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True. I read.....-somewhere-..... that more people have died than are alive right now in the history of man. Also that 99% of the species that have ever been on Earth are extinct. Every time I think about this, I hear Kansas "..all we are is dust in the wind..." 

Keep pluggin away Spectre 

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I think I've heard that the other way around.
 
According to the website I'm using, the world pop. didn't hit 2 billion until 1930, and here eighty years later we're at 6.5 billion. That's some growth, there.

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It's Saturday! (Where I am, off the coast of Brazil, it is.) Closed out the week of writing with 82K words.
 
I need movies to watch this weekend. Hopefully ones that will inspire but I won't subconciously steal from. I need high-octane stuff!
 
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So, I ended up watching Enemy Mine and Judgment Night.
 
And for Sunday (this feels like a long one):

"Again," Sandman said.

 

Rook and the Ranger came at Jack from different sides, arms outstretched and jaws wide. The first time, Jack had laughed, and Rook put a bite on his liver that left him howling and bleeding. And now, Jack didn't laugh.

 

Instead, he danced back out of reach and gripped the nightstick at both ends. As Rook came in, Jack shunted his hands away with the length of black wood and slammed the handle against Rook's temple, barely cushioning the blow with his own hand. Rook went down, rolling.

 

Jack spun to meet the Ranger's charge. He swung the nightstick from left to right in a swift arc, but the Ranger tripped over Rook's prone form and fell under the swing. On the way down, he wrapped his arms around Jack's legs and pulled him to earth. Frustrated, Jack kneed the Ranger in the jaw and cracked him with the nightstick.

 

"Stop," commanded Sandman. "What are you doing?"

 

"Come on," Jack yelled. "That was a pretty convenient trip, if you ask—"

 

"I'm not," the Sandman said, taking a step forwards, "nor will I ever. Get some shit straight. This training isn't for you, and it sure as shit isn't for us. This training is for the two hundred souls back at the Colony, for every man, woman and child that's depending on you to live long enough to meet your objective. They deserve your fucking respect, your commitment."

 

Jack's eyes dropped and the scowl he wore faded. He got up and reached down to help the Ranger get to his feet. "Sorry," he said.

 

The Ranger wagged his jaw back and forth. "Seems to me nothing's loose."

 

"Rook?" Sandman asked.

 

"All good here," the younger man said. "Just, hey Jack, remember, when it's the real deal, you better not pull anything back."

 

Nodding, Jack considered the nightstick. "So, does that mean that this is it? I mean, I'm not graduating to a machete or anything am I?"

 

"Nightstick ain't bad," the Sandman said. "Comfortable grip, weighted end, doesn't need reloading or sharpening." He put his hand on Jack's shoulder. "But you got a better weapon. Don't you?"

 

Jack froze. "I . . . I don't—"

 

"Sure, you do," Sandman said, winking at Rook. "We get it, alright? It's kind of a private thing."

 

Jack's head began a nod.

 

"I mean," Sandman continued, "it's just all those lives, right? Shit, I was you, I'd be heading for the hills, too."

 

"It's not that way," Jack said.

 

"It's not? Huh." The hand came off Jack's shoulder. "You weren't exactly the man about town back at the Colony. I seem to remember you had a nickname."

 

"Roach," Rook said, quietly.

 

"Roach, that's right." The Sandman smiled, suddenly full of glee. "You know why they called you that?"

 

Jack turned and started away. "I don't want to talk about it."

 

With a quick step and a grab, Sandman stopped him. "But I do. See, what we've got here is a question of survival. And they call you Roach because that's what you do, you survive, just like a dirty cockroach."

 

With an angry twitch of his shoulders, Jack shook Sandman's hand off.

 

"Fuck you, Sandman. Leave me alone."

 

"We just want to make it through, Roach. You didn't exactly shine back at the tower."

 

Jack turned back and walked up to Sandman. "You don't know shit."

 

"I know," Sandman said, putting a finger in Jack's chest, "that you've got some kind of mind power that shields you. And it shields us. What I want to know is, why didn't you try and shield anyone else?"

 

All the color fell from Jack's face.

 

"Oh, struck a nerve? I heard you crying the other night. Everyone says Roach don't cry. So, I figure that you were bawling your eyes out for mommy or—"

 

Jack pounced.

 

He swung the nightstick at Sandman's neck, who stepped back out of the arc smiling.

 

"Oh, it's like that, huh? Bring it, Roach boy!"

 

"Stop that!" Jack snarled, jumping at Sandman and leaning back, thrusting his knee out. The veteran fighter batted the leg away and circled around to Jack's left, away from the nightstick.

 

Jack darted in, chopping at Sandman backhand, kicking, turning and spinning with the nightstick, just trying to tag the soldier. He missed.

 

And he missed.

