Wole TalabiNov 19, 2023
Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon
Daw Books 2023
Wole Talabi’s debut novel Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon (Daw Books, 2023) follows Shigidi–a former nightmare god–and his partner, the succubus Nneoma as they attempt to carve a life independent from the control of Spirit Corporations. The story spans continents and decades but centers on a heist to steal an artifact back from the British Museum.
In this interview, Talabi describes using the Yoruba pantheon of gods while also drawing on other global mythologies. We discuss the process of writing a novel with a fragmented timeline with scenes spanning millennia and the power of speculative fiction to tackle complex issues in a thoughtful and engaging way. We talk heist stories, subverting misogynistic succubus tropes, and cinematic action in novels.
Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon is an energetic, fast paced read with great depth and it was so much fun discussing it with the author.
A. E. Lanier is a short fiction writer and educator living in Central Texas. More about her work can be found at aelanier.com.