Posts tagged Ian Weir
Posts tagged Ian Weir
Ian Weir is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and novelist. His TV credits include the acclaimed crime thriller Dragon Boys, Flashpoint, Cold Squad and Beachcombers. He has won two Geminis, four Leos, a Jessie and the Writers Guild of Canada Canadian Screenwriting Award. Interview conducted by Steven Blaqart. External links provided by clicking on pictures of Ian Weir or his book.
Daniel O’ Thunder was clearly inspired by a few popular bible tales, was this idea driven by your own faith, or are you perhaps actually not religious and just drew inspiration from the stories and ran with it? What attracted you to write about this particular subject matter?
That’s a great question, I don’t have a conventional religious faith, although I was raised in a church going family and I’ve always been fascinated by the bible as literature, I’ve always been fascinated by the Jesus narrative, and for a few years I spent some time dipping my toes, in an amateur way, into the waters of biblical scholarship. So I’ve always had a fascination with the bible stories. At different times of my life I suppose I’d had a more conventional faith, at the moment, of not so much. But those are stories I suppose I have felt steeped in since a very early age.
Did the sequence, in which the events of the novel unfold, change at all from rough draft to final draft?
This month’s episode features an interview with novelist Ian Weir and a reading from his book Daniel O Thunder. There’s also a book review of Daniel O Thunder that I wrote for my blog muxworthyrevue.com that I read on the show along with some album reviews that I added audio excerpts to for the new MXPX and Matt Skiba albums. You will also hear a poem I wrote for Lisa, stories about my weekend, old music from Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Roger Miret and the Disasters, Flogging Molly, Living With Lions, and NEW music from The River Jumpers, You Slut!, Mastodon, The Royalty, Local Natives, The Shins. Contact us : email@example.com and muxworthyrevue.com
Daniel O Thunder is a book I discovered on display in the new releases at the public library. I was initially attracted to the cover of the book, the one with the devil head. There is an alternate book cover, which is probably a UK edition but I’m not sure, that is pink and appears to have a picture of an English gent walking with a cane, like the Lord Sculthorpe character in the book, and I don’t think I would have been as attracted to the book had it been the edition at the library. But it wasn’t just the devil’s head art that sucked me in, to be perfectly clear, the name Daniel O Thunder has a certain super hero quality to it and I had to see just what it was all about.
The plot synopsis describes the novel as being set in the slums of 1851 Dickensian London. O Thunder is a prizefighter with a devastatingly powerful right hook called The Hammer Of Heaven. His religion is to protect the poor, weak, and misguided from the ruin of reckless abandon that he tends to attribute to the presence of the Devil, and when made present, Daniel flies into action to cleanse the afflicted of the unholy spirit in a physical way. You get the idea that O Thunder is directly attacking the Devil every time this happens since it is typically accompanied by a great, rousing, holy speech that asks onlookers to forgive the offender and put the blame on the Devil. I also got the impression, that every time Daniel goes into one of these impromptu sermons, he speaks as loud as possible believing The Devil to be