Hello and a Great Big Happy New Year to one and all! As always, I hope that you, your family and loved ones are enjoying peace, happiness and prosperity and I pray that continued good fortune and blessings will fill your house in the year 2018.
What have I been up to? Busy as always. I know it doesn’t seem like it since you haven’t seen any new stories of mine around lately but that’s the nature of the biz. It’s feast or famine. In a few short months you might be seeing my name so much you may tell me; “How can we miss you if you won’t go away?” And I haven’t posted here much in recent months but that’s because you know I only like to post stuff when I actually have something to say. I’m not one for posting just to fill up space. That’s a waste of your time and mine. But it has been quite a while since I’ve updated you on my various Dillon projects so let’s get started in what I hope will be a year full of Dillon adventures for you to enjoy. And cue the bumper…
The DILLON ANNUAL COLLECTION VOL. I is done. I spoke to Tommy Hancock about it just the other day and he assures me that all that needs to be done is the cover and the formatting and it’s a wrap. Just in case you’ve forgotten, the contents of the ANNUAL COLLECTION is as follows:
Young Dillon In The Halls of Shamballah
Dillon and the Bad Ass Belt Buckle
Dillon and The Judas Chalice
Dead Beat In La Esca
Dillon and The Alchemist’s Morning Coffee
Dillon and The Last Rail To Khusra.
Those of you who have purchased Four Bullets For Dillon will notice that four of the stories in this volume were in that one as well. I assure you that this isn’t a case of me trying to get you to buy this book just for two extra stories. My intention was simply to put as many Dillon stories floating around out there loose under one roof so that those who didn’t purchase Four Bullets For Dillon wouldn’t have to go buy Dillon and The Alchemist’s Coffee and Last Rail To Khusra separately as they were originally published on their own as e-books.
And the other four stories aren’t exactly the same as they were originally published. I took advantage of this opportunity to tighten up the grammar, add some scenes and expand others. It’s not like I completely rewrote those stories but I did do a little spit and polish here and there.
There’s also going to be a DILLON ANTHOLOGY this year. I dunno if that’s going to be the actual title but if somebody doesn’t come up with something snappier I guess that’s what we’re gonna go with. The hook here is that these are going to be stories featuring Dillon or members of his supporting cast in stories written by diverse hands other than mine. You’ve be pleased to know that I already have in hand two stories written by Russ Anderson and Joel Jenkins. And while both of them are utter knockouts, it’s the one featuring the mother-and-son mercenary team of Allie and Shon Pierri that you’re going to want to read first. Mark Bousquet is hard at work on a third story and Percival Constantine has expressed interest in writing a fourth one. Stay tuned for further developments.
THE RETURN OF THE SPECIALISTS is still coming along nicely. I admit that I haven’t been writing this one as fast as I could have simply because I’m having way too much writing this. Writing is supposed to be all about anguish and angst and despair and grief, right? But I’ve got to get this one out of the way because there’s two other projects that I need to get to…
If you peruse this blog you’ll see a series of absolutely astounding covers done by Sean E. Al for what he calls the greatest cartoon miniseries never made: DILLON AND THE MASK OF AMIRI EZANA! Sean not only had covers but also provided excerpts of the story, which I assumed he’d had written out in its entirety. He told me that he didn’t have the full story as yet but he had notes and the fragments he’d posted. My imagination sparked by what he had done already I assured him that as soon as I finished THE RETURN OF THE SPECIALISTS we’d jump on THE MASK OF AMIRI EZANA.
But I gotta find time to work in DILLON AND THE DEVIL’S BOUNTY. Why? Because in Sean’s story fragments it’s obvious that the 21st Century incarnation of Fortune McCall is a major player in the story but in the incredibly muddled cosmology I carry around in my melon of a head, Dillon and Fortune McCall first meet in THE DEVIL’S BOUNTY which is based on a plot provided by my good buddy Joshua R. Reynolds, my VRIL AGENDA co-writer. And the plot is a good one. The Heart of Fortune V, the world’s most advanced self-sustaining sea-going vessel is hijacked by pirates. Dillon is hired to either recover the vessel or sink it. To accomplish this mission Dillon needs the assistance of one of his proteges, that mysterious mistress of mayhem, The Pulptress! And neither one of them count on the participation of Fortune McCall!
Yeah, yeah…I know…I could write THE DEVIL’S BOUNTY later on and just put in a note saying it takes place before THE MASK OF AMIRI EZANA.
Right. Sure I could.
Anyway…moving right along…
DILLON AND THE PROPHECY OF FIRE is up to Chapter Nine over at my Patreon site and if by now I haven’t convinced you to part with your hard-earned baksheesh to read the furshlugginer thing then I can only move onto Plan B and no, I’m not telling you what that will be. Heh. It should be coming to a conclusion in another two or three chapters and while I had planned for DILLON AND THE ISLAND OF DR. MAMUWALDE to be next, I’m now thinking of doing THE DEVIL’S BOUNTY as the next serial so as to get to THE MASK OF AMIRI EZANA.
And on top of that, my pal Percival Constantine emails me the other day to give me a gentle nudge in the direction of DILLON AND THE SECRET OF SHAMBALLAH. Which he has good reason for after I pestered him unmercifully to allow me to use Elisa Hill, The Myth Hunter in the story. Here’s the basic plot: Elisa Hill is hired by [Redacted] to find a way to fabled Shamballah itself. Once Dillon gets word of this he’s got to figure out a way how to prevent Elisa Hill from finding Shamballah. Hopefully without having to kill her.
Think that’s enough for now? I certainly do. Keep your fingers crossed and pray for me. I dunno if I’m going to get all this done in 2018 but I’m sure going to work my ass off trying. As always, thank you for your kind attention, your support and your patience. Until we get together again, go see some good movies, read some good books and be good to yourself.