Welcome to the Crimson Age!
The Man From Newella series is set in an era called the Crimson Age. What is the Crimson Age, you ask? Well, it began on July 14, 2081, when the sky rained blood, the animals turned against humanity, the shadows learned how to walk the dead, and our fragile civilization began to crumble.
Click here to read the prologue to the series. It’s from an earlier blog and will give you a great look at the tone and setting of the series. You can also read a little background on the Newella Lunar Colony by clicking here. While the actual station doesn’t make an appearance in the first issue (although it’s definitely part of the story), we may be visiting it one day in a future episode.
This is just the beginning. There are plenty more adventures in the Crimson Age on the way.
And speaking of what you can expect from the series…
The Man From Newella series is (for me) a fun new approach to storytelling…
So far, I’ve brought you a stand-alone novel (The Gods and the Builders), an entire trilogy of full-length novels (Day Soldiers, Purging Fires, and Topia), a companion piece to Day Soldiers (The Sneaker’s Handbook), and a collection of short stories (Tales From Hale).
With The Man From Newella, I’m using a style of storytelling I’ve loved for decades: the serial.
I’ve always been a big fan of larger-than-life iconic characters. A few examples are Conan, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Tarzan. I love how the creators of these characters built entire worlds full of mystery and excitement. With adventurers like Conan and Tarzan, the world-building was pretty literal. With the others, it’s a bit more subtle but it’s definitely world-building.
The Man From Newella is my nod to this style of storytelling. “The stranger” is a larger-than-life character adventuring in a world full of suspense, danger, mystery, and adventure. Each story will be a novella, specifically designed so you can finish it in one to two sittings. At 99 cents, each issue will be priced appropriately for that style of fast and furious reading.
For this style to really work, the adventures have to come often… and that’s my plan. You’re about to get plenty of adventures in the Crimson Age. The stories will come often (at least once a month; sometimes twice a month).
It’s like a modern version of the old serials from the 30′s and 40′s. Folks would grab a copy of Weird Tales and blast through Conan’s latest adventure. Once they finished, they knew they didn’t have long to wait for the next installment. I think the ebook era is absolutely perfect for this format, and I hope this new style is something you’ll enjoy.
The Man From Newella series is also my way of building a stronger relationship with my readers…
Since the day I first decided to publish, developing a close relationship with my readers has been a huge goal for me. For the entire month of October, I posted short stories submitted to me by readers of my blog. I try my best to goof off with you on Facebook and Twitter. The Sneaker’s Handbook was actually written because readers requested it. I love that the digital age allows authors and readers to form a relationship. As authors, we can craft the stories you want because – thanks to the digital age – you can tell us exactly what that is.
And I absolutely love it.
My hope with The Man From Newella is to take this concept to a new level. Not only do I plan to provide you with a plethora of adventures from the Crimson Age, I’m eventually going to open that world up to any aspiring writers out there. Basically, I’m hoping you’ll like my playground enough to start playing. If I get enough interest, I’d love to open a fan-fic page where you can submit your own tales set in the Crimson Age.
Of course, there will be a few continuity rules regarding the Man’s past and future and regarding the overall plot of the world, but there’s plenty of room for folks to create their own Crimson Age characters and adventures. I look forward to reading the exciting stories you guys create.
I’ll post more details on that soon. For now…
I hope you enjoy the first issue of The Man From Newella.
It’s a new direction for me, and it’s a direction that has me pretty damn stoked. I hope you’ll have as much fun reading it as I’ve had writing it.
Click here to download your copy today!
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