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If Walls Could Talk: Can’t Talk About It

By M.H. Norris

A new site.

A new column.

A new chance to get to spend a bit of my week talking with you all about various projects that are coming your way soon. Whether it be writing, or projects I get to be playfully vague about.

I have a ton of things I will say are my favorites, like the thrill of a new project or the thrill when it starts to come to life and you finally get to see that this can and will be more than an idea.

I love getting to create, to share with you all the ideas I have and use words to create worlds and to bring ideas to life.

But often, there is one thing that is my least favorite is what I can’t talk about. The list of things I can’t talk about sometimes makes me want to make an actual list. Ask James, I’ve had to go to him a few times and ask, “can I talk about this yet?”

I get why that list exists but at times it’s frustrating.

The best example was my debut digest novel, Badge City: Notches. I couldn’t announce that it was coming out for the longest time and there were times where I wanted nothing more than to stand on the rooftop (one of the buildings at a local university has a rooftop patio that would have worked nicely) and announce to the world that I had a book out.

But I had to wait.

Oh the things we can’t talk about in this business. At the same time, the other side of the coin is that I get the privilege of knowing things first. I get the privilege of knowing things as they are developing. Then, when I get to announce them and get to see y’all’s reactions.

When James gave me a description of my new column, I told him that it was extremely vague. Since then, I realized that James is allowing me the freedom to talk about whatever I want. I’m not limited to one specific project or one specific topic. I’m allowed to have fun and talk with you all about whatever’s on my mind.

Well, whatever is on my mind that isn’t on that list…

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State of the Wall (10/24/15)

Hello, and welcome to our new website!

We’ve been working on this for many months now, planning it, coding it, and making sure everything works well. We’re proud of it. When we created the simple, WordPress site that served us for so long, we weren’t sure if 18thWall Productions would succeed. Now, thanks to all of you, we’re moving into full production.

If you’re wondering what’s coming up soon:

  • The Dragon Lord’s Library is in the final stages of pre-production and will be available shortly.
  • Nicole Petit’s novel The Dragon Lord’s Secretary and anthology Just So Stories, Hannah Lackoff’s After the World Ended, and  Michael Giere’s One Mountain at a Time are awaiting either cover production or final delivery of their covers, and will reach retailers soon after.
  • M.H. Norris’ All the Petty Myths is nearing the finish of its submission cycle; after that date, work on it will suspend until all of Norris’ specially selected authors turn in their manuscripts.
  • Those Who Live Long Forgotten and Sleep Still, Charnel Horse will soon arrive in print.
  • Ro McNulty’s Those Who Live Long Forgotten II is currently being edited.
  • We’ll soon be opening submissions for a collection of Arthurian tales, curated by Nicole Petit.
  • Next year’s schedule is filling up, and we’ll let you know all about it come January.

If you’re wondering what will be happening hereabouts, our site schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday: We’ll be sharing an exclusive entry from Robert E. Wronski Jr.’s The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.
  • Wednesday: M.H. Norris will be bringing us a new blogpost, talking about editing, writing, production, direction, and all the things that touch on the life of a new media creator.
  • Friday: As we step into the weekend, 18thWall will bring you a cheering bit of prose to get you through that last work day. It might be an excerpt from one of our releases, a story to get you inspired as you work on one of our submissions calls, or even a musing from one of our authors.

As the blog progresses, we’ll be adding features on Tuesday and Thursday. These are in pre-production at the moment, and we’ll keep you up to date on their progress.

The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia: Hellboy: Oddest Jobs

Join us each week as we share a new excerpt from Robert E. Wronski Jr.’s book, The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia, now available in print and digital editions!

HELLBOY: ODDEST JOBS “FEET OF SCIRON” (SHORT STORY BY RHYS HUGHES)

Release Date: July 8, 2008 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Hellboy (comics)

Horror Crosses: Carnacki the Ghost-Finder; Island of Doctor Moreau; Prince Zaleski

Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; Around the World in 80 Days; Engelbrecht; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Pellucidar; The Works of Philip Jose Farmer

The Story: Hellboy recruits the aid of a supernatural porn star to perform a sex act that would open a portal, allowing Hellboy to stop a planet on a collision course with Earth, which was caused by Martin Carnacki of the Carnacki Institute. Meanwhile, Abe and Liz are exploring underground tunnels.

Notes: The Carnacki Institute was founded by Thomas Carnacki. This story predates Green’s Ghost Finders series, but from a Horror Universe perspective, there’s no conflicts between this version and that version. Hellboy and his porn star ally discuss real historical figures who most people think are fictional because their biographers were too good as storytellers. The list is Carnacki, Sherlock Holmes, Phileas Fogg, Dr. Moreau, Prince Saleski, and Engelbrecht. The tunnels Abe and Liz are exploring are the same from Journey to the Center of the Earth. The tunnels lead to Pellucidar where they find Philip Jose Farmer at the 20 million mile river, placing Riverworld in Pellucidar at Earth’s core.

 

HELLBOY: ODDEST JOBS “SALAMANDER BLUES” (SHORT STORY BY BRIAN KEENE)

Release Date: July 8, 2008 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Hellboy (comics)

Horror Crosses: Brian Keene’s Labyrinth

The Story: An adventure that takes place while Hellboy is not working for the BPRD.

Notes: Hellboy references the Black Lodge organization from Brian Keene’s interconnected works.

 

HELLBOY: ODDEST JOBS “IN CUPBOARDS AND BOOKSHELVES” (SHORT STORY BY GARY A. BRAUNBECK)

Release Date: July 8, 2008 (Setting unknown, but during the time when he is working with the BPRD)

Series: Hellboy (comics)

Horror Crosses: Gary A. Braunbeck’s Cedar Hill

The Story: Hellboy takes a case in Cedar Hill, Ohio.

Notes: Cedar Hill is the setting for several of Braunbeck’s horror novels, and this story brings that series into the Horror Universe.

If you’re dying for more, you can find The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia on Amazon, and more of Robert E. Wronski Jr.’s work on The Television Crossover Universe.