The next few months hold promise of warm weather, sunshine, and a ton of exciting new books. Here's a quick rundown of some of the forthcoming titles that I'm looking forward to the most.
"Joe Golem and the Copper Girl"/Joe Golem and the Drowning City
Author Christopher Golden (http://www.christophergolden.com) and legendary comics artist/writer Mike Mignola have a long history of working together, dating back to the 1997 release of Hellboy: The Lost Army, an original novel by Golden featuring Mignola's signature creation. In 2007 the two collaborated on the novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, an instant classic that has since spawned two mini-series from Dark Horse Comics. On February 28 their latest collaboration will debut in "Joe Golem and the Copper Girl," a digital short story introducing the characters featured in their upcoming novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City, which is set for a March 27 release.
Joe Golem is described as a "man of stone and clay, brought to life for the sole purpose of hunting witches," and his adventures look to have the same unique gothic feel of Baltimore. Releasing the inexpensive short story is a great way to introduce the characters to potential readers, and while I'll definitely grab it, I'm already sold on Drowning City on the strength of the creative duo alone.
The Secret Journeys of Jack London: The Sea Wolves
Here's Christopher Golden (easily one of the most prolific authors working today) in another collaboration, this time with award-winning horror/fantasy novelist Tim Lebbon. In March of 2011 the duo released the first book of their young adult series about the fictional paranormal adventures of a young Jack London (yes, the Jack London who wrote The Call of the Wild and White Fang), The Wild. The Wild will be getting a paperback release on the same day (February 28) as its follow-up, The Sea Wolves, which finds the author-to-be captured by pirates. These are rollicking stories told in the style and tradition of the young men's adventure books of old, with enough suspense and danger to keep older readers enthralled.
The Cabin in the Woods
Now we segue into a solo effort by Tim Lebbon, who has lately been concentrating on fantasy with books like Echo City and the Noreela series. He's coming back to his horror roots with Cabin, a novelization of the upcoming Joss Whedon film. Before you turn your nose up at novelizations, you should check out what Lebbon did a few years ago with 30 Days of Night, a book which (in my opinion) far outpaced the movie in scares and overall quality. Lebbon's had this one wrapped up for quite some time, but it's headed for an April 17 publication now that the film is ready for release.
The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole
I mean, this goes without saying, right? Stephen King returns to the Dark Tower series with a book that takes place midway through the story we (and he) thought was already finished. Will Keyhole win over the fans turned off by the way the series ended? Will it satisfy those who were happy with the way King wrapped things up? Come April 24, we'll have our answer.
That's certainly not all, but it's a good start to the list of what I'm looking forward to in the coming weeks and months. How about you? What books are you counting down the days for? Share them with us!
Blu Gilliand is a freelance writer of fiction and nonfiction. He covers horror fiction at his blog, October Country, and contributes interviews to the Horror World website. Follow him on Twitter at @BluGilliand.