|This was my first novel (if you overlook Pirate Radio, which I'll mention shortly) and set the tone for my interest in blending
modern-era situations with traditional fantasy themes - often with a slightly darker edge. The Electric Midnight follows the struggling Max as the entire
world he knew changes virtually overnight. What would you do if the world you woke up to today was not quite the same as the one before?
The comforting lines of continuity that follow through our lives, connecting each day in a smooth chain of events that we remember (more or less) as our past,
being broken and changed... and nobody saw it but you?
Yeah, yeah... you'd look over your shoulder for Rod Serling and the eerie music!
But for Max, it's not enough that the world is drifting into a landscape of giant spiders, forests of glass trees and villages of primitive people (although
that's enough for any Monday) but he's also falling in love with Sarah Robinson. Falling in love can be a rough ride when the world isn't falling apart, but Max is
also haunted by a loss he pretends healed a long time ago, and Sarah has a few secrets hiding in the shadows herself.
Underneath the narrative is a very simple question: what would you sacrifice to save someone you loved? It's hard to get worked up about the planet being in
peril (ask your average conservationist) but we'll go to the ends of the universe for someone we love. This truism runs throughout The Electric Midnight, and the prices
we pay and the sacrifices we make are the bricks that put this whole house together. Both Max and Sarah think they know the cost of love, but neither are close.
And then there's evil... the big kind, the really wall-to-wall kind of evil that hungers for power at any cost. How do you defeat it? The answer, like a story, is different with
every telling, and The Electric Midnight answers the question in a fashion nobody - not Max, not Sarah nor anyone in the story - expects.
By the way, the character Max originally appeared in Pirate Radio, a novella I wrote in 1988 about a high-school guy and his best friend who launch a pirate radio station
out of the trunk of an old car. In that story, Max is a senio
r in high school looking to make his mark on the world and get the girl of his dreams. He misses on both marks,
. well, no, he really succeeds. After he misses. And smartens up.
And readers of Dragon's Keeper, take note: Max's girlfriend in Pirate Radio was named Eva. Yes... that Eva.