Apologies for not chiming in sooner here. I think we’d all hoped to have some news to share by now regarding the acquisition of Night Shade Books’ assets by Skyhorse Publishing and Start Media. That hasn’t wrapped up yet, but things seem to be progressing.
In the meantime, your favorite Night Shade Books authors haven’t been sitting around idly! For example:
Richard Lee Byers is currently scripting the sixth graphic novel in the Basil and Moebius series and waiting for his cover artist to work her magic on The Imposter #2: The Blood Machine, the second volume in his post-apocalyptic superhero ebook series, and The Plague Knight and other stories, a collection of his heroic fantasy stories. Richard plans on being a program participant at Oasis 26 in Orlando, Fla., over Memorial Day weekend, so if you’re heading out there, go say hello!
Betsy Dornbusch is currently working on Emissary, the sequel to her novel Exile, which is due out next year…in theory, at least. In the meantime, she has a story coming out in the anthology Manifesto:UF later this year, and is busy editing the e-zine Electric Spec. Plus, she’s managed to find time to write a space opera series and another book because, as she puts it, she’s apparently insane.
Teresa Frohock‘s short story, “Naked the Night Sings,” has been accepted for Tim Marquitz’s Manifesto: UF anthology.
Gini Koch just released her latest book, Alien in the House, the seventh in her Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series. She’ll be at Phoenix ComicCon on May 23-26 and Arizona Dreamin’ from May 31-June 2. If you’re going to either, be sure to find her!
Ross Lockhart is busy putting the finishing touches on Tales of Jack the Ripper, an anthology due out August 31 from Word Horde. He also has a handful of short stories accepted in various venues, including the Current 93-themed anthology Mighty in Sorrow.
Michael J. Martinez has begun serializing a novella, The Gravity of the Affair, on his website. The story is set in the historical fantasy setting of his debut novel, The Daedalus Incident, and follows the first command of a young Horatio Nelson among the moons of Jupiter. Meanwhile, The Daedalus Incident awaits a new publication date, which is now expected in July or August should all go well with the acquisition deal. There have also been a couple of great reviews. Mike will be attending Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose later this week, and is planning to attend WorldCon in San Antonio in late August, so feel free to stop and say hi if you see him.
Courtney Schafer is working hard on the third and final novel of her Shattered Sigil trilogy, The Labyrinth of Flame. The release date is uncertain at this point, but she hopes to finish the book this year. In the mean time, you can keep with her online on her blog, on Twitter, and at the BookSworn author collective. You can also find her at WorldCon in San Antonio, MileHiCon in Denver, and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold conference.
E.J. Swift has stories in two upcoming anthologies. The first is a reprint of a story first published in the January-February 2012 issue of Interzone magazine, titled “The Complex,” which will be included in The Best British Fantasy 2013 from Salt Publishing, due out this month. The second is a story in a brand new collection from Jurassic London title Pandemonium: The Lowest Heaven, due in June. Each story in the latter anthology is inspired by a celestial body in the Solar System, and will be published in partnership with the Royal Observatory. Her contribution is titled “Saga’s Children,” and is inspired by the dwarf planet Ceres. The gorgeous cover art is by artist Joey Hi-Fi. And if that’s not enough, she’s continuing to work on The Osiris Project trilogy, with book two, Cataveiro, scheduled for U.K. publication in September.
Hopefully we’ll have some acquisition news soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out these and other Night Shade authors on their blogs, Facebook, Twitter, carrier pigeon, whatever. We’d like to thank everyone for all the support and good wishes we’ve received while all this has been going on. If you want to support Night Shade’s authors further, please go ahead and buy or pre-order more of our stuff!Read More...