Enigma Club Art

The Enigma Club, my novel that is currently under review by my agent, is a hybrid. Not 100% text, not a graphic novel; but a novel enhanced and illuminated by many different types of art and textual sidebars intending to make real a very fictional and unreal world. I’ve been influenced by comic books, graphic novels, illustrated books…a little bit of everything. But the most primal influence has been the four-book “series” of mysteries published in the 1930s and ’40s, written by Denis Wheatley and J. G. Hooks, where narrative was written in epistolary style — letters, notes, various documents, telegrams, whatever — accompanied by actual clues: locks of hair, poison pills, a torn up photograph…

Today’s publishing climate now allows a lot of color on the pages of a book, believe it or not; but real, physical artifacts are far too limiting to conglomerational budgets. So I couldn’t go as far as that — maybe I could for a limited edition that I could somehow finance…

Ahh, dreams…

The Enigma Club is a pulp adventure story…about the pulp adventure stories of the 1910s – 1940s. Accordingly, the art that accompanies the text is all period art, as seen through my 50-year old eyes. This is the header for a story within the story, a pulp adventure published in magazine form in the middle of my semi-contemporary pulp adventure.

I think it’s bad art. It is deliberately bad. Worse than most black and white pulp sketches, and I am the only one to blame. Maria thinks it’s good art. Sorry — I’m just not that good — but man, I love my wife!

One thought on “Enigma Club Art

  1. So you want to be a rock and roll star. I recognize that art.
    We need to get together over another brew. i’ve got some good ideas on your next subject. Maybe some musical input.
    You need, if you haven’t watched, “Metropolis”.
    Also, stay tuned to the Warner Brothers PDS series.
    If that doesn’t work, I’ll bring out some of my family movies or dig up “Ike and Ginger”.
    Go for it.


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