Early 2018 Update

It’s been a while since I’ve done a general update about what’s happening with my writing and publishing.

So then, January 2018. What’s been happening lately?

On the publishing side, in February 2017, my first novel Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone came out as the first release on the new Trepidatio imprint of Journalstone. Of course, the release of my first novel certainly counts as my publishing event of 2017.

In the summer, my stories appeared in several anthologies, Looming Low, Walk on the Weird Side, and Darker Companions (the Ramsey Campbell tribute). At the very end of the year, Journalstone surprised me by releasing The Demons of King Solomon a little early.

That covers it, as far as publishing. Back to writing, then.

I finished and submitted a few short stories that were accepted for anthologies that haven’t been announced yet (so I can’t talk about them yet), then I spent a few months starting a new novel. I finished 30,000 words of rough scene sketches, notes and outlines until the shape of it had begun to come together, then had to set aside the novel to work on two more short stories for invitations.

Later in the year, I started a new story intended to be the final, exclusive/unpublished piece for my second collection. That story grew into novella territory (15,000 words and still not nearly finished), so while I still considered the story viable and compelling, I had to set it aside. It’s simply too long to fit in the book, so I’ll return to it later.

That meant starting another new story for the collection. That effort resulted in “The Only Way Out is Down,” which will appear for the first time in The Human Alchemy… speaking of which, my second collection will be my big publishing event of 2018. I’ll be making some kind of more official announcement about that soon.

Since the collection manuscript is complete and in the hands of the publisher and the writer who is doing the introduction for me, I’m back to the previously mentioned novel. I’m having a lot of fun, gaining momentum, and starting to see how the characters and settings will play together. I look forward to working toward a complete rough draft by mid-year, at which time I’ll need to take a break to push and promote The Human Alchemy. I’m sure the release of that book will be my publishing event of 2018.

The Demons of King Solomon Now Available

I knew this book was coming out at some point, but didn’t know it was coming out TODAY!

The Demons of King Solomon is edited by Aaron J. French, published by Journalstone, and includes contributions from the following:

Asmodeus (Stephen Graham Jones)
Marchosias (Michelle Belanger)
Ephippas (Whitley Strieber)
Ronove (Ronald Malfi)
Amdusias (Philip Fracassi)
Hanar (Jonathan Maberry)
Ornias (Richard Chizmar)
Buer (Scott Siglerr)
Agaras (Rs Belcher)
Abyzou (J.D. Horn)
Caim (Seanan McGuire)
Belial (Michael Griffin)
Original artwork by John Coulthart
Descriptions of the demons by RIchard Smoley

This is what Journalstone says about it:

The highly anticipated follow-up to BookList’s Top Ten Best Horror of 2016 selection, The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft.

The Demons of King Solomon is the innovative sequel to JournalStone Publishing’s bestselling anthology The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft. This anthology explores the legendary demonic bestiary of King Solomon by bringing together popular authors in horror, occultism, and dark fantasy, including many NY Times bestsellers, as well as featuring original artwork by John Coulthart and descriptions of the demons by Richard Smoley.

The mythology of King Solomon and his Solomonic magic played a key role in the history of magic and occultism and influenced countless hautning and fantastical tales. The traditions of goEtia and grimoire owe their uniqueness to the legendary accounts of different classes, abilities, and categories of demons. Asmodeus, Belial, Abyzou, and Marchosias–these cryptic, evocative names continue to fascinate and terrify those who dare utter them.

I’m very excited to be part of this book, and thank Aaron J. French and Journalstone for including me.

https://www.amazon.com/Demons-King-Solomon-Aaron-French/dp/194765408X/ref