Walter Mosley is a generous man. Mosley’s latest book “The Gift of Fire/On the Head of A Pin” is actually a two-for-one deal that includes a departure from his usual work.
Instead of his hardboiled detective novels that have thrilled Easy Rawlins, Fearless Jones and Leonid McGill fans, Mosley offers up two novellas that take on a sci-fi mode.
In “Gift of Fire” the Greek god Prometheus was punished for figuring out the powers of the element of fire, and was summarily sentenced to a lifetime chained to a rock where he was slowly devoured. In this retelling of the ancient tale, Prometheus has been set free on the streets of South Central L.A.
In “On the Head of a Pin” two employees, Ana Fried and Joshua Winterland, of Jennings-Tremont Enterprises find out that animatronics has advanced radically so that live-action will be now be indistinguishable from animatronics editing. It opens up a whole new world of filmmaking that can pair stars from the past with stars of the present and future. But there’s a glitch and it’s one that once they find out about it, could change not just the film industry, but the world.
Mosley also announced that he’s started a production company to produce his own books. B.O.B. Filmhouse (Best of Brooklyn Filmhouse) has partnered with Diane Houslin to take a more active role in getting his work to the big and small screen. Although he’s written over 30 books, only one, “Devil in a Blue Dress,” has been made into a feature film. He does have two projects in the works for HBO, though there are no updates yet.
“This is a time of great change in the business – from how we tell stories to where our readers and audiences find them – that I am excited to be a part of the whole process,” Mosley told deadline.com.
You can catch Mosley in person in the following cities:
Thursday, May 10
Borderlands Books, San Francisco, CA
Friday, May 11
University Temple United Methodist Church, Seattle, WA
Saturday, May 26
Oxon Hill Library, Oxon Hill, MD
Wednesday, May 30
PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, June 5
BEA Main Stage, Sci-Fi Author Panel, New York, NY