Interview with Lewis L Mason

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a great fan of Enid Blyton's fairy stories when I was very young, but I was rather blessed to have my great-grandmother bringing me up; she would tell me the myths and stories of ancient Wales in the traditional way, beside the fire or tucked up in bed on a winter's evening. There I heard about the Pwca, about Mallt-y-Nos, the Hounds of Annwn, the Lake Maidens, the Arthuriad, the Mabinogi, and other more obscure cultural lore. Her influence was perhaps the first and greatest upon my love of stories and storytelling. From there I moved on to the works of E F Benson, H P Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, Dennis Wheatley and Arthur Machen. I also loved the works of Susan Cooper and Alan Garner when I found them my early adolescence. I was moved permanently into that state of Enchantment - many other readers will know exactly what I mean.
What's the story behind your latest book?
We are living in an era where the term 'post-truth' can apparently be considered as valid. I see desperate, ranting post-modern intellectuals and alt-right reactionaries moving the moral and ethical goalposts every which way, trying to recapture a power and control they never really possessed whilst destroying the very things that ever had any lasting power in society - good-will, compassion and unity. Prima Materia is the story of one such weak-minded and self-righteous individual - a product of this era, although his character is left-wing - coming face to face with his fragility, vulnerability and transience in the face of extraordinary and disturbing events. It could be seen as an allegory, and I welcome the idea, but it is also a reminder and a warning. The Universe is full of mysteries which materialistic science, political oligarchy and media spin can neither penetrate, command, nor control. And for this reason, I am quite certain that every socio-political measure is taken to ignore, deny, refute or destroy any supporting evidence for such mysteries...
What are you working on next?
I am still working on the Geomancer Series, and on an eerie anthology which I hope will intrigue and delight all of my readers, whilst making them all most uncomfortable! There are plenty of works in the pipeline, including other serials, so please stay tuned!
What can new readers expect from your writing?
Shameless realism. Characters that ring true emotionally. Intense and subtle dialogue with plenty of allusive humour, cross-references, thematic reflection and wordplay. Flawed and vulnerable protagonists. Vile but relatable antagonists. Neo-noir locations and scenes. Contemporary and near-contemporary references. Wry wit. Strong prose with melancholic poetry. Lingering atmospheres. Psychological twists and thrills. Emotional contouring. Skin-crawling horror. Shocks and scares. The eerie, the weird and the haunting. The occult and the arcane.
Published 2017-09-17.
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Books by This Author

The Geomancer II: Mortificatio
Price: $6.73 USD. Words: 121,720. Language: British English. Published: September 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The Geomancer II: Mortificatio is the second book in the Occult Noir series by Lewis L Mason. Set in contemporary London, this thrilling and disturbing story of a vocal atheist's battle against the evil forces unleashed by his enemies blends elements of gritty realism, wry urbanity, neo-noir intrigue and occult horror.
The Geomancer I: Prima Materia
Series: The Geomancer. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,700. Language: British English. Published: March 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
A defiant and sceptical journalist wages a personal war against religious delusion and superstition - a crusade for rational thought that threatens to destroy his own... Prima Materia is an Occult Noir novel by Lewis L Mason blending elements of gritty realism, wry urbanity, neo-noir intrigue and occult horror.