subconscious. After all, he is one of the greats of classic literature that helped set the tone of my writing voice.
In the Devil’s Herds and Claire Simmons, the influence of H.P. Lovecraft is evident in each storyline. His particular brand of creepiness and the bizarre filtered into my subconscious thoughts as I wrote these tales. Even though I was not aware at the time, as I read the finished product, I recognized his effect on these two stories.
As a youngster, my favorite reads were the stories of Sherlock Holmes. Despite having to read them with a dictionary handy, I was enthralled by the detective’s wit and logic. Forget the usual books written for children, I wanted the highbrow writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While my intellectual approach to storytelling falls well short of his, the influence is still present.
To a lesser degree, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and O. Henry also affect my writing style. Many hours have been spent reading their works. It would be impossible for their voices not to have helped mold my writing.
There are other authors such as George Orwell, Dante, and Upton Sinclair who have added their voice to mine. Their influence might be so minute; I simply have yet to see it in my stories. As you read Eerie Trails of the Wild Weird West, you may see their effect in one or more of those stories. Regardless, I am sure you will enjoy taking that weird ride down some dusty trails.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
About the Author — Maynard Blackoak is a freelance writer living in the backwoods of Pawnee County, Oklahoma. He draws upon the sights of neglect and unusual sounds around him for inspiration. A bit of a recluse, he can often be found strolling through an old, forgotten cemetery or in the woods among the twisted black oaks and native elms under the light of the moon.
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