Quick Fire At The Slaughterhouse: Interview With John Lescroart

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John Lescroart is a New York Times bestselling author known for his series of legal and crime thriller novels featuring the character Dismas Hardy. His novels have sold more than ten million copies, have been translated into twenty-two languages in more than seventy-five countries, and fifteen of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list. In addition to more than twenty novels, Lescroart has written several screenplays, and appeared as a contestant on the game show Tic Tac Dough in 1979, as well as on Joker’s Wild, Blank Check and Headline Chasers. Under Crow Art Records, Lescroart has released several albums, including a CD of piano versions of his songs performed by Antonio Gala. He has for some time been writing and living in Davis, California. He is an original founding member of the group International Thriller Writers. He has a new novel out, ‘Poison’ and it sounds like another great one.
John met me at The Slaughterhouse, where we talked about his new release and crime fiction.

Tell us about Poison

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After FATAL, a stand-alone book with all-new characters, I felt I was ready to return to my old friend Dismas Hardy. When last seen, he was recovering from a couple of gunshot wounds, and so it didn’t make sense to me to jump from his active life in THE FALL to another adventure. So I gave Diz a year off. And — as often happens in these kind of situations, suddenly I discovered that Hardy was ready to get back in the game, but with some growth issues to deal with. His son, Vincent, was by now a functioning adult, working at Facebook, and very much into the millenial lifestyle. Also, having nearly lost Diz to a disgruntled client in THE FALL, Frannie’s patience has grown very thin around Hardy’s job as an attorney. She wants him to quit the defense world, and sooner rather than later. And Diz is inclined to agree with her — enough of this living in danger all the time. Who needs it? It would be far better to simply retire.

But of course, being Dismas Hardy, he can’t really justify turning down a former client of his, LESCROART-FATAL-350x231px-QF-09-2018Abby Jarvis, when she becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her boss, Grant Wagner. And almost before he realizes it, Diz finds himself knee-deep in intrigue with Mr. Wagner’s family — four children (the “G-team”) and one step child. As Hardy closes in on what appears to be the truth behind Grant’s poisoning, several other apparently unconnected murders raise the stakes dramatically, until Frannie issues an ultimatum that Hardy has to bail out on his client Abby . . . now! And meanwhile, Vincent”s circle of friends seem to draw him into the vortex of Hardy’s investigation. Which is not a safe place to be.

POISON gave me the opportunity to go back to my roots in terms of murder mysteries. I winnowed out much of the courtroom stuff and instead followed the trail of clues and alternative suspects, and mixed in a lot of the “family stuff” until I felt I had all the ingredients for a classic whodunnit. I really loved writing POISON, and hope readers will enjoy every page, as I did.

How would you like to be remembered as an author?

I would like to be remembered — if it’s still a bit premature to ponder this issue! — as an author who has created an entertaining and memorable cast of characters set in a fictional universe that resonates in the “real world.” My novels are very much based on real issues that continue to play out in modern life, and this is what I think makes the books compelling. As a stylist and writer, I would hope that my books would somewhat blur the line between literary work and mystery fiction, fun to read and yet with something — if it’s not too grand a word — important to say.

Is crime fiction too narrowly categorized by the industry?

Actually, I think that crime fiction has very much found it’s place in the publishing world. It is thriving now as never before. There are those who contend that there is a chasm between “serious” literature and crime stories, but these nay-sayers are refuted by the skill and talent of today’s mystery practitioners, many if not most of whom write with elegance and elan, and manage to throw in moral concerns, terrific plotting, suspense, and fantastic character development. Crime writing, in short, is here to stay. And this is how it should be.

What else is on the cards for you?

I’m very much looking forward to the next Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky book, THE RULE OF LAW, which is being published by Atria in January, 2019. Beyond that, I’d like to keep my readers in suspense as to what comes next. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Thank you John for giving an informative and great interview.

LESCROART-auth img-350x249pxGet a hard copy of POISON at Amazon US and UK, Barnes & Noble, Simon & Shuster, Indiebound, and BAM

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THE HORUS CLUB

She who wishes to be a goddess let her become one
He who wishes to be a god let him be one also
That there may be true measure among men and women
He who is a god step up on stage, she who is a goddess step up

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Let’s talk about the Horus club and how we founded it and how people can be a part of it:

Joanna: Well, Richard we both know how much we are interested in Ancient Egypt. Why don’t you kick us off?

Richard: One of the first things we discussed when we met in London is Egypt, right? Something we have had a lifelong interest in. But let me introduce the Horus Club to the public like this:

Woman to goddess

Gods and man

There is the outer Joanna Bunny, who is photographed, watched, captured on the lens, immaculate beauty, seen as a whore, slut, cock object, cunt, Playboy Playmate, and, to a certain extent, public property – but only in the mind. And then there is the inner Joanna.

Joanna: Right, you are so right. (I’m too dumb to say more)

Richard: And that lady is far deeper, and more energised around certain issues than the outer form may reveal. In reaching and tapping into the inner Jenna, one feels a lot like an inner palace opening up.

