Infernum. A shadowy, globe-spanning network of operatives run by the mysterious power broker known only as Dante. They hold allegiance to no one, existing as rogues on the fringes of society. Carl Flint was once an assassin, until a mistake on the job led to disastrous consequences. Years later, he’s a broken man, living out his days playing music in a dive bar. He’s convinced by Dante to come out of retirement to kill one more person — Agency operative Christian Pierce. Now on the run from Pierce’s former partner, Flint has to flee what’s left of his former life. But in his quest to find peace, he’ll have to face off with a Colombian drug cartel. Is this the redemption he’s been searching for, or the final nail in his coffin? From Percival Constantine comes the long-awaited follow-up to the Pulp Ark Award-nominated Love & Bullets!
Targeted Age Group:
Teen to adult
Percival Constantine was born and raised in the Chicago area and graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in literature and mass media. In 2005, he began working in the comic book industry as an editor for Making Comics Studios. Since then, he has also worked as a freelance letterer and writer for, among others, AC Comics, Black Glass Press, Cosmic Times and FYI Comics. In 2007, Percival self-published his first novel, Fallen. His second novel, Chasing The Dragon, followed in 2008.
In 2010, he made his debut as one of the authors at Pulpwork Press with the release of his third novel, Love & Bullets. He’s an active figure in the New Pulp movement, having been nominated for several Pulp Ark Awards. Percival currently resides in southern Japan.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I was penning Love & Bullets, the first book in the Infernum series, I had the idea to explore the Infernum organization even further beyond that initial book. But I didn’t just want to continue using Angela Lockhart as the main character. Instead, I wanted to examine other characters who worked for the organization. And that gave me a way to tie into a crucial event in the first book with this one, and show it from the other perspective. Carl Flint, the main character of Outlaw Blues, is about as different as can be from Angela. He’s retired, burnt out, at the end of his rope, just a total wreck of a man. I wanted to explore a character like that, and see how he still keeps himself going. I also wanted to write a western and in many ways, this is a modern-day western. The way the past intercuts with the present is actually an idea my editor, Josh Reynolds, came up with. Initially the book was linear, but Josh felt the story would have more punch if the chapters alternated between the past and the present, and I found that tactic to work extremely well.