Andrez Bergen writes some of the most unique and interesting novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Ranging from Sci-Fi to Noir and sometimes even Anime, Andrez Bergen creates a detailed and imaginative world that just sucks the readers in from the very first word - and mixed in with Australian charm and humour!
So when I heard that he had a new novel coming out, I knew I had to get him back on my blog. He appeared on my previous blog a few times, but this is the first time he's appeared on my new blog!
His new novel Small Change is out on 11th December through Roundfire Fiction - which will be a mixture of various genres like Detective Fiction and Horror amongst others. But now I think I'll let the man himself talk a little bit! Take it away Andrez!
Chop and Change
‘Pulp Ink 2’, published in 2012 via Snubnose Press, was their first official outing.
At one early point, Melbourne artist Matt Kyme was so enamoured with Roy and Suzie that he asked me to help adapt them into sequential art form, giving birth to the periodical ‘Tales to Admonish’ comics we did together through IF? Commix, and more recently fellow Australian artist Adam Rose had a crack at visually portraying a younger Roy alongside Suzie’s father Art(hur) Miller.
The influences themselves, the things that helped shape ‘Small Change’ from the get-go, comprise a lot of childhood television I’d loved, including softer horror – think ‘Kolchak: the Night Stalker’, certain episodes of the original 1960s ‘Twilight Zone’, and Australian ‘70s series ‘The Evil Touch’ – with detective fodder like ‘The Rockford Files’ and ‘McMillan & Wife’.
I grew up equally worshipful of the hardboiled literature of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, which has an underlying sense of humour many people miss, and I know I got my sense of dialogue from those two writers along with the film-versions of their books.
More recent, culturally playful things like ‘Xena’, ‘Buffy’ and Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic book ‘Hawkeye’ also need to be cited, as I was reading and watching these things either before or during writing the Roy and Suzie yarns.
Tom Waits is due respect, as his music infiltrated the stories and the front cover art by Alec Goss – as well as the title of the book – bounces straight out of his 1976 LP.
Hats off, too, to artists Matt and Adam, and my Crime Factory editor Liam José, for helping to streamline and expand upon the two central characters, along with supporting players such as Mocha Stockholm – a wink at my ballet-loving daughter Cocoa.
Andrez Bergen’s fifth novel is being published via Roundfire Fiction on December 11. Click HERE for details
You can find out more about the author HERE.
Have a great weekend guys!