As Meteor House and The Official PJF Home Page have now posted the table of contents for The Worlds of Philip José Farmer: Of Dust and Soul, I’m finally able to reveal that the forthcoming novella I’ve been calling “The Bear God” here on my blog is actually titled “Kwasin and the Bear God” and that the story is based on an alternate outline fragment by Philip José Farmer to his third, as-yet-unpublished Khokarsa novel, The Song of Kwasin. I’ll be posting more behind-the-scenes details on that outline and how the story came to be in the coming weeks. But for now, know that a new 20,000-word Farmer novella featuring Hadon’s ax-swinging, trickster cousin will be heading your way soon.
Also, head on over and check out the TOC and stellar lineup of contributors to The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer 2: Of Dust and Soul, which also includes a good number of never-before-published rarities by Phil Farmer himself.
I’ve been trying to squeeze in spare moments to work on Certain Fathoms, and have made some progress reworking the outline. Last night I stayed up into the wee hours looking through the photocopies I’ve made over the past couple years while researching my real-life protagonist, and which now rise as a mountain of sorts on my desk. It’s easy to get lost on one’s way while trying to make a story historically accurate, so I’m working right now to find a good balance in my mind between being faithful to actual events and personalities and telling an entertaining and cohesive story. I hope to spend the whole day tomorrow chiseling out the outline tomorrow, in particular the middle portion of the novel.
Meanwhile, I recently got a sneak peak at the two stunning illustrations that will accompany “The Bear God” when it’s published later this year in a forthcoming anthology. I hope to have more details for you on the anthology shortly, and also some BIG NEWS on a related project. Stay tuned.