Lockdown rolls on, and so does my GAD-focussed podcast, which this time around sees me picking the brains of John Norris who blogs at Pretty Sinister Books and is surely one of the most widely-read members of our GAD coterie.
This episode sees us discussing the utilisation of magic in crime fiction, from its slightly disappointing pulpish roots up to the full dress detection of the Golden Age. We look at how magic and misdirection are essentially two halves of the same coin, examine the works of a few luminaries, and then veer into mummery, psychics, and other aspects of the dark arts, and after that it’s all something of a blur. I guess you’ll just have to listen below to find out more — or, if the player is, er, playing up for you, try clicking here to open it in your browser.
One thing’s for certain: John has some authors you’ve doubtless not heard of up his sleeve, so watch very closely…
My thanks to John for giving up his time to talk, and to all y’all for listening. Hope this finds you and your families well.
I’ve been reminded that I didn’t provide a link to my post on seances in fiction which is mentioned in the above discussion; you can find it here.