Tuesday, May 30, 2017

If Dogland influenced American Gods, other works influenced it more

Dogland was published four years before American Gods, so it's possible my take on old gods living in the present had some minor influence on Neil's, but I'm inclined to think we were both inspired by the same sources. I'll only mention two, one that's obvious to anyone who knows the history of our genre, one that calls for a love of both fantasy and comics:

Thorne Smith wrote about old gods in modern times long before Neil or I were born.

And Jack Kirby wrote about them during our childhood. You can read American Gods as Neil's adult tribute to Kirby's Marvel work with old gods and his DC work that included a book titled New Gods.