As the great Paul “Bear” Bryant said, “It’s not bragging if it’s true.” Dick Midnight does not brag, nor does he need to. A taciturn but dashing author/adventurer/paranormal investigator (Think Daniel Craig’s 007 crossed with Indiana Jones, with a dash of Ernest Hemingway), Dick Midnight goes where others dare not and solves the unsolvable while maintaining his perfectly unflappable mien.
In this piece, oversexed Egyptologist Chavi Shehata mixes business and pleasure a bit too thoroughly and gets herself pulled into the Nether Realms by none other than Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead, to become his eternal sex slave. Her colleague must enlist Dick Midnight’s help in rescuing her, though it’s not precisely clear she wants to be rescued.
If all of this sounds a bit tongue in cheek, it’s not. It’s tongue-perfectly-in-cheek. This is an entertaining yarn that never takes itself too seriously. As soon as I get done with this review, I”m going off in search of Dick Midnight’s other adventures.
Can you describe your book in one sentence?
DM: Dick Midnight is hired to rescued an Egyptian archaeology professor who has come face to face, or face to pronounced loin, with the God Osiris.
What makes your book so different from all the books out there?
Much of the excellent material from numerous myth/monster erotica authors places the key relationship between the mythological creature/monster and abducted prey. The Dick Midnight approach incorporates another dynamic: he is author and warrior. It's not unlike the Castle or Jessica Fletcher or Ellery Queen concept of mystery writing, where the author also solves the crime. Dick Midnight is the author, but he's also a driving force in the stories. Combine Castle with Ash from Evil Dead and the brooding anti-heroes from samurai and spaghetti western lore, and we might be getting to the waterline as we delve deeper into the iceberg that is his character.
In addition to that, The Nether Regions. By uncovering a world not bound by our physical perceptions of reality, populated with an endless stream of mythological entities, one can stretch the limits of the imagination. The Nether Regions is a critical backdrop to the Dick Midnight stories. Nothing is off limits. Anything is possible. This allows for unending opportunities to explore the realms deep within the recesses of our minds.
How did you bring life to your characters?
DM: Dick Midnight lives the adventures. During the writing process, Dick Midnight has a way of interpreting the mental state of the characters in his tales.
For those who might consider reading your book, what would you tell them to expect?
A warning. The creatures are out there. Beyond that, hopefully acceptable prose, good action, descriptive sex and the occasional satirical cultural observation. And tits. Almost certainly tits. Although that would likely be included under the descriptive sex portion, so apologies for the digression.
What does your writing area look like?
Cleanliness is not a Dick Midnight virtue. On this front, he is about as far from Godliness as one can be. Although, since he doesn't write in a particular space and finds time to put fingers to keyboard in locations dependent upon the cases, I guess cleanliness varies. He could be alone in a penthouse apartment overlooking the Caspian Sea or on the plains of the Kalahari Desert. In situations such as those, cleanliness becomes a rather subjective concept.
Your favorite quotes –
"You can say so much about so many things so often, but if you do you'll be saying nothing about anything all the time." Former NBA player, and now the late Edgar Jones, said that to a reporter 30 years ago as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. Dick Midnight finds it apropos.
"He also likes this one: 'When it comes to the creatures of our mythology, he already knows their names. Now he's here to kick their ass." That's me, referring to Dick Midnight in an entirely different tense, for the purposes of promotion.
What is your favorite thing about being an Indie writer?
This is all on you. Are you willing to write the material, without worrying about publishing house gatekeepers denying entry into the old-guard book distribution model? It's a great opportunity to see a project to completion, and then see how it will be received and what happens from there.
Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad -
Anything and everything is beneficial. If you put a product out there, you have to be able to deal with the reality that someone who takes the time to read it won't like it. That can be every bit as informative as the perspective of those who do. The more eyes on the product, the better.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for erotica?
That is very much a work in progress, and I'm honored that Christina Harding has provided a forum for the purpose of commentary and assisting in getting the word out. Beyond that, Dick Midnight is in the process of pursuing other avenues, but is extremely interesting in discovering what approaches have been especially effective for other writers. I'm also easy to reach: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will you have a new book coming out soon? Can you tell us about it?
Yes. There are many other stories in the works, and others already completed, including Dick Midnight vs The Minotaur and Dick Midnight vs Hafgufa (The Kraken). Look for Dick Midnight vs the Hydra (Japan), Dick Midnight vs Wyvern and Dick Midnight vs The Blind Cyclops by the end of 2014/early 2015. Additionally, other series and stories are in the works under the Dick Midnight Presents banner.
Stories are available on most online platforms, and I would love to hear from readers with any comments. Furthermore, I want to thank Christina Harding for taking the time to be a source of assistance to so many fine authors working hard to expand the boundaries of this genre
Best to all, and much thanks.
About the Author:
Dick Midnight is a badass.
He is also the master of pseudo-biographical mythological erotica, or mytherotica, for short. His stories have been must reads among an established cult following that discovered the works in the recesses of the deep internet. Now, for the first time, the extensive Dick Midnight catalog is gradually being made available in more accessible online venues.
For centuries, eons even, artists like Dick Midnight have warned of the dangers of the creatures of our mythology, looming in the shadows, on the fringes of civilization. But as science and academia have taken hold and proclaimed Gods and beasts as little more than figments of our active imaginations, we have let down our guard. When an unexplained abduction occurs, and Dick Midnight's services are requested, his double duty begins. He is at once monster slayer, damsel rescuer, and entertaining, engrossing, erotica wordsmith.
A complex personality with his own inner demons, Dick Midnight can be aloof and distant, intense and quippy, and often seemingly on the verge of spinning out of control.
But damn, can he write.