Been parceling out the info in drips and drabs the past couple of weeks, but the paperwork has been signed and things are official now.
My story "Dolls" will appear in Punisher #75, an oversized issue featuring 4 tales that's due out in October. I know brilliant crime novelists/comic writers Charlie Huston and Gregg Hurwitz will also be in this one, so that's a serious fuckin' honor right there.
Originally Marvel wanted a 4-6 page story but my terrific editor kept giving me more and more room. The final piece will be 10 pages long, about half the length of a regular issue. All the stories had to touch on the day in Central Park when Castle's family was murdered.
"Dolls" opens as Frank is about to take a sniper shot at a mobster when a little lost girl asks him to help her find her father. It's her birthday soon and she asks if he'll buy her a present. He buys her a doll that--ding ding--reminds him of his own dead daughter. Frank only has a certain amount of time to take out his target and is torn between helping the girl and leaving her and getting back to killing the guy.
The brilliant Laurence Campbell is slated to do the artwork. A sample of his work is up top.
Total fanboy geeking out here.
Got tagged with this four-shot meme which is going around to crime writers all over the place.
Four Movies You Can See Over and Over
Seven Beauties (fave film of all time)
The Wild Bunch
The Maltese Falcon
Four Places You Have Lived
There's only been two:
Four TV Shows You Love to Watch
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The Odd Couple
Four Places You Have Been on a Vacation
Santa Fe, NM
Quebec City, CAN
New York, New York (If I had my way this is where we'd always go).
Four of Your Favorite Foods
New York Pizza
New York bagels
Pasta Fasool (I make it better than your grandma does)
Four Websites You Visit Daily
Four Places You Would Rather Be
Manhattan (okay, so it's a running theme)
Newport Beach, CA
1977 (so I could tell my younger self not to be such a dweeb)
Four Things You Hope to Do Before You Die
Have a New York Times bestseller
Have Hollywood woo me
Do film commentary for a film based on one of my novels
Celebrate my 83rd birthday with my 18-year old second wife Bambi (heart over the "i")
Four Novels You Wish You Were Reading for the First Time
THE DEAD FATHER by Donald Barthelme (fave novel)
SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving
CATCH-22 by Jospeh Heller