Some time ago I started a serial here called “The Cannibal Priests of New England.” The idea was to update regularly but without forethought. I was to write each segment cold, making it up entirely as I went along. Everything was first draft; no revisions allowed. I maintained it for five installments before it became moribund, for a number of reasons I won’t get into here.
About six months ago, though, I started working on it again. I didn’t make any updates because my plans for it had changed. I recruited my friend Jeremy Duncan (an illustrator and blogger in the burgeoning OSR roleplaying industry, and husband of the fantastic new writer Alexandra Duncan) as an illustrator. I had ambitious plans: I wanted to launch the serial on its own dedicated website, with a design based on old pulp adventure magazines. The layout of the pages would be in large magazine-style typeface, with Jeremy’s illustrations adding some life to the entries, in the same way Sidney Paget lit up Sherlock Holmes in The Strand. I had some ideas for additional content, too. It all looked pretty wonderful in my mind’s eye.
Then I contacted a web designer and learned what all my pretty dreams would cost, and I scrapped just about all of it. What I kept, though, was the best part: namely, Jeremy’s illustrations.
So here we go again. I’m reposting the first five entries on a biweekly schedule, and from then on we’ll maintain that schedule (God willing) until the story is finished. I’ve already written well ahead of that fifth installment, so I think the prognosis is good. Once the story is done, we’ll see what happens. I’d love to see it printed in a small, illustrated book.
To those of you who have asked me about this story during its hiatus, thank you for your continued interest, and for your patience. I hope you like the new look as much as I do. This time it’s full steam ahead.