The Book Of Lost Doors is the collective name for my series of four novels, Catskinner’s Book, Cannibal Hearts, The Worms Of Heaven, and Gingerbread Wolves.
The four books tell the story of James and Catskinner. James is a young man who was born into a cult. When he was an infant, his father bound an alien intelligence to him–that’s Catskinner. The novels are written in the first person, from James’ point of view.
I began this series with the intent to avoid the common mythologies that are prevalent in Urban Fantasy. Instead, I drew upon New Wave Science Fiction and Horror sources for inspiration, primarily William Burroughs, Clive Barker, Samuel Delany and Phillip Dick.
Instead of vampires and werewolves, I have orthovores and ambimorphs, necroidim and minraudim, pale surgeons and blue metal boys. I wanted new characters, with strange capabilities and weaknesses. I wanted a world that was strange and dangerous, but recognizable on the surface as being much like our own.
The overall story arc takes much from Lovecraft, but without the grim futility of most Lovecraftian fiction. Suppose the Elder Gods were returning to Earth, but there was a chance to beat them. What if monsters had been created to bring about the end of the world, but chose the side of humanity instead?
Mostly, though, I like to think this is a series about people. Some very strange people, true, many of whom have been altered into something other than human, but still people for all of that. There is love and betrayal, despair and hope, all of the fantastic drama that makes us who we are. Throughout everything that happens, I tried to never lose sight of what the events mean on the scale of one man’s life.
How well I have succeeded in this, of course, only my readers can tell. The response seems to be very positive. People have told me that they like the series, that they can relate to James and his struggles. That makes me very happy. It tells me that I achieved what I set out to do more than I failed at it.
I think that’s the best I can expect.