Like most things, Strangeways didn’t just pop out of nowhere. Lotta ingredients went to fermenting before all this stuff drooled out of my brains. I wrote these background pieces up awhile ago, by way of explanation. Or at least as an excuse to blather about some of my favorite movies and music.
Background – part 1 “The Horror from the Mound” by Robert E. Howard and others.
Background – part 2 Valley of Gwangi and other weird westerns.
Background – part 3 More traditional westerns. And, uh, The Road Warrior.
Background – part 4 Early page beats, but major spoilers for Strangeways: The Thirsty.
Background – part 5 Script to page for page 1 of Strangeways: The Thirsty.
Tablelands – the Sound of the Strangeways – What would be playing on the Strangeways’ jukebox, had the Wurlitzer been yet invented. Americana, Australiana, Texiana, Neko Caseiana (that’s not really a word) and some Canadiana for good measure. Oh, and the Walkabouts. And Tom Waits. And the Pogues. Aw, just go read it already.
There’s still a part of me that’s disappointed that Collins and company haven’t yet faced down a ceratosaurus or maybe a pterodactyl. Maybe I’ll get around to writing that sometime.