I finished my draft of “The Last Supper of Poppy Z. Brite.” I’m fairly happy with it. I was amused the whole way through. I used archtypes of people in a Vampire LARP that I was in for a number of years. It gave me the giggles.
Now, I believe I will be able to finish reviewing the last 7 or so entries for Into the Dreamlands. I think I have a decent cover for it. I am very excited.
Now I need to finish the third Crossroads novella “The Strange Case of the Undead Alchemist.” It is currently at 9500. I think it will hit about 12,000, which would put it in the range of the other two. And then the final novella that really will be a short novel at 30,000 words.
I need to remind myself to talk to louise_bohmer and see if she is still interested in partnering on the expanded version of Abigail’s Dragon. I’ve pretty much hit a wall with that story and so I’m hoping that teaming up with a partner will help. I really dig the characters and everyone that has read it has enjoyed it.
My general policy is to try to hit the antholgies as the deadlines come out. The other anthologies that I wanted to hit are:
I’m thinking of doing something with Gawain and the Green Knight, but it would take a lot of research and I don’t have a lot of time.
I kind of have a funny idea for this one.
I got nothing on this one. This shit is hard.
This one will be the Deadman’s Hand.
Of course, I still have this list.
I am working on a story called “The Elixir of Tears.” This is a fantasy setting story about a pirate that steals a potion from a wizard to save his queen.
“Song of the Innocent” will be another Jacob Heller story dealing with his new brother-in-law infamous rock star Johnny Dalton.
“The Fisherman’s Wife” will be an erotic dark fantasy with Selkies. A selkie married a fisherman and then left him when the call of the sea became too much. Thirty years later, he finally catches her again.
I have an idea for a second novella for the crew of the Phoenix involving breaking someone out of prison.
“Prince of Cats” involves a god becoming upset with a mortal when he claims a title not truly his.
“The Pit Stop War” is about two clerks at a late night connivance store that try to kill each other.
“The Sugarman Cometh” is about a child molester with special powers that discovers that he is but a small fish in a very large pond. This is a Crossroads story.
“Jeremiah Heller and the Dead Man’s Hand” is about Jeremiah Heller chasing down a special deck of cards. This deck of cards was a tarot deck and now whenever it draws the Dead Man’s Hand, the person playing is fated to die. However, if another hand is drawn, the person gets a blessing.
“Redd” is about the son of Little Red Riding Hood and his tendency to howl at the moon.
“Webs” is about Little Miss Muppet and what she is really afraid of and really wants. This is a dark erotic fantasy about bondage.