The Compulsive Reader: On Death

Friday, March 16, 2012

On Death

Today I have a guest post by Jackie Morse Kessler, author of Hunger, Rage, and soon-to-be-released Loss!

On Death
By Jackie Morse Kessler

Ever since he first appeared in Hunger, I’ve hugely enjoyed writing Death. (Not to be confused with writing about little-d death, which, granted, can also be enjoyable to write about. Let me know if this bothers you.) He’s always been a fascinating character—timeless, ageless, a bit of a slacker. Then again, when everyone comes to you at one point or another, what’s the rush?

Unlike other characters of mine, I knew what he looked like from the start: exactly like Kurt Cobain. He even sang and played the guitar. Why? I still don’t know how this happened. I wasn’t even a Nirvana fan until I started working on Hunger. (Now? I’m convinced that the Unplugged: New York concert was one of the most powerful musical experiences ever.) Since his appearance in Hunger, I’ve figured out exactly what Death is all about—which is a good thing, since I’m writing his book right now. :)

Readers will get to see a lot more of Death in my new book, LOSS—including another side of him which may, or may not, explain a lot more about him. There are bits of foreshadowing sprinkled in LOSS for what’s to come in Breath.

Many authors have tackled Death as an anthropomorphic personification—my personal favorites are by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Piers Anthony. Who are some of your favorites? Please comment below. And if you do…you’re entered in the giveaway!


LOSS by Jackie Morse Kessler comes out March 20, 2012!

GIVEAWAY: One lucky commenter below will win a small cover poster of LOSS—and will be entered in the grand prize drawing! The grand prize winner will receive signed copies of HUNGER, RAGE and LOSS—and will get to name a character in BREATH, the fourth book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series. The grand prize winner will be picked on Sunday, April 1, 2012. No foolin’.


Susan Light said...

I haven't gotten to read any of these yet but they look great. The opportunity to name a character would be incredible. thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

The cover to the book looks awesome! Gorgeous! And thanks for the giveaway! :)

Jessica @ Stuck in Books said...

EEEK!!!! So exciting! And the cover is fabulous!

Samantha said...

Sounds interesting. I haven't read any in the series yet. Thanks for the giveaway!


Anonymous said...

Loss is the one I'm more interested in, I don't know why but whenever I hear about these books it's always Death I think of!

Jessica said...

My favorite "Death" so far is Death from the Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony...love that his pale horse doubles as a sweet ride and that he's found love. :)
I love your Death, too. This is such a great series.

Christina Kit. said...

My favorite death is the narrator in The Book Thief!

This book looks awesome!

ccfioriole at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I love this series and am excited for Loss!


Mary Preston said...

I am looking forward to reading this series.


Lauren said...

I've seen reviews for this series around - want to read it this summer when my schedule clears up. Thanks for the cool contest!

Don't forget about Death as the narrator in The Book Thief!