Hey there, True Believers!
If you want to cut right to it, just go to the "Ivan the Destroyer" tab on this site. Otherwise, keep reading.
Well, I can't think of anything more horrifying than the Cubs' performance in the World Series right now, the exception being the current low in political discourse with the presidential election.
As far a baseball goes, as a lifelong White Sox fan, I've been mostly indifferent to the recent Cubs mania. All I have to say is this, if the Cubs don't manage to get their act together and at least force a game seven, well... Cub's fans, I hope that now you can see that then they will truly be a team that does not deserve you. 'Nuff said on that point.
Okay, but you're not tuning in to hear my limited opinion on the great American pass time, You're here to read new work in time for Halloween.
Here's the problem. I don't have any. I know, I know... It's just... I love writing, I hate keyboarding. It's also been kind of a weird October, lemme tell ya. Writing-wise, I haven't put a lot of effort toward the genre work. Lately, I've been mining stories I'm calling memories in fiction. Not really memoir, but more autobiographical impressions. I call them fiction because I do know that memory is fallible. Also, for the sake of narrative I do take certain liberties with the facts in order to preserve the feelings or themes of the work. It's deep stuff and tough stuff to write, but that's what's coming out of me and onto the page.
That being said, you do have some fun stuff to look forward to in the future. It was my sincere hope to crank out the entire text of "The Case of the Soggy Carpet", but it's turning out to be a long one and I have about 7,000 words left. There's a couple steampunk adventures just sitting in notebooks right now, but they're out of sequence with the overarching narrative, so I need to do some more writing to get them ready for sharing (bad news, "Wolves of Edinburgh" is toast - it's just not getting written any time soon). There's also a new protagonist, Sorcha Finney whom I've pretty much fallen in love with. In early '17, you will too. At at some point, I will hunker down and write "Ivan v the Almighty Canvas". That one promises to be very cool.
Yeah, but, Joe, what the hell are we doing for Halloween?
Does anything say Halloween like an Ivan the Destroyer story dump?
That's right, True Believers, sitting on the "Happy Halloween" tab on the Ivan website are 13 Ivan stories. Some new, some very, very old. Including some gems I haven't shared in years. "Ivan and the Dwellers" and the classic original serial text of the novelette Ivan and the Borneo Bigfoot". If you haven't read that one, you'll love it. I wanted to include the classic, "Ivan and the Trick or Treater" but, sorry, I lost that one.
But act quickly, True Believers! The stories will be up only for the next few hours. At 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, I will delete the page and put the stories in storage for a while.
So... enjoy and please let me know how you like the work. It means a lot to me.
A man who loves to write.