The Case that Baffled the Boy: a Sockhops & Seances Interview with Joshua Wanisko!
Please tell us a bit about your story!
“The Case That Baffled the Boy” is a collection of three short stories of an unusual boy who solves mysteries in the small harbor town of Greenville to pass the time while waiting for the world to end.
What inspired your story?
I grew up reading Encyclopedia Brown books and as gimmicky as it sometimes was, I do like the formula. The familiarity is comforting and I thought it would be fun to transport it into the realm of the uncanny.
Welcome to Night Vale is probably the most well known example of uncanny happenings within a small town, and while I was aware of it, it wasn’t a direct inspiration. Instead, the setting was inspired by Stephen King’s New England as well as the absurd and haunting mythology in John Hodgman’s The Areas of My Expertise.
What was it about Sockhops & Seances that captured your imagination?
I’m a sucker for a good mash-up. I love genre fiction. I love period pieces. Combining the two makes for an irresistible hook. There is nothing I enjoy more than exploring the hidden details that bring another time and place to life.
Where can our readers find you online?
I’m on Facebook under my real name and I post to the blog at http://where-there-had-been-darkness.blogspot.com with decreasing regularity.