Writing Grimoire – part 1

Grimoire. Where to begin?

I suppose a bit of backstory will help explain how it’s brought me here and maybe even give some insight to where this is going.

Grimoire started as a piece of fiction that grew into several obsessions and then ultimately abandoned. Interestingly enough, it came back to life as my love for writing and storytelling did.

I’ve always loved the occult, supernatural and paranormal. Having fallen in love with stories like Dracula and Frankenstein very soon after I had discovered comic books. The endless summer that was childhood. I remember watching Bela Lugosi as Dracula at first; endless love and appreciation to my Grandma for that introduction. She loved mystery books, and universal monster movies. Also for giving me a love for comedic greats through crossovers such as Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein. Comic Books were a revelation to my young mind; how stories could be told in such a fantastic mixture of written word and picture. It astounded me, and the seeds were planted for the cinephile I would become.

Dracula, and stories of vampires were captivating to me; first Lugosi, then Christopher Lee and the Hammer Horror films. Then Coppola and the wonderful portrayal by Gary Oldman. Each unique. I dove into films, horror, action, drama and especially those of science fiction and fantasy – much as I did comic books in my youth. Books and film shaped so much of how I learned to enjoy and tell stories. I wanted to tell my own. Always stories; big, small, didn’t matter. I would play in the universes of Tolkien and Lucas dreaming of creating my own one day.

So I did.

Grimoire is part of what was once a shared universe – that through revision and expansion became its own. I hope one day that I can tackle the other side of what once was and might have been. Until then I can get one story out of my head. The maybe I can finally give life to all those other stories filling my brain. But first I wanted to share a story of darkness; of monsters, ghouls, demons, werewolves, vampires. Of the supernatural, the strange and the bizarre.

After years of tinkering, revising and even getting 44,000 words committed to the first draft, I shelved it. It wasn’t right. There were too many issues that added up into a story that I worried was simply not compelling enough. Yikes. I was not ready to slash and burn the manuscript but this wasn’t ready;it needed to stew, to grow. Like bread needing the time to rise before finally baking.

Years later those pieces would begin to fall into place and I realized I found the missing bits that would make Grimoire compelling. Those little pieces; short stories of origins for characters that my friends asked about. Since I wasn’t using my characters anymore, why not use them for a table-top role playing game? Yes I’m that nerdy. That’s when the stories expanded exponentially; in ways I could have never imagined. The world feels real to me now as it moves from my mind to the text that you soon enough can read.

Now Grimoire is a fully realized story that I’m excited to tell. And this new digital presence is a foray into a career I’ve long dreamed of; to be a writer.

So what now?

Now I start telling you my story, Grimoire.

The first book or “Season” of Grimoire will be released in parts or serial pieces. Part One: Deal with a Devil is currently some 15,000 words and which is made up of first three chapters of the story. It’s going through its second draft now before, quick revisions and then off to an editor (if you know someone good please recommend).

Part two, which will constitute the next 5 to 10 chapters is under construction. So far about 3300 words (I gotta step it up), but much of it has been outlined, so I anticipate a quick turn around.

Part 1, Chapter 1 will be made free later this weekend once I can figure out how to set it up. I’m totally new at this. Each part will be available through a variety of store fronts, make sure to subscribe to get updates!

I’m in the process of getting a storefront set up for anyone wanting access to art, rough drafts, Q&A and more. But it’s under construction and I’ll keep you updated.

I hope to leave you with a little mystery and not to spoil to much, but I truly feel that if you love stories of the paranormal and occult. Of supernatural creatures and dark forces that you will love Grimoire. A story of action, intrigue, love and revenge. I leave you with a little synopses and if you haven’t seen it, the cover of issue one – Deal with a Devil.

“Aurora has a secret – she’s a Devil; a noble among Hell’s ranks with a rebellious infatuation with the human world. After sneaking away to Earth she is challenged by Matthias, a mysterious stranger who disrupts her world.

Aurora now finds herself thrust into a dangerous situation and must stop a threat to her family. She is finally given a chance to prove herself, but is she ready for such an undertaking? She seeks out Matthias, the only hope she has of navigating the human world to put and end to those that would see her family fall.”

Current issue cover WiP

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