Over the last two months, my friends and I have been at work putting together two books, and this morning, we can finally put the nail in both of them. It’s quite an accomplishment, really, and I want to tell you about them.
Black Candies has been a passion project of mine to get some of my favorite literary writers to indulge their most horrific writing. This year, I got five great writers to write on the theme of “Post Apocalypse” (a concept I’ve been obsessed with over the last year); with some really great variations on said theme. The line-up for these authors goes:
- Nick Antosca (author of Fires, Midnight Picnic, The Obese)
- Jim Ruland (author of Big Lonesome, creator of Vermin on the Mount reading series)
- Natanya Ann Pulley (editor of Quarterly West, publications in Western Humanities Review, The Florida Review, Drunken Boat, and McSweeney’s)
- Justin Hudnall (Executive Director of San Diego’s best literary-education advocate So Say We All)
- Jay Wertzler (co-author of Clydestown Society of Mystery and Intrigue Presents)
Oh and the thing has art too. Some really great art, in fact. I really don’t want to show it to you cuz that would give it all away. Here are the artists:
- Julia Gualtieri
- Walker Mettling
- Adam Vieyra (who also did the layout/book design and I can’t thank him enough. Go to his blog Hustlemania).
So yeah, the stories in here are scary. Perfect time to get your spooks on!
Next book is Last Night on Earth.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I’ve talked about this book here before, and there are really too many authors to call out, but it’s so, so great. My constant collaborator/friend/partner in crime (also Black Candies contributor) Jay Wertzler did the book design on this one. When I woke up to find his finished pdf in my inbox, I had to stand up and walk away from my computer. It’s just so breathtaking to see something you’ve been working on for so long finally be real. It has a face now – a glorious, immaculate face. Again, I can’t thank him enough for his hard work.
And of course, none of these would’ve been possible without Justin Hudnall, a true frontiersman. His constant encouragement and belief has made both these projects not only possible, but bigger and greater than anything I could’ve accomplished on my own.
I’ll keep you posted on when/where to get them.