Took a six-week break from Jennings Grove in late October due to a massive increase in workload on the job. I’m glad to say that things are back on a roll, and have been for two weeks. I’d also like to thank Bret Jordan, author of the truely unique Plague, for doing the following illustration for the Jennings Grove Myspace page:
I have been zombified! The picture below is the work of the very talented Stephen Blundell, who’s working on a book of such pictures that should hopefully be out sometime in 2008. And, I have to admit, I look better dead than alive. How’s that for a kick in the teeth?
Just got a rejection from Horror Library Vol. III for “…Hitman.” It was one of those generic “it was well written but not what we’re looking for at this time.” I’ve got plans for another horror story called “Stone Heart, Vinyl Floors” that should be pretty good…if I don’t place it before next year’s call for submissions. If this one turns out as good as I think it will, selling it shouldn’t be a problem.
Just got word that my first attempt at superhero fiction was a successful one. A Thousand Faces has accepted a short story entitled “Crank Case.” It’s about a rather reluctant superhero inspired by my then 2-year-old son (now 3). He’s been obsessed with vehicles for about as long as he’s been able to talk, but in the manner that children have to generalize things, he called all vehicles “trucks.” And every superhero on his clothing (Superman, Spiderman, Batman) was “Truckman.”
And now Truckman will see the light of day sometime next year:
I found “Crank Case” to be a fun, engaging read, and would like to publish it in one of our four 2008 issues.
I’m already revved up.