Writer Moe Lane has warned – or maybe promised? – that Decisions: Four Tales of Choices will be the last self-published fiction of his in 2021. It’s made up of four stories, each illustrated with its own image drawn specifically for the story. Also not entirely horror, unlike his previous two chapbooks. Check it out!
Fright Reads will be at Severna Park, MD this year (October 2nd, 12-6 PM). I will there with signed copies of all my books, including my new novel MORGAN BAROD and chapbook DECISIONS. Stop by, say hi, and buy, buy, buy!
This is good, because Fright Reads in October is primarily a horror/spooky book show. Oh, fantasy authors are welcome, too, but I want to have my chapbooks on call and ready to be sold. DECISIONS isn’t as flat-out horrific as REVISIONARY was, but I’m pleased by how the Mythos story in it came out. Hopefully I’ll be in a position to move some product next month.
PS: MORGAN BAROD should be available, too, but those books aren’t coming until next week.
Got it done before September. DECISIONS is likely to be the last fiction I publish in 2021: the Kickstarter money has been well and truly squeezed dry at this point. On the other hand, it helped fund two novels, one collection of short stories, three illustrated chapbooks, an illustrated short story, the upcoming RPG supplement, and an audiobook — so I probably shouldn’t complain.
DECISIONS consists of four stories, illustrated, all different genres. I want clear decks for September, frankly. Also: I need to have those books ready for the fair I’m doing in October, so the sooner I get on that the sooner I can order author copies.
These are, I think, some of my best short stories. Well, so far.
DECISIONS is another chapbook, and probably the last fiction thing I publish this year. The stories in it are not related, except in the sense that I happen to think that they’re four of my best short stories ever. Thirty two thousand words, four illustrations, here’s the cover.
This time for the chapbook: it was suggested that I add little intros to explain each story, and that was a very good suggestion, so I did. And that kind of catches me up, at this point. Tomorrow I can go through MORGAN BAROD again, send selected sections to my editor, and then we’ll do another final passthrough and… publish… the… book?
That seems weird to just type out, like that. I mean, sure, it’s about time, but still. There’s a certain milestone involved in getting more than one novel out, I think. At least, that’s how it feels.
Some very useful feedback from both of the two beta reads that I’ve gotten back, so far. DECISIONS is going to be an eclectic chapbook, mind you: there’s a fantasy Western, a flat-out Cthulhu Mythos story, a clockpunk adventure, and… damned if I know what the last one is, but it was fun to write. They all were, and I flatter myself that they’re some of my best work. I look forward to publishing them, once I get the artwork and the rest of the feedback in.
I’m trying to get that out in between edits on MORGAN BAROD and finally making progress on the finished version of the RPG supplement (got to get that backlist of my books populated, right?). Come, I will conceal nothing from you: the external events going on this week has been nothing but frustrating to me. And infuriating. And a few other, not particularly nice, emotions as well.
But! DECISIONS artwork! Below is a taste of the rough version of one of them. I’m using Ben Fleuter again, obviously. I’m hoping to buy a little more art from him for the RPG, too. But that’s a whole different conversation.