Hi, fellow fans of mystery and imagination!
Just wanted to take a moment to update everyone on our publishing and producing plans, especially those folks who have been with us from the very beginning.
Here's a run-down and preview of items and approximate dates:
POE FOREVERMORE MAGAZINE
The magazine will return as a quarterly book, with the first volume set to be published as a p-book (print) and e-book (electronic), on 19 January, 2016. That's Poe's birthday!
The book, re-numbered as "Book One", will be available for pre-order by indie bookstores earlier in January. Both the p and e book versions can be ordered from us, on our website. It can also be ordered from Amazon and other distributors. We don't know if we'll have wider distribution yet (at, say, Barnes and Noble). That may take another year as publishers need to be able to absorb returns from the major chains, and that costs money. We'll see...
SUBSCRIBERS, who are now Lifetime Members of Poe Forevermore, will receive the print book version in the mail. (Lifetime Members receive everything print we publish).
The content and art direction quality will continue the high standards that we have set previously. The format change is due to several reasons, the first is an attempt to include more content than we had previously, and the second is economic: as a book, we can ship in the U.S. as "media mail", and as we still will NOT clutter the pages with advertising, we need to save on every penny we can.
Finally, a word about the content. The quarterly PoeForevermore Books will continue to offer high-quality fiction, and feature non-fiction stories about Edgar Allan Poe and Poe-related topics of great interest. And--no advertising in its pages! All killer, no filler!
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
In December, we'll list our new Membership levels for new Members, offering different bundles and packages. At that time, we'll reveal the new cover, specifications, and full contents of Book One.
Lifetime Members will receive these in the email mailboxes beginning In November, 2015. We will go back to using Constant Contact for our newsletters and Member bulletins.
LIVESTREAM VIDEO BROADCASTS
Look for these to begin in November, 2015, with a few test broadcasts in October.
POE FOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER
Our great project, now five years in the making, is nearing completion, but there are still months of work ahead. Of course, I'm talking about our dramatized biography of Edgar Allan Poe.
ALONE: THE LIFE OF POE
will be available as a 10 CD set with extras (it is 20, thirty-minute chapters that cover the entire life of Poe). It is dramatized with a full cast of actors, with sound effects and original music. It will be released on iTunes and as the CD set on 17 May, 2016. PoeForevermore Members will receive the 10 CD set for free.
THE GREAT STORYTELLERS: BRAM STOKER
A news magazine-format audio biography, featuring historian and Bram Stoker biographer David Skal, film historian Ted Newsom and the voice talents of Brinke Stevens, Mary Ann Perry, JR Lyston and others, will be released on 8 November, 2015 on our website. It's free, available to all. Our next GREAT STORYTELLERS PROGRAM will be about L Frank Baum.
"CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
As told by Mark Redfield" is currently available on iTunes, but our new board game, packaged with a CD of my reading of "A Christmas Carol" will go on sale in our online store in November, 2015. PoeForevermore Members can order this at a greatly reduced discount.
SINBAD AND THE PIRATE PRINCESS
Our first audio novella, an original 90-minute audio adventure starring Caroline Munro and Martine Beswicke, will debut on iTunes in December, 2015 (I time for Christmas!) and as a 2-CD set in January, 2016.
POE'S 2016 BIG BIRTHDAY BROADCAST
...will be available on Poe's Birthday, 19 January, 2016.
POE'S VALENTINE DAY SHOW
...with hosts Brinke Stevens and Mark Redfield will be available 14 February, 2016.
Our upcoming audio plays NEVER BET THE DEVIL YOUR HEAD (with Eddie Deezen), VALDEMAR, and THE HAUNTING OF THE POE HOUSE all coming soon, release date TBA.
Our upcoming audio novellas (90 minutes or more) HARKER AND THE SHADOW OF DRACULA, THE ADVENTURES OF TOM MIX, KARLOFF: AN ACTOR’S LIFE, and THE NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM will be released in 2016, dates TBA.
Finally, my vampire novel CULT OF THE NOSFERATU, co-written with Stuart Voytilla, will be released as an e-book on Thanksgiving weekend 2015, and the print version in early 2016. It's the first of a series of novels and audio plays called VAMPIRE HUNTERS INCORPORATED. I hope you like it and follow the adventures of Bertram Welles, vampire hunter.
And my novel featuring one of my favorite actors, the great Lon Chaney, will debut as an e-book in January 2015, and a print book a few months after that (his birthday, April 1st , 2016, to be exact) – THE CHANEY MURDER CASE.
So, that's all the updates for now.
We're pushing the "re-set" button, and hope that you're onboard with us. Our creative staff is still in place, and I have brought on financial partners with certain projects to keep everything rolling forward, should I croak or not. As always, if you have any questions, PM me here (on PoeForevermore's Facebook page) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll do my best to answer you promptly and accurately.
For those who have been with us since the beginning, my health has vastly improved. The heart attack and other medical near-misses are (hopefully behind me and are being managed). Last week I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes, but I'm tackling that, and embracing my new diet and regimen, as seriously as anything else thrown at me in the last couple of years. I'm in this until it kills me!
Stay with us. We have great stories to tell you!
Producer and Publisher