Saturday, January 14, 2006

"The Eye of Oran" in TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN 2

A note from Jean-Marc Lofficier of Black Coat Press:

"My friend Steve told me all of the TOTS2 (contributors, review copies, etc.) went out last week as planned.

General reminders: those of you inclined to do so post reviews of our books on Amazon and B& -- length doesn't matter -- 2 lines and 4 or 5 stars will do!


Like its predecessor, TOTS2 is chock full of Wold Newtonian and pulp fiction goodness.

Here is just a partial list of characters or references in the anthology: Arsène Lupin, Fantômas, Harry Dickson, the Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes, Zenith the Albino, Doc Ardan (Doc Savage), D'Artagnan, Doctor Omega (Doctor Who), Irene Adler, Doctor Natas (Fu Manchu), the Nyctalope, Violet Holmes, the Sâr Dubnotal, Judex, John
Devil, Frankenstein, Countess Cagliostro, James Bond, the Moonstone, the Lovecraftian Mythos, and more.

While one can order directly from the link above, TOTS2 is also available at
Amazon and B&

My story, "The Eye of Oran," was a bit of an experiment for me and the SHADOWMEN anthologies in a couple ways. It's set against the backdrop of another, larger story, a novel by Albert Camus, although one need not have read Camus' novel to follow my story (one hopes). Second, while the story does use previously established characters (that's what a SHADOWMEN anthology is about, after all), Jean-Marc Lofficier did allow me to branch out a bit and create some original protagonists, both of whom I've become quite fond of and intend to use in a continuing cycle of stories. One of them, at least, will play an integral if secondary part in "the novel."

Of course, nothing ever turns out exactly as one plans, so we'll see how all this goes.


Cunningham said...


I just wanted to pop in and say, "Bravo!"

Hope you had some fun with your story as I had with my little ditty, "Trauma."

Next time I'm coming back with another Fascinax tale.



Win Scott Eckert said...

Hi Bill!

I don't know if Jean-Marc passed on my comments to you, but I really enjoyed your story. I loved the way you incorporated young Britt and showed his inspiration for becoming the Green Hornet!

I'm glad you're returning to Fascinax next time; it seems to me that there is definitely more of his story to tell.