The book that would not die

So I thought I was done with this new novel, a first draft, but yesterday I suddenly realized I had left one character hanging.  He isn’t a major character — all his action is in the past and off stage — but he needed to be brought to justice.  A new, final, truly last chapter popped into my mind, fully formed, and I’ll write that soon.  Then I’ll reread the book from start to finish and quickly fix whatever sticks out.  I figure this editing will take a week or two — it’s not a full rewrite.

I also realized the novel needs a catchier title.  I’ve been calling it Stella Vero (the name of a central character), but that’s not going to get anyone’s attention.  My brain is coming up with silly titles, as well as a few not so silly ones.  So far I have on the list (and every idea makes the list — there’s no weeding at this stage):

Shocking Tale of A Madhouse Poetess

Jezebel At The Window Considers Her Options

She Looks Like Theda Bera

Shameless Hussies Of The Bible

Anthony And Other Trollopes

…and I’m sure I’ll think up others before I land on one.  Last night, leaving a Mexican restaurant, I discovered why the image of Theda Bera figures in this book.  There’s a giant mural of silent film stars, with Bera in the center, on a wall in downtown Salem, that was painted in the 1970s by (I think his name is) James Mattingly.  I’ve been staring at it and loving it for years, and as this story is set in a fictional town somewhat like Salem, it makes sense that image would play into it.  Stay tuned for further title ideas.



About David Barker

David Barker is the author of two works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (both books were published by the now defunct Dark Renaissance Books, but copies are still available from Dark Regions Press.) Barker and Pugmire also collaborated on a Lovecraftian horror novel, Witches In Dreamland, which will be published by Hippocampus Press, possibly in late 2017. Recently, his stories and poems have appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, The Art Mephitic, The Audient Void, The Indiscriminate Mixture and on He has a short story in the weird fiction anthology, Nightmare's Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published in 2017 by Dark Regions Press. He also has published several works of horror and bizarro fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the bizarro zombie novel Dead Guys in Packards. Together with Jordan Hofer, David Barker has written two nonfiction books about UFOs and alien abduction: Little Gray Bastards (published in 2016 by Schiffer Publishing) and Unidentifiable Flying Objects (due in Fall 2017 from Schiffer.)
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