Dinocalypse Update: Progress Report and Author Juggling
Wondering when to expect a new book full of adventure, thrills, and two-fisted justice? As with any long-term project, unexpected things happen. But don’t fear, fellow pulp enthusiasts, because these are GOOD things. They might not be what we planned for, but we feel really excited about the outcomes, and we hope you will too.
Stone’s Throe, the Amelia Stone adventure by C.E. Murphy, is currently in revisions! We're aiming to have it done by mid-summer, with a little wiggle room, which means it’ll likely hit the shelves in late fall (at least for you guys). And yes, it is full of the kind of bad-guy punching, motorcycle-riding, and justice-serving that you’d expect from Amelia.
The Pharaoh of Hong Kong, our Benjamin Hu adventure, is about a third of the way written. You might recall that Brian Clevinger of Atomic Robo fame took this on (preorder the RPG!), and the manuscript to date is full of the kind of action and witty dialogue you’d expect from him. But writing a novel is a lot different than writing a comic, and after some powwows with Brian, we decided to bring in some novel expertise as a co-author.
And so, Brian’s new co-author is Matthew Cody, author of superhero mysteries, time travel stories, and historical adventures. In short, the perfect guy to help take on the story of our favorite mystical detective. Brian and Matt will be working together to finish this book up, hopefully by the fall, and get it in the pipeline for printing. That would likely make it an early 2015 title.
Dinocalypse Forever, the final volume in the Dinocalypse trilogy, is just now moving into the drafting phase.
But here’s where one of those unexpected things comes in.
Dinocalypse writer Chuck Wendig is in demand, folks. He has lots of exciting new projects on the line which we’re not allowed to spill. But trust us, they’re awesome, and it’s our firm opinion that more Wendig books are a good thing overall. Sadly, they are not a good thing for Dinocalypse. Chuck is in such demand that he’s not going to be able to finish the final volume of the series.
It’s the kind of thing that makes us sad and happy (...sappy?) at the same time.
So, as you can imagine, we wracked our brains on this one. We want Dino Forever as much as you do, and we want it to be GOOD. And we’re pleased to announce that Carrie Harris, Evil Hat marketing guru and author of the Sally Slick novel, is going to take it on.
BUT WAIT, you might say. Carrie does not write like Chuck. (Heck, does anybody?) How on earth is this book going to fit with the rest of the series? That is a good question, and here’s where we’re hoping to put your mind at ease.
Carrie has read all of the other books so many times that she can practically recite them in her sleep, with the goal of writing a book that fits in terms of plot, tone, and language. We have some story notes to work off of, so the story arc will be as conceived by Chuck. Furthermore, the rest of the Dino crew is staying. That means that Fred and Amanda will both help to provide continuity and Chuckification. We’re putting this book through a little extra work to help make it the conclusion you want and deserve, and we feel confident that we can deliver.
With that in mind, we’re putting our money where our mouths are. Click here to download the first chapter of Dinocalypse Forever and watch as Jet Black and the Walking Mind tumble out of a portal into prehistory…and immediately start antagonizing each other. We hope you’ll find the same fast-paced, snappy, psychosaur action in this chapter as in the other books.
If you’re happy with it, do nothing. We’re making this book a priority and hope to have it to you by Christmas. And if not, we’re happy to refund you the appropriate portion of your contribution and take Dinocalypse Forever off your to-ship list. Just drop us a private message here on Kickstarter so we can get that taken care of for you.
And that’s the news! Lots of changes, but all of them focused on keeping things moving forward. Thanks so much for sticking with us on this wild ride. It’s been an adventure, although maybe not quite as exciting as tumbling through a time portal and fighting psychic dinosaurs.