the revised devil's dictionary
At the present time Caught Dead
and the Dictionary are
available for download via Amazon Kindle eBooks. I'm in the
process of getting another book ready to go which will be an
anthology of novellas in the same series as Wired
and Red Tide. It'll be
called Firedance and Others,
runs about 70,000 words and will have either 5 or 6 novellas in
it. Those that will be included for sure are: Firedance,
Need to Know, Chaperon, Scream of the Butterfly, and Witch
Hunt. I'm not sure if I'll include the one I'm
currently working on called Gulf.
The first four have already been published either in Dark Moon
Rising or The World of Myth ezines, on-line. The
fifth is a new novella.
Gary Sanchez is doing a huge amount of art for the book, six at
last count color illustrations, five of which are actually
designed to be the cover of a book, as well as a number of very
good line drawings. Gary has been working with me on the
Unaligned series since Wired
was originally published and I'm constantly knocked out by how
good his work is. And he keeps adding new techniques and ideas to
his work as time goes on. I'm damn fortunate to be associated with
him. He's got one more illustration that he's working on
Here's what I like most about eBooks these days. In the old days,
back when fantasy, horror and science fiction publishing was done
by small publishing houses like Arkham, Fantasy Press, Gnome
Press and others, the cover art was very specific to the work.
Generally the artist had read the book or at least read the work
of the writer before. Many, many times end papers were done as
well and there would often be interior illustrations done in ink
(rarely color). Again, the illustrations were specific to
the work. That was the same "business" model used by the
both the pulp magazines and their digest sized successors like Galaxy,
Fantasy and Science Fiction and If. Wacky
stories by Piers Anthony about a galactic dentist
would have funny illustrations by Bode.
There's no reason why eZines today and eBooks can't have a lot of
art in them, thus enriching them beyond belief. I've a very
good friend, Elise Skidmore, who is a poetess and she augments her
books with photographs she's taken personally. She'd got a
good eye and the fit between her poems and the photographs, is
I'm privaleged to have Gary Sanchez.
The book will cost $4.00. Being the bloody rebel I am, I
refuse to screw around with $X.99 bullshit. Screw marketing.
And be aware. Gary is getting half of the proceeds. He
deserves them and I think Firedance and
Others will be something you'll enjoy if you like
Other books. Yes, there will be a new volume of essays,
called Mirrored Images and Other
Reflections. That has about 50 essays in it
and runs about 75,000 words so far. Tentatively sometime this
summer. It all depends upon who I can get to copy edit it, my copy
editing being so bloody horrible I can't release the damn thing
until somebody does something.