The Raggedy Man – and other news

Special Books The Raggedy Man and The Witch at Sparrow Creek will be signed at Shockacon and will be sold at a reduced package price, or bring your pre-purchased copy of one and get the other book for a big discount. Kindle counts! Show us your Kindle copy!

Here’s what else is coming…

Lifetime Learning Series at West Virginia University – I’ll be teaching a writing class in October. Click here to view the course catalogue.

My new play, “A Thing of Shadows” is under review by Ohio City Theatre Project for a full production. Dates TBA

My nascent publishing company Contagious Magic, Inc. will begin assembling its staff and writing its mission statement.

About the books and my writing…

I wanted to bring a new literary style to the world of supernatural adventure. There’s rhythm, mystery, and song in the old-style storytelling and I was impressed and inspired by Appalachian folklore, ghost stories, and also Navajo singers. That the old stories used to be sung, that they were shared and repeated, and meant for changes in style depending upon the singer. This is what I aimed at with The Witch at Sparrow Creek. A limited, terce language – patterns – dialects and monologues –  but also errors. Humans are rife with them and I could never forget how Harold Pinter put as much space and dead ends in his dialogue as the unedited Grimm’s Fairy Tales put unexplained sausages and devil houses to dance.

“While the words were so important, Scott Hanson’s artistry exposes the strangeness of Falk’s world like lightning over scraggly trees.”

The Raggedy Man predates The Witch at Sparrow Creek by about a decade and is filled with action. Originally, it was released on this blog in three parts, and was designed as vignettes to advertise and peak into the expanding world in which Jim Falk and his companions struggle against a nameless evil. While the words were so important, Scott Hanson’s artistry exposes the strangeness of Falk’s world like lightning over scraggly trees. Hanson’s work makes this exclusive mini-series worth the having. The Raggedy Man is now available as a special print from Amazon and on your Kindle device.

Later this month, I’ll be at West Virginia’s Shockacon on a panel with some other writers of local renown. Importantly, I will be sitting at a table with the very talented illustrator, Scott Hanson – whose dark and vivid imaginings appear in The Raggedy Man. Bring your copy and we’ll sign them. The two books – The Witch at Sparrow Creek and the special edition The Raggedy Man, will be on sale at a reduced rate at our booth during the convention.

Thanks so much – oh – and check out the intro to The Raggedy Man, you may find that I’ve thanked you there!

 

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My New Play – and why it’s delayed

We had about six actors over to the producer’s house in Ohio City. One of our actors was a real doctor. One of the things that I love about writing plays is seeing the actors bring your characters straight off the page and into real life. Everyone was crammed in the living room. The actor playing Dante, the cook, had to sit on the floor. We even had a tiny audience and a big dog.

After the read through, I took notes from everybody and answered some questions about why I did certain things.

“It will only take me a few weeks to put the notes together.” I told the producer and the actor who portrayed Dante that day. She’s the director now.

However, once I sat down to the play again, the worst possible thing happened – my creative brain woke up with tons of energy. I changed, in one way or another, almost every line in the play. I added scenes. I changed the ending and parts of the middle. It was a beautifully destructive overhaul. And, of course, I HAND WROTE all of the edits because that’s how I roll. (I also hand wrote my entire novel, The Witch at Sparrow Creek). I did a lot of it at Moxxee coffee shop in downtown Charleston.

Months and months and months later, I am happy to announce that the play, entitled A Thing of Shadows, is written and has been submitted to the producer and director at Ohio City Theatre Project. Needless to say, the production, originally slated for the end of October this year – will be delayed because of my edits.

For those who haven’t been following, my play is a retelling of the novella “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell. The story was made into three movies, most memorable was the one starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter called “The Thing”.

I’ll keep us posted… thanks for sticking with me!

 

 

 

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