Scaryminds has just released a review for After the World issue #4 (Black House Comics). The stories get quite a bit of positive ink, and of my novella Corpus Christi the reviewer says:
“Hold onto your knickers kids, Jason Fischer delivers his long awaited sequel to After the World: Gravesend…Fischer once again knocks one out of the ball park and for sure I’m now sweating on another chapter in this series.”
The rest of the review can be read here: http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2012/magazine19.php
As for the next instalment in Tamsyn’s tale, there’s some exciting news in that regard…will spill the beans when things are all official-like
If you’d like a copy of the zombie-tastic After the World, issue #4 should be in a newsagent near you. Issues #1-#4 can be ordered online here: http://www.blackboox.net/categories/Pulp-Fiction/After-the-World/
Awesome! The cover art for my next instalment in the After the World zombie novellas has now gone public. Once again, artist Jason Paulos knocked it out of the park, bringing the world-weary bow-slinging Tamsyn to life. Look out for “Corpus Christi” in your local newstands, more info soon!
(image nicked from Black House Comics facebook page)
So with the website humming along, all tickety-boo and how’s your father, I continue to plough through the sequel to Gravesend, the tentatively titled “After the World: Corpus Christi”. Won’t be long and I’ll be signing off on this, my latest love-letter to George Romero and zombiedom as a whole. My favourite part? Revisiting some characters that I genuinely cared for, and telling the world What Happens Next. Did I say I care for these characters? You wouldn’t think so, going by the levels of woe I’m pouring upon them.
I’ve been enjoying David Farland’s “Daily Kick In The Pants” series of emails, invaluable writing advice from a writer who was actually Stephanie Meyer’s mentor, a WOTF judge, and an author with an impressive back catalogue in his own right. His invaluable writing advice can be accessed via this page: http://www.runelords.com/about/
Some of the things Mr Farland has spoken about are try/fail cycles, and actually giving your readers low levels of stress! Yes, you heard me right. When you are actually anxious about the fate of a character, that story just became a page-turner, and the author has successfully engaged you as a reader. And then, with the correct resolution, everything is brought back to normal, and you’ll go away feeling relaxed and good about that story – and will be keen to buy anything else that author writes.
A simple formula for conflict that I’ve always remembered goes along these lines:
1) get your characters stuck up in a tree
2) throw rocks at them.
3) get them back down.
I tell you what, I’ve got my eye in today…pow! Oh, sorry Tamsyn, didn’t mean to pop you in the face. Hey, there’s no need to point that bow at me, I was just….TWANG! Okay, thanks for the warning shot. Promise I’ll cut you a break real soon :-)
PS I’ve finally got my LiveJournal cross-post thing working! Many thanks to fellow Clarionite Aidan Doyle for his IT intervention.