It's been a while since I posted on the status of various projects, so here goes.
I've finished the first draft of horror novel River Runs Red, which will be published sometime next year by Penguin, probably under the same Jove imprint that published Missing White Girl. Now there's a lot of editing and polishing and rewriting ahead. It's due November 1, which shouldn't be a problem. RRR is a big book, the kind of rich, thick horror novel I love sinking my teeth into. It's not quite as epic as King's The Stand or McCammon's Swan Song, but it's no quick 80,000 word airplane read, either. Not that there's anything wrong with those--if there's anything worse than being on an airplane without an involving book to read, it's not finishing it while you're landing, and not having time while you're at your destination to get to the last 30 pages.
I'm letting it sit for a week or so between the first draft and the polish, so when I go back to it it will be with a fresh eye.
During that time, I've been working on some comics stuff. Three of the four Graveslinger scripts are finished, and I have to get to work on the fourth. I've also done the first script for another miniseries, which shall remain unnamed for the time being, until there's a real announcement of it. The other original graphic novels coming up in the early part of 2008, Zombie Cop and Fade to Black, have been written for a long time.
I'm working on a Western short story for an anthology for next year. More details to come on that one as well.
The next novel will be the third 30 Days of Night book, for which which Steve Niles is wrapping up the outline. Then there'll be a Spider-Man novel for Marvel, and then another original horror novel for Penguin. There are some other projects in the planning/proposal stages now, as well. So late 2007/early 2008 looks like another busy stretch here at the ranch.
And that doesn't even include the ranch work...