Over the past six weeks I’ve conducted video interviews with all five of the authors of the shared world anthology Limbus, Inc., wrapping up with the amazing Jonathan Maberry on Friday. Limbus is an awesome book, and I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know the authors. What a tremendous group of horror and sci-fi minds to see playing in the same sandbox.
Here’s the hook for the book.:
LIMBUS, INC., a shadowy employment agency, operates at the edge of the normal world. Its recruitment methods are haphazard to the ordinary eye: a tattered flyer taped to a power pole, a display ad in the Yellow Pages that keeps changing, an Internet popup ad that won’t go away. Who, or what, will they recruit next?
The murky world of LIMBUS, INC. beckons the laid-off, the downsized, the desperate. LIMBUS’s employees are just as suspicious and ephemeral as the motives of the company.
Job offers vary greatly in their particulars: one might find anything from a high-level assassination to a seemingly simple cat-sitting job and all the worlds of horror/dark fantasy in between.
A “found” business card reads:
Are you laid off, downsized, undersized?
Call us. We employ. 1-800-555-0606
How lucky do you feel?
Cool concept, huh? The Limbus world will be expanded in further volumes, with Joe R. Lansdale, Harry Shannon, Jonathan Maberry, Joe McKinney, and Gary A. Braunbeck signed on for Volume 2, due out in May 2014.
In addition to the paperback and e-book releases, the first volume is also being issued as a limited edition, signed (by all five authors!), leather-bound hardcover with exclusive artwork and a bonus story by Jonathan Maberry. You can hear more about that in my interview with the man himself, below. A fascinating guy to spend half an hour with. Dude is deep, and generous with his insights.
On a related note…we talked a bit about how canine/lupine psychology figures into Jonathan’s novella, “Strip Search.” I played around with similar ideas in a piece of werewolf flash fiction I wrote a couple of years ago titled, “A Way With Dogs.” You can check it out here.