Memphian Robert J. Krog is a longtime reader and writer of fantasy and science fiction. His first work, The Stone Maiden and Other Tales, was published in 2009, and his latest, A Bag Full of Eyes, was released this year. A Bag Full of Eyes, set "in a distant time and place," revolves around Royal Inspector Sir Gordon and involves witches, vampires, and, yes, a bag full of eyes.
The Flyer: What inspired you to write fantasy?
Robert J. Krog: Fantasy allows one to examine exotic and exciting experiences and also ideas that are uncomfortable or unquestioned in a mundane setting. By taking ourselves out of the mundane, we can test ideas in a more objective light.
Who's the intended audience for A Bag Full of Eyes?
A Bag Full of Eyes is for those who enjoy reading, though I expect it will appeal best to readers of fantasy and horror. I wouldn't advise it for children and preteens.
About that bag full of eyes, whose eyes are they?
The eyes in question are those of murder victims. Victor, the Eye Man, is a magical forensics expert for a king. Using magical tools, Victor removes the eyeballs from the victims and puts them into the sockets of an investigator. The investigator then sees the last things that the victim saw. Whichever eyeballs are not currently in sockets are stored in a magical bag that preserves them.
Sir Gordon, a vampire hunter, requests Victor's aid to help figure out which vampire he is hunting.
Is there a moral to the story?
If I had to say there was a moral, it would be that one can have compassion for one's enemies yet still combat their evil deeds.
Robert J. Krog signs and discusses "A Bag Full of Eyes" at the Booksellers at Laurelwood, Thursday, July 12th, at 6 p.m.