Thursday, October 27, 2022

K. Eason

K. Eason lives with her husband and a trio of disreputable cats in Southern California, where she teaches first-year college students about zombies and food (not at the same time!). Her short fiction has appeared in Cabinet-des-Fées, Postcards from Hell: The First Thirteen, Jabberwocky 4, Crossed Genres, Kaleidotrope, Ink: Queer Sci Fi Anthology, and Shapers of Worlds: Volume III. She has written the On the Bones of Gods trilogy, The Thorne Chronicles, and The Weep duology, the second book of which, Nightwatch over Windscar, is now out from DAW Books.

When she's not writing or commenting on essays, she's probably playing D&D.

Recently I asked Eason about what she was reading. Her reply:
Slaying the Dragon: A Secret History of Dungeons & Dragons by Ben Riggs. I picked up the book because I’m a long-time gamer who remembers the early-ish days of D&D and TSR and the rise of Magic: the Gathering. Riggs weaves timelines and personalities and data together in a narrative that makes you forget you’re reading a (secret) history. I found it fascinating and fun and surprising in many places.

Hate Machine by Stephen Blackmoore. Eric Carter is my favorite necromancer. And my favorite anti-hero. This is #8 in the series, so I won’t do much synopsizing. I guess it’s technically an urban fantasy--contemporary US, but with underground mages/magic society--but the series has a noir edge that’ll draw blood. The stories are brutal, and Eric’s about as flawed as they come, but his heart’s in the right place. Mostly. I’m always happy when a new installment in his saga appears.

To Shape A Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose. This one’s isn’t out yet; I got an early copy and I feel fortunate. It’s fantastic. It’s an alt-past steampunkish Northeast America where there is no US or Christianity, though the settlers from across the sea brought cities and industry and attitudes of colonial superiority. Anequss, our young Indigenous hero, has to leave her home to attend a dragon-riding academy to prove her worthiness to keep her dragon. Cultures collide, in both ways you’d expect and ways you wouldn’t. The whole novel is a delight.
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Q&A with K. Eason.

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