As the captain of an Alaskan touring boat, J. Kevin Burchfield is known as “Captain Kevin” to tourists and sightseers. He shares a darker, fictional side to the Alaskan landscape in his two books, “The Great Alaskan Adventure … With Zombies” released in 2010, and the new “Full Moon Over Juneau.”
Burchfield will sign his books in Oklahoma City from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at All Star Comics, 6900 N May Ave., Suite 10.
Burchfield moved to Alaska after growing up in Oklahoma City. As owner of “Lost in Alaska Adventures,” he and his boat provide fishing expeditions and whale watching tours, among other events.
While he’s never seen a zombie or werewolf on his tours, the geography in the books is accurate for those possibly planning an Alaskan trek through locations including Hoonah and Tenakee Springs.
In a recent interview with The Oklahoman, Burchfield described “Full Moon Over Juneau” as “one man’s journey down a path that he never chose.”
The werewolf in “Full Moon Over Juneau” turns completely into wolf form at each full moon.
Burchfield said he thinks werewolves appeal to people because they’re trapped in a situation they have no
“It’s his struggle with those inner demons,” he said.
Though Burchfield’s books are prose, Wyll Greenewood of All-Star Comics said he expects the novels will appeal to comic-book fans.
“We’ve been infiltrated by these creatures for a long time, going back to the early 1940s,” Greenewood said. “They’ve had their claws in this industry for a while, particularly in the early 1970s.”
Marvel Comics’ “Werewolf by Night” ran for 43 issues during the 1970s, and introduced the character of Moon Knight in issue No. 32.
Greenewood said Burchfield’s book “The Great Alaskan Adventure … With Zombies” would make a fine companion piece to a well-known vampire comic.
“It’s zombies in Alaska,” Greenewood said. “‘30 Days of Night’ would be the perfect example of people it would appeal to,” he said, referring to the best-selling comic written by Steve Niles that was adapted into a 2007 film. “30 Days of Night” featured a vampire attack on the town of Barrow, Alaska.
Burchfield describes his books as “pulp horror,” and each are written from the first-person perspective. That, and the real-life settings and characters, add to the books’ feeling of reality, he said.
- By Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman