Those of you who follow me on social media in its various forms know that I've been working on a collaborative project with fellow author and illustrator Julianne DiBlasi Black for a good part of the year... and I'm pleased to announce that it's finally HERE! Times of Trouble, our pair of spooky stories, centers around our respective ideas about what, exactly, happens when the clocks move back and forth during Daylight Savings Time. My offering, "The Lost Hour", is a throwback to vintage horror movies like Halloween and The Amityville Horror, and makes extensive use of vintage 1970s fabric patterns.
Right now, Times of Trouble is only available in print versions, and the Kindle version is still forthcoming, but you'll want to own this one in print ... Julianne's graphic design work and illustrations on her story, "Saving Daylight" are so richly detailed that the pages could be framed on their own. Her work puts me in mind of Dave McKean, the artist who helped Neil Gaiman with his covers for the infamous Sandman series, and lent his style to "Batman: Arkham Asylum".
For those interested in the process behind "The Lost Hour" ... daylight savings time has been the seed of a story for years. Its original incarnation had something to do with an ice fisherman abandoning his partner under the ice, only to be confronted with his thawed corpse once spring came ... but it lacked the zing which I like to have in my stories, the unique element. A spree of vintage horror movie-watching and a renewed interest in Ouija boards over the past year combined in just the right way, and I knew I finally had the right hook for my story. Readers of In The Cards will spot a few connections here, too ... if they dare to look with a keen enough eye. I'll be posting a few of the original, unaltered illustrations over on my Patreon later this week, and sample snippets on my Instagram and Twitter. In the meantime, you can purchase Times of Trouble here on Amazon ... if you act fast, you can have it in time for Christmas, as the perfect gift for the horror buff in your family or circle of friends!
Thanks for dropping by for the good news, and I'll see you next time!
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