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Interview with Inferno author, Todd Riemer / 7.26.2010
What is Inferno?
Inferno is my debut novel! It is raw; it is visceral, erotic, and surreal; it is sinfully adult in its nature. In short, the story guides the reader through a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the despotic Magistrates. The hero, Blum, quests to overthrow their authoritarian regime in order to avenge the death of his lover, Isabelle. Blum makes an unholy pact with the Midnight Man, putting his soul on the line for the opportunity to kill those who have murdered his beloved. As he struggles through Wasteland and Metropolis, he learns that even the price of his soul may not be enough to redeem her.
Tell us more about Inferno’s hero?
Blum, Inferno’s protagonist, tells the story of how he became an enemy to the Democracy of the Magistrates. As a prisoner he traverses the savage desert dunes of the Wasteland and recalls the events that led him to participate in a revolution poised to overturn the Magistrates rule and bring a new world order. In memory the reader explores his inner thoughts, and his motivations for partaking in such a coup, primarily his love for the enchanting and deliciously charismatic Isabelle. Blum will do anything for Isabelle, and even after her death his desire for her only grows stronger. Yet, desire and vengeance ultimately teach Blum a lesson, as he is forced to weigh the benefits of fulfilling his quest for revenge or sparing his own soul and the souls of others that he loves. Through experiencing a type of transcendence Blum discovers his answer to his life’s question of: What is the price of a soul?
What themes does Inferno explore?
The themes that guide Inferno are the quest for revenge, spiritual enlightenment, and the meaning of justice, all set in the background of a classic dystopian novel. I like to challenge my reader’s boundaries by exploring the darker side of human nature and sexuality. In Inferno, I let characters fulfill sexual fantasies and explore mind-altering ways to connect with God. It is a trippy ride through a deeply layered man and his experiences in a cruel world.
What inspired you to write Inferno?
I was highly influenced by such classics as 1984, A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, Waiting for the Barbarians, and Fahrenheit 451. I also use historical parallels to ground my vision of the future in a past that is frighteningly familiar to us all. I draw allusions to the Holocaust, recalling my own Jewish heritage, and other similar events that exist in the cultural psyche of our modern world. We are haunted, even today, by the legacy of the Holocaust and other such horrific displays of hatred, and I feel like it is my duty as an artist to remind society to never forget.
Inferno won the USA Book News Best Books 2010 Awards for Best Visionary Fiction and Best Cover Design!
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