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Wade Griffin: Conan with a Gun.
By Charles R. Rutledge
One of the questions writers get asked the most, just after ‘where do you get your ideas?’ is ‘who are you influences?’ Most of my influences are crime writers. Guys like Dashiell Hammett, Robert B. Parker, Mickey Spillane, and John D. MacDonald. I started reading crime fiction while I was still in high school and it’s still the type of fiction I read the most. Recently added influences would include Dennis Lehane, Robert Crais, and Lee Child.
This came in handy when co-author James A. Moore and I began discussing what would eventually become the Griffin and Price series. At the beginning it was just a single novel, Blind Shadows, and our elevator pitch was ‘Mickey Spillane meets Arthur Machen’. Hard-boiled heroes run afoul of bad guys who seem to be human, but are really something very different. ‘I the Jury’ meets ‘The Great God Pan’. We didn’t want Urban Fantasy, but rather a mix of real horror with crime. One reviewer later referred to Blind Shadows as ‘a Halloween episode of Justified.’
We decided we would use two protagonists and tag team chapters as we wrote. Jim (James goes by Jim) would write Brennert County Sheriff Carl Price, and I would write former mercenary turned private detective, Wade Griffin. And that brings us to another of my influences, not readily apparent, but certainly there. Robert Ervin Howard, creator of Kull, Solomon Kane, and of course, Conan the Cimmerian. I discovered Conan at the age of twelve, through the pages of Marvel Comics’ Conan the Barbarian comic book, and he immediately became one of my favorite characters. Howard’s writing captured my attention too, with his no-nonsense characters and his relentless narrative drive. Nobody writes action like REH.
As I mentioned above, Wade Griffin is a former mercenary. I made this his background because I wanted a character who wouldn’t balk at killing someone if it needed to be done. Griffin is basically a moral man, but he can also be fairly ruthless, and in a fight, be it with bare hands, blades, or guns, the man is hell on wheels. Well over six feet tall and well over two hundred pounds in weight, Griffin is, as one character put it, ‘a mayhem machine.’ Sound familiar?
It was actually Jim who first referred to Griffin as ‘Conan with a gun’. I liked the tag and have since adopted it. In the second book in the series, Congregations of the Dead, out now in a shiny new edition from Cohesion Press, Griffin actually gets to be a bit more Conan than usual. One of my other characters is Kharrn, a 12,000 year old Barbarian. He has yet to appear in a novel but he’s been in five published short stories so far. Kharrn is off screen in Congregations, but Griffin gets to borrow his preferred weapon, a huge two-bladed axe. What does a private eye need with an axe? That would be telling.
In the fall, Griffin and Price will return in a new novel, A Hell Within, which will see them up against new menaces, both criminal and supernatural. Once again, dark things are afoot in the small town of Wellman Georgia, and Wade Griffin and Carl Price will pit skill, determination, and just plain orneriness against all comers. Conan would be proud.
After a couple of decades teaching karate, writing comic books, and spending way too much time reading mysteries, SF, horror, and assorted other genres of fiction, Charles R. Rutledge decided it was time to actually turn out some fiction of his own. Charles is the co-author of three books in the Griffin and Price Urban Fantasy/Horror series, Blind Shadows, Congregations of the Dead, and the forthcoming A Hell Within, all written with James A.Moore. Charles has appeared in several anthologies including Strange Worlds, Carnacki: The New Adventures, and Widowmakers. A lifelong resident of Georgia, Charles lives in the Atlanta area where he is currently hard at work on other writing projects. He does have a cat, but writers always mention their cats so there you go.
In the small town of Wellman, Georgia, Sheriff Carl Price wants nothing more than to ticket speedsters and stop drunks from killing each other in the local bars. Unfortunately, things aren’t working out for a simple life.
His best friend, private investigator Wade Griffin, has taken on a case he normally wouldn’t, to try and build his P.I. business and get out of the mercenary game, which leads to trouble with a major regional crime boss.
With a missing teenager and a child abduction to solve, and tension brewing from the other-worldly Blackbourne clan, Griffin and Price have their hands full.
But something dark rears its head in the form of a new mountain church and its mysterious and charismatic leader, Reverend Lazarus Cotton.
Once more, Griffin and Price must use the deadly skills learnt in their past, and call upon even deadlier associates when the problems escalate out of their control.
This book is a redneck adventure-horror of the darkest kind.
In the small town of Wellman, Georgia, it’s a damn hot summer.
Cohesion Press: https://cohesionpress.com/