This might just be my very last post.
Well that all depends on whether the Mayans were right – right?
No, this is simply my obligatory end of year post. The one where I waffle on about what I’ve achieved and what I haven’t.
I don’t set myself any hard writing or art goals (unless it involves a contract!). I just kind of go with the flow, seeing where my muses take me.
But all in all 2012 was certainly a big year for me creatively, with a graphic novel and a new novella published. No mean feat, let me tell you. Seeing Witch Hunts in all its glossy glory was something I never thought would happen and I’m very chuffed to have worked with two of the most respected writers in the horror literature industry, namely Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton. Travelling down to Melbourne and doing the signing with Rocky in August was a real highlight and something I’ll never forget. Since its publication, Witch Hunts has been well received my reviewers and readers alike and opened up many new doors for me. I’ve made connections with many other authors and publishers overseas and things are brewing. So unless the Mayans are right you might see my name popping up a fair bit in 2013 and hopefully beyond.
One such “door” was being invited by Evil Jester Press to be a part of their proposed horror comic anthology Evil Jester Presents – something I am very excited about. It’s still early days, but I hope to chaining myself to the drawing board real soon and scribbling like a madman on that project.
Midnight Echo Magazine also published the first two chapters of the limited comic series Allure of the Ancients:The Key to His Kingdom, which I illustrated for author Mark Farrugia. The series is certainly taking an enjoyable dark turn and if you like vampires that don’t sparkle then it’s certainly for you.
My novella Vaudeville, which came out in July, was a joy to write, but it doesn’t appear to have enticed many buyers. That’s the nature of the business I suppose. So much competition out there. You can check it out over at www.darkprintspress.com.au/books_novellas and see if it’s for you. If anything it’s another notch on my belt to spur me on to keep writing and with any luck there might be a new piece of novella-length fiction from me in the near future.
Short stories have been a real challenge for me this year with quite a few written, but not many accepted. There was one expection to that though, with Dark Prints Press, adding me to the list of very fine authors for its April 2013 anthology A Killer Among Demons.
Next year I will try and get back to writing more shorts and submitting them, because its just something that I have to master if I’m going to be taken seriously.
One New Year’s resolution will be to do a new draft of my novel (yes, a novel!) that I’ve been working on for quite a few years. Tentatively titled Skin Deep, it’s an urban fantasy about a monstrous man who’s trying to find his origins. I aim to start submitting it before the end of 2013.
So that’s it. If this will indeed be my last post then I’d like to say thanks for reading my scribbles or checking out my art. It’s been fun.