This week’s Night Bazaar topic is “Your Greatest Influence,” and I’m going to be lazy and recycle a previous post about my favorite writers, since the list for both topics is the exactly same. What and who I liked to read was an indelible influence on what and how I like to write. I would not be the writer I am today – for better of for worse – without having read these men. So, here we go….
On my blog, Sabrepunk, I define what I mean by the term thusly:
Sabrepunk is swashbuckling, street-wise sword and sorcery that draws from low fantasy, hard-boiled pulp, cloak-and-dagger thrillers, and old-fashioned romantic adventure. It is visceral and immediate. It is crude and sly. It is red and black and break-neck. The doings of sorcerers and kings may spark the action, but rarely are they the story themselves. Instead, the tales are of hard men and dangerous women whose lives are mauled by the whims of the powerful, and who must therefore draw swords and fight in order to survive. There are heroes here, but no saints.
My influences are many, and make for a strange gumbo – Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Alexander Dumas, Raphael Sabatini, Dorothy Sayers, Raymond Chandler, George MacDonald Fraser and Michael Moorcock, as well as William Gibson, Damon Runyon, Sarah Waters and, just to be perverse, P. G. Wodehouse.
Hmmm. That’s too many different influences to profile in an easily digestible blog post, so, out of that gumbo, who are my top four greatest influences? I’m glad you asked. Here they are in no particular order. (more…)Read More...