So, I have a new novel coming out soon from Rothco Press titled The Long Fall into Scarlet. And by new I mean not-so-much new. How's that work out? Because this is a retitled reprint of my novel Progeny.
But hey, I've already published Progeny. What's the deal?
Well, when it first came out, it was published by a small press horror imprint that was looking to do pulpy paperbacks and e-books. I know the owner/editor (having done some cool projects with him before) and thought a pulpy supernatural noir novel would be perfect for his new line. Unfortunately, it went to press against a lot of similar competition while, at the same time, the e-book market got flooded with a lot of self-published shit. Not to mention the cover kind of spoiled the book and didn't really sell the actual mystery of the novel. Needless to say, sales sucked.
Yet, I got a lot of great reviews, especially from fellow authors. To this day, I believe it's my strongest work both in construction and voice. At the very least, it's my most confident.
All that said, I thought it should get a second shot with a better, more noirish title and some revisions, including a different ending that will lend it to be the first in a series vice a standalone novel. I got my rights back and shopped it around. Rothco Press dug it and agreed, it deserved a second chance.
So here we are. Soon, you'll get a chance to reread and new and better version of Progeny, now titled The Long Fall into Scarlet.
For man-for-hire, Frank Baldwin, it seems like the perfect job. Enter Mexico, locate missing pop princess, Melony Van Kyle, and return her to her father to collect $100,000. Easy. With his intricate knowledge of Tijuana’s seedy and dangerous underworld, Frank should have no problem locating his high-profile target. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right about his latest gig. When it becomes apparent that the missing girl may be connected to the death-worshiping Santa Muerte cult, Frank knows he should quit the job. His dreams haunted by visions of a burning Tijuana and a hideous death god, he pushes deeper into the mystery. When Frank is visited by the dead, he realizes that he is in too deep. There are forces at work in TJ … supernatural forces that proffer only death and damnation. And these forces have big plans for Frank … From the author of DEMON and BLOOD SPRING.