The freelance life is beginning to take shape as projects are finally getting announced.
As mentioned earlier, coming in March is The Phenomenons, the new super-hero prose universe masterminded by Michael Jan Friedman. Kickstarter backers have started receiving their copies and the response has been positive.
Also now announced, is the Peter and Kathleen David-edited The Fan are Buried Tales, celebrating mashups inspired by the Snowmageddon that visited the Farpoint convention some 15 years ago. I cross Star Wars Stormtroopers with members from Game of Thrones‘ House Stark. More on this once Peter reveals the details.
Now that’s it’s official, my buddies Jim Beard and Rich Handley have OOOFF! BOFF! SPLATT! Volume Three in the Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on the 1966 Batman TV series. It’s coming out in March from Crazy 8 Press and as yuo can see, I am in some excellent company. Here’s the lineup:
“Three’s the Harm?” — an introduction by Jim Beard
“Take Me to the Pilot” — the Batgirl promo reel by Rich Handley
“Seriously?” — “Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” by Barbara Kesel
“Riddler on the Ropes” — “Ring Around the Riddler” by Robert Greenberger
“The Siren’s Song” — “The Wail of the Siren” by John S. Drew
“Divorce, Theft, Fraud, and Gambling” — “The Sport of Penguins”/”A Horse of Another Color” by Michael Bailey
“Gotham’s Great Tut-tective” — “The Unkindest Tut of All” by Forrest C. Helvie
“When Generations Clash!” — “Louie, the Lilac” by Paul Kupperberg
“The Cilffhnager that Wasn’t” — “The Ogg and I”/”How to Hatch a Dinosaur” by Sean Dulaney
“13 Quick Thoughts on ‘Surf’s Up!’” — “Surf’s Up! Joker’s Under!” by Dan Greenfield
“A Pipe of Fog Revealed / The Show’s Fate is Sealed” — “The Londinium Larcenies”/”The Foggiest Notion”/”The Bloody Tower” by Ben Bentley
“A Most Hallowed and Forbidden No-Man’s Land” — “Catwoman’s Dressed to Kill” by James R. Tuck
“That’s How the Egg Crumbles” — “The Ogg Couple” by James Aquilone
“When the Cat’s in Court, the Joke’s On Her” — “The Funny Feline Felonies”/”The Joke’s on Catwoman” by L.E. Perez
“Cutting Lilacs, Budgets, and Corners” — “Louie’s Lethal Lilac Time” by Brian K. Morris
“Battle of the Sexists” — “Nora Clavicle and the Ladies’ Crime Club” by Stacey Smith?
“Cashing In” — “The Penguin’s Clean Sweep” by Cliff Biggers
“You’re no Sham, Shame” — “The Great Escape”/”The Great Train Robbery” by Gordon Dymowski
“Superheroes and Subterfuge” — “I’ll Be a Mummy’s Uncle” by Sam Agro
“How Green is My Martian?” — “The Joker’s Flying Saucer” by Chris Franklin
“The Brave and the Bold, Starring Batman and Sam Spade” — “The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra” by Ed Catto
“Watching the Detectives…” — “Minerva, Millionaires, and Mayhem”A by Keith R.A. DeCandido
“AIIEEE! ARRRGH! AWK!” — The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66 — Season Four by Jim Beard
“Gosh, Bruce, You Were Right!” — an afterword by Rich Handley
I campaigned for the Riddler assignment simply because as a seven year old, I was captivated by Frank Gorshin’s manic portrayal. I could even mimic his laugh which I thought was pretty cool. It’s not a great episode but I finally got a chance to acknowledge my affection. The essay received very good feedback from my editors and I hope readers appreciate it.
And now that it’s official, I can mention that the short story I was struggling with in the fall has been approved by the licensee and will be included in Titan Books’ new Predator anthology EYES OF THE DEMON. I will share the book with Linda Addison, Peter Briggs, Nancy A. Collins, Ammar Habib, Stephen Graham Jones, Gini Koch, Michael Kogge, Tim Lebbon, Jonathan Maberry, Kim May, Yvonne Navarro, Joshua Pruett, AR Redington, Scott Sigler, and our editor, Bryan Thomas Schmidt.
You may recall, I co-authored Predator: Flesh and Blood with Mike Friedman back in the day and it was interesting tor revisit this universe. The premise for this story occurred to me back when the project first came up in 2019. When it looked like it was going nowhere, I borrowed a few elements for my Cryptid novella but only diehard fans of my work may notice any similarity. What’s weird is that I was just finishing the novella when this project finally received the green light. Funny how publishing works some time.
And while there is no schedule, Systema Paradoxa has announced my Cryptid title: Sand and Secrets. I patiently await word from my editor fi it is met with approval.
The unannounced novel is now designed and I look forward to seeing the galley for proofreading and then the approval to discuss it with you.
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