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Origin Stories: SEQUEL

Continuing my Origin Stories blog series with my slasher-homage novel SEQUEL.



SEQUEL is a novel I had written before I ever started publishing. I actually initially had the idea during my college years, and I wrote it sometime around 2002. I had a lot of fun writing it, but when I finished, I wasn't sure if I had something that was publishable or not. I did try it with two different small press publishers but had no luck with either. In neither case did it have much to do with the book itself. One publisher wanted a stronger romance angle to their releases, and the other decided to focus on nonfiction as opposed to fiction. At that point, I basically put the book aside and kind of forgot about it.

In 2009, I sold my first book to Sideshow Press, and they seemed very interested in publishing more of my stuff, particularly they asked for some novel-length works. I decided to dust SEQUEL off, polish it up, and submit it to them.

Tom at Sideshow really liked the book, and at one point they planned to have it be my second book with them. Eventually that was re-thought, as SEQUEL features two prominent gay characters and Tom felt that he wanted to just establish me as a new voice in horror fiction before highlighting what might be considered a "gay horror" novel. (That didn't exactly work out because before I published another Sideshow book, Apex put out ASYLUM which features an almost exclusive gay cast.) Instead, my second Sideshow book was WHISONANT/CREATURES OF THE LIGHT. In fact, I had several more books out with Sideshow but SEQUEL wasn't one.

What did happen was Tom decided to start another publishing company, Gallow's Press, which would not offer limited signed hardcover books but just mass-market paperback and digital books through Amazon. He asked if I would be willing to put SEQUEL out through Gallow's. I was more than willing.

Tom created a cover very reminiscent of a movie poster for an 80s horror flick, which was perfect as the book was written as a homage to those films. We did some editing, taking out a few scenes I later released on this blog as "deleted scenes", in keeping with the film them. (http://markgunnells.livejournal.com/7754.html, http://markgunnells.livejournal.com/8091.html, http://markgunnells.livejournal.com/8285.html) He put it in production and it was one of the first Gallow's releases.

I think SEQUEL is one of my most fun novels, and the response I've gotten for it has been mostly positive. I even got a cool YouTube review for it.

Largely though the book hasn't gotten as much attention as some of my others. It's one I really hope continues to find an audience.

You can purchase SEQUEL here: https://www.amazon.com/Sequel-Mark-Allan-Gunnells-ebook/dp/B008K7QBKS/ref=la_B005C18L7Q_1_41?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481492937&sr=1-41&refinements=p_82%3AB005C18L7Q

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