Stan

I never met Stan Lee. Closest I came was being shoved out of the way by his security detail when I nearly tripped over him in a crowded aisle at San Diego Comic Con in 2010. I am glad, in retrospect, that those guys stopped me from treading on him because he was tiny and he looked a lot more frail than he does on the big screen. But I did sit opposite his booth at the first Melbourne Oz Comic Con and I can tell you this much about him: he made people love comics. First and only con...

Curious Fictions – Free story and stuff

This new site Curious Fictions approached me a couple of weeks ago about joining up and posting some work there. A bunch of other, much better authors have shared short stories and other content there and it’s great company to be in, so I have joined up, too. https://curiousfictions.com/authors/460-jason-franks For starters I have posted my short story “Hellhound on My Trail“, a stand-alone piece featuring the bluesman Bad Jack Saunders from Bloody Waters, and if people tune in I’ll share more stories and other content.  Give us a follow and have a browse around, there are many fine writers on...

Ursula

Ursula Le Guin, my favourite author, just passed over the wall of stones. I always wanted to meet her, although I knew I never would. Ursula was, in my estimation, the best author I’ve read. She was wise and humane and original and vital, in her writing and, as best I can tell, through her life. Her craft was beyond impeccable: every sentence beautifully turned out, rhythmically perfect, and unfailingly clear, without ever being pretentious or showy, despite the planet-sized intellect that lay behind it.  I’ve just watched the The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a documentary by Arwen Curry...

Character and the Modern Magus

I wrote this essay for Pete Aldin about how I developed the Magus in Faerie Apocalypse, and what I learned from so doing. This particular character is probably the one that readers have remarked upon the most. One reviewer said he was unrelatable, repulsive an despicable (which he is). Others have told me that he is their favourite character in the book. He isn’t my favourite, but he was certainly the most difficult to manage. I think I threw out fifty percent of the material I wrote around this character. An early reader told me that he should have an...

Horror Tree

I did an interview for “Scott” Summers at the Horror Tree. We talk about dark genre fiction, travel, and writing process, among other things. Contains a short snippet out of Faerie Apocalypse. Make with clicky: https://horrortree.com/the-horror-tree-presentsan-interview-with-jason-franks/ FacebookTwitterTumblrEmail