I’m sure most readers of this blog know that, in addition to the Monstrous Creatures I keep harping on, The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literatureis out from Abrams Image on May 1st. Also on the horizon is The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists In October The Weird: A Compendium of Strange & Dark Fiction will be out from Atlantic/Corvus in the UK, co-edited with Ann as is the cabinet antho.
…but I now have some other projects to announce, specifically:
SHARED WORLDS/SINGLE VISION (Abrams Image)—This unique book focused on the craft of writing SF/Fantasy will combine a textual and visual approach in a 7 x 10 full-color format featuring over 100 images. Currently, the awesome John Coulthart is the designated designer. $1,000 of the advance will go to Clarion San Diego. In addition I will underwrite the Shared Worlds teen SF/F writing camp student antho for three years. And a percentage of all royalties from sales will be split equally between Clarion San Diego and Shared Worlds. I’ll be writing the main text, but added bonuses will include pieces from Neil Gaiman, George RR Martin, Karen Lord, Karen Joy Fowler, Michael Moorcock, Paolo Bacigalupi, Liza Trombi, Diana Gill, Ann VanderMeer, Jeremy L.C. Jones, Charles Yu, Karin Lowachee, Nick Mamatas, Lev Grossman, and others. Most of it originals.
IF YOU WERE THERE: THE TOP 50 FANTASY WORLDS OF ALL TIME (Underland)—Roughly following the form/tone of a travel guide, this A to Z appreciation of iconic fantasy/SF creations will include illustrations, maps, and some additional essays in addition to the main text.
BORNE (Subterranean, US)—This will be my next, short, novel about a giant ravenous floating bear in a post-apocalyptic city that includes all manner of bioneered creations and intrigue. However, it’s wedded to a very personal story. Think of it as Chekov performed in the round with Godzilla and Mothra battling it out in the backdrop.
There are at least three other projects in the works, in various media and modes, that may come to fruition soon as well. Oh, yes, and I’m launching a line of books in my spare time.