THE WAKE is an upcoming horror-charged title, set amidst claustrophobic yet beautiful and sweeping ocean-scapes, follows a discovery which will reveal a secret mythology for something that does more than go bump in dark. CBR News spoke with Snyder, who shared details about his new sci-fi/monster mash-up as seen through the eyes of a marine biologist plunged deep into a thriller mystery, the multiple meanings of the title and what we can learn about ourselves from monsters, nightmares and our greatest fears.
SS: It's really building a whole world underwater, from the ground up.
Hollywood blockbusters like "The Abyss," as well as great novels-turned-to-movies like Peter Benchley's "Jaws" and "The Deep," have a long history of making the ocean a very scary place to be. What is it about water-based thrills and chills that keep us coming back more?
The things that we are going to explore here are just that; do we have a memory of something or do we know something about something that's lurking down there that has made us so afraid of the water? One of the things that we're going to be exploring in the book that I'm really excited about is the whole sort of roster of myths and folklore and legends that exist about the ocean -- the creatures that live there, the beings that live there, all of that kind of stuff. But what we really want to do here is get to the heart of what you're talking about. [Laughs] Or at least propose a fictional story that really supports it. We're trying to understand where these myths and legends come from for these particular creatures and ask, do they stem from something that we just don't remember having seen yet?
In that way, with this book, we get to explore all of these great stories of the sea and figures of the sea, throughout folklore and different sort of mythologies, as well. Again, it has a lot of the stuff that I just love writing about, yet it's incredibly different from anything that I've done before.