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Lindsay Francis Brambles

Lindsay Brambles was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1959 and has lived and traveled in Pakistan, Iran, Tanzania, England, Greece, France, and Kenya. After grade three, his formal education was largely through the Ontario Ministry of Education correspondence course–with infrequent forays into traditional schools. He has spent most of his post-academic life in a variety of unrelated jobs, ranging from construction to childcare, all while pursuing a vocation as an artist. Besides writing and painting, Lindsay enjoys cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, weight-lifting, reading, collecting Gold Key comics and motion picture soundtracks (scores), tinkering with computers, and just about anything that will expand his awareness of the world around him. Passionate about all science, he is especially interested in astronomy, cosmology, and quantum mechanics.

Jana chats YA Horror with Lindsay Francis Brambles

Today Jana welcomes Lindsay Francis Brambles, whose debut YA horror novel Becoming Darkness is available from Switch Press (Jana’s review can be found here). They discuss world-building, fictional texts within novels, and the practical challenges of conveying fantastical ideas. One lucky commenter will win a copy of Becoming Darkness! (see below for giveaway details)

Jana Nyman: In Becoming Darkness, Sophie Harkness’ voice is vulnerable, yet self-assured, with all the nuances of a young woman who struggles with the challenges of adulthood and maturity while realizing how very little she knows about the greater world. Was it difficult to authentically portray that voice on the page? How did her character come to you, and w... Read More

Becoming Darkness: Plenty of thrills with nary a sparkle in sight

Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles

Becoming Darkness is the first of the HAVEN trilogy by debut author Lindsay Francis Brambles, a YA horror series which asks “What if the Nazis won WWII?” with the added twist of a global vampirism plague. It’s mostly quite good, with allusions to literary predecessors like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and layers of complicity in nearly a century’s-worth of conspiracies. The overall concept is interesting and the narrative flows well, and many of the characters are engaging.

In this universe, Hitler and his Nazi scientists experimented with biological warfare, eventually unleashing a plague — the Gomorrah virus — which destroyed an already flu-ravaged global population. Most of those who didn’t die outright became vampires, requiring blood for sustenance and gaining immortality. The humans w... Read More