Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, is ready for more inclusion and representation in the myriad worlds of fantasy novels.
The Booker Prize-winning author recently told Man of the World he’ll be “geeking the fuck out” for his next book, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which he describes as “an African Game of Thrones.” James told the magazine:
“I realized how sick and tired I was of arguing about whether there should be a black hobbit in Lord of the Rings. African folklore is just as rich, and just as perverse as that shit. We have witches, we have demons, we have goblins, we have mad kings. We have stories of royal succession that would put Wolf Hall to share. We beat the Tudors two times over.”
And when James says “geek,” he means it. He’s already promising an almost-excessive attention to detail and multiple appendices on different races and magic techniques.