Sunday, May 16, 2010

To answer a few questions…

The first book I wrote was Werewolf: A Love Story. It was a poorly written waist of paper, but it got made me see that I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to tell stories instead of drawing picture for tattoos and comics like I had thought. Werewolf: A Love Story opened the door for a flood of short stories.

Nothing ever happened with this book.

My second book was The Bartender’s Guide to Killing Monsters. This was a book of 12 short stories about Jackson Reed. Reed is the main character in my first published short story Femme Fatale. This story was the first chapter of the book and included 11 other stories. I was talking to an agent and other published authors that convinced me to sign a publisher I can’t name here.

This unnamed publisher took the book and wanted to put it out unedited and with a stupid, cheap cover.

After a bit of me vs. them, it was determined that I would not publish the book for the duration of our seven year contract, and they would not publish it either. It sounds stupid, but they have the rights, and I have picked 90% of the good ideas out of it for other stories.

Since writing these two books I have had many stories published and have started other book.

Eclectic Collection is the one stop shop for all of my published work and a handful of new stuff. This book has been on the back burner for a long time, while I focused on Forrest J Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead. E.C. is ready and will be out very soon.

In order to keep myself busy and honest, I would like to post…

“Books to Come from J. Travis Grundon”

Eclectic Collection - Spring/Summer 2010

Call of Lovecraft (collection) - Fall 2010

Foreign Objects - Winter 2010

1,000 Words (collection) – TBA

knockdowndragout – TBA
Between the Lines – TBA

Cloud 8 – TBA

Stay tuned and I’ll keep working on it!!!

- Travis

Friday, May 14, 2010

This and That

It’s been a couple weeks since Con-tamination 2010 and my last update.

We had a good show. Most of all, it was great to see friends like Harry Manfredini, Joel Robinson, Billy Tackett, Scott Lefebvre, Justin Brock-Jones and Robert Freese.

I served double duty at this show, promoting Eclectic Collection with Papercut Books and representing Forrest J Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead.

Friday night also included a tribute for the late, great Uncle Forry. Scott Ford spoke about Forry’s influence on the likes of John Landis and Joe Dante to Ray Bradbury and many more. Mr. Ford also introduced me to talk about The Egyptian Theatre Tribute and the Anthology of the Living Dead. After I said my piece we all enjoyed the Famous Monster documentary.

Other developments over the weekend include selecting Billy Tackett as the cover artist for Papercut Books’ H.P. Lovecraft inspired collection…Call of Lovecraft. I will serve as the main editor on this book in the capacity I did of the A.o.t.L.D.

Submissions will be open until July 15th, but contributors already include a story by H.P. Lovecraft, the living legend Ramsey Campbell, John F.D. Taff (KILL/OFF), Brian Barnett (Toe Tags) and Scott Lefebvre, of The Anthology of the Living Dead. More names will be announced after the deadline and the final selection has been made.

For the record: I’m doing a great job of keeping busy, other than the Lovecraft book.

I have been working on several new short stories for Alfred Hitchcock Magazine, Mondo Sasquatch, and The First Line. I’ve also been putting a lot of time into revising my novel Foreign Objects, for a possible Winter release. I can’t even remember the last time I was bored.

Hopefully it won’t be as long until my next update on this site. Check out http://papercutbooks.com for more information on Call of Lovecraft, Eclectic Collection and future information on Foreign Objects.


-Travis