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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

Comments

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 ...