Sorry for the delay, my fellow travelers, but trust me...I have lots to tell you about.
First off, I’m roughly five thousand words away from closing out The Shadow Legion Casebook Volume One. The last story to be completed will be ‘Amongst Monsters,’ which sees Maybelle Tremens, the psychic detective known as Dreamcatcher, comes to the aid of a brand new hero whose encounter with a hideous creature has led them to a veritable house of horrors! You will learn a lot about Maybelle and what sets her apart from her fellow Shadow Legionnaires mentally, emotionally and physically while also getting more glimpses of the menace that will be looming over the city of Nocturne in the next two novels, which are tenatively titled Machina Ex Deus and Urban Inferno!
I also recently finish the preliminary draft for ‘Sit By The Fire’ (the title may change), the first new Don Cuevo story in years. An old man is visited by our frontier exorcist and his beautiful assistant during one of the nastiest snowstorms in memory. The old man serves them some food and is willing to let them warm up....but Cuevo has some suspicions about the man’s hospitality and a mission he must carry out. I know where I’d like for this story to go, but I don’t want to jinx it by saying much more.
Now onto things still being worked on...
You’ve probably already seen the announcement that I am the one new author to play in the worlds of Monster Earth for it’s second collection. The story I’m working on is called ‘Giants of Industry,’ and I’ll tell you more as we get closer to completion.
Then there’s ‘The Town That Hated Santa Claus,’ the new Doc Thunder story that’s slated to appear in this year’s Pulpworks Press Christmas Annual. I’m roughly two thousand words in, and the story might be self-explanatory from the title, as Elias Thunder responds to a curious letter to Saint Nick from a child, teaming up with a mysterious stranger to visit a small town that shuns the holidays.
There’s also a third project that I was just invited to. I can’t go into details just yet, but I will say it plays into one of my great passions (one that I devote an entire blog to, in fact) and it’s one I’m looking forward to letting loose on!
Since these three projects have roughly the same deadline (October or thereabouts), I’ll be focusing on them before returning to The Shadow Legion Casebook and The Adventures of Tao Jones. Plus, there’s the other project that needs a little explanation....
Several years ago, I proposed a short story anthology to Pulpworks Press called Amazing Alternity Stories, a collection of tales in alternate universes where famous personages took very different paths. Amongst the tales pitched to me and turned in were ones where Abraham Lincoln was a crime-busting boxer, Charles Darwin was an intergalactic lawman; Winston Churchill was a spy; Barack Obama was a masked avenger; and a number more (although I will admit I regret that the writer who pitched the story featuring George Carlin as a Vietnam-era fighter pilot never submitted anything). I asked for a few rewrites....
And then I stalled. I can’t honestly say why the progress on the anthology stopped so dead for so long. When I got the opportunity to write New Roads To Hell, the collective brain trust behind Pulpworks Press took the project off their production slate and asked me to concentrate on the novel.
Well, the novel’s been finished for a while. The second book is just about done. I had an idea for what will become my second novel I was looking for a home for. Pulpworks Press wanted to do it, but we both knew there was a big ol’ elephant in the room that needed to be put behind us....
Thus, Alternity Lives!
I am in the process of compiling the stories into the final manuscript. God willing, you’ll see it this winter!
So yes, it’s true. I’ve got a lot on my plate. And hopefully, you’ll all enjoy what I serve up in the coming months!