Here are my plans for four books that’ll have my name on them. Let’s start (and end) with Vera Van Slyke, my favorite ghost hunter.
Apparently, Help for the Haunted
is no longer available except at ridiculous prices. Emby Press has decided to take several steps back in regard to what it publishes, returning rights to its authors and letting us either find new publishers or self-publish. I’ve decided to pursue the latter.
Now, if you stop by here on Wednesdays, you might know that I’m very, very close to finishing the book version of Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports in U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917. In fact, I completed a solid draft of the whole book just last night, and I plan to proofread and polish it through the end of August. September will then be devoted to learning how to self-publish, and I should be able to have that book available to readers by Halloween. Ghost reports. Halloween. It makes sense, yes?
Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I went on a Poe-grimage this summer — a trip to Richmond, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland, two cities where Edgar Allan Poe spent much of his life. I was seeking inspiration to put the final touches on a book that deals with Poe in an odd way. It’s a creative work, you see. I don’t want to divulge too much, but that’s probably the second book I’ll self-publish. While I’d like to have it out for Christmas, I’m also letting it ripen for harvest on it own schedule.
At that point, I’ll be in very good shape to re-publish Help for the Haunted, and right now I’m planning on that happening in early 2018. In the meantime, starting on September 1st of this year, I’ll be returning to how I originally introduced Vera Van Slyke to readers: by posting her otherworldly cases on my blog. I’ll post all thirteen tales, one each month, here at The Merry Ghost Hunter even after the book is available again. In other words, you can read the entire thing (well, minus the Introduction and Postscript) by visiting once a month.
And finally there’s the Vera Van Slyke novel! I had a nice start on this book, but newspaper ghosts and Edgar Allan Poe got in the way. With luck and another summer off, I should be able to have that novel available by Halloween of 2018. We shall see.