With Diviners I basically just took everything that I’m interested in and threw it into a big Cobb salad of a series. The Diviners is set in the 1920s in New York City. It combines horror and politics and, I suppose, superheroes in a way. I was writing a historical and supernatural story, but at the same time I had wanted to write something about post-9/11 America.
This is four or five years ago, and I thought, we are doing things like waterboarding, we are torturing people and calling it “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Is this really the America that I belong to? So I started reading up on the 1920s. As I looked at it I thought, well holy cow, we never learn anything, do we?
There were all these uncomfortable parallels between the two, like the anti-immigration fervor, the fears of terrorism because of anarchism and the red scare and the eugenics movement, which is scary as hell. I start reading about all of this stuff, and I thought, wow, the monsters that we think we’re fighting are never as scary as the monsters that are actually happening.
So it’s a story about America and politics, and the American myth — and flappers and booze and things that go bump in the night. And monsters.
-Libba Bray on writing The Diviners
I’m still piecing my thoughts together on this magnificent and disturbing book. I’m still left processing and speechless.
All the hearts for this!