Powers Ranger

by John J. Miller on March 14, 2012 · 1 comment

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  • Sumo

My latest podcast victim is Tim Powers, the acclaimed author of what we might call supernatural speculative historical fiction–a rarefied genre, but one with great potential, as Powers shows in book after book. His new novel, Hide Me Among the Graves, involves the specter of John Polidori, who is arguably the author of the world’s first vampire novel, written well before Bram Stoker’s birth. The Rossetti poets also figure largely. If this sounds at all appealing, check out Powers. He doesn’t disappoint.

The portrait below is by Heidi Hooper. I don’t know who she is, but found this image and liked it. Check out her website–which calls her “The Andy Warhol of Drier Lint” (I am not making this up)–here.

  • John F. MacMichael

    I enjoyed your interview with Tim Powers.  He is an excellent author.  He comes up with original ideas rather than trotting out the tired cliches that burden the bookshelves (“Vampires and werewolves and zombies, oh dear!”)

    One of my favorites of his books is “Declare”.  He reveals the supernatural underpinings of the Cold War in a way that would have both John Le Carre and H. P. Lovecraft groaning in envy.

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