Okay, back to the grind. It’s been a while since I did something like this, so here’s a reminder of what’s in the works.
Here’s the stuff you’re definitely going to see this year.
Featuring my short story ‘The Beast of the Air’. As you know if you’ve been following along, this is actually the prologue to a forthcoming novella featuring Hiram Grange, below, and works both as a short story, and the prologue to the book. It’s set in the USA. Or rather, for the most part, a hundred feet or so above the USA, much to Hiram’s consternation. The magazine went to the printer a couple of weeks ago, so the release date is officially ‘any day now’, and you can pre-order it here.
About which I really can tell you nothing, except that it should be available in the next two or three months. Obviously, I’ll be able to tell you something sooner than that, but for now, this is all you get.
Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow
I can’t wait to see this. Book five of the forthcoming Hiram Grange series of novellas from Shroud Publishing, with art by Malcolm McClinton, set in the USA and Poland. Our scandalous hero finds his world upturned by a mysterious woman, but is he the player, or the played? With a supporting cast of nymphs, winged things, and shadowy conspiracy types. The release date is still in flux, as Shroud plans the best way to get this book to the most people. We’re very, very excited about Hiram.
Withersin 3.2: Iodine
The second issue of the third volume of Withersin magazine, featuring my short story ‘Hermanesha’. This should be available in October, and if you want to pre-order the whole three issue volume you can do so here (I imagine the single issue will be available to order alone when it gets released). I’ve yet to read Withersin, but it’s been picking up some neat reviews, and I’m looking forward to having a looksee.
Behind the scenes:
This is the stuff currently taking up my attention behind the scenes.
A novel, complete in first draft. I put it aside a month or so ago to get some perspective on it, and have a feeling it’s going to be ready to edit. There’s a fair bit of work to be done on the piece as it finds a distinct identity, but I’m looking forward to the work. I need this done as soon as possible, as I’m keen to put it to potential publishers and see what the reaction is. Craven Place is unlike anything else I’ve written, and I need to start sussing the market for it. The only way to do that is to get it read, and I know where I’m sending it in the first instance.
The Furious Host
My handwritten project of the moment, a very slim novelette that may be the first of several, if it’s good. There’s magic, horror, and horses in it.
When I do send Craven Place out there, this is the next novel I want to clear. It’s been gestating for a while, and is my way to talk about theatre a little bit. It’s a story of ghosts, gods, madness, and small scale touring theatre productions. I’m looking forward to it.
Add to that the novel and several short strories already out stalking publishing companies, and the possibility that I might be about to try my hand at Shakespearean sonnets, and things are moving along nicely. May they continue to do so.
So, what are you up to?