Took some time out. Editing continues apace, adjusting as play testing massages out the kinks. New, much streamlined system for Dead City runs now emerging. One of the artists working on the project just sent me a scamp of the new cover for the 3rd edition. Very excited to see the final version.
Following the success of The Devil’s Ark, Stephen Bywater’s second novel, Night of the Damned, has been published by Headline
Night of the Damned is already winning the author further critical acclaim.
Night of the Damned, like The Devil’s Ark, leans towards the supernatural but instead of an archaeological dig in Iraq, the action takes place deep in the Amazon jungle in the 1930s. The setting is loosely based on Henry Ford’s Fordlandia, which was a vast rubber plantation the car magnate founded in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. It is a tale about immorality and obsession, where very little is as it seems. Labourers begin to disappear and pale, cadaverous figures are glimpsed in the jungle surrounding the settlement. With the story partly inspired by Ford’s own forgotten city it interweaves fact and fiction and leaves the reader with an unsettling vision of a very ‘modern’ hell. Continue reading
Work in progress: I’ve written 3 out of 9 synopsis so far (Oakfield, Edge, Dog Eat Dog). Submitted them to mainstream publisher. Working on God Seed synopsis now. Also exciting milestone for Yellow Dawn 3rd Edition yesterday, will blog with more detail. Plus been approached by US games company interested in making miniature models for Yellow Dawn. Fleshing out deal and scoping first sculptures at mo. Finally, very excited to have a name deeply involved in Call of Cthulhu (30 years +) indicate an interest in writing something for the Yellow Dawn 3rd Edition – more details to follow. Watch this space.
Work in progress: back from a long weekend in Newcastle and now deep into the task of writing a 2 page synopsis for each of the novels. Gearing up to approach mainstream publisher. Self-publishing has served me well but now it’s time to take this game to the next level. Wish me luck, please.
Boiling down 70,000 + words to 2 pages is an interesting challenge.
Meanwhile, arranging the first session of Yellow Dawn using the new 3rd edition rules (play testing). I’ll update the rulebook with tweaks as required. Then complete layout after the final set of artwork comes in.
When scientific colleagues go insane
And ringside view of the Cthulhu Mythos
Rocketing out through the end of the big re-write for Yellow Dawn’s 3rd Edition I know I’ve passed a major milestone in the project. Really good feeling. Meanwhile, I am fleshing out the ideas for the sequel to Dog Eat Dog, working title Dead Dog Bounty (shoot me if you don’t like it).
Also working on 2 page synopsis for each and every novel. Nine of them! Gak!!! It is not easy boiling 70,000+ words down to a few paragraphs.
Also working with one of the Yellow Dawn 3e artists on final tranche of commissioned artwork and prepping for getting into the joy of layout.
I’m also prepping to start converting a couple of existing Yellow Dawn scenarios (2nd Edition) into the 3rd Edition (CoC 7e) format.