I have signed a deal with Mulholland Books - a really exciting new imprint at Little Brown & Co - for two novels, forthcoming in 2012 and 2013.
“You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike.”
The first book is called YOU, and it's about games, gaming, and game development. I love novels about games - Dream Park, Alice in Wonderland, Player of Games, and of course Ender's Game. I love paging through D&D Modules and RPG Manuals and letting my imagination run.
I have spent an inexcusable amount of my life creating and playing and thinking about game. I love paging through D&D Modules and RPG Manuals. So I'm writing a novel about it - about both making and playing games. I want to do for games what SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE did for comic books - to write what it's like to be inside them, in a newly rich and interesting way, a re-imagining of the medium wrapped in a compelling story.
The title is inspired by old Infocom games – YOU is the you of "You are likely to be eaten by a grue" or "You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door." It's the "you" at the center of every game ever made, but who exactly is that?
“My Name is Richard Milhous Nixon. I was educated at Whittier College in Whittier, California, and I have seen the devil walk.
The second book is called CROOKED, and it's about Richard Nixon and the secret history of the American presidency. What if Nixon was a man who had stumbled on a terrible supernatural secret, and who did what he had to do to protect humanity, at the cost of public disgrace? What if our third-worst president was really a pivotal figure in the secret history of the twentieth century, a man caught in a desperate struggle between his family life, his political career and horrors from another reality?
It's a character study, a Cold War espionage novel, and a Lovecraftian horror tale in one.
Expect the answers to such vital historical questions as:
- What unspeakable events transpired during the notorious 18 1/2 minute gap?
- Famously, in 1970 Nixon made Elvis Presley a Federal Agent-at-Large? What was his true mission?
- What terrible secret did Neil Armstrong bury on the moon?
- No serious student of history believes the Bavarian-born Henry Kissinger to be entirely human, but for the love of God, what is he?
Finally a word on the SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE followup. It exists, it's just been delayed. Honestly, it's just gotten stuck. I was putting a lot of effort into the INVINCIBLE film and I think I was psyching myself out a little. I have a good chunk of it done, but I really needed to take a break and try something different - Mulholland Books has been kind enough to give me a chance.