Hello from the other side!
Of the screen. Jeez, I'm not dead. And if I were, I'd like to think I'd have something a little cleverer than that.
I digress. How are all of you? I haven't posted in a little over two weeks, but it feels like so much longer than that. A lot has happened since that last post, both in the world and just in my life. For the world stuff, I'll leave it to you to find out everything that's been going on (There have certainly been some things worthy of a distraction lately.).
As for me? Well, I've been reading a bit more than usual (Thankfully), especially an anthology I nabbed from the library – The Weird, compiled by Jeff and Ann Vandermeer. Their names will be really well-known to anyone who enjoys weird and new weird fiction, as they've implanted themselves firmly into the middle of those two genres.
I've taken to reading them specifically because I love those genres. Well, I always have, and I've talked about it in the past, especially new weird. But until recently, I'd never really tried writing anything even close to them. But I have and I have to say I'm in love.
I fully believe that authors evolve as they write and they slowly sink into niches within their chosen genres. Well, that's what's happened. At least for now. I also don't really think those are permanent changes, necessarily. But I do foresee a lot of Lovecraftian fiction, weird fiction, and just generally darker, more disturbed pieces coming from me in the near future. It's under my skin… maybe literally.
Haha. Horror humor. I'm definitely not infested by mind-controlling insects…
On that same front, I have news… almost. I almost have news. I'll have news in about a week or so, but suffice it to say I've made it into a rather prestigious anthology with a Lovecraftian sword and sorcery story. More news on that pretty shortly.
I mostly just wanted to give you guys an update to let you know that I'm still plugging away. I will be finishing Evenstad Media, unless plans really, really change. Book five is in the editing queue as we speak, so if you're waiting for that, no worries.
I will be putting the King Jester Trilogy back up for sale. They need to be revised and I need covers for them, but then they'll be available once more.
But I will also, at some point, begin going darker in the books too. Creepier. Eerier. Skin-crawlier. Now, I know my work has never been unicorns and rainbows, exactly, but it hasn't been dealing with quite the same themes as I've been playing with lately. So if you've been craving something with a little more oomph, I can (Hopefully.) provide that for you in the coming months.
Now, that's really not to say everything is going to be that way. But it is going to happen. So fair warning… or fair notice, if you're into it, I guess.
And stay tuned to the blog and my Facebook and whatnot for news on that anthology next week.