I’ve sent the final files to the printer, so I should have the actual chapbooks in about two weeks!
Because there were a few extra blank pages at the end, I included an “alternate ending” for the story. It’s a small change that is also kind of a big change in terms of how you might interpret the preceding events.
My first readers were torn over the possible endings, so I thought it would be fun to include both of them for your perusal. Future printings of the story will only have one ending, although I cannot say for sure yet which one since I have no clue which one I like better.
More news soon… Thank you again for all of your support!
“An Unusual Proposition For a Mountain Man” is the second chapbook I’m printing exclusively for my Patreon supporters, and Glenn Chadbourne contributed five interior pieces of artwork to make the chapbook extra special. This reward will ship to all supporters who are on Level Two or above as of January 31, 2019, so now is the perfect time to sign-up if you’re interested in what I’m doing over on Patreon!
About the Chapbook: When he heard the polite knock on the cabin’s wooden door, Buddy “Bud” Williams was certain another pretty face had arrived to represent the developer who wanted his land to build a neighborhood of godawful McMansions.
Bud was right on one of those counts, but very very wrong about the other. The person at his door came with a life-changing offer, but the life that would be changed the most was not Bud’s… it was his son’s life, probably the only person Bud actually cared about.
What will Bud do when it’s time to make the most important decision of his life, and what will the true consequences of that decision be?A
I have big plans for 2019 and 2020 for my Patreon supporters, and one of projects I’ve been working on is a serialized novel that will run for most of 2019.
I’ll be posting one chapter each week from The Echo of Memory, which is a heavily revised version of my first published novel. In 2004, the book was published as Black Fire by James Kidman. There was a paperback edition from Leisure and a signed Limited Edition hardcover from Cemetery Dance Publications, but I’m restoring my preferred title and my real name for all future editions.
I’ll be working through the revisions as I post the chapters, but the first 100 pages have already seen a ton of fine tuning and some serious excising of unnecessary material.
Yep, this is one of those very rare “Author’s Preferred Editions” where stuff is being CUT out instead of crammed back in, and you won’t miss the things I’m editing out. They were the product of a first novelist’s insecurities about readers and the publishing world in general. This is a book where “less is more” should have been the mantra.
I’ll have some more news to share soon — including what I’m working on in 2019 to lay the groundwork for an extremely ambitious project for my Patreon supporters in 2020 — and I thank everyone again for all of your support!
A few readers who asked for more information about supporting my Patreon account also suggested I might want to post my current publication plans for 2019, and I’m happy to provide this list for reference! Some of these pub dates are outside my control, of course, but right now I’m hoping we’ll see most of these next year:
The Echo of Memory — a novel (and I have some big news to share very soon!) The Zombie Who Cried Human — hardcover editions are headed to the printer this month, so they should be out by spring Weak and Wounded — expanded trade paperback and eBook editions More Than Midnight — expanded trade paperback and eBook editions Dreamlike States — expanded trade paperback and eBook editions Lost and Lonely — expanded trade paperback and eBook editions Reading Stephen King — trade paperback and eBook editions Detours — trade paperback and eBook editions Walking With Ghosts — low print run “heavily illustrated” US Limited Edition hardcover Walking With Ghosts — trade paperback and eBook edition Killer Crimes — an anthology co-edited with Richard Chizmar Halloween Carnival — the omnibus Limited Edition hardcover (600+ pages!) Dark Screams: Volume One Omnibus — Limited Edition hardcover, co-edited with Richard Chizmar
* Plus several more foreign editions, but I’m not sure the exact plans for those yet.
Dates unknown but already in the works, so hopefully 2020: Untitled Anthology — an anthology of circus and carnival stories with an amazing line-up The Suicide Diary — a novel The Slow Zombie and the Fast Zombie — a new children’s book illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne Blue November Storms — an Omnibus Edition with never before published material including the original unpublished novelette and artwork from an abandoned graphic novel adaptation
For those who are curious, above is a photo of what just shipped to my Level Seven Patreon supporters this month. They will also receive a special Traycased Lettered Edition of Patreon Stories: Volume One in 2019 when the traycases are ready. I believe the official print run of that edition is just 4 lettered copies and 6 publisher’s copies, making it easily the most rare edition ever of my work.
Also, as a special bonus, those paperback editions of The Zombie Who Cried Human are not only signed by Glenn and me, but Glenn took the time to add a special “remarque” — an original drawing — on the title page to make the copies extra special for my supporters.
PLEASE NOTE: I’m probably going to have to close Level Six and Level Seven to new supporters at the end of December to keep the budget balanced for 2019, so if you’re thinking about making the jump, now is a good time to do it. 🙂 Anyone who is a supporter on those levels at the end of December can remain at their level even after it is closed to new supporters, and new members will only be able to select those levels if someone else drops out first. Also, if you do sign-up soon, I will be sending any new supporters on Level Six or Level Seven what I can from the above picture in December. I don’t have copies of everything left, but I’ll definitely send you a very nice “starter” package!
I just noticed that The Halloween Children, which I co-wrote with Norman Prentiss, is discounted right now to just 99 cents! I have no idea how long this deal from Hydra/Random House will last, but if you missed out or think you might want to re-read the book down the road, now might be the perfect time to grab a copy. Thank you again for all of your support!
I’m very pleased to report Amazon has also added a “series page” for the Halloween Carnival series to make it easier for you to find all of the books and see which ones you have and don’t have! Click on the image below to visit the page:
As you might recall, Richard Chizmar and I joined forces with the cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, to produce ten eBook volumes in our acclaimed Dark Screams horror eBook anthology series. Each volume collects stories by the best authors working in the business today and I’m pleased to report Amazon has added a “series page” for the Dark Screams series to make it easier for you to find all of the books and see which ones you have and don’t have! Click on the image below to visit the page:
Later this month, Carcosa will be publishing a new hardcover edition of The Halloween Children for the Czech market! This was my first collaboration, with good friend and incredible writer Norman Prentiss, and this will be Carcosa’s first-ever hardcover AND it’s also the debut title in their new Halloween series! They loved Vincent Chong’s cover from the US trade hardcover so much that they licensed it for their market as well:
Just a general reminder, my Level 7 supporters on Patreon will automatically receive a signed copy of this new foreign edition whenever I receive my contributor copies. (I’ll be asking Norman to sign them, too!)