John Claude Bemis tried to write about wizards and dragons. Growing up in rural eastern North Carolina, he read fantasy classics like J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis. But when it he began writing his own fantasy-adventure books, he decided to look to a different set of archetypes. As a songwriter and musician, John became fascinated with the way America’s myths have been passed down through traditional country and blues songs and wondered how Southern folklore could be turned into epic fantasy. This passion grew into his debut novel, The Nine Pound Hammer, a story set in a mythical 19th-century America full of hoodoo magic, battling trains, and mystifying medicine shows. The Nine Pound Hammer is the first book in The Clockwork Dark series from Random House. The adventures continue in The Wolf Tree and The White City. Having taught elementary school for over a decade, John lives and writes in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
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