I'm very pleased to report that Cult of the Great Eleven is now available on Audible! My thanks to Ben Granger, the narrator, for his great work!
Being a former cryptologic linguist who loves puzzles, games, writing, and Lovecraft, I decided to combine my varied interests and publish this little abomination. It's full of word puzzles, with a catch: it uses the eldritch vocabulary of H.P. Lovecraft. My thought process was something like this: "What if Lovecraft had been a puzzle writer instead of a writer of weird fiction?" Yes, madness would ensue.
Or Howard would have been fired on day one. Most likely the latter...
I just published another book - this one, a little smaller than most, and an easy read for anyone interested in Weird Tales. I've called it Weird Wires, since the content is weird newswires (newspaper articles) from the past. Check it out!
Here is the the beautiful cover of a 1906 program for Hammerstein's Victoria, an early Marie Empress venue, in addition to an interesting wine and refreshments list from inside the program. I've also posted these images under the Marie Empress section, here.
I'm currently working on producing large print versions of all my books. That's going to make a few of them pretty hefty, but I've heard from a few readers that they prefer bound, large print books as opposed to e-books which can increase font size.
Also, the audible version of Cult of the Great Eleven is nearing completion. Narration is done, it's just a matter of waiting for ACX to do their quality checks. Hopefully that will be wrapped up within ten days or so!
A few days ago, I had the pleasure of discussing "Cult of the Great Eleven" with Erik Rivenes, host of my favorite podcast, "Most Notorious! A True Crime Podcast." It was a lot of fun, though I admit to sometimes giving longer answers than were probably necessary. Erick was fantastic interviewer and I'd highly recommend his podcast to any lover of true crime history.
The interview can be found on numerous podcast hosting sites. On iTunes, it can be found here:
I've added a few images related to the mysterious Marie Empress case and plan to add a few more in coming days. You can find them at...
Mysterious Miss Empress
I've been working with Ben Granger on the audiobook version of Cult of the Great Eleven, and this weekend he's completed the initial audio recordings. I'm reviewing the files and providing him feedback on portions that might require re-recording, but overall I have to say he's done a superb job and I think everyone will enjoy the final product.
The only thing I'm not sure about is the inclusion of those chapters which are mostly data instead of narratives - for example, the addresses of G11 residents in the 1930s. While useful for reference in a book, I'm concerned it will make for very dry listening in an audiobook. On the other hand, it appears that no one wants an abridged book, so taking that content out could be a bad call. For now I plan on leaving it in.
The Apocalypse Script is also being recorded, but the audio isn't due until the end of June.
I've got a podcast interview coming up, tentatively schedule for June 25th or 26th. More to follow on that.
Also, about a week ago, I published "The Mysterious Miss Empress: Hollywood's Forgotten Film Vampire," which is now linked in my header. Anyone interested in the vaudeville to silent film transition that took place between 1910 and 1920 might find it of interest, though it's focused primarily on the curious life and mysterious disappearance of one of the actresses who made that transition herself.
So yep, staying busy!
I'm using this weekend to dust off a manuscript I worked on a part-time basis for several years. It is a non-fictional account of the mysterious life and more mysterious death of a very early film actress, Marie Empress. She was one of film's first so-called "vampire women" and is almost forgotten today. She vanished under strange circumstances in 1919.
From June 8th thru June 12th, you can download the ebook version of Cult of the Great Eleven free from Amazon. I thought it'd be a good time to get some more copies in circulation and hopefully generate a few more reviews, so if you take advantage of this, and enjoy the book, a review would be appreciated. Thanks - Sam