(We’re still waiting for Strange Angel to come out – but I have another book coming out soon (August) and I want to talk about it for a minute.)
Many of you think of my fiction as horror and fine, sometimes it can be. And I know not all of you like horror. Hell, I don’t always like it myself. A few summers ago I cast around thinking about what I wanted to do, prose-wise. I was at a bit of a dead end. I needed to try a novel.
And it hit me, and I’ll go into exactly how it came to be another time, but I wanted to play with my childhood. I write here all the time about stuff from my childhood. Turbo Teen, just last week, all the Jem jokes and … well … everything.
So I made a novel out of it. No, seriously. No horror, at all. Nothing of the sort. It’s more like exactly what you read here – except fiction. It’s a travel novel. It’s a quest. It’s a tale of three friends and their search for their missing friend. It’s a parable, a fairy-tale for 30yr olds.
It’s called Stays Crunchy in Milk.
And for the first time I am going to unveil the book’s cover blurb:
They were four: Wereberry the strawberry werewolf, Choco-Ra the chocolate mummy, the Creature From the Fruit Lagoon (his friends call him “T.C.”), and Cherrygeist the… well, she was a ghost. At least, until she wasn’t. One day, she wasn’t there at all. And then they were three.
Three friends who have sworn to search for her to the ends of the world and beyond – to find and save her.
Through familiar lands to places startling and unknown – across looming castles, endless battlefields and simple brick roads – these three friends will hunt and search and scour every inch. Along the way they’ll have to rely on a whole lot of luck and a little bit of charm, but mostly each other.
A fairy tale for the super-sugar generation, STAYS CRUNCHY IN MILK is road novel packed with 100% of your recommended daily allowance of essential action and adventure. And it’s a delicious part of a nutritious breakfast.
Over the next weeks and months you will see the cover, the interior art plates (yes there are interior plates), and I will talk far more about what this book is and what it means to me. We’ll open pre-orders and announce contests and special events. This is going to be big.
But it can’t be big without you. Honestly. So I hope you’ll join me on this ride. I promise that if you like the essays I write here you will like this book. So come along.