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"My head is an animal."

Sunny today, and it's currently 60˚F. The tree outside my window is still green.

I have another art preview from Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales. This one is Richard Kirk's illustration for the collection's title story, "Houses Under the Sea," the altar to Mother Hydra:



I'm told that the collection will run somewhere between $150 and $195, in large part because of the illustrations. I know this is well outside the price range that most readers can afford, myself included. This is a deluxe edition on the order of the Centipede Press edition of The Drowning Girl. I hope that there will eventually be an affordable edition, from either CP or Subterranean, but that would likely be at least three years from now if it were to happen. And no, there won't be an ebook. My apologies on the price.

These days, I feel as if I have a lot to apologize for. I've been wanting to write something here about the the Quinn books and my work for Dark Horse, and how, after finishing The Drowning Girl early in 2011, I allowed myself to be distracted – again – by the possibility that I might make some decent money, if I turned to less serious projects. It was all a horrible mistake, and one that I am still struggling to recover from and will always regret. My next novel, the one that naturally follows from The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl ought to have been published years ago, but I spent four years laboring on Quinn books and Dancy comics, and then there was the distraction of the movie deal – and all of it was, ultimately, about money. Because writers, like the rest of you, have bills, and the bills pile up.

You know, enough about that for now. I'll come back to this another time.

Except, I will say – ironically, the Quinn books were a flop, and the Dancy comics were a flop, and the money from the film option went to bills, and, ultimately, all those things I did for the money made almost no money at all. And I am back where I was in 2010, before all that bullshit began. Were it not for Sirenia Digest and the Patreon, things would be very, very dire. As is, things are merely dire.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thank you.

Yesterday was lost to the worst headache I've had in many months. I finally wound up in bed, dozing. All that was accomplished yesterday was some email, and so I am now a day behind. And there's this interview I'm supposed to do, and the last thing I want to do right now is spend more time talking about myself. Oh, and yesterday I saw Tran's final version of the cover for Dear Sweet Filthy World, and it's going to be beautiful, this book. And affordable.

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast

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setsuled
Oct. 5th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
Richard Kirk's illustration for the collection's title story, "Houses Under the Sea", the altar to Mother Hydra:

Very nice. It almost looks three dimensional.

It was all a horrible mistake, and one that I am still struggling to recover from and will always regret. My next novel, the one that naturally follows from The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl ought to have been published years ago

I wish you great luck with it. I look forward to reading it.

Yesterday was lost to the worst headache I've had in many months.

I had a headache yesterday too. I think it's because of this yo-yo weather.
everville340
Oct. 5th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
The illustrations are phenomenal.

The book will cost what the book will cost, part and parcel for the quality of the tales and artwork within. I look forward to a possibly more affordable version in the future, though I am inherently content with awaiting Dear Sweet Filthy World, and most especially, Agents of Dreamland.

Headaches suck.
dipsomaniac
Oct. 5th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
That illustration is beautiful. Personally I really enjoyed the Quinn books. I'm sorry they were a flop financially.
sovay
Oct. 5th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
This one is Richard Kirk's illustration for the collection's title story, "Houses Under the Sea," the altar to Mother Hydra

That is gorgeous. I love his art, but especially his interpretations of your sea-work; I have wanted a poster of his illustration for "Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea" ever since To Charles Fort, With Love (2005). Fingers crossed for a version of Houses Under the Sea I can someday afford.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Oct. 5th, 2016 08:12 pm (UTC)
Gauntlet Press
Hi, Barry Hoffman from Gauntlet Press may want to speak with you. He was looking for names to do a forward or an afterword for a Clive Barker book and I recommended you. Anyway, so it goes.
papersteven
Oct. 5th, 2016 11:53 pm (UTC)
This is going to be a beautiful collection. Thank you for sharing your struggles, as well as your triumphs.
Francine Hibiscus Rossi
Oct. 6th, 2016 04:32 am (UTC)
What a stunning illustration! So much detail, but so subtle.

Sometimes our plans don't work. Onward! I want to hear your stories, but you don't owe anyone explanations.
Michael Kuhn
Oct. 6th, 2016 09:48 am (UTC)
Centipede ... I remember the very suspicious look from my wife, when I get the package with "The drowning girl". She said: You really payed so much money for one single book? And I told her, that this novel is great and the edition is so wonderful and ... I am a reader not a collector. I didn't need limitations and signatures, but I forget the money, when I hold this wonderful book in my hands and read. I love it. I'm not sure about "Houses under the Sea". I can't afford something like this too often. But I will buy the Centipede Edition of "The Red Tree". That's for sure, because I love this novel too.

One question crosses my mind: What would you have done, when the Quinn Novels (or the Dancy-Comics) would have been a great success? I imagine your Editors telling you, that you have to write till the end of your career every year a Quinn novel, because, there is the money, there is the fanbase, there is the success ...



humming_along
Oct. 6th, 2016 06:35 pm (UTC)
No one can blame you for seeking out some financial stability. All that dreck about money not buying happiness only applies once you have enough money that you don't have to worry about making the light bill every month.
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