Darkscapes is a go


This’ll be really short ’cause I’m busy. The publisher I wrote about yesterday came through and negotiated or clarified all the issues I had with the contract, so Darkscapes is a go. It’ll be out within 12 months from Fine Tooth Press, a Connecticut-based micropress with just a few titles out so far. Here’s the table of contents for the new version:

Foreword

Monsters – They’re coming to get you

Lulu

Barney the Boa

Dining at Sea

Elijah

Nocturnal Caress

New Blood

Summer Offspring

Aliens – Look to the skies … and the earth

A Drink from the Springs

The Pollination

Grandpa Frost

Phaethon Alive

Wandering John

Particles

Ghosts – Get your soul in motion

The Interrupted Journey

Aces over Eights

Soul Trap

Warren Pepper’s Victory Choir

Souls in Motion

Ghosts

A Change of Clothes

The Real World – Horror and agony, sans supernatural

Bridges

Like Dying

Digging up the Past

Success

Reunion

Halloween – Tricks and treats to make your skin crawl

Unholy Womb

The Halloween Feast

SKN-3

Vomitorium – Polite dinner conversation

Governing

Chip

Oh God! – Dark deities of delight

The House beside Soldred Quarry

The Night Cloak

The New Disciples

When the Lady of Byblos Calls

 

The old version had three different stories — “Dawn’s New Coat,” “Last Trick” and “Going Places” — but those sucked. They’ve been replaced by “Lulu,” “Wandering John” and “When the Lady of Byblos Calls.” “Wandering John” was published a few years ago in Whispers from the Shattered Forum magazine. “When the Lady of Byblos Calls” first appeared in Double Dragon Publishing’s Atrocitas Aqua anthology that very few people have heard of, and “Lulu” was in the double CD ROM anthology Carnival/Circus, which happened to be the final release from Lone Wolf Publishing. LWP quit doing any kind of marketing and just folded up right after that release, so the story pretty much died right there. Frankly, I think “When the Lady of Byblos Calls” is one of the best short stories I’ve done.


0 responses to “Darkscapes is a go”

    • Thanks. It ain’t a big deal, but it gets the book back in print with a publisher that won’t be screwing me. The publisher at Fine Tooth was very easy going on the contract issues. They didn’t come up to HWA standards, of course, but it’s a decent deal for this book with its PA stain.

    • Thanks. It ain’t a big deal, but it gets the book back in print with a publisher that won’t be screwing me. The publisher at Fine Tooth was very easy going on the contract issues. They didn’t come up to HWA standards, of course, but it’s a decent deal for this book with its PA stain.

  1. Looks great, Steve. I’m glad that worked out for you.
    You probably don’t want to use the chariot of fire that was on the cover of the other edition, but the artist would definitely be cool if you wanted to. It was a great cover, but a complete overhaul of the book (aside from the writing, of course) is probably in order.

    • To be honest, I didn’t give it much thought because I figured Barry might still be upset about the alterations made to his work. I do love that horse and chariot. I asked about covers because a graphic designer at work wants to design a book cover for his portfolio, but Fine Tooth has their own artists they work with.
      Tell Barry I appreciate his willingness to let me use his work, though.

  2. Looks great, Steve. I’m glad that worked out for you.
    You probably don’t want to use the chariot of fire that was on the cover of the other edition, but the artist would definitely be cool if you wanted to. It was a great cover, but a complete overhaul of the book (aside from the writing, of course) is probably in order.

    • To be honest, I didn’t give it much thought because I figured Barry might still be upset about the alterations made to his work. I do love that horse and chariot. I asked about covers because a graphic designer at work wants to design a book cover for his portfolio, but Fine Tooth has their own artists they work with.
      Tell Barry I appreciate his willingness to let me use his work, though.

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