Detective Fantasy Theory Writer
Detective Fantasy Theory
Once in a while, an artist finds gold in the least expected of veins. For me, becoming a Top Detective Fantasy Writer kind of happened by accident. Like any good servant of the imaginative processes, I was bound to explore narrative via the Hero’s Journey and make it my playground. Therein, the detective fantasy genre took me by surprise.
Within the genre, there exists a childlike thrill for adventure, a passion for the strange, and a hunger to express the spirit that animates this form of fictional character. All fictional American detective hero characters have one thing in common - the trait most often referred to as being “hardboiled.”
There’s so much hidden within that cheeky term alone that we could unpack it all day - not the least of which is the provincial ambiance of the late-night diner, the long coat, and the wide-brimmed hat. The figure of the detective is and has always been derivative of the cowboy. Driven from the wildlands by the overgrowth of civilization - the detective is like an ingrown toenail version of the cattle driving working men of the American frontier.
The acceptance of the convention of mixing magic, fantasy, and the unreal with the desperately practical world of the detective is something we probably owe to literary greats like William S. Burroughs. With his psychedelic prose in Naked Lunch, we find the genre of detective fiction driven over the brink of madness in a delirious journey through that can only be weakly described as the Strange.
So, becoming a Detective Fantasy Theory Writer really was a sensible thing for me. Having discovered that intense symbolism of the genre, I felt it deserved to be defended from the literary elitists who dismiss it- to their great misfortune.
At the end of the day, it’s all about dreaming out loud. And I hope you’ll join me along the way.