Over on Tor.com, David Barnett has written an article about the place of primates with firearms in fantasy, including this quote from me about Ack-Ack Macaque:
“There’s something strangely compelling about primates in human clothes. Crowds used to gather at London Zoo to watch the chimpanzees having a tea party. The PG Tips ads became instant classics. When creating Ack-Ack Macaque, I felt as if I’d tapped into some sort of archetype. I made him surly and rude, and unconscionably violent, and people responded. They seemed to connect with him on a primal level. I don’t know what it is about him. He has his own Twitter account and people love talking to him. Ladies flirt with him. Men tell jokes and post links to funny monkey pictures. He seems to have struck a chord – and I think it’s because he represents a certain freedom that we, as supposedly civilised human beings, have lost. He can smoke and drink and blow shit up, and not care. The normal rules don’t apply to him. He doesn’t have to bite his lip or bide his time. He’s a wild animal. Put him in clothes and he looks comical, but also dangerous. He’s us, but not us. The Hyde to our Jekyll. Our inner child.”
You can read the whole article here.