Thursday, October 22, 2009

More HBVK News! Illo and Intro CONFIRMED!

Just a quick note to update people on some things going on with my upcoming novel, Hard Boiled Vampire Killers, coming next year from Cargo Cult Press.

Though I can't say who it is yet, the artist is confirmed and I guess they're currently working on the drawings or however that works. I don't know much about the process except that it's probably different for everyone. Maybe later when I can say more I'll do one of those short emails and ask and then put it up here for you process nerds.

Also confirmed - there will be an introduction written by ... yeah, I can't say. Hey, I tell you guys this stuff as soon as they let me. Brian likes to play it close to the vest, and it's his dime so we do it his way. What I can say is, I have enjoyed this author's work in the past so I was pleased to hear who it was. I think we will fit well together.

Hmm, an introduction ... I have to say I feel unworthy. Brian assures me that this is a standard thing in the small press, and from what I've read that's true, so I guess that's just me putting my own thing onto it again. I have a lot of weird hang-ups. I guess what it is, is I always figured and introduction was for someone who'd made it big already.

Again, not saying anything about anyone here. This is just my take. Small press seems to take the view that an introduction is a good way to introduce not just a book, but the author, too. And as far as that goes, that's great. Always good to have an introduction, you never wanna walk into a room cold if you can help it.

But to me, when I would read a book that had an introduction it was usually for an author like Howard, or Burroughs, or Farmer, guys who had won the awards and sold crazy amounts of books or otherwise had a huge impact on the medium. And introductions always seem to be scholarly, someone taking the time to do research and putting in footnotes, you know the type, usually they have a title that sounds like it should be at the top of a college syllabus. These are great as far as they go.

These days intros aren't really like that. A typical example would be Brian Keene's intro to Weston Oche's Vampire Outlaw of the Milky Way, which reads somewhere between a rant on an internet forum and a personal anecdote about Keene's early writing experiences. It doesn't have any footnotes and it doesn't try to contextualize Oche's space-opera within the canon of outsider literature or whatever crap they're selling these days.

I'm guessing the intro to HBVK will end up closer to a wall-chewing cussfest than something you could submit to the Journal of Linguistic Hermeneutics. And that's good for me, because if someone tried to hang that sign on me, I'd say "take it down".

It's weird ... I'm moving through the slow process of watching a dream I had become a reality, and at every turn I'm surprised. I never expected the response I got, never expected that I would be here now. Sure, I always knew that I was going to come in and smash the game, I had to believe that or I never could have kept going. In the back of my mind, though, I always "knew" the reality would be different, a lot quieter, a lot less awesome, like life always is - that's why I write books.

Heh, well, that's enough of that. I gotta work on my next project now. I'll try to do a real blog entry later this week. I'm still working my way through books I can't review so I'm thinking either another entry about a certain character I'd like the chance to write, or maybe another spotlight on a blog that I think you should read.  That's all I'll say because I don't want to jinx it.

1 comment:

  1. Remember, Jim, you not only live your dream, but the dreams of all of us other hard-shelled insects. Be the Mack!