East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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I feel like Jock Mahoney.
No, wait, let me explain.

Jock Mahoney was a former Marine that starred in two Western TV series and a few Western movies, and ended up playing Tarzan in the ’60s after auditioning for the role in the ’40s.

In particular, Mahoney starred in Tarzan goes to India, in which Burroughs’ character moves from his home turf in Africa to Asia,  in order to save the elephants endangered by the works for a new dam.

And no, it’s not that I’m about to start wearing a toupée.

africa_map_1885No, I’m about to start a new story set in Africa.
This is something different, for me: I set a number of stories in the Near and Far East, and I have a huge reference library. I have tons of notes, images, stuff.

But Africa?
Not that much.
And Africa in the ’50s?
Now I’ll have to really do some research.

I’ll start re-reading Martin and Osa Johnson books – about their travels in Africa.
And Joy Adamson’s books in the Born Free series.
Good for color.
Then I’ll have to read extensively about the Mau Mau Uprising.
And then I’ll have to put together my usual collection of pictures, snippets of text and maps.
Lots of work, for a 6000 words story.

But as a spin-off of all this research, I guess I’ll have a few new posts for Karavansara, in the next weeks.
Just like Tarzan in that old movie, I’m going to do some work in another continent.
But it will be fun.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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