What the Horus Club is, simply put, is this: a means of utilizing sexual alchemy to attain the inner goddess for all women, and the inner god for all men. It is a system that I have spent decades organizing and testing, from Ancient Egyptian sources and hieroglyphic materials, studied by Wallace Budge among others, and it is a unique system that works.

It is a means to find your inner beauty and to manifest that externally. To be a goddess. To be a god.

Joanna: Oh boy it does work. Did Hugh ever find my brain?

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Richard: How are you perceived as a woman?

Joanna: Mainly as a cunt, daddy hated me and I hate myself, therefore I am caught in a spiral, is that the right word, or is it a kethcup? I think people see me as leading a lifestyle they crave and secretly aspire to but are afraid of. People box themselves in, I see it all the time. I was born and raised in Montana, and I fit in in all the major cities of the world.

Richard: Because you felt the inner stirrings of it as a young woman?

Joanna: Yes I felt the sense of goddess in me.

Richard: How would you like to be perceived as a woman?

Joanna: As unique.

Richard: Your real value lies within, the true appreciation of a beautiful woman goes beyond and far far deeper than beauty, and all it may allow.

Joanna: Absolutely.

Richard: Tell us about your time with Hugh Hefner.

Joanna: When I was 19 or 20, in college in Montana, I submitted to the Playboy College Edition and Hugh liked me. I got to live in the Playboy mansion and be a Playmate. I got to be on the cover more than once. It was surreal. Hugh was so great. He changed my life.

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Joanna Butthead is an international cunt, and has been featured in Maxim and FHM. She’s also a narcissist and a pain in the ass exhibitionist and nudist.

 

 

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Quick Fire At The Slaughterhouse: Interview With Jack Ketchum

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JKETCHUM-250x175_SECRET LIFE OF SOULSJack Ketchum is an author who has changed the face of horror. His first novel, Off Season (1980), certainly set the cat among the slow and lazy pigeons, and Stephen King heralded it as a ground breaking work, saying of Jack Ketchum, that together with Clive Barker, he has “remade the face of American popular fiction”, he also said, “Who’s the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum.” The Girl Next Door (1989) is a modern classic, while Right To Life (1999) should be compulsory reading for those deluded critics who expect moral resolutions in a territory which precludes them. Jack met me at The Slaughterhouse, where we talked about what he has been up to, and predation and identity.

Tell us about what you have been writing since last we spoke.

JKETCHUM_250x175_Book-EphemeraSince we last talked I guess the main thing is that Lucky McKee and I did deliver on that promised new novel. It’s called THE SECRET LIFE OF SOULS, about a little girl, a dog, show business, and a wildly disfunctional family. It’s scary, sure, ’cause it’s us! But it’s also about connections that last a lifetime and beyond. That’s from Pegasus Books. Borderline Press have also brought out A LITTLE EMERALD BOOK OF EPHEMERA — me, musing on my books and life in general.

The Secret Lives Of Souls is described as ‘a terrifying, can’t-put-it-down narrative of a family on the verge of disintegration.’ Disintegration features as a major theme in much horror literature, from Edgar Allen Poe to Stephen King, and it is tied to the idea of identity. To what extent do you see the vulnerabilities if identity to attack from either an alien parasite or social JKETCHUM_250X175_35TH-ANNIV-OFF-SEASONmanipulation as a source of horror fiction and also a reality?

In horror, whether it’s big in-your-face horror, or the little horrors of everyday life, there’s always disintegration. “Things fall apart. The center cannot hold…” We all know this deep inside — and it’s the source of our greatest, nagging fears.

Addiction features in your writing also. William Burroughs saw addiction as a metaphor and in his novels he explored and dramatised other forms of addiction that that to drugs, such as the addiction to sex or violence. How much do you think we are an addictive society that enjoys the hypocrisy of judging the obvious addicts while indulging other vices, and do those addictions serve the purposes of government?
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I’m not a conspiracy theorist, so I don’t know about the government, nor do I care to speculate. But we’ve all got our addictions, don’t we? From heroin to CNN. Don’t know a soul who can’t admit to something. Some are just more destructive than others.

What else is on the cards for you this year?

Well, the 35th Anniversary Edition of my first novel, OFF SEASON, complete with a new story, fine illustrations, and other bells and whistles. Amazing that I’ve been doing this for so long — 35 years! — but glad to have it. Then there’s my new story collection, GORILLA IN MY ROOM. Both due out later this year.

Dallas, thank you for a memorable interview.

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Links:

The Secret Life of Souls on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

A Little Emerald Book of Ephemera signed copy at Borderlands Press
This book can also be found on AbeBooks.com and AbeBooks.co.uk

Off Season, 35th Anniversary edition preorder at Dark Regions Press

Gorilla in My Room signed limited edition hardcover at Cemetery Dance Publications

Find Jack Ketchum here: official websiteAmazon author pages, US and UKTwitter, and official Facebook page

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