Please join me in welcoming author Nancy Collins here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in her Golgotham series, Right Hand Magic, will hit shelves on December 7, 2010. You can read an excerpt here.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Right Hand Magic. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
While the physical location of my new urban fantasy series—Golgotham– is that of Manhattan’s old Fulton Fish Market, it’s actually based on New Orleans’ French Quarter, New York City’s East Village/Alphabet City, and Atlanta’s Little Five Points. The one thing all these places had in common was that, despite their perceived dangerousness, I felt completely at home when I lived there. Each community embraced those who have spent most of their lives out of step with mainstream society. My new Golgotham series—starting with Right Hand Magic—is a love letter to such bohemian neighborhoods.
Those of you familiar with the Crescent City should recognize the French Market and Bourbon Street in Golgotham’s busy Fly Market and decadent Duivel Street. As difficult as it might be to imagine now, the French Quarter was once a functioning neighborhood, not just a tourist attraction. Families lived in the Quarter and there were restaurants and businesses that catered specifically to them, as opposed to the tourists. Years ago I haunted the punk clubs at Decatur and Esplanade, and enjoyed midnight meals at the Hummingbird Hotel and Grill, a 24/7 restaurant attached to a flophouse. The Hummingbird was the inspiration (in spirit) for The Two-Headed Calf, the favorite hang-out of Right Hand Magic’s protagonists, even though it’s physically based on Boston’s Union Oyster House.
When I first moved to New York from New Orleans, I lived on East 3rd, around the corner from Two Boots, a Cajun-style pizzeria. Their andouille & crawfish pizzas helped cushion the culture shock. Golgotham’s Strega Nona’s Pizza Oven is a (very) thinly disguised tip of the hat. I also lived near the Hell’s Angels NYC Chapter, which inspired the Golgotham Iron Maidens MCC. The inspiration for Hexe’s backyard was a vacant lot at 6th and B turned into a public garden, in the middle of which was a tower built of found objects such as scrap lumber, toys and discarded rocking horses. One of the first East Village boutiques I sought out was Tish & Snooky’s Manic Panic, ground zero for the popular fluorescent hair dyes & cosmetic line, and the inspiration behind the Kymerans’ outlandish hair color.
When I moved to Atlanta in 1999, I initially settled in Little Five Points, a section of town notorious for its bizarre boutiques, live music scene, and tattoo parlors. The character of Lafo, owner of the Two-Headed Calf, is based on a good friend of mine, co-owner of a neighborhood bar, who invited all his friends for a Thanksgiving Feast each year, where he would supply such delicacies as roasted wild boar, smoked venison, and corn dog casseroles.
I’m constantly amazed how each day I discover something new about Golgotham and those who call it home. Sometimes it feels not like I’m making things up, but instead serving as a channel for their tourism board. If you’re interested in finding out more about what Golgotham has to offer, I recommend checking out Golgotham Online.
Nancy A. Collins has authored more than 15 novels, numerous short stories, and served as writer for DC Comics’ Swamp Thing for two years. She is a recipient of the HWA’s Stoker Award and the British Fantasy Society Award, and has been nominated for the Eisner, John Campbell Memorial, World Fantasy & International Horror Guild Awards. Best known for her ground-breaking vampire character, Sonja Blue, her works include Sunglasses After Dark, the Southern Gothic collection Knuckles And Tales, & the Vamps series for Young Adults. A native of Arkansas, she has lived everywhere from New Orleans to New York City. She currently resides in the Cape Fear area of North Carolina with her fiancé, Tommy, and their Boston Terrier, Chopper.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Right Hand Magic.
1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.
2. Giveaway ends Tuesday, December 14th at 11:59 PM EST.
3. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.
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