|AMARA, Princess of Egypt, the once-beautiful wife of Mentuhotep the First,
lies in her coffin in the Charles Ward museum. She has been dead for
4000 years and she's just an inanimate bundle of withered skin and desiccated
bone. Or is she?
Barney the nightwatchman is the first to discover that the mummy's coffin has been broken open. Then it's the turn of two security guards to find that the Egyptian remains have been disturbed. It seems grave-robbers are at work, out to steal valuable artefacts, just as their kind have done for centuries. It's a pity Barney and the guards can't tell the authorities how the mummy came to be missing. But the dead can't testify to anything.
Now Amara is free again, driven by an ancient need that can only be assuaged at the cost of human life. No one can oppose her, no bullet can stop her and nothing can kill her - for she is dead already...
Night in the Lonesome October is coming out in September 2002, and Darkness,
Tell Us will come out in March 2003, both as planned and announced. I don't
think there's anything new there.
But beginning after Darkness, Tell Us, we will increase the number of Laymon titles we publish each year due to the demand. We used to publish Dick's books every six months, or twice a year. After Darkness we will switch to every four months, or three times a year. So the next book after Darkness will come out in July of 2003. Then another in November 2003, and so on. Plus, we have the original hardcover coming out in September 2003.
The titles under consideration to be published after Darkness, Tell Us are listed below in the voting form.
I'm eager to see which book the fans would like to see us publish first and what they think of the books on the list. The main point of the poll is to see which book we should publish after Darkness, Tell Us.
Steve, remember, we can't make this a binding poll. I AM very curious to see which book folks want next and what they think of them, but I can't guarantee that their choice will be the book we pick.
I can't wait to see the results!
All the best,