History as a tool for storytelling can not only provide authors with a frame of reference for their tales, but can give them something to rewrite entirely. Ian Tregillis' Milkweed Triptych is more than just a reimagining of times past, it's an adventure that throws readers into the middle of the Cold War populated by demons and warlocks. In the series second, The Coldest War, warlocks maintain peace between Britain and the USSR, but when they start dying, Milkweed agents must discover who — or what — is to blame. With such a dark, captivating setting, we asked the author to share why he thought the Cold War was the perfect environment for his supernatural story.
The Coldest War is a ghoul. Outwardly, it wears the bloody skin of a trilogy's middle book; underneath, however, it's something else, nourished by devouring the bones of a former standalone novel.