Slaving Away

chained-to-deskIt must’ve seemed like things have been pretty quiet here at COP the last few months. Quite the opposite!

Since January, we’ve been working with our friends at SciFi Saturday Night, polishing Farnham’s contribution to their recently funded anthology, My Peculiar Family. Work also continues at flank speed on the conclusion to the Angry Ghosts Series, Plasma Rain. A completed first draft by end of year may be optimistic, but that’s our target.

We can hear you thinking, “Yeah, right. I bet Farnham’s gonna George RR Martin this thing forever and never finish it.

Such thoughts occurred to us, as well, so we’ll say this: Slavery may have been abolished except for the convicted felon, and though Farnham has no criminal record, as such, he’s been convicted in our Star Chamber of keeping readers waiting too long. Hence, he’ll be chained to his MacBook for the remainder of this year and next.

Already, Plasma Rain is shaping up to be the best of the series. But please don’t tell Farnham we’re pleased with his work so far. He’s nicely bottled in a modern day Chateau D’if, and we hired a thug to thrash him awake whenever he nods off. In fact, it’s time we hid the bourbon and introduced him to the special joy of Fire Ants every time a deadline skates by unmet.

We do it all for you, dear readers! Artists should suffer for their craft. It certainly isn’t because we enjoy it. Not really.

To all, a wonderful Summer!

-C.O.P.

Not Dead, Just Resting

Kiddo rises from the grave

My Peculiar Family has returned to see the light of day once more!

For anyone who’s ever used Kickstarter, you know the first time is always a learning experience. And our mates at SciFi Saturday Night are back with a better, bolder project. More awards and a lower threshold mean this one is the ringer. Already 60% there with 33 days left.

On board are some bestselling authors you’ve heard of and some fresh talents you will be hearing about. If you like creepy tales from the late nineteenth century, give it a go. (We’ve seen the advance copy. It’s gooooood.)

Here are just some of the authors included in the anthology:

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN and James A. Moore start off the anthology with their co-written Chyna Dale story. Christopher Golden is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of SNOWBLIND, TIN MEN, and DEAD RINGERS, among many others. With Mike Mignola, he co-created the cult favorite comics series BALTIMORE and JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE.

JAMES A. MOORE is the award winning author of over twenty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) and his most recent novels, The Blasted Lands and City of Wonders, part of his Seven Forges series. In addition to writing multiple short stories, he has also edited, with Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, the British Invasion anthology for Cemetery Dance Publications.

Tracy Hickman is a best-selling fantasy author who has written, or co-written dozens of novels. He is best known for his work as a writer on the Dragonlance novels. He is also known for authoring role playing games while working for TSR.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/285514212/my-peculiar-family/widget/video.html

My Peculiar Family

by Sara Richards
by Sara Richard

You don’t get far in life without the help of good friends. And the folks over at Sci Fi Saturday Night have been true friends not just to C.O.P. but to many in the literary and graphic arts.

Sci Fi Saturday Night started as a local radio show. People who loved to talk about about all the cool shit that switched them on. Wasn’t some rambling, ill-informed college radio screed. These were Superfans with deep libraries who knew their stuff. People who attended the conventions, who got to know the faces behind the names and who were always there to promote, boost, and support.

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In 2006 the local radio show became a global podcast, and SFSN continues with thousands of regular listeners. That’s how they attract the authors, illustrators, artists, and actors that keep each week fresh.

It’s no surprise, then, that one of the hosts of the show had a cracking good idea. When he came across a box of old tin-type portraits in his mother in law’s attic labelled, “Family,” he had no idea who they were, how they fit in the family tree, what their stories were. Each image was so interesting it demanded a history. So he reached out to authors who had appeared on the show and asked if they’d be interested in writing them.

Viktor the Herbalist
Viktor the Herbalist

Authors were given a photograph, a name, an occupation, and nothing more. What they returned runs the gamut from Fantasy to Science Fiction to Horror.

An Anthology was born…

My Peculiar Family Cover“My name is Chyna Dale. After my parents died I was cleaning out their attic when I found a box of old photos. They were supposedly relatives of mine, but I didn’t recognize them…”

This anthology features original never before seen stories by:

Christopher Golden and James A. Moore

Bracken MacLeod

John Palisano 

Stacey Longo 

Jason J. Mooers 

Robert Mayette

William Meikle 

F. Allen Farnham  (That’s our guy!)

Samantha Boyette 

David Schechter 

Kristi McDowell 

Karen Gosselin 

George O’Connor 

Derrick Belanger 

Bracken MacLeod

John Palisano 

Tracy Hickman

Original artwork by Peter  Vinton, Jr. and Sara Richard

Check out the Kickstarter page by clicking below. Please, help us spread the word and share this with everyone you know!

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For more information please contact The Dome at: thedome@scifico.org

Sci Fi Saturday Night is the official podcast of Boston Comic Con, Granite State Comic Con, Rhode Island Comic Con, Comic Art House, and Books & Boos.

-C.O.P.