At the end of January this year I started publishing a fiction serial by Greg Bullard called “Immortal Blues”. It was published every other Sunday with it just concluding on May 15th. I thought it would be nice, and convenient if I did a quick post that featured the links to each of the nine installments so you could easily just click your way through the series. However then I thought it might be fun to ask the author to share a few thoughts about “Immortal Blues”, and he did!
When I sat down to write “Immortal Blues”, I had a few thoughts that all managed to converge to turn into the story you (might have) read.
1. There’s so much great stuff in Urban Fantasy right now. I really want to be a part of that.
2. There’s way too much great stuff in Urban Fantasy right now, I’m not sure there’s anything original left to write.
3. What happened that we now depict Fairies as …well, Fairies? The Fae (or Fey) of legend were the original Bogey Men. They were the threats lurking outside the door that kept your kids in line. They were awe-inspiring, amazing, frightful, sometimes beautiful, sometimes hideous, often capricious and far more complex than the few stories most of us have been left with today.
So that made up my mind, I really needed a bad-ass Fae Detective.
That having been decided, my next struggle was how to handle all of the Fae lore. To put it succinctly, there’s a lot. It’s predominant in the history of Celtic culture, but differs greatly in Irish, Scottish, English and Welsh folklore (not to mention the presence of Fae in the mythology of other cultures).
Mostly I went with the great writings of W.B. Yeats and his tales of Irish Fairy and Folklore. However, even that is just a set of individual stories with some overlap, but not a consistent mythology. So I set out to build my own.
If you come across something in my story that makes you go, “Wait, that’s not what a _______ is!” Then that’s almost certainly my fault, because I put my own spin on it.
To be more precise, I went with the foundation that the Sidhe at the heart of the Tuatha Dé Danann were old lesser gods and goddesses in their own right, but subject to the Pagan goddess, Dana. The lesser or less regal Fae were their subjects, sometimes reluctantly.
As other cultures and religions came to dominance among the Celtic nations, the old myths were partial consumed by Christianity and partially discarded. Fae lore is the same.
Christianity gave us a rich character with a touching history in Saint Brigit of Kildare. However, for the Irish people of the time, they already had a Brigid. She had been a Pagan goddess for centuries.
Today we know that Christianity, in an effort to be accepted by the masses, tried to integrate itself as closely to their existing religions as possible; co-opting holidays, saints, holy sites, etc.
Knowing that, I wondered, so what happens if you accept that Brigid wasn’t just a goddess, co-opted by Christianity, but instead was a willing participant in the transition from one religion to another.
I took that willingness to change, and adopted it as the schism which fractured the Fae courts into Dark and Light (Seelie and Unseelie). In touching upon the two courts, I had moved firmly over into the Scottish Fae lore, rather than Irish. However, as I said, I wanted to try to bridge the different mythologies into one coherent history and mythology.
Now that I had a mythology I was happy with, I was ready to write a story about a bad-ass Fae detective. Of course, any time you have someone who is a bad-ass, it’s hard to write a compelling story about them that remains engaging, because they just bad-ass their way out of the problems you throw at them.
So what do you do? You take it all away, but leave them with a glimmer of hope, and that’s “Immortal Blues”.
Did you miss “Immortal Blues”? Want to relive it? Here you go!
Immortal Blues: Part One
Welcome to part one of the nine part fiction series “Immortal Blues” by Greg Bullard. In our first installment there is gun fire, spanakopita, classic blues music, and eventually a decision to visit The Crone.
Immortal Blues: Part Two
Welcome to part two of the nine part fiction series “Immortal Blues” by Greg Bullard. In part two we meet The Crone, Isabella, and her granddaughter Marisela. In search of answers do we instead get more questions?
Immortal Blues: Part Three
Welcome to part three of the nine part fiction series “Immortal Blues” by Greg Bullard. Returning to the scene of the crime offers few new insights aside from the fact that our killer means business.
Immortal Blues: Part Four
Welcome to part four of the nine part fiction series “Immortal Blues” by Greg Bullard. In the latest installment blues music reappears and leads the way to a discussion of why a demon might kill you.
Immortal Blues: Part Five
Welcome to part five of the nine part fiction series “Immortal Blues” by Greg Bullard. Ready? Fight!
Immortal Blues: Part Six
Welcome to part six of the nine part fiction series “Immortal Blues” by Greg Bullard. We say good-bye to The Crone, Isabella, and hello to a frenemy from the past.
Immortal Blues: Part Seven
Welcome to part seven of the nine part fiction series “Immortal Blues” by Greg Bullard. Aine Marina hangs around long enough to create more questions than answered and again, shots are fired.
Immortal Blues: Part Eight
Welcome to part eight of the nine part fiction series “Immortal Blues” by Greg Bullard. The end game approaches. Motivations are revealed, as well as the blues man.
Immortal Blues: Part Nine
Welcome to the ninth and final installment in the fiction series “Immortal Blues” by Greg Bullard.
About Greg Bullard:
Greg currently resides in Austin, TX, trying to do his part to Keep Austin Weird. While his wife, Julia, and daughter, Emily, both work hard to keep him on his toes, it is Julia’s red editing pen that does the most work. When he is not muddling his way through some fiction, he usually writes about What Greg Eats.