I am pleased to announce that my new novella, The Island of the Screaming Statues, has just hit the shelves on Lulu.com. It goes for 4.99, but you can get a 15% discount, for a very limited time, by using the code GREEN15 on checkout.
The novella is set in the world of 4 Against Darkness, the solo roleplaying game by Andrea Sfiligoi, that provided a gaming appendix with creatures, characters and other wonders for those that, having read the story, wish to play it. The story features a mysterious island, pirates (of course!) and a lady with a very bad hair day…
This is my second foray in this setting, after The Heart of the Lizard, that was published before the world went crazy.
The book is available in both pdf and paperback format.
And the second novella in the 4 Against Darkness series is done, all 18.000 words of it. Now I’ll let it rest briefly, prune it of the useless bits, and then after dinner I’ll send it along to Ganesha Games for revision, editing, and the addition of art and a meaty gaming appendix. The only thing still missing is the title.
Originally I pitched it as Rock Island (like the Jethro Tull song, in keeping with my habit of naming my gaming books from songs I like). But Rock Island for this baby is lame. Then I thought about Island of Thieves, which is not bad, does not give away any detail about what actually happens in the book, but it’s intriguing, and it’s actually a thing that’s said in the story. But I would really like to call it Island of the Screaming Statues, that is sort of an homage to Elric, and fits the story to a T. And I really think I’ll go for it.
All in all I have built a fine sword & sorcery caper, with a few neat monsters, a twist I’m sure the readers will like when it hits them – maybe two twists, actually – and a few other nice bits and pieces. The first story, Heart of the Lizard, was a success and is still selling steadily, and I can’t wait to give to the fans a second serving of the adventures of Haq, Kil, Gress and Varda.
But now, I need a short break because my hands hurt.
I was writing this morning. I am currently juggling writing and translating, and today is a morning writing/afternoon translating sort of day. So I was writing this scene for the next 4 Against Darkness novella, and the characters are starting to explore the strange place where I placed them.
“It was the sculpture of a young woman, her simple dress flowing, her hair in a tall do. The weather had erased her features, making her face a blank. A few fingers of her outstretched hands were missing.”
Myself – WIP
Not a great description, not a sample of superb writing, but after all, it’s a first draft.
At the same moment, my friend Dal – who is a fine artist and lives in Rome – was taking a walk around the ancient city after breakfast, enjoying the quiet and the sights, and took this photo…
… and he posted it on Facebook. This is called Madama Lucrezia, and is apparently a minor but well beloved landmark in Rome. I never knew about it, of course.
Now this is quite a coincidence – the passage above and the photo happened within a few minutes one from the other. And I’ll take it as a sign my story is going in the right way. (I’ll obviously revise the description to make my statue more similar to miss Lucrezia in the final draft)