Therese here–and Happy Halloween to everyone. Today’s guests are Janice Gable Bashman and Jonathan Maberry, authors of WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil, which seemed apropos today. From their bios:
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestseller, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner and a writer for Marvel Comics. He has written a number of award-winning nonfiction books and novels on the paranormal and supernatural, including THE CRYPTOPEDIA, VAMPIRE UNIVERSE, THEY BITE, ZOMBIE CSU and PATIENT ZERO. His latest novel is ROT & RUIN.
Janice Gable Bashman has written for THE BIG THRILL, NOVEL & SHORT STORY WRITER’S MARKET, THE WRITER, WILD RIVER REVIEW, and many others.
Together, they wrote a book about the history of good and evil in storytelling, including details about monsters and other villains. Illustrated by top horror, comic & fantasy artists, it includes interviews with folks like Stan Lee, Mike Mignola, Jason Aaron, Fred Van Lente, Peter Straub, Charlaine Harris and many more.
Sound like a good place to start your research into what makes a bad guy truly bad, what makes a hero worthy of a cape, mask and batcave? We thought so, too. Enjoy!
CREATING INTRIGUING HEROES AND VILLAINS
It’s not easy for writers to craft three-dimensional heroes and villains, characters so unique, so real, that readers remember them long after they’ve finished the book. So before you put the pen to the page or the fingers to the keyboard, it’s important to know the characteristics of intriguing heroes and villains.
For our book, WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE, we interviewed tons of experts about what makes good heroes and villains in film, comics, pop culture, world myth, literature, and the real world. Here’s what some best-selling authors had to say.
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