Daniel I. Russell is the author of Entertaining Demons, Samhane, Retard, Come Into Darkness, Critique, The Collector Book 1: Mana Leak, Mother's Boys and the huge collection Tricks, Mischief and Mayhem. Daniel is a HWA active member and represented by the Tobias Literary Agency, NYC. Daniel has also been the vice-president of the Australian Horror Writers' Association, special guest editor of Midnight Echo, associate and technical editor for Necrotic Tissue, and Shadow Awards judge.
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Monday, June 25, 2018Primogen: Origin of Monsters
Howdy, folks. Welcome to the slightly updated blog!
Last week saw the arrival of Primogen: Origin of Monsters arrive in the letter box. Sometimes you just know something special has come along when you open a good looking book. The names in the contents, the artwork (a full page illustration for every story by Greg Chapman, no less), and just the theme, of inventing an origin story for a host of classic monsters, comes together to create one hell of an anthology.
But of course...I would say that, wouldn't I? It's not hard for an author to heap praise upon a book that he appears in!
So I thought...what can I do differently? How can I get readers to part with their hard-earned cash on this book?
As I've been working on (and damn near obsessing about) my psychology thesis, my fiction suffered due to what I call 'screen sickness', as in, I got sick of staring at a screen! I needed to get the ol' creative juices flowing again. To write without having to intext reference.
The idea is to read each short story in turn and immediately write a short piece inspired by that story. Sometimes this can happen in the world of that story by looking at events from a different angle, or exist completely separate but share a theme.
Following granted permissions, watch this space for the first of the stories... It's already written and ready to go.
If this is something you'd be interested in reading, or if you have read the book yourself already, please leave a comment!