Hey, guys. As I promised on this week’s podcasts, today is the beginning of a brand new writing experiment for me, a journey I call The Curtain. The Curtain is not like anything I’ve ever attempted before. It’s not a novel, nor a short story, a comic book script, or anything else of the sort. What it is, instead, is a series of ongoing and (sometimes) interconnected prose stories that all happen to take place in the same “universe.” The story of this world begins one October 15, when something happens that causes simultaneous events the world over of supernatural creatures and monsters of all sorts suddenly appearing and making themselves known. The story really picks up in earnest, however, about five years later, in a world where many people have come to believe in and accept these creatures as real, but many others still deny their existence.
The Curtain will be told in short installments, a scene a day, that will rotate between a large number of characters. We’ll also rotate between many different kinds of monsters, including (but by no means limited to)vampires, zombies, werewolves, lava men, creatures from mythology and folklore, and the sort of giant beasts that tend to climb out of the ocean and beat the crap out of Japan from time to time. Some stories will be short (maybe just a scene or two). Others will be very long-term (such as the quest of many of our heroes to discover just why the Dark Things of the world climbed out of the woodwork all at the same time). Every story will begin with an ending in mind, but not every character will end that way. Basically, I’m trying to give myself the freedom to go from one character or group of characters whenever the whim strikes me.
The hope is that this will allow me to constantly have this world evolve by introducing new characters, new creatures, and new combinations of them all. Some of these characters will meet and interact. Some never will. Some will never have the chance. Some stories will be funny, some will be adventures, some (hopefully) will be even a little frightening. But ultimately, I hope this will something that both I and whatever readers I can accumulate will grow to enjoy.
This experiment begins today, Oct. 24, when I post the first scene from the world of the Curtain. In the week before Halloween, I will post a scene a day, laying the groundwork for this world. After Halloween, you can expect two updates a week, on Tuesday and Friday. (At least at first — I reserve the right to increase the frequency if I think I can handle it.) Each character and monster thread will appear in the “category” section over on the bottom of the main page. Furthermore, I’ll maintain lists of the Curtain scenes both in chronological order and sorted by character. And yes, some of those characters will cross over.
Readers are invited to follow the tales of the Curtain however they want. You can read each new post on Tuesdays and Fridays. You can go to the “Character Threads” page and read only those scenes pertaining to certain characters. You can go back to the beginning and follow the story as it unfolds. It’s up to you.
The story begins today with the first scene, Treasures of Egypt. In the next seven days, you’ll meet many of the monsters of the world of the Curtain, as well as a few of the heroes, although we’ll encounter many more of them in the coming weeks. You can follow the new scenes by visiting me at Tales of the Curtain.com.
Thanks for your time, guys. I hope you have fun with this new little game of mine.