Mark Rude, the artist who did most of the pencil work you will see in THE HOLLOWS INSIDER, has a few pictures, (and a creepy twilight-zone moment) at his site today. Some of you long-time posters will remember seeing his work ages and ages ago when he came to me with artwork of the characters he’d drawn up on his own time. They were among the first reader-art I’d seen, and they impressed me with how well he knew the characters, so when the first inkling of having illustrations in the world book crossed my mind, Mark’s name quickly followed. Go take a look for a nice sneak peek of what you’ll get in THE HOLLOWS INSIDER. :-) Mark Rude
I also have my favorite shots for the fountain and concert photos up at the website today! The concert photos, especially, were hard to make a choice as there were so many good ones. This contest is over, and I hope to have the winners for you soon, but I’m still taking entries for Kalamack supporters preparing for a rally. Monday is the last day to submit for this one and a chance to win a copy of THE HOLLOWS INSIDER and a signed print from the upcoming (July 12) graphic novel, BLOOD WORK. Rules, what I’m looking for, how to enter, and past winners are at the web site here, and the pages up for grabs from BLOOD WORK, are here. I’m working on brand-new stuff today and the rest of the week. Edits are off my desk, and I’m spending the day on my porch again with pencil and clipboard, sketching out 4-6 ideas as to what I might be doing series and novella-wise for probably the next five years. You can imagine I’m both excited (about new ideas) and careful (that these ideas are rich enough to keep me occupied for that long.) So far, it’s looking good, and the relief to be working on something that has been occupying the back of my thoughts for almost as long as the Hollows has been in print, is understandably immense. Unfulfilled ideas make for ugly regrets.