I’m not looking to rain on anybody’s parade, and I look forward to the coming expansion as much as anyone. But I can’t help wondering: why, exactly, South Africa?
Every single region we have visited in the past has had heavy occult, conspiratorial and, above all, literary and fictional associations. But South Africa? I’m sure it has a rich native occult history, but it’s not exactly common knowledge. What associations does South Africa have for the average literate person? The apartheid struggle, diamonds and gold, the Boer war, continuing government corruption, grim realist novels - and that about exhausts my associations. Frankly, it sounds flat as dishwater compared to Transylvania, Egypt, Tokyo and haunted New England. And to confirm what an unlikely choice it was, I would guess that during the course of almost half a decade’s intense speculation about where book 2 would be set, South Africa was not mentioned even once. So ten out of ten for the surprise, but I repeat: why?