It came to my attention recently that someone was reading A Clockwork Vampire with an eye toward a straight paranormal. And by straight, I don’t mean some sexual predilection. Because, in actuality, A Clockwork Vampire has several gay and bisexual characters, and Edwin McGillicuddy, my intrepid hero, is certainly less than straight as an arrow. What I mean is, I wrote the book during a bad period while my mom was fighting breast cancer, and although I was interested in seeing if I could craft an actual paranormal/urban fantasy, something I’d never really written before, I found, when I had finished, that I had actually written a satire about paranormals and urban fantasy.
Yes, A Clockwork Vampire is, at its heart, a comedy. It makes fun of such series as Anita Blake and Sookie Sackhouse. You can yell at me if you like, but I thought it would be funny to deconstruct popular literature and poke some fun at its various popular tropes—the manly, yet somehow girly, heroes always acting at the behest of their love interests, the over-powered heroines, thin, sexy, never making mistakes. After I got done yukking up the book, I found myself in possession of characters like Edwin McGillicuddy, a vampire and former mob lackey so stubborn he clashes constantly with his wife (you know, like real husbands and boyfriends do) and Eliza McGillicuddy, geeky, overweight, and in possession of a most bizarre superpower, the ability to control computers and machines. Together, they make fun of standard urban fantasies, but, hopefully, also bring a level of realism to the table—if such things as a steam-powered America and vampires fighting for civil rights could be called “realism”. Maybe magic realism?
Modern steampunk is very good at embracing satire, in my opinion, so that was one of the reasons I decided on my alternate, steam-powered America for the book. The book doesn’t just make fun of paranormal romance, it makes fun of our entire world. Sex, religion, Agatha Christie—nothing is sacred, as far as I’m concerned. That’s my argument and I’m sticking with it! And besides, I can always say the Devil Prince Edwin McGillicuddy made me do it. Yes, I even make fun of the devil.
Anyway, with the imminent arrival of the dead tree edition, and the ebook already picking up steam (pun intended) I hope you’ll journey down this road with me and have fun. You can always claim the devil made you do it.