Saturday, July 11, 2009

CROSSOVERS: A Secret Chronology of the World - a new publisher!

A couple weeks back, my publisher for Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World informed me that they regretted they'd not be able to put out the book in the near future, and released me to seek another publisher if I wished. I entirely understand their position, and hope to work with them again in the future.

For the uninitiated, Crossovers is a massive timeline of crossover stories in which two or more fictional characters, situations, or universes are linked together in order to build the “Crossover Universe.” Think Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula, Batman and Tarzan: Claws of the Catwoman, etc. The book has over 1,000 crossover entries and currently clocks in at almost 300,000 words, with introductions and forewords from Kim Newman and Jess Nevins, and appendices covering myriad television crossovers and alternate universes.

Flash forward two weeks: I am extremely pleased to announce that Crossovers will be published in two volumes by Jean-Marc Lofficier at Black Coat Press.

Furthermore, I'm quite excited that Black Coat has engaged Mark Maddox to provide the covers for the two books. Mark is making a well-deserved splash with his recent cover for Cornerstone Book Publishing's Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, Vol. 1.

Jean-Marc is enthusiastic to move forward quickly, and we are in constant communication about the book.

In terms of timing, I am currently working on my Green Hornet story for Moonstone Books. I expect that to take me through late July or early August. After that, a story for Black Coat's Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 6: Grand Guignol, due to the publisher in September. After that, it's all Crossovers, all the time, as I put the finishing touches on the book and draft the final entries. We are driving to release the two volume set toward the end of the year. I've been writing up and annotating these crossovers for over 10 years now; I'm relieved that the books have found such a good home, and the project has so much forward momentum. Stay tuned to this space for updates!
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