Unsung Genre Heroes: Mark Chadbourn by Daniel Brown
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Every genre has its heroes; it goes without saying (even though I just said it) and each genre is quick to point to its own heroes when discussion arises on such matters.
I don't care about those writers.
The blockbusters and the hidden gems can both go and hang, for the length of this article at least. This is about the mid-lister, the journeyman (or woman) writer who toils away selling just enough copies without ever truly breaking big. The writers who turn out example after example of high quality work for far lesser rewards than the big guns and to unfairly ignored acclaim.
Today, we sing the praises of Mark Chadbourn.
Mark Chadbourn, born in the east midlands in 1960, is one of Britain's finest purveyors of fantasy. A former print journalist with a degree in economics, Mr. Chadbourn currently has sixteen novels to his name, along with numerous short stories, novellas, a foray into comic book format with his 2006 offering The Books of Shadows and a long stint writing for the BBC's perennial daytime soap opera Doctors; it might be fair to say “This bloke seems to be doing all right for himself, why is he being heralded as an Unsung Hero?” If you are wondering that, ask yourself how many of his novels you've read, how many of your friends read his work and how visible he is in bookshops. This piece seems a little more on target now, doesn't it?
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