Cerberus is thrumming along with our new project, CERBERUS EXPLOITATION: A Grindhouse Triple-Feature, due out later this year. My story in it (I’ve got a title, it may still change) goes from Bladerunner style cyberpunk, to Mad Max style insanity, to 3 From Hell (the ending) intensity. I’m currently at around 25K words. I was shooting for 30K total…not gonna happen. Sorry. This baby will be 35K at least. There’s just no way around it. I will, however, hand it over to Patrick C. Harrison III and M. Ennenbach (the other two-thirds of Cerberus, click their names and check out their sites) when it’s complete and let them see if there are areas they think can be cut down, so we’ll see, but I like my action scenes big, intense, and from multiple angles. Hard on the old word conservation that way, but oh well. It’s a great story anyway, and regardless what length it comes to in this book, I think you’re all going to love it.
My upcoming collection, being published through Death’s Head Press, has settled on a title: Shattered Skies~stories~. It is edited and the next step is formatting and cover art. No date for the release yet, but probably later this year. 10 stories, some horror, some not, all I’m proud of. In fact, the stories chosen to open and close the collection are not horror at all. But you’re going to have a suspenseful good time with this book when it lands. We’ve got crime, cosmic horror, apocalypse horror (more than once…hell, more than twice), literary drama, cyberpunk action…this is why you can see I just wanted to go with ‘stories’ as the subtitle. It isn’t a horror collection, though it has plenty of horror stories in it. It’s a mixed bag, showing the three main things I’m into: horror (duh), crime/noir, and sci-fi. And I’m a suspense writer first, not a horror writer first, so it makes sense my collection should be an amalgam of my different tastes and styles. I cannot wait to hear what you all think of it.
Anyway, that’s it. I don’t have any great reveal you haven’t already heard me talking about. When I finish the cyber-exploitation story for Cerberus, I’m going back and doing a novella to a short novel set in my as yet unpublished Neptune 9 universe, and M. Ennenbach will be doing one as well. The two stories will end in the same place and the same moment from each main character’s perspectives, and set up the universe to go forward from there. Then I’m starting over on WAKING UP THE DEVIL, my noir/action novel I’ve been tinkering with for some time. I finally figured out the right combo, and with all that I already have written, much of that can be salvaged, and the whole thing will be better for me having started over. So there’s plenty on the horizon. In the next year or so, after we get some more solo work out, Cerberus will be back with CERBERUS NOIR, as only we three would be able to do. Don’t expect what you’re expecting there. You’ll be wrong. Just hang in there, it’s going to be epic.
Until next time, folks, take care, and long live the three headed beast.