When author Cooper S. Beckett approached me about his upcoming horror novel, Osgood as Gone: The Spectral Inspector, he described it to me as “cosmic horror, with pulpy noir undertones.” As his first major entry into the horror genre (and the first of a possible series?) Osgood as Gone is a dread-inducing, addicting mystery for the progressive, contemporary, horror-loving audience, that I completed in one day. Read on to learn why.
I had the chance to talk to Cooper S. Beckett, the author of the upcoming supernatural horror novel, Osgood as Gone, which will make its way onto book shelves April 22nd (and Audiobook May 20th). We discuss his interesting entry into the horror genre, his influences, genre representation, what he thinks is lacking within the horror genre, Hereditary, Buffy, Channel Zero, amongst other things.
The premise for Osgood as Gone, according to its site, is the following:
Once an exciting up-and-coming star of the burgeoning paranormal investigation TV genre, now Prudence Osgood finds herself as a barely functioning alcoholic living in daily pain, both physical, from a car accident nearly twenty years ago, and emotional, from the loss of Audrey Frost, her partner and best friend, over an ill-advised hoax. When a random cryptic email shows up in her inbox, she must begin an investigation that is far more sinister than it initially seems, and far more connected to the last two decades of her own life that she could ever imagine.
Read on for our conversation.