And so it continues.
Before we go any further, I suppose I ought to tackle something head on: I’m aware that my continuing to raise the issue of Ghostwriter (I’m not going to call it Ghostwriter Publications, because that might imply I think it’s acting in any way like a proper publishing company) might come across as sour grapes or grudge-holding, and it’s genuinely not. I continue to raise it for three reasons – because I’d like to ensure that other authors are fully informed about Neil Jackson and Ghostwriter’s way of doing business (or, more accurately, not doing business), because I still feel like Neil owes me and has made money out of my work without paying for it, and lastly because the sheer idiotic, unpleasant and incompetent way that Neil appears to operate never ceases to amaze or amuse me. So, without further ado, I give you the next chapter of the Neil Jackson and Ghostwriter Saga:
Speaks for itself really, doesn’t it? I have this rather lovely image of little ol’ Neil, sitting in his room at Weymouth and knocking out another rather derivative chapbook cover whilst Sarah goes out to earn actual money at her actual proper job, getting annoyed when Dave has the temerity to ask about the stuff that Neil owes him, Neil’s face reddening in self-righteous fury at the sheer gall of these terrible authors who might actually want payment for the work they’ve done. Marvellous. Is it an accurate image? I’ve no idea…well, I have, but I’ve no proof, so I’ll simply call this one a little flight of fancy and leave the rest of it for you to decide upon…
In other news, the Sherlock Story is DONE! And, rather excitingly, it’s had some lovely feedback, which included the word ‘inspired’! I need to change the ending a little, but I’m hoping to submit it before the end of the week if I can. Cool!
I’ve noticed that I’m writing more slowly than in 2009 – at first, I was a bit worried about that, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not actually a problem. I think I went through a creative burst when I was putting Lost Places (and its predecessor, Black Dogs and Lost Places) together, and that my creative bones have settled a bit now. The novel, for instance, is still gestating nicely but I’m in no rush to start it, as I’d like to be really clear about what I’m doing before I get started – I’m wary of getting too bogged down in details (one of the pieces of feedback on the earlier novel when it was rejected was that I tend to over-describe stuff) but I’m trying to paint a picture of a complete new society, populated with humans, devils, ghosts and other kind of monsters, so I’m still sorting through the way to do that without bogging down the plot. More plot, less words! is going to be the motto of the day when I finally start writing the bugger…
World Horror Convention approaches – three days of books, signings, readings and good food and company. This week, I’ve sorted out which story I’m going to do in my reading (Marley’s Haunting, if you’re interested) and had a practice readthough – I’ve done some chopping and editing to sort out the timing and the rhythm (what works on the page doesn’t always work aloud, so I’ve had to mess about a bit with it to make sure it works as a ‘read-aloud’ without losing the meaning), but we’re there now and I’m looking forward to my session now. Actually, I’m looking forward to the whole of WHC. Less than two weeks now…
RIght, that’s yer lot, Lords and Ladies. I’m off to do some stuff that’s not a blog. Later!
ADDENDUM: This week, I’ve been told I can highlight a new anthology that’s being put together. Never Again is an anthology of anti-facism stories being edited by BFS award winners Joel Lane and Allyson Bird, set for release later this year through the Greyfriar Press. I’ve submitted a story called A Place for Feeding and, although I have no idea yet whether it’ll be successful or not, I’m happy to publicise the antho because it’s for the benefit of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (check their website and facebook page for details of the excellent work the SLF does). I’ve seen the proposed cover of Never Again, and it’s really smart. Obviously, I’m hopeful that I get in but if not, I’m still hoping the antho is successful. More details as and when I get them! Here’s the press release for Never Again:
‘Never Again is an attempt to voice the collective revulsion of writers in
the weird fiction genre against political attitudes that stifle compassion
and deny our collective human inheritance. The imagination is crucial to an
understanding both of human diversity and of common ground. Weird fiction is
often stigmatised as a reactionary and ignorant genre – we know better.
The anthology will be published by Gray Friar Press in September 2010, and
edited by Allyson Bird and Joel Lane.
It will be a mixture of original stories and reprints from Ramsey Campbell,
Lisa Tuttle and Joe R. Lansdale amongst others. Never Again is a non-profit
initiative aimed at promoting awareness of these issues among readers and
writers of weird fiction. The editors, authors/artist and publisher will
receive no fees for this work. Any profits made from sales will be donated
to anti-racist or human rights organizations, e.g. The Sophie Lancaster
Also, I forgot to mention that I have a thread at the BFS Forum all of my own: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=2355.15