Expert inquirer. Gentleman sleuth. Tenured professor of Humanities and Occult Sciences at Midlandia University. Professor Peppercorn is a private investigator who isn’t afraid to peer behind the veil and yell into the darkness – which has garnered him quite the reputation. Join the professor on six of his most irregular inquests as he travels through the grim underbelly of Midlandia and reports from the frontlines of the war between life and death.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to craft this world around the character of Professor Peppercorn due to a love of the worlds created by Edgar Allan Poe and others like him. Poems, good poems, allow for a brief, intense look through a window into a world unlike our own, yet somehow it's relatable for strange reasons we want to comprehend.
It's my hope the tales of Professor Peppercorn strike a similar chord.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Professor Peppercorn and the supporting cast of misfits and criminals he deals with were amalgamations of years TV tropes and classic villainy that marinated in my mind and spilled out on the pages.
As far as the name: My wife and I were at dinner and there was a Peppercorn grinder on the table. The rest is history.
Leaves broke free from limbs when I met,
With such a strange and daunting threat,
One by one, seven ensnared in dystopian net,
Men as chess pieces, moved into hell’s debt,
My most perplexing and intriguing case yet.
And the good Doctor, or madman – you choose,
Entered each into the charade according to his dues,
Of our disappearance, outside world received no news,
Six other faces gazing upon distasteful ruse,
Six other people gambling their lives to lose.
From different worlds and stations we came,
Bewildered strangers chosen for some dark game,
We beheld the doctor’s frail and weakened frame,
Who through wheeze and cough set to proclaim:
“Only one of you will escape pyre’s flame…”
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