Rick Geary has accepted my commission to do black and white line illustrations for my story The Blackberry Which will be released this year in a collection called THE BLACKBERRY & OTHER TALES THAT CREEP. This collection of short stories will include some of my popular spooky stores, such as Walter's Sunday, Her Own Words and some new tales including Gorak the Gobbler. I am pleased to share one of the rough conceptual sketches that Rick and I have been discussing which just might possibly become the cover of this book!
I'd share more, but I don't want to spoil it.
Also due to release this year is A TRIO OF IRISH TALES II, with a new adventure with my character Liam from A Shadow by the Gate entitled The Fairy Tree. Also to be included is a slightly twisted take on the Romeo & Juliet saga, set in Ireland simultaneously in current times, and against the riots of 1793: Two Houses. There'll be more adventures mixing modern characters with the lore and mythology that soaks the verdant Emerald Isle.
Finally, BEAUTY ON THE INTERSTATE will feature stories and essays around commuting on Interstate 5 - an activity that I am engaged in several times weekly.
"The Highway is a great rolling stage for drama. Some are grand and expansive, complete with flashing lights, bells, and confrontations of life and death. Others of these rolling epochs are simple moments of delight and justice, for where would tragedy be, without comedy?"
Stay tuned for updates and excerpts as this year's titles role to completion.