Anyone who has read my book White Mexicans (I’ve been reliably informed there are at least three people) will have read the short story Heroes of Hollywood Boulevard and have gotten an insight into my love of all things cape, mask, and underpants outside of trouser-related.
Since writing that short, almost two years ago, I’ve been working on an expanded narrative that builds on the mess that Stu Hogan and co have made of their lives. It has launched with Kindle Scout and is now available to vote for [here]. What does voting for HoHB mean? Well, for one a five year deal with Amazon’s publishing wing and a $1500 advance. The other (and probably less interesting) is my undying appreciation.
Long before my first trip to
Years later I wouldn’t even recall them, but they were there… waiting. Then on a trip to LA I found myself leaning towards the Boulevard and the stories these men and women dressed in the cloth of legends had to tell. For the most part their stories were that of the origins of the American Dream – they were fighting over territory. Smaller than States, certainly, but all the same they were willing to go toe-to-toe with one another over a patch of concrete that could make or break rent day. It was in that instant that I knew I wanted to write “something” about these heroes of
Boulevard… but what? My first thought was their story, but after reaching out to a couple of performers it
became apparent that help would be un-forthcoming unless I was able to shake
loose a few greenbacks.
Back at the drawing board their single biggest truth kept ringing in my mind. All the on-street conflict boiled down to territory. Public land as private property; the idea that to occupy is to own and that it was the ownership of a particular section of street that was the difference between feeding their kids and not.
It is that truth, even now after countless tweaks, changes and revisions that appears on every page of the final novel. In addition to that, two DC-Marvel crossover covers were kept at the forefront of my mind while writing. Both are from 1981 (the year I was born), with the Batman vs Incredible Hulk book released in September of that year, the very month I was born.
Previously, I have found myself writing about incredibly personal issues. Things that, to this day, make it uncomfortable to know someone I know has picked up a copy of Lost Angeles or Bone Idol [bohn ahyd-l] but in many ways Heroes of Hollywood Boulevard is the most personal read of them all, as it has been forming for as long as I’ve been able to hold an action figure or turn a comic page.