To call Sherrilyn Kenyon prolific is an understatement. Since getting her start in the mid-1990s, the dark fantasy author has published dozens of novels, many in her best-selling Dark-Hunter series, about a group of vampire-esque immortal warriors who hunt down the demons that prey on humans. And in 2017, she unveiled a new series, Deadman’s Cross, which chronicles the battle between demons that are determined to destroy humanity and those who have been brought back to life to stop them.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet sat down with Kenyon at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the third and final book in the Deadman’s Cross series, a possible Dark-Hunter TV adaptation, and more.
‘At Death’s Door’ is out September 10
Set during the golden age of piracy (and in the same world as the Dark Hunter books), the first novel in the Deadman’s Cross series, Deadmen Walking, follows Devyl Bane, an ancient warlord who Thorn, the leader of the Hellchasers, brings back to life as a notorious pirate. Bane and his crew of deadmen are charged with keeping demons and other nasty creatures locked behind enchanted gates, but those gates may not hold forever. The second book in the series, Death Doesn’t Bargain, came out in 2018. At Death’s Door, the last book in the trilogy, hits stores shelves on September 10.
“It finishes up the trilogy. Which I hated to do,” Kenyon said. “But my publisher said, ‘You said a trilogy, so we’re holding you to it.’” And this really is the end of the saga, she says. “There is no cliffhanger to it. [The publisher] made me tie it up in a bow. Although I do kind of promise that they’ll be back,” she hinted.
In the final book in the series, a woman named Valynda Moore finds herself trapped in the body of a voodoo doll. When Thorn offers her a chance at redemption, she grabs it. But after the evil Malachai escapes from his prison, all bets are off.
“I get to go really deep into the Caribbean lore” in this book, Kenyon explained. For example, those familiar with voodoo will recognize the character Ghede Nibo, a spirit who watches over the dead. Kenyon drew on her own knowledge of the religion when writing the novel. “I grew up with it,” she said, adding that one of her friends is a voodoo high priestess.
A ‘Dark-Hunter’ TV series?
Dark-Hunter fans have been hoping for a TV adaptation of the series for years. While there’s no official news on that front, Kenyon did say that there’s still talk of one happening.“
They’re working on. They’ve been working on it for a long time,” she said. “They haven’t told me yet what they’re doing,” she added.
Looking to the future
While some writers take years to finish a novel, Kenyon is always working (she was pecking away at her laptop when we sat down to chat). And coming up with new ideas is never a challenge.
“The characters are always in my head doing things,” she said. That’s hardly surprising, considering that Kenyon has been writing since childhood.
“[Writing] is all I ever wanted to do. I mean as far back as I can ever remember. You know, I wrote my first novel when I was eight years old,” she said.
So what’s next after At Death’s Door? Hopefully, another Dark-Hunter book, currently titled Queen of All Shadows, which Kenyon said should be out in 2020, “if everything goes as planned.”
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