I’ve come to an agreement with Jack Vance’s son, John, that I will be writing a sequel to Jack Vance’s iconic Demon Princes series. A contract is being drawn up.
I’m not an outliner, but I’ve sketched out an idea for the story: a
young person, not sure yet if it’s male or female, returns to the world
called Providence and the community of Mount Pleasant. This was the
site of a slave-taking raid by the five megacriminals known collectively
as the Demon Princes, whom Kirth Gersen devoted his life to tracking
down and killing.
The returnee has escaped from slavery and come to reclaim the family property – as well as something precious buried there.
But the ghost town has been repopulated by sinister people – I’m
thinking maybe a cult or some kind of radical political organization.
So my underdog has to undergo trials and tribulations.
Dr. Joseph Bruchac is an eminent author of indigenous traditional tales, with a publications list that goes on and on. Because he has an upcoming story in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, where I appear frequently. He heard about What the Wind Brings and ordered a copy. Here is what he had to say about it:
WHAT THE WIND BRINGS is one of those stories that you wish would never end as you are reading it. Its evocation of the clash of cultures —Indigenous, African and Spanish– in 16th century Ecuador is more than merely memorable. It is what I would call required reading for anyone interested in the early colonial history off the Americas. The characters are not only finely drawn but reflect the complexity within each community of that period. There are no simple or stereotyped heroes or villains here, but recognizable human beings. Plus it is one of the best told and most engrossing stories I’ve read in recent years. By the time I’d had the book a week I had already not only read it twice but gone back to the author’s primary sources and seen how well he drew his story out of the actual histories. Some might classify certain elements in this narrative—which present a medicine person’s point of view– as magical realism. But I suspect that readers whose reality is as broad as that of a traditionally raised Native from either Africa or the Americas would recognize it as the way the world truly is.
Today, my historical/magical realism novel, What the Wind Brings, debuts in trade paperback and ebook on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and other venues. To mark the occasion, I’m appearing in John Scalzi’s Whatever blog, with an essay for his recurring feature, “The Big Idea.”
Posted by Matthew Hughes on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 4:30 pm and filed under News.
I’ve launched a new (old) crime novel in ebook and POD paperback on Amazon and Kobo platforms,, the latter including Smashwords. The title is E.F.T., a book that was bobbled by an agent – though it was not her fault – back around the turn of the century.
Trigger warning: it deals with aberrant psychology and sexual
assault, so readers who are triggered by such material should stay away.
It’s the late 20th
century, the dawn of the computer age. A
serial rapist is targeting senior women executives in Vancouver’s major banks
and corporations. Oddball Detective
Sergeant Harry Lukovitch and his female partner, Detective Constable Mack
Sinclair, are hunting the attacker.
Their search will lead them into
the unknown territory of the emerging internet, where E.F.T. – the electronic
transfer of funds – is dealt with at only the highest levels of the corporate
and banking sectors.
And it will lead Harry into a
strange love affair with Dory Lucas, a woman who may or may not have been a
victim of the deviant criminal, and then into a deep maelstrom of aberrant
psychology he is ill-equipped to deal with, ending in a desperate flight to
save Dory from a monster.