So 2012 was pretty darn good, writingly-speaking. I’ve managed to churn out a few more manuscripts and BLACK DOG has been pretty successful so far, and it’s all thanks to you guys–the readers. I hope we have many more adventures together, if only through the shared telepathy of writer and reader.
Just to keep you all up to date, here’s a list of projects coming up this year and next year. I have a ton more that hopefully will fill the next five years or so after that, but those will keep until I have somewhat of a release date.
BLACK DOG: PROPHET IN THE WILDERNESS–The sequel to BLACK DOG: THE LONG DARK ROAD. It’s being edited right now and has tallied-out at a little over four-hundred pages. There’s a few more stories in this volume than the first. The two books were actually one book originally, but that would’ve had the page count at just over eight-hundred pages, so it was deemed necessary to split the book in two. I think the flow from one book to the next is pretty smooth. Since they’re episodic short stories (and as a result, resemble the episodic nature of a TV series), you can read either one on its own, but if you want the full story, it’s better to pick up the first volume. In the second volume, readers will see what happened to Amos to turn him out on the road as a hobo, how he got his special guitar, when he first saw the phantom black dog, and how his road finally ends. Out in April!
NIC ARCHER: ARROWHEAD–The first in a planned ten-book YA/Teen series about a boy who discovers his parents were soldier-agents for A.R.R.O.W.–a clandestine secret army that has been protecting America since before the American Revolution. He also discovers that he was a test subject for the Arrowhead Initiative–a plan to create the perfect agent, one who will spearhead their army in a terrible looming conflict. No one’s asked Nic what he wants, but now that he’s been targeted by SCARAB–A.R.R.O.W.’s ancient nemesis–he may not live to make up his mind! Mid-to-late 2013. (Fingers crossed!)
THE MARK OF CAIN (The Book of Cain–Vol. 1)—The first book in a Civil War supernatural trilogy about Ira Cain, a Confederate cavalry captain who is cursed by an old Haitian slave woman. Cain must not only survive the final year of the Civil War with Hell literally on his trail, but must also wander the Antebellum South, searching for the slave to remove the curse before he is dragged to Hell. The second and third books are called GONE SOUTH and HELL ABORNING, respectively, and will find Cain and a Buffalo Soldier named Deke Sherman searching through the post-war South for the slave woman, dodging bounty hunters, and fighting the forces of Hell itself.
ALONE—A stand-alone post-apocalyptic novel set in rural North Georgia. No zombies, no vampires, but plenty of Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Man, and especially Man vs. Himself. I wanted to do something in the vein of George Stewart’s Earth Abides mixed in with a little Jack London and the Tom Hanks film Castaway. Too many post-apocalyptic novels have a protagonist that’s ex-military/Special Forces/Super-Prepper and is all kitted-out and ready for the downfall of civilization. I wanted to show what a normal, average Joe-Schmoe would do if suddenly pressed to survive. How would he learn to shoot? To hunt? To dress game or make shelter or preserve food and keep a fire going? So the main character is a guy who, like most of us, has become so dependent on the Internet, cell phones, and prepackaged food that he’s at less than Square One when he starts out. I also wanted to explore the effects of being alone on a person (which the protagonist is for most of the book.) What would it do to their mind? Would they crave human companionship or shun it completely? And when other humans do show up in the story, what then? Find out late 2013-early 2014.
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Who would you want in your zombie apocalypse group?
In addition to my wife and daughter, these are the guys, and why:
Zombie Ronald Reagan—Because as Rick Grimes has shown us, every team needs a good leader, and I’d take zombie Reagan over any living, breathing, non flesh-eating candidate that may or may not be in office today.
Daryl Dixon—Because, duh. He’s also Georgia boy, and proof that there was something to that Hank Williams, Jr. song after all.
Perry the Platypus (Agent P)—Because he’s a semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal of action; a furry little flatfoot who’ll never flinch from a fray, and he’s got more than just mad skill—he’s got a beaver tail and bill. And those qualities could come in handy.
Les Stroud—Because Stroud is the real-deal survivalist, not some lollygagging “former S.A.S” douchebag who stays in hotels with his camera crew after a hard day of shooting some backdrops and set pieces. Stroud—host of the Discovery Channel’s Survivorman—and his wife spent one year in the Canadian wilderness, deep in the Wabakimi, to attempt a paleolithic existence. They started with a tepee, then an attached A-frame using no metal, plastic, or manufactured tools, then built and equipped a winter cabin using an axe and a bow saw. And hey, I figure anyone who can find food and water under a rock or make a rifle sling from dried deer guts has a thing or two to teach me about staying alive.
Theo Fleury—Because you just need a scrapper, and Fleury’s career in the NHL was nothing but. At 5’6″ the guy was the Wolverine of professional hockey, cleaning the clocks of guys twice his size and never backing down from a fight.
Amos “Black Dog” Harlow—Because Amos is a hobo and knows all the back roads and byways where few people are; he’d also know where we could score food, supplies, a safe place to sleep, and his knowledge of folk magic and the occult would be useful when dealing with the undead (because we don’t know if it’s just a virus; it might be because Hell is full.) And also because Amos is my creation—the protagonist in my books BLACK DOG: THE LONG DARK ROAD and BLACK DOG: PROPHET IN THE WILDERNESS. The first is available now, the second is coming this Spring. So, shameless plug. Shut up–it’s my blog.