Momus Report on Bloody Waters

The stellar Emmet O’Cuana reviews Bloody Waters over at the Momus Report. http://themomusreport.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/bloody-waters-by-jason-franks.html “This is confident and very entertaining writing, at times reminiscent of Harlan Ellison’s Spider Kiss meets Pratchett and Gaiman’s classic Good Omens. Franks’ enthusiasm for rock shines through on every page, but there’s also a satirical wryness here which catapults this above other supernatural thrillers clogging up the market.” Couldn’t ask for a better review than that. Now if you will excuse me, I’ll be over here dancing with these surfing penguins. — JF FacebookTwitterTumblrEmail

Prolific

So, Bloody Waters is out. In the immediate future I have The Sixsmiths vol.02 underway and also McBlack vol.02, and I am now actively trying to sell my second novel, Faerie Apocalypse, which I completed in 2012. My third novel, tentatively entitled XDA Zai, is presently a second draft, with several more to go before it’s submission-ready. Does this make me prolific? It sounds like a lot, but it’s really not. In the two years since The Sixsmiths came out I’ve produced two one shots, I’ve edited two anthologies, and I’ve sold a couple of short stories. Bloody Waters was a...

Devil Takes Care of His Own

You all know the story. A sad-sack who can’t play the guitar goes to the crossroads and makes a deal with the Devil for skill, prestige, and success. Which he receives before things go horribly wrong. Sometimes it’s a violinist or a horn player, of course, and very occasionally it’s a singer, but the folk tales are older than the legend of the ill-fated blues guitarist Robert Johnson and the stories almost are almost always about a man who plays guitar. Which of course is fucking lame. Every guitarist worth spitting on put hundreds of hours into learning his instrument–to...

Humerus

So Bloody Waters is out and by all indications it’s doing pretty well. I have been receiving a steady stream of feedback about it, and so far all of it positive. At least one reader smashed through the book in the first 24 hours of its release–that makes me feel good. Even my old man seems to like it. One of the most common things I am hearing is that the humour of the book takes people by surprise. I’ve heard this quite often before, usually in relation to McBlack. Despite the fact that my best-known book, The Sixsmiths is...