Experiencenathaniel.com will be the site based on the book. At the right, you can see the initial web design (click on picture for a large image). Most of those images are just place holders right now. I need a picture of Nathaniel holding a handbow pointed at the viewer, while he’s hanging from a rope…that is burning.
Experiencenathaniel.com will be a fun site, grounded in the world of Nathaniel. It’ll include such features as a Diary, Ask Nathaniel, Short Stories, PBeM (play by email) and other fun things to do.
Most of what you see are placeholders (such as the torture twins). I’d like an image of Nathaniel where the torture twins are located, and the city will be replaced with a more ominous picture with towers and strange religious symbols.
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As a fantasy/horror writer, I took more inspiration from horror than from fantasy. I am drawn to fantasy simply because the genre gives me freedom to explore without having getting bogged down in reality.
I write what I like to call ‘Cracked Mirror’. It best describes the idea that reality is slightly twisted on its head, without openly seeing the evil that’s around us. It’s the image out of the corner of our eyes that we can never see clearly. Did it happen, or was it all a figment
of our imaginations? Are we spiraling into an isolated madness?
I’ve also always enjoyed how Clive Barker builds the tension in his stories until the ultimate climax of grand guiginol violence. Both my fantasy and my horror writing tends to aim for that.
I don’t want to give my characters desk jobs. I don’t want to worry about paying taxes. Yet fantasy also gives me room to create sweeping tales where the characters grow and evolve adventure after adventure.
My literary inspirations are Edgar Allen Poe, Clive Barker (read Dread, the best short story EVER), some Lovecraft, Robert McCammon.
Some of my favourite books of all time:
- The Keep (Paul Wilson)
- Swan Song (Robert McCammon)
- Books of Blood (Clive Barker)
- Hell House (Robert Matheson)
- Dread (short story by Clive Barker)
- The Trial (Kafka)
- Lovecraft’s short stories
- Usher’s Passing (Robert McCammon)
There are many more, but those are the ones that have really touched me. There are many genres I enjoy, but those books are the ones that have altered my way of thinking. I returned to the thoughts and ideas as if they were morsels I couldn’t resist. Each one touched me in a very profound way.
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I informed Gardenia that I would not be proceeding with publication through them. Just not right for me at this time. Nathaniel is too good of a story to simply sacrifice to the publishing Gods in an effort to get that first ‘step’ in my professional career.
I don’t know if I’ll get my money back for the 100 copies I pre-purchased. Pretty much I’m last on the list. Bob Collins swears he’ll pay me back but the guy is paying this back with his earnings from his job.
Not to be calloused after Elizabeth’s death, but did they not have a will setup? Did they not have life insurance? Did they not have a sound business plan? Why did they not try to sell Gardenia? The whole situation just doesn’t make sense to me.
Either way, I’m embarking on my new direction with confidence, knowing that my books are good that they will eventually be published, hopefully with a top name in the industry.
The Nameless (my newest work) is my latest hope. But I’ve also sent out Maw of the Defiler (my second) to be professionally edited, and Nathaniel (my fourth) has been sent to Daw.
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