*Tell us about your book(s)!*
Hell Comes to Hogtown is my second published novel. The first, Ten Thousand Days came out last year and can probably best be described as a 'modern fairy tale' or urban fantasy. Hogtown is much darker, funnier and way more obscene. I would like to think it's also much better. It too has been described as urban fantasy, but I prefer to think of it as Comic Horror in the vein (pun intended) of Christopher Moore.
Hogtown is about a hapless, lovable loser named Fitz who works at a comic shop and can't get a date to save his life. When a beautiful woman walks into his shop by accident one rainy night he thinks his luck might actually be changing... until she gets him implicated in a murder and kidnapping case involving the prime minister's family. Fitz and his best friend - a womanizing, drug-addicted professional wrestler named Dee - go on the run from the cops trying to clear their name only to discover there's something way worse than the cops on their tail. A creepy, murderous hobo hounds them at every step... and he may be some kind of demon.
*The main character sounds like a doofus in way over his head.*
He certainly is, but I think there's more to him than just being a stereotypical comic book nerd. I tried to explore Fitz's dilemma with feeling out of place in the world. Especially since when he gets thrust into a trippy paranormal world, he's still out of place. He feels like he doesn't belong anywhere. I hate to use the word "millennial," but Fitz really does have to deal with the same crap those of us in that generation have to - having a shitty job, paying your student loan, getting a date - but he also has to deal with bloodthirsty monsters and being charged with treason. He really can't win, but hopefully I've made him lovable and relatable enough that the reader will cheer him on to the end.
*Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?*
I was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada, but attended university and spent my formative adult years in Toronto. Both had distinct impacts on my writing. I think I got my stubbornness and self-depreciating sense of humour from back home - Newfoundlanders are notorious for digging in their heels in the face of adversity, then making jokes about it (and themselves) afterward. The humour is pretty apparent if you read my work, and the stubbornness shows in my dogged perseverance in getting the book together. Toronto obviously had an impact as both my books have been set in Toronto, but it also taught me to be open-minded - Toronto is an incredibly colourful and diverse city, and I've tried to represent that in my stories.
*Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?*
Dr. Seuss. We had all of them, and I always loved the weird, surreal stories and artwork. I still do. My favourites were The Grinch, The Cat and the Hat and On Beyond Zebra! I have no doubt that the weirdness influenced my sensibilities and sense of humour, and now I'm trying to impart those same lessons on my kids.
*What are you working on next?*
I've got several projects in various stages of production, but I suspect the next one will be a space opera. I can't really call it sci-fi because there won't be anything in it recognizable as 'science.' I also have plans for a sequel (or two) to Hogtown, but I really want to try something a bit different first. Then there's the Fifty Shades of Grey fan fiction piling up on my hard drive...
About the Book
Author: C.D Gallant-King
Genre: Comic Horror
Length: 65,000 words
Cover Art: Jason Salvatori and Max Covers
Editing: Amy Allen-MacLeod
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Fitz is a broke night manager for a grubby comic book store. His only friend Dee is a drugged-out, womanizing pro-wrestler. Together theyíre the most pathetic losers on the face of the planet. Their lives cannot possibly get any worse.
And then theyíre implicated in the kidnapping of the prime ministerís wife.
On the run from the cops, Fitz and Dee discover there is something far worse than the RCMP stalking the dark streets of Toronto. They are being hunted by an ancient demon of unspeakable evil with an insatiable taste for blood... or maybe itís just your run-of-the-mill giant murderous hobo?
Either way, life in prison might be better than whatever the creepy drifter has in store for them.
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About the Author
C.D. Gallant-King is an independent writer originally from Newfoundland, Canada, though he's not fond of fishing and hates boats. He moved to Toronto to study theatre, and then later moved to Ottawa where he does absolutely nothing related to theatre.
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