A few months back, I received confirmation that the publication rights to two of my novels had reverted to me — 1995′s Doc Sidhe and its sequel, 2001′s Sidhe-Devil.
I’m now in the process of revising both novels to conform to my current writing style. (A lot can happen to a writer’s style in nearly twenty years.) My aim is to issue both volumes as e-books and in physical editions.
I’d hoped to have Doc Sidhe ready for the Origins Game Fair at the end of this month, but, unfortunately, my work load became too heavy for me to accomplish that. Look for Doc Sidhe to be available somewhere between late June and mid-July.
I’ve commissioned new cover art for the two books. The preliminary version of the Doc Sidhe cover is shown here. It’s by Denis Loubet, a talented artist — and one of my housemates since 1984 — who has done covers for several of my game releases (Lands of Mystery, Savage Empire, Strike Force, and more).
Both novels involve modern-Earth heroes who find themselves in my version of the Celtic mythological realm of Faerie — except that in the 21st century, Faerie strongly resembles the Earth of the 1930s. And it doesn’t precisely resemble the real Earth. Magic, mad science, monsters and madmen give it more than a passing resemblance to the 1930s portrayed in the era’s hero-pulp magazines (such as The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Spider, and many others).
Doc Sidhe was dieselpunk six years before that term was even coined, and has been embraced by pulp-hero fans, steampunk fans, and dieselpunk fans since its original release. I’m very happy to have a new edition coming for them and for new readers.