 

He got close and grappled in, pulling the Sandman to him and trying to get a lock behind his head, working for a clinch to smash his knees into Sandman's face. With a turn and a hip thrust, the veteran threw Jack down.

 

"Poor little Roach, all alone now, and all he had to do was get off his ass and save his mommy."

 

Jack screamed in inarticulate rage and leapt up, thrusting forward with the nightstick. Sandman turned and chopped at Jack's wrist as it went by, and the length of wood dropped from numb fingers. Sandman pushed Jack, sending him sprawling, and picked the nightstick up.

 

"Now what?"

 

Snarling, Jack rushed forward and the Sandman kicked his legs out from under him. Jack went down hard, and Sandman raised the stick.

 

"No!" Jack screamed, and the night pulsed.

 

Sandman went flying, flipping over once and landing on his face and chest. He slid five more feet and came to a moaning rest, and Jack got to his feet.

 

"Whoa, whoa," Dusty yelled, running over to Sandman. He bent down and checked his fellow Green Beret.

 

Rolling over, Sandman gave the older man the a-ok with right hand, thumb and index finger in a circle, other three fingers extended.

 

"Good job, soldier," Dusty said. He looked up at Jack, who was more confused than angry. "If you're still mad, boy, take it out on me and Five-Oh. That was our idea. It was a test."

 

"And congratulations," Five-Oh said, slow-clapping his hands for emphasis. "You passed."


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Oh man, this is really starting to bug me @ Spectre..can hardly WAIT until your book comes out. 

Quick question, are you planning it to be a single book or are there plans for a trilogy or multi-book series? like The Dark Tower from Stephen King?

I have a feeling that 1 book won't be enough  

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Broke 90K today, and I'm on the home stretch. I'm in the middle of my streets of New York Locust People chase and let me say, Google Maps (and by extension, Google Earth) is just about awesome as a research tool.

Bucsfanp7: This book will stand on its own, but there will be enough to pick up after, should I feel the need to do so. Almost any book can be either continued or expanded on, given the right impetus. Prequels, sequels, concurrent stories, metafiction, etc. There just has to be enough of a reason to do so.


For example, I think the Friday the 13th series didn't need to be as long as it was. But, the perfect entry in that long line of movies was probably A New Beginning. It was still a slasher film, but it took the immortal serial killer out of the picture and introduced instead a string of killers, passing the mask from person to person, which had almost unlimited potential as a storyline. Then, the next movie we got Jason Lives, which was a mis-step in my opinion, because now we've got the Friday the 13th formula sequels instead of new stories.
 
But I digress. I guess the answer is "Maybe." I would like to have something as deep and world-spanning as The Dark Tower, but I'd be lying if I said it was already planned.

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94K this morning. I've just now realized that I'm in chapter 17, but the snippets have only come out of the first five chapters. So yay! Nobody will know what the hell is going on!
 
I've lined up three beta-readers so far, with one offer for a blurb once the book is complete, which is pretty cool. I'm trying to track down other people for blurbs, but it's harder than I remembered to get in touch with even minor celebrities.
 
(Side note: I tried getting in contact with Rob Zombie's agent when I was done with Survivors so I could get a quote, but nothing came of it. I bet the big wheels at Simon & Schuster have better resources than I do, anyway.)
 
Things are now winding to a close, possibly in the next couple of chapters. I'm so glad I plotted the ending out. Nothing I hate more than a giant deus-ex-machina* ending, like an explosion in the shape of a giant hand. I'm looking at you, Stephen King!
 
Also of note, this is the most I've pushed out and sustained, words-wise, than ever before. I think the experience with Survivors helped, as did making and keeping to a writing schedule. Same time every day, same conditions, and my brain has gotten into gear every time. It's rather nice, and I believe I'm going to keep it up.
 
* - I should probably qualify this. There is definitely a D.E.M. ending for Lords of Night, but it's rather more literal than just a literary device.

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It.
 
Is.
 
FINISHED.
 
107,ooo words of post-apocalyptic fun, fun, fun!

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Congratulations! Can't wait to read it when it comes out. I realize there are still a lot of factors as to a release date but when abouts can we expect to see it?

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Hi there!
 
While the book is finished, I probably won't be turning it in for weeks yet, at least until the beginning of June. I need time to go over it a bit, as well as to get feedback from my readers and make adjustments as they are warranted. There's also a novel group I'm pushing the book through, six or seven people that will read it with a critical eye, several of whom are editors in their own right and all of whom are authors.
 
After I turn it in, it will be however long it takes for an editor to get through it and send me something back to go over again. Then layout and cover stuff. And I'm working already on finding contact information for blurbage. Busy, busy.
 
I guess I said all that to say Permuted (Jacob) would have a better answer. Sorry!

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Good to know @ finishing the book Spectre. Congrats.   
Also, thanks for letting us know about the status of the book being stand-alone. It's understandable that some books can have sequels, prequels, etc. I was just curious.

