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When Darkness Loves Us

I’m very excited to report that Valancourt Books has just re-released my first book, When Darkness Loves Us.

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This is part of their Paperbacks from Hell series, curated by Grady Hendrix, who wrote the beautiful book by the same name. As a result, Valancourt has reinspired the book club. Sign up, and get five of these books as they’re released.

This edition of When Darkness Loves Us has an introduction by Grady as well as the original introduction by Theodore Sturgeon, my mentor in those days. It also includes the original artwork by the incomparable Jill Bauman.

This is very gratifying to an author, to know that one’s work lives on. As I mentioned in a blog post from Shadow Spinners, I’ve been around for a while. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a great career as a writer, teacher, editor, professional speaker, and publisher.

One of the nicest things about a long career is that royalty checks show up about every six months from a variety of sources.

Another nice thing about having had a long career is that what was old becomes new again, and voila! A new generation of readers for my work.

In addition, there are always new ways for our work to be released into the world. My current publisher, IFD Publishing, is set to release my books in ePub editions. That would be in addition to ebooks, paperback, and audio.

And now and then, Hollywood comes knocking. I should be used to that by now, but it’s a thrill every time I sell an option, or even get a query. It’s even better when a book is actually filmed, as my book Candyland was turned into Candiland in Vancouver, Canada.

So to all of you writing in your quiet office, focused solely on the work at hand, remember that your work lives on, will likely have many iterations, and you will remain as relevant as you wish to be.

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Candyland

For a long time, my short novel, Candyland, was only available in the collection The Alchemy of Love. Now, it is available as an ebook, an audio book, and now, finally, as a stand-alone paperback.

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After fifteen years of hard work, Candiland, the movie based on my book, was finally filmed and released. This was an incredible labor of love by everyone, and quite a sacrifice-for-the-art by the star James Clayton. Every one involved in the production did a stellar job, including James, and his co-stars Chelah Horsdal and Gary Busey. Rusty Nixon wrote a wonderful screenplay and filmed it with a deft hand.

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Working with Motorcycle Boy Productions was a true pleasure in every respect. I was able to be on set for a couple of days, to review the script before filming, and was consulted on several issues.

There was no requirement for them to involve me in the process, but they did, and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Having a book turned into a movie is the dream of every author, and I sincerely wish author can have the same experience.

 

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