Garn Press Video Interviews: Geoff Ward, Author of You’re Not Dead: The Midnight Books Volume One
Professor Geoffrey Ward is a renowned literary critic and Principal of Homerton College at the University of Cambridge. He is also the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Cambridge and the Chairman of the Fitzwilliam Museum.
You’re Not Dead is the first volume of the Midnight Books and is a darkly comic fantasy, in which magic, dreams, romance and crime are the ingredients in the fictional spell. It raises serious questions about time, memory and whether what we see – in life, as well as in the mirror – is what is really there.
John Ashbery, the Pulitzer Prize winning poet writes, “Geoff Ward’s glitteringly funny and scary novel, You’re Not Dead is both supreme fiction and grail, a one-off exemplar of a lost original.”
“You’re Not Dead is “Fantastic!” an Amazon reviewer called JAG, writes. “This is a fabulous blues/noir novel! The author clearly went to midnight crossroads returning with a crazily brilliant mix of magic, blues, bibliomania and noir fiction. As if Robert Leroy Johnson and Thomas de Quincey have collaborated on a heady and savage twenty-first century transatlantic campus novel. Pure mental! When will volume two be out? Can’t wait.”
It gives Garn Press great pleasure to present Denny Taylor’s interview of Geoff Ward at the New York celebration of the publication of “You’re Not Dead”.
You’re Not Dead is a darkly comic fantasy, with elements of romance. The hero Miles Proctor is a young college lecturer, on the trail of the last remaining copy of a notorious Victorian book. Transmutations: The Book of Magic is an occult treatise, which claims to be not merely about Magic, but about how to perform spells and become adept at enchantment.
A series of hilarious accidents takes Miles to New York, California and Death Valley before he finally locates it. By this time he has begun a romance with Becky Morrell, bookseller and co-traveller. On reading the book Miles finds that it has the property of appearing to change its words, each time it is read. He develops his own occult skills, including the ability to alter events, and to travel to the destinations pictured in photographs by focussing on the photograph.
However a presence from beyond, a murderous (if comic) Glaswegian gangster trapped in limbo, begins to invade his consciousness in search of the book as a means to escaping his own twilight zone. Miles’ adventures lead him back into the past and the mysteries of his father’s double life. Miles has joined a coven of magicians in London who discover that he is working more for himself than for the benefit of their capers, which include the quest for an ancient amulet with the power to buy time, but even as they attempt revenge the group comes explosively apart. Weighing in on Miles’ side are a number of supernatural presences, including the ghost of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, but the story still has many surprises in store. Things are not always what they seem, in the worlds of either white or black magic – especially when Miles’ magic manual starts to work in unexpected ways.
You’re Not Dead is the first of the Midnight Books, in which magic, dreams, romance and crime are the ingredients in the fictional spell.
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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-28-5
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-29-2
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