Great News on Both the Fiction and Non-Fiction Front
Well, I guess I couldn’t keep my promise about updating this blog regularly. I will have to definitely write more regularly now, if only to provide updates on the progress of my nonfiction book, Hidden History: An Encyclopedia of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies and Cover-Ups in American Politics, which is scheduled to be released by Skyhorse Publishing in October 2014. Here’s a link to the basic information about it, which is already up on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hidden-History-Encyclopedia-Conspiracies-Cover-Ups/dp/1629144843
As if that wasn’t exciting enough, my short story Shadows of Georgetown will be included in an upcoming horror anthology, titled Bill of Frights, published by Pocol Press. The publication date for that is going to be either April of May 2014. Again, more details to follow as they emerge.
I only wrote Hidden History because I was frustrated about being unable to get any more fiction published, and decided to walk away from that world for a while. I’ve completed a second novel, which was formerly titled Front Row at the Loony Bin, but is now going by the name The Shadows of St. Elizabeth’s. In fact, I’ve written it multiple times, each time adding new twists that hopefully make it even better. I know it will be published someday, but it’s hard to be patient. Alexander Theroux, an award winning author (his novel Darconville’s Cat was named one of the 99 Best Novels since 1939 by A Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess) has been reading the manuscript and I am eagerly awaiting his thoughts on it.
I received an email from Theroux last May, in which he praised The Unreals and compared my writing style to Voltaire’s! Needless to say, having a former Harvard and Yale professor, whose critical writings have appeared all over the mainstream media, and is such an exceptional writer himself, recognize my work is more than I could have hoped for. Theroux is also reading a collection of my short stories, which were scheduled for publication last Fall by Stonegarden Publishing, until they abruptly closed down their business, leaving me looking for another publisher for The Unreals as well.
After finishing Hidden History, and waiting to hear something from all the agents and publishers I queried about The Shadows of St. Elizabeth’s, I wrote another novel, which I think may be my best work yet. It’s called The Simulators, and depicts a dystopian world, set in an undated near future, against a backdrop of old Hollywood. I sent the manuscript to Robert Ben Garrant, noted screenwriter (Night at the Museum) and actor (he played Travis Junior on the classic television series Reno 911) a few months back, and am just as eagerly waiting to hear back from him.
There will be regular updates, with new details about Hidden History, and my other writing. I will also try to rant about whatever topics have caught my attention. Stay tuned.