As we enter a new year, I’ve decided to remove one word from the title of the blog. It’s no longer “The Scarlet Order Vampires” but simply “The Scarlet Order.” As the updated subtitle says, it’s still a journal about vampires, but I’ve expanded the mission to discuss “other dark matters.” This will still be the place to learn about the Scarlet Order vampire mercenaries, but you’ll be able to learn about my new series called “The Wilderness of the Dead” as well. Of course, the journal will also discuss other horror and dark fiction topics of interest to me as well.
The first novel of The Wilderness of the Dead series is entitled The Astronomer’s Crypt. I’m about 20,000 words into the novel and I plan to finish it this spring. My publisher tentatively plans to release it by Halloween. The novel takes its name from the fact that several astronomers have been interred at observatories they founded or loved. A great example is Percival Lowell, who studied Mars from a telescope in Flagstaff, Arizona. His crypt is on the grounds of Lowell Observatory, near the telescope where he spent hours studying Mars. Other astronomers such as James Lick have actually been interred in the piers of telescopes themselves. One can’t help but wonder if the ghosts of these astronomers still wander the grounds of the observatories they loved so much.
Thanks to all of you who have followed the Scarlet Order Journal so far. I hope 2014 proves to be a wonderful and prosperous year for you. Please take a moment and drop by the “Book Info and Excerpts” page to learn more about my current crop of vampire and horror novels. I’ll add info about The Astronomer’s Crypt there as well once it gets closer to publication.