I also enjoyed dragons of all variety, but the more heads they had, the better. Loved the Hydra! If you cut one of the Hydra’s heads off, two grew back in its place.
As I grew older, however, I began to stray away from the traditional myths and legends of Western society—the Greeks, the Romans, even the Judeo-Christian demons. Instead, I began to delve deeper into tales from Middle America--the Incas, Aztecs, Mayans, and Toltec. I also fell in love with the creatures of Asian and African lore. There are so many fascinating and unique concepts of gods, demons, and monsters out there if you just look around.
Probably my favorite myth is that of the Japanese Jikiniki--demons who eat the dead. They were greedy, selfish or impious people in life, and when they died, they were cursed with an unquenchable urge to seek out and devour human corpses. My short story, “Jiki,” which appears in my collection Skull Full of Kisses, is based on this legend.
How does that fit in with your Legacy of the Gods series and your most recent novel, Hades’ Disciples?
I have been able to incorporate a lot of mythological beasties from all over the world into the series. I have various shape-shifters, satyrs, yeti, and yes, even aliens. It is an odd, cross-genre cocktail, and I absolutely love it. It has just been a joy to write so far, and the deeper I get into it, the crazier it gets. For example, a key component of the mythology, something I came up with about ten years ago after looking at pictures of the aliens we typically call “greys,” fits right in with the mythology of the San people of South Africa.
I tell you, sometimes this stuff scares even me. LOL
About the Author
West avoids manhole covers and sidewalk grates whenever possible. He just doesn’t know what’s down there, and he’s not sure he wants to find out.
About the Book
Published May 2014 by Seventh Star Press
Terrifying creatures exist all around us, hiding in plain sight. Ancient. Deadly. They gather in secret, conspiring, dreaming of nothing less than humanity’s destruction, and their numbers are growing.
Earl Preston knows the danger all too well. After tangling with a horde of mythological sea monsters in Colonial Bay, he has been tasked with finding these beasts and exposing their plans whatever they may be. But Earl is not the only one with a mystery on their hands. At the very top of the world, Carol Miyagi has stumbled onto an artifact from Earth’s past, something magnificent held captive in a prison of ice and snow. Now, Carol and Earl must work quickly to decipher the will of the gods–a plot that defies imagination–and to stop their followers from carrying it out.
They thought the nightmare was over, but they are about to discover that the horror has only just begun.
Hades Disciples is Book Two in the Legacy of the Gods Series.
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