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Featuring Authors, Brian Anthony & Bill Walker
Abe Lincoln On Acid
By Brian Anthony & Bill Walker
Genre: Historical w/Paranormal Twist
Publisher: Walker & Anthony Publications
There are whispers even now that Abraham Lincoln never really died, that a voodoo spell cursed him with a terrible eternal life. It has even been claimed that he robbed banks in the 1930s with John Dillinger, only to mysteriously disappear once again into the pages of history. But the truth is even stranger than the rumors...
Watched over by a vengeful J. Edgar Hoover and held in a secret location near his old Springfield home, Lincoln re-awakens in the 1960s, and finds himself thrust into an era even more turbulent than the Depression, a time where a divisive war is once again tearing a nation apart and political intrigue and assassinations are rampant.
Escaping Hoover’s clutches with a clever bit of deception, he navigates an even more treacherous and unfamiliar terrain, finding an ally in John Voci, a young San Francisco folk-singer. Together they journey across a counter-cultural landscape, meeting those who believe a great man has returned, and striving to remain free from those who want to bury him once and for all.
Will Lincoln inspire the younger generation and save his country from its final reckoning, or will he turn on, tune in, and drop out?
BRIAN ANTHONY is a writer and award-winning filmmaker. His first feature film, Victor's Big Score, was praised by Variety as a "Tremendous calling card for writer-producer-director Brian Anthony" As a writer-producer Anthony has contributed to shows for American Movie Classics, Arts and Entertainment and Fox Syndication, including Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Lost in Space Forever. A veteran film historian, Anthony has been interviewed on network television regarding film history, and co-authored the acclaimed biography of film comedian Charley Chase, Smile When the Raindrops Fall, in 1998. Brian is an expert art and book restorationist, and you can see his work at Anthony Restorations.
BILL WALKER is an award-winning writer whose works include novels, short stories and screenplays. His first novel, Titanic 2012, was enthusiastically received by readers, and Bill's two short story collections, Five-Minute Frights and Five-Minute Chillers, are perennial Halloween favorites. A highly-respected graphic designer, Walker has worked on books by such luminaries as Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. His most recent novel, Abe Lincoln: Public Enemy No. 1 was published in 2013.
A Chat with Author, Bill Walker
1. What interesting things did you discover about yourself while writing Abe Lincoln on Acid?
That there are still things to learn. One thing for which I keep striving is to be a better writer. And to do that one never stops learning and practicing the craft. Reading is also a big part of that learning process. I know of at least one well-known brand-name author who won’t read while he’s writing, for fear that it will somehow influence him. Of course it will. That’s the point. A writer will never have his or her own voice without first “hearing” the voices of other writers and distilling that within the subconscious. Reading feeds the muse. As for that brand-name author, I also think his refusal to read while he’s writing (and he’s always writing) is a great excuse to avoid blurbing other writer’s books.
2. The title of your novel, Abe Lincoln on Acid is definitely an attention grabber. What will readers come away with after having read it?
Though the title is humorous, I believe readers will come away with a better sense of the history of that time period, especially if they never lived through the Sixties.
3. If you could be any character from one of your favorite books, which character would it be and why?
Simon Morley from Jack Finney’s immortal time travel novel Time and Again. Being that character, I would be able to time travel to a fascinating era, the 1880s, solve an exciting mystery, and meet and fall in love with a beautiful woman. It doesn’t get any better than that.
4. If you could speak with any well-known deceased author, who would it be and what would you ask?
Anthony Burgess, the author of A Clockwork Orange. It is told he thought he was dying when he wrote it and two other books, so as to leave a financial stake for his soon-to-be widow. Of course the diagnosis was wrong and he didn’t die for many years. I’d want to ask him how much that terminal diagnosis fueled the writing for ACO and the dark themes within it. If that errant diagnosis had not occurred would he have written different book or not written it at all?
5. How many years have you been writing?
I’ve been writing all my life, but professionally since 1993.
6. What does writing do for you?
It satisfies a deep-seated need to tell stories and to entertain, which to me is one of the highest callings.
7. What do you enjoy reading when you’re not writing?
I enjoy many different types of books, but enjoy those with a romantic edge. All the main characters in my novels have a love interest. Yes, even Lincoln.
8. What character presented the most challenges in Abe Lincoln on Acid?
The biggest challenge was turning our late dear friend, John Voci, into a character that stayed true to the way he really was and yet work within the context of our plot. I think we succeeded.
9. Which famous author’s work would you say your writing style is similar?
My biggest influences, and not in any order, are: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Richard Matheson (who also was a big influence on King), and Jack Finney. I learned so much from all of them, but I don’t think my writing style is that similar to any of them. Perhaps some of your followers could offer their own opinion after reading Abe Lincoln On Acid.
10. What other interests do you have besides writing?
I’m a guitar player. Sometimes, at certain points in the writing of any given book, I’ll be stuck on something. Picking up a guitar and playing stimulates other parts of my brain, allowing my subconscious to find a solution to the problem. It’s worked for me every time.
11. If we were to tag along with you to the library, what genre would we most likely end up in?
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