So, you figuring on about 1 year release? With rewrites, edits, other things beyond my knowledge...I hope not  

*down on knees* soooooo....you still looking for another beta reader????   Just thought I'd ask again....and again......

You still going to feed us snippets here???  



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Writing is over, so snippets are over. BOO!
 
There is bait out on a hook set for Clive Barker and David Wellington. Fishing for blurbs . . . aim high!

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Clive Barker, Mike Mignola and David Wellington (or representatives thereof) have all said NO. Aw! lol
 
Just heard back from the first of the beta-readers, CM Dulaney:

"I have many things I could say about this story, but I think I can sum it up best by saying: Damn good read.

The last time I cried, cussed, and laughed during a story was back in 1996, I believe it was, while reading The Green Mile. Thom, you created a world so unbelievably believable, I got so swept up in it that half the time I forgot I was supposed to be checking for mistakes and whatnot. The characters became like old friends; their temperaments and personas exuding such depth and richness, I hated to see the story end.

Which is something considering it's over 100,000 words.    

I don't want to say any more, lest I spoil it for the rest of you. But do try and pick this one up once it's out; you won't regret it.

And if you do regret it, you clearly read the wrong book. Return it and buy the correct one. Lords of Night by Thom Brannan."

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Second bit of feedback:

"Disappointed the story had to end. The Ranger was definitely my favorite character . . . not quite as good as The Stand, but I liked it as much as Salem's Lot."

I'm both worried and stoked at the same time, and these emotions are over-complicating each other, hah. I really look forward to the feedback from the six or seven of you that have posted here whenever the book is actually out, and I thank you for your enthusiasm.
 
In other news, I just ended my month-long after-novel layoff and am writing again. I'm working a short story for an invitation-only anthology, which is cool, and another Green Hornet story is percolating for the third GH anthology from Moonstone Books.
 
Also, I joined the Horror Writers Association, and I'm kind of stoked about that, too. (Stoked, not Stoker'd.) Exciting times.

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More feedback, an official blurb from David Dunwoody, author of Empire and Empire's End:

"A relentlessly brilliant new vision of the apocalypse. Defies the reader to put it down."

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Sounds good man.  Break the bank with this one!  Break it!


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Hi, PotentialSpectre,

I just read the first two snippets of the book you posted in this thread, and while I tend not to gravitate to the otherworldly the writing is crisp. I'll look for this when it's released.

Moreover, I only just finished Thunder & Ashes and will next read Plague of the Dead (didn't realize the sequence of them when picked the former from the library). Without at all meaning to disrespect Z. A. Recht, I want to say I look forward to the third book that you've finished on his behalf. Mr. Recht was obviously very enthusiastic and dogged about creating his own space in the genre, but I think he was still early in his craft. So much more lamentable for that. I look at the third book as an exciting team-up between the creator of a great world and a seasoned writer. Not unlike, in a way, the team of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (currently reading The Strain).

I hope this comment is understood in the respectful way it's intended.

Cheers and continued good success.

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Third bit of feedback, second official quote:

"Bleak and relentless, Lords of Night gives us a guided tour of hell and show us just the sort of things that might come crawling out if civilization crashes. Brannan grabs the reader by the scruff of the neck and rubs his face in the apocalypse until he knows the smell and taste of global death...and in the process he shows us that when the dead rise and evil entities come to pillage our souls, it's the little guys with the big hearts that swing the mightiest sticks."

From Tim Curran, author of Biohazard, Resurrection, Skin Medicine and the Hive series.

 
MURAII: I wouldn't go as far to call myself "seasoned." I hope you enjoy Survivors. Shit, I hope everyone enjoys it.

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Just got the first edit back from Permuted's editor of choice. I'm 10% done looking over it and replying. Looks good.
 
I also contacted David Seidman for a quote on cover bidness. It'll probably be expensive, but I need to know how much so I can either put it off or budget for it. Harrumph!

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Hey, y'all. Editing for Lords of Night is in the bag, and the first draft of another novel is complete. By the beginning of December, there should be another another novel done (this one was 67% before I started work on Survivors) and looking for a publisher.
 
Yay!

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Is the "Lords of Night" chaos marines novel for 40K?  Sorry, didn't wade through the posts to ascertain that.



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 . . . what is a 40K?


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 . . . what is a 40K?


I'm gonna pretend you were in a car accident with a head injury and didn't just say that.  

Warhammer 40K.  An awesome game that covers minatures, board, RPG, video, novel, and who knows what else.  Only a servant of Chaos would say what you've said.  Slaneesh most likely.  Hmmmm.


Lord of Night

is about a Chaos Marine (the bad guys if you will) unit...the Night Lords.


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Oh, that.
 
I got my title from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lords_of_the_Night 

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