I leave the country for just a couple of days and the nation falls into anarchy. I got this email while I was away:
Your friend James Kosub has posted some damn fine — and damn patriotic —
PUNISHER fan fiction on his blog. I’ve read it and, well, it made me think
and it moved me on an emotional level. And, of course, he mentions you in
the premamble to the post…
Jim is, afterall, the President of my fan club. So I took a peek at his introductory comments:
It isn’t the greatest thing I’ve ever dumped out of my brain and onto
paper, but it’s still a solid, post-9/11 action/commentary story.
[…]Coupled with my very positive
experience playing The Punisher on the Xbox, and finally seeing the new movie with Thomas Jane, I figured now was as good a time as any to share.
And already the critical raves are coming in…from his wife.
Still a powerful and effective piece, and it could easily be expanded beyond the "Punisher" main character.
I haven’t read the fanfic, but I doubt anything could capture the enormous cultural, political, and emotional impact of 9-11 quite as well as some of James Kosub’s fanfic stylings. But I’m with Jim’s wife on this one. It’s a crying shame that he chose The Punisher as his muse instead of Willy Wonka.