Over the course of the past few months, I’ve been making vague references to a total of SEVEN different projects I’m currently work on, all in varying stages of development. There’s that comic book adaptation and that horror novel adaptation and my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project and that small-town horror and that BIG comic project and that other original comic book series and the near-future sci-fi.
Well, today, I can actually start referring to the first three by name as they were mentioned in a recent article for Playback magazine authored by the amazing Kelly Townsend, a piece that profiles former Dark Matter/Lost Girl Producer Vanessa Piazza’s upcoming development slate. Among the projects are no less than THREE with yours truly…
That comic book adaptation…
Crosswind by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs
A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched—to potentially deadly effect.
As a longtime fan of Gail Simone, I was positively thrilled to be presented with the opportunity to collaborate with her on this, one of my very favorite of her originals. It’s a terrific high-concept, character-driven series that offers not only suspense, action, and humor, but a provocative and thought-provoking narrative.
You can get the book here: Crosswind at Comixology
That horror novel adaptation…
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
A trio of mismatched mercenaries—Micah Shughrue, Minerva Atwater, and Ebenzer Elkins, colloquially known as “the Englishman”—is hired by young Ellen Bellhaven for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven, where a clandestine religious cult holds sway. But shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. There are stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—and above all else, the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust soon grip the settlement. Escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral toward madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. All present here are now forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is marshaling its power—and it wants them all…
Five years ago, I picked up a novel called The Troop because I liked the cover blurb. I started reading and was immediately drawn in. The writing was exceptional. So exceptional, in fact, that I was confused. This random horror novel I’d picked up, written by an author I’d never even heard of, had no business being this good. I’m talking Top 10 horror novels of all time good. So I went ahead, did a little research, and discovered Nick Cutter is actually a pseudonym for award-winning Canadian author Craig Davidson.
I read and loved his (Cutter’s) next book, The Deep, and the one after that, Little Heaven. The latter, I thought, would make a great series along the lines of The Haunting of Hill House or Castle Rock. So I reached out to Craig and, over a beer or two, gauged his interest in collaborating on an adaptation. Approximately one year later, here we are.
You can get the book here: Little Heaven at Amazon
And finally, my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project that actually now HAS a title…
Yes! In the spirit of the time travel-themed episodes I have written (SG-1‘s Window of Opportunity and Moebius Part 1, SGA‘s The Last Man, and Dark Matter‘s All the Time in the World and Isn’t That A Paradox?) comes this series which, a lot like Stargate and Dark Matter (and, quite frankly, Star Trek, Farscape, and Guardians of the Galaxy) is – at it’s heart – all about camaraderie, friendship, and family. And, also, VERY colorful characters.
It’s Guardians of the Galaxy meets Dr. Who by way of Back To The Future .
And an insane amount of sci-fi fun.
So, there you have it.
I’ll hopefully have more details on these, and the other projects I’ve been working on, in the coming months.