Posted by Cherie On January 18th, 2007
One of the nerve-wracking horrors of writing a historical fiction (if this is not usually your working genre) is the deep-seated fear of leaving lurking anachronisms lying about. I mean, you try to kill them all, but things have a way of sneaking through; and this has been one of my longstanding fears re: Dreadful Skin. While I’m a big fan of Victoriana* and I’ve read enough to choke a field of cows, in fact I am not a historical fiction master and I’ve been very much worried about Doing Wrong Things … especially because I know I’ve played fast and loose with a few 19th century tropes.
But now that this guy has given me the thumbs up?
I officially cease my worrying.
“A werewolf-hunting nun, characters portrayed with empathy and skill, Gorey-esque illustrations, flawless historical recreation, high adventure and pathos â€“- thereâ€™s nothing to dislike about Dreadful Skin. Absolutely nothing.”
Thanks again, Jess.
* Aric says that DS is less “Victoriana” than noir, though. Setting/time period aside, I think he might be right.