Treatment: Slow Boat to Fast City

Logline: A rocketpunk mystery that’s The X-Files meets American Tabloid, SLOW BOAT TO FAST CITY swings to a hot-jazz tune played by a quartet of slot machines, rocket engines, laser fire and broken bones. Between the Mob, the bosses and the homesteaders, Mars in the 1950s is the toughest beat in the solar system. Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank McGinnis is used to bringing rough justice to the streets of Elysium City, but a routine homicide investigation unearths a web of deceit and treachery that may be the first wave of a shadow invasion.

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Fragments and signposts

Two notes:

1) A Rag and Bone story’s been picked up by a quarterly anthology out of Ottawa. Watch this space for more.

2) I’ve got something new bouncing through my head. It’s a little bit Orpheus, a little bit Silver John and a little bit of a murder ballad. So, we’ll see.

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Film treatment: “Reynardine”

I recently submitted a pitch for a low-budget movie about fairies. Unfortunately, my fairies and their fairies don’t seem to have matched and the production company turned me down. So it goes. I’m about a quarter of the way through it at this point, and it’s not without charm.

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Follow-up: sample chapters from Zobop Bebop

So, Zobop Bebop is about as done as it’s going to be for a bit. Thus, in an effort to show the transition from Weekly Pitch to prose (and, in preparation for a wild run of self-promotion and eventual self-publication,) here are three sample chapters.

For your mental casting reference, Desamours is played by Forest Whitaker. L’il Sheba’s played by MeShell Ndogeocello. Frankie Five-Angels is played by Christopher Walken at his most restrained.

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Pitch-a-Week part 27: Iron City

Concept: Desperate  men and women struggle for the soul of a dying city

Genre: Iron Age street-level apocalyptic superheroics

Overview: The gangs have always ruled Iron City. Continue reading

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Pitch-a-Week Part 26: Make Me Wanna Holler

High Concept: The X-Men, if the first class was made up of Luke Cage, Storm, T’Challa and Nightcrawler and the first publicly-acknowledged superhuman was a black Hulk. 

Overview: Few people remember the first Hyperman.

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Pitch-a-Week Part 25: Clear Skies

High Concept: Covert meme-fighters  in the hot zone of a mind-controlled U.S.

Genre: Wainscotting covert-ops mind control procedural tech-porn

Overview:  An Iowa farm town severs all ties with the outside world, spontaneously setting up a multi-tiered caste system in preparation for an invasion that never comes.

A Seattle suburb is plagued by a string of pre-teen suicides: all female, all left-handed, all green-eyed and all within six hours of each other.

Serial killers in seven states strike similar targets on the same days using the same MO, leaving messages to each other at the scenes of their crimes using decades-old OSS stay-behind code.

To the men and women of Operation: CLEAR SKIES, these incidents are the latest shots in a covert war that began more than forty years ago. Continue reading

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