Quiet times here at Land’s Edge (the nickname I’ve bestowed upon my fortified cabin here in a remote corner of Central Pennsylvania on the banks of the Susquehanna River). If you read this, this, and this, then you know that I’ve recently been struggling with some major life decisions and changes, so the quiet times are needed. Thanksgiving was nice. My parents, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law, and both of my sons were here — the first time we’ve had the entire family together for Thanksgiving in over 17 years. I reckon my grandfather was here in spirit. My ex-wife stopped by, as well, after dinner. Everyone had a good time, and there was none of the drama or angst that seems to come with so many of these family gatherings, for which my heart condition was glad.
Other than that, I’ve pretty much just been writing. The revised first draft of The Lost Level is nearly completed (I say revised because the publisher decided they’d like it to go from novella length to short novel length). And the first drafts of issues one, two, and three of The Last Zombie: Neverland are finished, as well. I also pitched some stuff by request to DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment, none of which seems to have stuck to the wall. Which is probably for the best, since I don’t know when I’d have time to write it.
Once The Lost Level is finished and off to the pre-readers, I’ll be turning my attention back to With Teeth and Hole In The World — two novels which are in various stages of completion. After they are finished, I’ll turn to Suburban Gothic and The Seven: The Labyrinth, Book One. Plans are in place for next year’s Maelstrom release, as well. I can’t say much about it yet, but the novel for Set #3 will indeed be the hardcover edition of Deluge.
I’ve also been editing Apocrypha — the special book which will be sent free of charge to all subscribers of the former Of Keene Interest newsletter. Click here for more on that. I’d hoped to have it ready to ship by Christmas, but that’s not going to happen. I think it will be worth the wait. There’s a lot of cool things in it — stuff I’d forgotten all about until I began going through the archives: articles I wrote during my brief tenure as the Associate Editor of a flying saucer zine, some never-before-published Fear of Gravity-era short stories, the Phantasm-Evil Dead crossover I wrote early in my career for a fan-fiction anthology, etc.
Was going to mail the next batch of Lifetimer packages last week, but then I got a shipping notice for The Last Zombie: Inferno #5, so I’m waiting for them to arrive first. No sense paying double the postage.
Over on the reprint front, Deadite should be releasing Ghoul any time now, complete with the new movie cover (as noted, the movie’s release date was pushed back to early next year). Ghoul will be followed by The Cage and Dark Hollow. Ghost Walk will be re-released early next year, followed by An Occurrence in Crazy Bear Valley, Earthworm Gods, Earthworm Gods: Selected Scenes From the End of the World, The Rising, City of the Dead, The Rising: Selected Scenes From the End of the World, Scratch, and Entombed. The paperback and digital editions of Entombed will not include the artwork or bonus novella that was included in the hardcover edition.
So, that’s what’s been going on here. How are things with you?