I was tagged by Jennifer Brozek to engage in a Character Blog Tour. Since I’ve just received a verbal acceptance from her on the initial outline for Famished: The Ranch, I thought this would be a good place to introduce new readers to our hero.
- What is the name of your character?
- Is s/he fictional or a historic person?
Gordon is totally fictional.
- When and where is the story set?
It is set in a modern day alternate America. While the world is essentially the same as the one we know, supernatural elements and creatures exist. Also, the founding of America went a little differently here, though the general public is unaware of this fact. The story ranges from Colorado to Maine, from Minnesota to South Carolina.
- What should we know about him/her?
At the start of the series, Gordon is an aimless teacher’s aide with little further direction than a Christmas Catholicism and a desire to work in higher education. He’s honest, faithful, sheltered, and more than a little naïve – almost childlike in his faith in the inherent goodness of people. This is, naturally, Not A Good Thing for a horror protagonist.
- What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
He is the unwitting scion of a horrific cult with its roots deep in the history and difficulties of the United States. When the cult discovers his bloodline, they introduce him to a world he was never prepared to witness, and demand his obedience to their terrifying agenda. Just when he thinks himself free of their reach, he becomes the tool of another supernatural force, a catspaw to carry out their own desires.
- What is the character’s personal goal?
While the goal has shifted slightly in each of the novels in this series, his ultimate goal is freedom – freedom from the cult, from the forces which sustain him, and the past built by his ancestors.
- Is there a working title for this novel, and where can we read more about it?
The latest (and likely final) book in the Gentleman Ghouls series is Famished: The Ranch. It is preceded by Famished: The Farm and Famished: The Commons. The earlier books are available from the publisher’s website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Drive Thru Fiction.
- When can we expect the book to be published?
The first two books are already available. I am personally hopeful to release Famished: The Ranch in the summer of 2015, but have not yet confirmed any dates with the publisher.
While I’m not privy to all details, my understanding is that the excellent Shane Tyree was unavailable for this cover. While this would normally disappoint me – I’m quite a fan of Shane’s work – it did open another opportunity to work with Amber Clark of Stopped Motion Photography (also available on Twitter as @stoppedmotion and on Facebook.)
Amber and I worked closely together to create a wonderful and disturbing set of photos for my 2011 web serial, Idolwood. A sample of that work appears to the left, and you can see why I found it easy to work with Amber. She is an artist, a professional, and someone I am proud to call my friend.
Amber has not only created the cover for Famished: The Commons, she has kindly re-shot the cover for Famished: The Farm. So those of you who really, really want a matchy-matchy set of covers could always pick up a new copy of the first book. Not that I’m, y’know, recommending that or anything.
I’ve been informed by Apocalypse Ink that we are running low on print copies of FAMISHED: THE FARM, and there are no current plans to reprint.
If you’re new to the Gentleman Ghouls series, this is the place to start. I am offering to sign any physical copies either brought to the Apocalypse Ink booth at GenCon 2014 in Indianapolis.
If you will not be attending, I’m happy to sign a copy which is mailed to me, and will pay the postage to send the book back to you!
I’m pleased to announce that Apocalypse Ink has verbally accepted my final edits to FAMISHED: THE COMMONS and that a contract is forthcoming!
The book will be released in e-book format only at this time, and is scheduled for August of 2014.
A calendar of readings, signings, and other events will be provided shortly.
I am beyond thrilled to be working with Jennifer Brozek and Apocalypse Ink once again, and I look forward to providing my readers with a new delicious nightmare.
All the best,