New pitch and an old masterwork
I’m currently working on a new pitch – a very long shot, this one, about which the less said the better.
An alternate history crossed with a supernatural horror/dark fantasy.
The call has some very specific elements, and somehow it got me thinking of vampires and King Arthur.
Pendragon… Dracula… I’m using Son of the Dragon as a working title.
So I’m jotting down ideas, but in the meantime I was reminded of the beautiful The Dragon Waiting, one of the best fantasy novels I ever read.
It was published in 1983, and written by John M. Ford, that always struck me as an author deserving of more success.
The novel, subtitled A Masque of Time won the World Fantasy Award for best novel, but never received the accolades it deserved.
Let’s just say that it’s a weird mix of alternate history and fantasy, set in the middle ages but with the long shadow of the Roman Empire hanging over the proceedings. And yes, an Arthurian myth.
I cannot recommend this book enough – it was reprinted in 2002 as part of the Fantasy Masterworks line, and that’s when I discovered it.
If you like sword & sorcery and supernatural fantasy, check it out.