The idea of writing shorter fiction is not a bad one – there is a market out there that pays good money for stories under 2500 words. As I mentioned a few days back, I am a long-winded sort of writer, but I am working at my shorter fiction.
And then there is AMARNA, and the idea I posted a while back, about doing something with Fantomah, the Daughter of the Pharaohs.
And so I thought…
One of the characters in AMARNA, the last to join the cast, is a self-styled adventurer, very loosely based on Leonard Clark, physically inspired by Ron Ely in his turn as Doc Savage, and called Tenn Ford.
I think I told you how adding Tenn to the mix helped me balance the story and actually got me writing.
Now, Tenn is a healthy, good-looking chap, whose enthusiasm and self-assurance probably do not match his actual skills. He’s a big-mouthed provincial boy out in the big world, a world he probably knows more through the pulps he reads than through direct experience.
So, as a throwaway line, while I was jotting down the first draft of a scene in the first episode of AMARNA, I made him carry a folded-in-half pulp magazine in his back pocket. A spicy adventures sort of pulp, a cheap trashy magazine, somewhat risque, a serial of which Tenn is anyway a devoted reader.
As an in-joke, I called it Daughter of the Pharaohs.
After all, why not?
And I got this idea: what about writing a short episode of a spicy pulp called Daughter of the Pharaohs, featuring my own take on Fantomah?
A story of danger and passion in a lost city in the jungle, with magic and mummies.
I could write one episode per month, to come out in parallel with the episodes of AMARNA. I could distribute it for free, and use it as a publicity stunt to promote the serial.
And by the end of its run, I’d have a 10.000-words collection I could add as a perk for the fans.
It would be fun, and easy, and I guess some of my readers might like it.
Anyway, I’ll give it a try. I’ll have to find myself an alias for these shorts, to capture the spirit of those lost spicys.