This is the first in a series of Conversations Around Joy Ward’s Campfire.

In this edition, Joy interviews David Drake.

Ring of Fire Press is re-publishing David Drake’s seminal novel, Old Nathan, which was an homage to science fiction and fantasy author Manly Wade Wellman. Joy Ward, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Ring of Fire Press, interviews Drake about his friend and the novel.

David Drake – Author of the bestselling Hammer’s Slammers series, and foremost writer of realistic action SF and fantasy.

The Army took David Drake from Duke Law School and sent him on a motorized tour of Viet Nam and Cambodia with the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse. He learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn’t run fast enough to get away.

Dave returned to become Chapel Hill’s Assistant Town Attorney and to try to put his life back together through fiction making sense of his Army experiences.

Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader’s hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling Hammer’s Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wishes he had a less interesting background.

Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina.

Old Nathan

The adventures of an Appalachian backwoodsman with skills and powers that go far beyond what you might expect from such a rustic old fellow. Monsters, ghosts, witches—he can deal with them all.