This episode CM Lowry is talking with author Adrian Tchaikovsky about The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake, in the second episode of our Beyond Cataclysm podcast – ‘This Book I Read…’
- Why this classic 1950s fantasy trilogy absolutely deserves a read.
- A discussion of the role of ruin in narrative.
- Tolkien vs Peake
- Anti-heroes; when finding yourself rooting for the evil bad guy is problematic.
- “Place” as a character itself in the narrative.
Links to things we discussed:
- Adrian’s latest book “Ogres” was released by Rebellion Books in 2022 – rebellionpublishing.com/product/ogres/
- CM Lowry can be found at allaboutchris.org and @cmlowryau thor on twitter, facebook & instagram.
- MÖRK BORG RPG can be found at morkborg.com
- The BBC 1984 Radio adaptation: https://audiodrama.fandom.com/wiki/Gormenghast_(1984)
- The BBC Gormenghast TV show: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gormenghast_(TV_serial)
- Read The Etched City by KJ Bishop if you want a follow-up book in a similar vein.
Music & Editing by CM Lowry