The Tomorrow People…Today!

io9 is reporting that The CW has plans for a massive revamp of the classic British TV show The Tomorrow PeopleGreg Berlanti (Arrow) and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), who met while working on Dawson’s Creek, are teaming up to remake and update the 1970s drama about teens with mental powers.

I don’t know how I feel about this. I loved The Tomorrow People as a kid but recently discovered, when I watched the series again in 2005, that it didn’t live up to my memories. There was already a British remake in the ’90s, which I never saw and never really wanted to see, being such a big fan of the original. But this? A U.S. version to air on The CW from the people behind ArrowThe Vampire Diaries, and Dawson’s Creek? Yeesh. I don’t know, it sounds like there’ll be lots of love triangles and brooding guys instead of kids who are the next step in human evolution using telekinesis to stop extraterrestrial robots. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but for some reason, despite the lessons of rewatching the original, I still feel protective toward it.

Hmmm. Better go to the abandoned tube station headquarters and ask supercomputer Tim what he has to say about all this.

The ZvR Signed Limited Edition Hardcover Is Here

Look at this thing of beauty that arrived in the mail today!

That’s the limited edition hardcover of Zombies vs. Robots: This Means War! complete with gorgeous slipcase. What’s more, it’s signed by all the contributors, including yours truly. (And more importantly Chris Ryall, Brea Grant, James A. Moore, Sean Taylor, Nancy A. Collins, Steve Rasnic Tem, Lincoln Crisler, Joe McKinney, Jesse Bullington, Rachel Swirsky, and Norman Prentiss!) It’s a durable library binding with wraparound art, rather than a dust jacket, and comes with full color interior illustrations by  Fabio Listrani.

My story “The Sorcerer’s Apprenticebot” is one of the most fun tales I’ve ever written, and the Zombies vs. Robots universe is sheer gonzo entertainment. Don’t miss out!

The signed, limited edition hardcover and slipcase is available online via Cemetery Dance Publications and IDW Limited. And of course the regular trade paperback edition is still available via Amazon or wherever fine books are sold.

My Father-In-Law Is In The News!

Dr. Stephen Antopol is Waterbury Hospital’s Humanitarian of the Year for his work with safety and preparedness at the hospital.

Also, bow tie.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

 

I received another royalty check for my chapter about plotting short stories in Writer Digest Books’ On Writing Horror. Not bad for a book that came out six years ago, huh? Granted, it’s not a huge royalty check — I’m sharing royalties with something like two dozen other authors — but it could cover a morning croissant and coffee, and the fact that On Writing Horror is still earning is something to celebrate.

Speaking of celebrating, if you’re looking for a holiday gift for any of your budding horror writer friends out there, you could do a lot worse than On Writing Horror. (By the way, it’s good for writers of other genres, too!) Apparently, even six years on, the advice in its pages still resonates with people. Forget about Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Ellison, David Morrell, Jack Ketchum, and all the other amazing authors in this book — I take full credit for its success!

Now, where can I buy a croissant?

 

 

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