Glam Rock & Yorkshire Occult: The Making Of Ben Myers’ Turning Blue

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(A black metaller, yesterday)

From the anxiety of reservoirs to the landscape-driven black metal of Winterfylleth, Ben Myers walks us through the peculiar influences of his most recent novel — Turning Blue


Turning Blue is a novel about a hillbilly pig farmer in the remotest corner of the North Yorkshire dales who kills a girl and then falls in love with her dead body. It is also about his past connections to a shadowy conspiracy of abusive men, comprised of local businessmen, councillors and a much-loved children’s TV presenter. And it is about a drunk journalist and an uptight policeman who try to make sense of the case that they are investigating. It is a nihilistic work, that explores the flaws of masculinity and the lengths to which corrupted men will go to indulge their appetites and desires.

Much of this is reflected in the harsh landscapes in which they operate: upper moorlands, dark woods, reservoirs. Remote places. Along with my previous novels – Beastings (2014) and Pig Iron (2012) – it explores ideas of morality, and those who go beyond any perceived (and sane) moral code. It is about a hidden England that exists, but is rarely depicted in mainstream literary fiction or, indeed the current resurgence of landscape/nature writing. I consider Turning Blue ‘rural noir’ or ‘folk crime’ and it took seven painful re-writes before I came close to what I was hoping to achieve with it. It was inspired by all manner of influences, many of them localised and quite specific to the North of England. Here are some of them…


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