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Tripwire has had an association with fantasy legend Michael Moorcock for a number of years now and with a brand new Elric novel out now, The Citadel of Forgotten Myths, from Gollancz in hardcover, Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows just spoke to him about returning to the character one more time and more…
TRIPWIRE: What is it like returning to the world of Elric one more time ?
MICHAEL MOORCOCK: Familiar. I never really left!
TW: How does the new book fit into the chronology of Elric?
MM: It falls just before the opening of Stormbringer.
TW: This book is set in the early days of the character. What made you return to his early days ?
MM: The book was originally meant to come out to celebrate 60 years from Elric’s first appearance. Some publishing confusion brought it to 61. I wanted to explore the world of the Phoorn (dragon relations of Melniboneans) and its relation to Elric. I wrote it in three books like the earlier adventures.
TW: You have written Elric both in prose and also as comic stories. What are the pros and cons of both formats?
MM: The comic encourages a different, perhaps more direct, technique and allows me to tell a story in a fresh way. The story is just as relevant. There is as much substance in the comic as in the novel.
TW: After so many Elric tales over the years, how do you find something new to say about the character?
MM: Elric never really leaves me and the ideas come spontaneously. It’s as if a living person is telling me some more of their story. If the story’s there, it will come out!
TW: Is there any news on the Elric TV show or the Hawkmoon one at the BBC?
MM: Apple are contracting for The Eternal Champion series with David Goyer who also did Sandman and Foundation and, like Neil, I’ll be working with him on the series. I’ll be starting in the New Year. Apple now hold the option in all main EC characters, including Elric.
TW: Fantasy has always been an effective way to reflect the real world through a fictional prism.how much is this still the case for you as a writer?
MM: Absolutely necessary! The sequel to The Whispering Swarm comes out next year (The Woods Of Arcady) and mixes both, as with the final volume, The Wounds Of Albion, which I’m writing now. Kabul (originally published in French) is surprisingly close to current events and of course Jerry Cornelius (see the current New Worlds) has always intersected with real events.
TW: As a writer who has written so many novels over the years, has it gotten harder to write a full length book these days compared with earlier on in your career ?
MM: I make it harder by trying new techniques all the time. You lose tension in a book, and therefore the reader’s interest, if you don’t extend your goals every time.
TW: How healthy is the fantasy genre these days and whose work do you enjoy reading ?
MM: I don’t read much genre fiction, these days, but Jonathan Carroll still does it for me in fantasy – and Walter Mosley in any form he chooses. There’s a preponderance of YA junk out there, but there always was. I always advise fantasy writers not to read fantasy but to develop a personal vocabulary of images, ideas and style. There seem to be a few decent writers doing that.
TW: With two high profile TV adaptations on TV and streaming this year, does this help or hinder people’s attitude to fantasy in general?
MM: I think it familiarises the audience with certain basic tropes, which broadens the potential market. I never liked most 50s SF but I love watching it on TV!
TW: Are there any more Elric stories you would still like to tell ?
MM: Maybe in short stories and comics but probably not in a novel. It takes me much longer than 3 days to write a novel now! At 83, I have to be a little more careful with my time.
The Citadel Of Forgotten Myths is out now from Gollancz
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