Review and Interview: The Case of the Syphilitic Sister
Thanks James H. for asking to talk about your story: The Case of the
INTERVIEW ❤ !
-Why did you choose to create the “good guys” as superheroes?
I’ve always been interested in superheroes. I read a lot of superhero comics as a child in the 70s and 80s, but gave them up until recently, when the internet meant I could get electronic copies of comics I remembered from my childhood.
I was particularly influenced by ‘Zenith’ and ‘Watchmen’ – two comics which treated superheroes in a relatively cynical and psychologically realistic way.
-What made you write a story about a girl that wants to know the truth
behind all this?
It seems to be a tradition of ‘hardboiled’ detective stories that there’s a woman who introduces the problem to the detective. In this case I tried to make her more of a realistic character, rather than a femme fatale.
-Why create a character that doesn’t believe in what they have told her?
All mysteries rely on people not telling the truth and on the reader not being sure who’s lying. Also, cynical asides and banter seem to be a tradition of hardboiled stories.
– What do you think of the police/justice of this time?
The justice system was apparently quite racist and corrupt in the real 1930s. I think lynching operated more or less without any punishment in the South. However that’s not the focus of the story. The police are mainly a problem that the detectives have to work around.
> FAST QUESTIONS!
Whom is your favorite character?
Probably Catherine Moore (the victim’s sister) or Morty (a retired superhero who hasn’t appeared yet).
-If you were to choose a super hero who would it be and why?
Is there one whose power is being super-rich and popular and not having to fight crime?
I’m very interested in the idea of extra colors that don’t exist in our world, but might somewhere else. This idea was in the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, among other places. I recently read about ‘red-green’ and ‘blue-yellow’, two colors that you can’t normally see, but which scientists Hewitt Crane and Thomas Piantanida claimed to make people ‘see’ in the 1980s. So I guess red-green and blue-yellow are my favorite colors.
-Say something to the readers!:
Thanks for reading! My blog is http://www.apolitical.info/teleleli, and I update every few days. Chapter One of ‘The Case of the Syphilitic Sister’ is up at http://www.jukepopserials.com/home/read/13, and I should be updating every month.