This has been a very troubling and interesting week since my friend James Coon passed away last Friday. I met with his sister and niece yesterday to answer some of the many questions that they had about JC's very private life. I started working on a collection of short stories based upon the numerous conversations I had with JC over the years. I finished two short stories and have several outlines written out. His family is going to find his notebook that had his notes so I can write his story "Sirens" plus finish the story he was working on the week he passed. The collection entitled "James Coon" will be released as an ebook this summer, hopefully June, and all the stories will be published in my next horror short story anthology: Musings From A Demented Mind. As I'm working on the stories, I hope that some of the names of the people he mentioned to me over the years pop into my brain so I can help his family track down some of his friends over the years. I have over fifteen years of conversations and stories to reflect on.
My brother talked to Barnes & Noble in Valparaiso, Indiana today and found out that not only is there a book fair in May, there will be one in June. That will be two times we will be setting up at Barnes & Noble this year. The rest of my brother's books will finally be released on Nook in April and May. In October there is going to be a gigantic book conference with a large book fair with over thirty authors in Merrillville, Indiana. This time the book fair is open to the public and there will be radio advertising and more. Last year, Mark and I sold a lot of books and the book fair was only open to the attendees of the conference. Musings From A Demented Mind will be available and hopefully Beast Within will be finished in time as well.
The first chapter of Shelana's Quest will be available on shortfictionbreak.com around the second week of April. The story will be featured in installments until its climatic conclusion and it will also be included as a bonus story for Musings of A Demented Mind. I have four stories finished so far for the collection. I also need to finish Twisted Twins. After all the James Coons stories are finished, I will write Claws vs Mecha Cat. This horror anthology will include some of my best work to date.
My brother's new website http://markcuscoailes.weebly.com will be revamped in the next couple of weeks and I will be the moderator since Mark is deeply engrossed in writing his next novel. His website will change to a new domain similar to mine in a few weeks. I also made new business cards to pass out at my book signings this year. The photo is below this blog post.
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