Of all the characters I’ve made on Unnamed Journal, DVH has been the easiest to write. I inhabit him (he inhabits me?) almost effortlessly. He’s bumbling but competent, self-overhearing but uninhibited, a Hamlet that fears not action, nor anything, save the cruelties of sobriety. He won’t get a name any more than Continental Op ever did (which reminds me, I need to re-read Red Harvest).
I did something different with the paperback version: I formatted it smaller, so it’s 5×8 inches instead of the usual 6X9, as my other books have been. It’s an experiment; we’ll see what it looks like.