Now Available: “Kwasin and the Bear God”by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey

The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 2: Of Dust and Soul, edited by Michael Croteau, and with a foreword by Greg Bear, is now shipping from Meteor House. The anthology features a 20,000-word standalone novella—“Kwasin and the Bear God”—which I wrote based on Philip Jose Farmer’s fragmentary alternate outline to The Song of Kwasin, the forthcoming third novel in the Khokarsa series (things are moving forward with the latter, so stay tuned for more details).

Here’s some background on “Kwasin and the Bear God”…

Back in January 2009, after I’d already completed the first draft of The Song of Kwasin based on Phil Farmer’s partial manuscript and a nine-page outline, I was visiting the Farmers in Peoria, Illinois in celebration on Phil’s 91st birthday. Phil’s (and my) friend Paul Spiteri and I were among the last of the celebrants still at the house that weekend, and as we had time before our flights out of town, Phil’s wife, Bette, encouraged us to go downstairs and look through the files for unpublished material by Phil that might be worthy of seeing the light someday. Fatefully, the first filing cabinet drawer I opened contained a folder that I had never seen before labeled “HADON – Khokarsan Lore.”

My heart jumped a bit at this point, because up until that moment I thought I had had access to all of Phil’s fairly extensive extant notes on the Khokarsa series, which Phil and Bette had generously allowed me to photocopy on an earlier visit. But it turned out there were several more gems remaining to be found in this newly uncovered “Khokarsan Lore” folder, including an incomplete alternate outline to The Song of Kwasin. In the end it turned out that the outline was generally unusable for the purposes of the then-already-written third novel, as a large portion either repeated the original outline or broke the established continuity of the two published novels in the series. But there were two very exciting pages of outline detailing a side adventure of Kwasin on the island of Khokarsa.

Phil was too ill at this point to discuss anything to do with the material I’d uncovered, and had really stopped talking much at all in his last few years (although back in 2005 when the original Song of Kwasin outline had turned up he was well enough to give me a few pointers as to how he wanted the novel to wrap up). Bette, however, realized the significance of the new find and told me to take the folder home with me to make copies and study at my leisure. So I did, and sadly I only managed to return the files to Peoria a few days before she passed later that same year, a few short months after Phil’s passing that February.

“Queen of Serpents” illustrated by Charles Berlin

After I got home from the January visit, I used Phil’s detailed, Tolkienesque notes and articles pertaining to the Khokarsan language from the newly found folder to sync up the Khokarsan names, terms, and phrases in The Song of Kwasin with Phil’s syllabary and grammar rules (let’s just say, Phil was quite the linguist, and I was blown away with how much time and thought he’d put into the Khokarsan language). The novel soon sold to Subterranean, and the idea of doing anything with Kwasin’s lost adventure from the fragmentary alternate outline floated in limbo until I was honored to have Meteor House ask me to write a novella based on the material. And that’s the story of how “Kwasin and the Bear God” came to be.

Artist Charles Berlin has done some fantastic illustrations to go along with the novella in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 2, and I’m really pleased with how the story turned out–I’m told it does a good job of capturing Kwasin’s trickster nature (thanks to Phil’s outline, no doubt!). Anyway, I hope you’ll check out the anthology, which includes a Brobdingnagian assortment of talent, including folks like Spider Robinson, James Sallis, Bradley H. Sinor, Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier, Mary A. Turzillo, John Small, and more. But most importantly, it contains a bunch of never-before-published stuff by Philip José Farmer! Check out the full table of contents here.

Now Available: The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files

The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files edited by Joe Gentile and Howard Hopkins, which features my story “Devil’s Dark Harvest,” is now available from Moonstone Books in both trade softcover and limited edition hardcover editions. “Devil’s Dark Harvest” is a sort of Richard Benson and Nellie Gray meet The Island of Doctor Moreau type affair, which I had tons of fun writing.

From the publisher:

The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files

Written by: Robin Wayne Bailey, Will Murray, David Michelinie, Win Scott Eckert, Mark Ellis, Matthew Baugh, Ron Fortier, Howard Hopkins, Barry Reese, Eric Fein, Frank Schlidiner, Christopher Paul Carey, Chris Bell…
Cover Art: Tom Gianni
Edited by: Joe Gentile & Howard Hopkins
336pgs, b/w, Squarebound, 6”x9”, $18.95

The Avenger…All-New Stories for the Next Generation! Moonstone Books is proud to present this original anthology featuring never before seen tales of The Avenger.

**See it here…for the first and ONLY time anywhere…these two pulp titans collide… The AVENGER meets the uncompromising relentless justice of The SPIDER!

**See the never before told origin of The Avenger’s personal weapons “Mike” and “Ike”!

**The AVENGER meets up with the DOMINO LADY!

From the Flames of Tragedy, a Hero Rises In the roaring heart of the crucible, steel is made. In the raging flame of personal tragedy, men are sometimes forged into something more than human.

