Interview at Fantasy Magazine

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This rush of content just makes it LOOK like I’m taking over the world.

Fantasy Magazine: Mark Teppo, of Men and Magick

“I’ve attempted to map most of the ‘spells’ [in LIGHTBREAKER], if you will, to existing practices, but as the foundation of the system is the rigorous belief that Will powers intent and expression, the resulting system becomes fairly organic. It is fantastic, let’s be honest about that, and I don’t necessarily believe that these sorts of abilities and actions are possible, but the underlying philosophy is one that I can get behind. I’ve been referencing this book as ‘occult,’ and the connotations of that word lend credence to the fantastic elements within the story, but more properly–from a standpoint of the things the writer wants his audience to mull over after all the sound and fury has passed–this is a ‘gnostic’ novel. And so, yes, it’s all about faith and knowledge, isn’t it?”

Next week, I’ll vanish again.

Guest Posts and Heartland Review

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Two posts at Amazon’s Omnivoracious, offering some background on the CODEX books.

On the Nature of Magick

“Like I said, the definition is a bit slippery, and it might be a bit much to attribute to the writing of a pulpy occult noir book the grandiose intent of creating magick, but that’s part of what inspired the Codex of Souls. Not so much making magick, but rediscovering the possibility of it. Instead of holding such strangeness at arm’s length and pretending that we’re an entirely rational species, I wanted to embrace our esoteric history.”

On the Nature of Monsters

“The little mantra I hummed to myself while I was writing was: ‘Men and Mantras/Shotguns and Sigils.’ I was going to write an urban fantasy book without vampires, lycanthropes, zombies, angels, or demons.”

Also, Mad Hatter’s review of HEARTLAND.

“The Codex of Souls is without a doubt one of the most original Urban Fantasy series going right now. It has stepped away from the pack and embraced a different type of magic and a very different sensibility worth checking out.”