To the left, a scale model miniature office that Mary made for my birthday. By hand. Including tiny little whiskey bottles, a tiny humidor with miniscule cigars inside, and tiny copies of every book I’ve ever written (including their covers). Again, all by hand. It’s one of the most thoughtful, delightful, moving, and creative birthday presents I’ve ever received.
Speaking of creativity, here’s an update on works in progress, upcoming releases, Lifetime Subscriptions, and the Ghoul screenplay book.
WORKS IN PROGRESS: Finishing up the final draft of The Lost Level and hope to turn it over to my pre-readers by the end of this month. Once that novel is out of the way, I can go gangbusters on Hole in the World (the two novels are connected, and the latter couldn’t be finished until I figured out the former). Am also working diligently on finishing up my story for Cemetery Dance’s Four Killers and some other stuff that’s gone sideways on me. Also trying to find time to finish some interviews, etc. Basically, I’m 45 and still trying to work like I did at 35. And finding that it’s not so easy. Now that Turtle is back in pre-school and my oldest is back in college, I’ve got a semi-normal work schedule again, and hope to begin finishing off things stat!
UPCOMING RELEASES: As previously noted, next up from Deadite Press are (in order) Ghost Walk, Earthworm Gods, Earthworm Gods: Selected Scenes From the End of the World, Clickers vs. Zombies, The Rising, City of the Dead, The Rising: Selected Scenes From the End of the World, and Suburban Gothic. Next year’s Maelstrom set is in the planning stages. J.F. Gonzalez and I are working on a top secret project for Larry Roberts codenamed “The Bible“. J.F. and I are also in the planning stages of a Clickers comic book series called High Plains Clickers). Speaking of comics, issue #5 of The Last Zombie: Before the After is a game-changer. I won’t give spoilers, but it leads into The Last Zombie: Eat the Rich, which is the next to last story-arc in the series. And as announced at Killercon last weekend, I’ve got definitive plans for self-publishing more on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo next year with something codenamed “Hell On Earth“.
LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTIONS: As previously announced, Thunderstorm Books will be packaging and shipping all future Lifetime Subscriber packages, which means folks will receive them more frequently. The first batch –comic books–is going off to Thunderstorm this week for dissemination to subscribers. The next batch — trade paperbacks — will be sent a few weeks from now. Subscribers should continue to contact me, rather than Thunderstorm, with any questions or address changes.
GHOUL SCREENPLAY AND STORYBOARD: I signed all of them while in New York a few months back. They were shipped by the publisher, but apparently, the USPS ate a bunch of those shipments. Replacement books were sent to me to sign. Those books were received last week and signed, and will ship this week. Please do not contact me about these, as I did not publish the book nor process the payments. I’m simply the guy who was supposed to sign them.