Featured: A Midnight Dreary by David Niall Wilson
David Niall Wilson
Review: For fantasy lovers, you can’t do much better than A Midnight Dreary. Wilson’s imaginative take on Edger Allan Poe’s later life is inventive and fun.
A Midnight Dreary, the long-awaited fifth volume in The DeChance Chronicles, picks up outside Old Mill, NC, when Donovan, reminded that he has promised his lover, Amethyst, and Geoffrey Bullfinch of the O.C.L.T. a story, draws them back in time to a vision of the final chapter of the novel Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe.
At vision’s end, they realize that they have to act, to free Eleanor MacReady from the trap that holds her on the banks of Lake Drummond, in the Great Dismal Swamp, and to rescue a princess who has not known freedom in at least two centuries.
The rescue that ensues crosses worlds and dimensions, wandering through Poe’s tales, the fables of the Brothers Grimm, and finally to a confrontation on a mountain in Germany.
This novel draws upon characters and plots from many of the author’s novels, including his stories of Old Mill, NC, The O.C.L.T., Nevermore, and the vampire novel Darkness Falling.”
It is rich with sorcery and adventure.
Welcome to the world of Donovan DeChance.
Meet David Niall Wilson:
I was born in a very small town in Illinois. Clay County has fewer people in it than your average large city, and Flora, Illinois, is so tiny it barely hits the map. That’s where it happened, though. My grandparents lived there, and I spent a lot of happy times with them in my youth — particularly my grandfather, Merle Cornelius Smith, who was likely the most amazing man I’ll ever claim association with. But that’s another story, and this one is about me.
My first really clear memories start around my third year of life when my father left. He took me out for a drive, let me sit on his lap, then went back out for milkshakes and never came back. Things blur quite a lot during that period, but after a period of living with my grandparents, my brother and I were whisked away to Charleston Illinois, where our mom had a job working in one of the cafeterias at Eastern Illinois University and had married a barber named Robert Leland “Bob” Smith.
I could write volumes about good ol’ Bob, but I won’t. If you really want to meet him, look between the lines of the bits and pieces of Deep Blue where Brandt talks about his father. Think Seagram’s 7, Ballantine beer, cheap cigars, Hank Williams, Sr., and Archie Bunker and sort of squash it all together into a 6’4″ 270 or so pound frame — that was Bob. Formative? Yes. Important here? Nope.
I escaped Charleston, family, Bob, and a number of other things in 1977 when I left in June and joined the United States Navy. I headed for San Diego, where I went to boot camp, headed next to Groton CT for submarine school (which I dropped out of because my ears wouldn’t equalize), and ended up in North Chicago attending Electronics Technician “A” school. I learned guitar, got engaged, unengaged, taught Bible School, got excommunicated, and moved on to San Diego, California once again as part of the crew of the USS Paul F. Foster.
My time in the US Navy would fill a dozen books. In fact, parts of it can be found in almost everything I’ve written. Many of my novels were typed on US Navy computers (later on my own, but still on board) and the first two issues of my magazine, THE TOME, were printed and published on board the USS Guadalcanal (thank you Uncle Sam for supporting the arts).
I was stationed on a lot of ships, went on a lot of cruises, lived in Rota, Spain for three years, and wound up retired in Norfolk, Virginia. I’ve worked as a contractor with several companies, and am now the IT Manager and Facility Security Officer for a company in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
We live in a nice, new house now where everything mostly works, but recently I lived in the historic William R. White house in a tiny place called Hertford, NC, where you buy your hardware from a man named Eerie Haste, and you can still get an ice-cream cone for fifty cents.
I have a woman who loves and supports me, Patricia Lee Macomber, three great sons, two of which are serving now in the US Navy, and the third of which will be there in June. I have a lovely, talented daughter about to graduate college, and another – nine years old and smarter than any nine-year-old ought to be who keeps me on my toes. She is also an author; both the girls are. You can buy Stephanie’s Tales of the Southern Hotel, a collection of stories about a young girl named Mary Lou who has visions of the past, and two children’s books by Katie, our nine-year-old, Perilous Pink PcGee and Mars Need Pumpkins, available for Kindle.
I’ve sold a small pile of novels to date and published over 150 short stories, been in 32 or so anthologies, countless magazines, year’s best collections, won awards — notably The Bram Stoker Award for poetry, which I share with co-authors Mark McLaughlin and Rain Graves, and a second Stoker for my short story “The Gentle Brush of Wings,” from my Stoker nominated collection Defining Moments. I’ve been President of the Horror Writer’s Association, and I’m an active member of both SFWA and the newer International Thriller Writer’s Association.
These days, along with writing, I’m CEO of Crossroad Press, an ever-growing print, digital, and audio publishing company. Now, enough about me…let me tell you a story.
Review By C.T.:
David Niall Wilson is the author of such amazing novels as GIDEON’S CURSE and THE CALL OF DISTANT SHORES. He’s also an author for Stargate-SG1, Star Trek, and the Old World of Darkness by White Wolf Games. However, I appreciate his fun original urban fantasy work the most.
A MIDNIGHT DREARY is the latest adventure of Dovanan Dechance, a Doctor Strange-esque sorcerer who protects a fictional city and its surrounding area with an oddball cast of friends. This is actually a crossover sequel that involves the protagonists of a number of DNW’s books. You don’t need to have read the other books and there’s a wholly unnecessary prologue that explains the events of its predecessor NEVERMORE.
This book takes the premise Edgar Allan Poe (the author’s favorite horror inspiration) was actually a wizard and inspired by a real-life Lenore. The protagonists, remembering DeChance’s prior encounter with her, decide to go on a quest to rescue her from the bad circumstances she’s suffered under. It’s a fairly straightforward adventure and I very much enjoyed it.
Obviously, I suggest reading the previous installments of the Dechance Chronicles but think you could probably jump on this without much trouble. It’s the best written of the works (not that any of them weren’t) and entertaining from beginning to end.
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