Life was bliss for millionaire adventurer Richard Henry Benson until the fateful day crime and greed took away his wife and younger daughter and turned him into something more than human.

Driven by loss, compelled by grief, he becomes a chilled impersonal force of justice, more machine than man, dedicated to the destruction of evildoers everywhere. A figure of ice and steel, more pitiless than both, Benson has been forged into an avatar of vengeance, possessed of superhuman genius and supernormal power. His frozen face and pale eyes, like ice in a polar dawn, only hint at the terrible force the underworld heedlessly invoked upon itself the day they created… The Avenger!

Now, the greatest crime-fighter of the 40s returns in a stunning collection of original action-packed tales of adventure, intrigue and revenge and even a chilling showdown with the Lord of Vampires himself!

“Iron and Bronze” by Christopher Paul Carey & Win Scott Eckert now available on the Kindle and Nook

For a long time, my good friend and colleague Win Scott Eckert and I had been tossing around the idea of writing a story together. We had both been heavily influenced in our youth by the Doc Savage pulps, H. Rider Haggard, and Jules Verne (among others), and each of us had completed novels begun by Philip José Farmer. Win’s collaboration with Phil, The Evil in Pemberley House, came out in 2009, and mine, The Song of Kwasin, lined up behind Up the Bright River (a wonderful collection that came out to commemorate Phil’s long and wildly imaginative career following his passing), and is slated to be published in an omnibus of the Khokarsa series in 2012. So it only seemed natural that we should write a story together ourselves someday.

That opportunity finally came with the story “Iron and Bronze,” which was first published in 2009 by Black Coat Press in the anthology Tales of the Shadowmen 5: The Vampires of Paris (a terrific anthology and series that I highly recommend to pulp adventure enthusiasts), and which features two great heroes of the French pulps. Now the story is available in ebook format for both the Kindle and Nook. Here’s the product description:

Taduki-inspired visions draw an intrepid adventurer and a madman to a lost African outpost of Atlantis where they must confront an ancient mystery from the stars… Drawing on diverse sources such as Jules Verne’s The Barsac Mission, H. Rider Haggard’s She and Allan, Guy d’Armen’s Doc Ardan (who has been called the “French Doc Savage”), J.-H. Rosny âiné’s L’Étonnant Voyage de Hareton Ironcastle, Pierre Benoit’s L’Atlantide, and Philip José Farmer’s “monomyth,” “Iron and Bronze” hearkens back the classic SF adventure pulps of the 1920s and ’30s.

This story first appeared in the anthology Tales of the Shadowmen 5: The Vampires of Paris.

Christopher Paul Carey is the co-author with Philip José Farmer of The Song of Kwasin, the third novel in the Khokarsa series (omnibus forthcoming in 2012 from Subterranean Press).

Win Scott Eckert is the co-author with Philip José Farmer of the Wold Newton novel The Evil in Pemberley House, about Patricia Wildman, the daughter of a certain bronze-skinned pulp hero (Subterranean Press, 2009).

So if that grabs you, you can begin reading “Iron and Bronze” right now on the Kindle or Nook platform of your choice.

The Song of Kwasin by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey

Cover of 1983 Meuthen paperback.

I’ve been keeping this under my hat for a long while now, but over at The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page I’ve finally broken the big news: In spring 2012 Subterranean Press is slated to bring out a new Philip José Farmer omnibus comprising the novels Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and the previously unpublished The Song of Kwasin, the latter novel having been completed by me from Phil’s manuscript fragment and outline, and in consultation with Phil. The three books compose Farmer’s Khokarsa series, about an ancient African empire at the close of the last Ice Age. The publisher hasn’t officially announced the omnibus yet, so stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

The Song of Kwasin tells the story of the hero Hadon’s giant cousin Kwasin, and his efforts to clear his name and take up the fight against the tyrannical King Minruth, who has usurped the throne of the mighty empire of Khokarsa. Click here to read the complete interview with me about the novel.

And if you just can’t wait until next year to read about the adventures of Kwasin, you’re in luck: This summer Meteor House will be releasing the anthology The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 2: Of Dust and Soul, which will feature a 20-000 word novella titled “Kwasin and the Bear God” by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey. This is a self-contained story based on an alternate outline to The Song of Kwasin. I’ll be posting here when The Worlds of PJF 2 goes live for pre-ordering.

How’s that for some news?

New novella: “Kwasin and the Bear God”by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey

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.

New story in upcoming The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files

The good folks over at SF Signal have posted the table of contents for The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files, edited by Joe Gentile and Howard Hopkins. The anthology, due out this May from Moonstone Books, includes my story “Devil’s Dark Harvest,” and will be available in both trade and hardcover editions.

Fathoming history…

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.