Quis Est Iste Qui Venit
Today is the release day for Protectors 2: Heroes. This massive anthology edited by ThomasPluck features work from big names like Joyce Carol Oates and Harlan Ellison, established writers, Indie favorites, and first timers. All proceeds from the book benefit Protect, the political lobby of the National Association to Protect Children whose victories include the Circle of Trust Act, which closed NY state’s incest loophole, and funding The HERO Corps, which hires wounded veterans to assist law enforcement in hunting online predators.
I’ve written several times about “The Whistler in the Graveyard” already. You know, I started work on this story not long after my father died. Sorting through those feelings really shaped the two main characters: Coffin Boy and Lydia Poe. They’re both dealing with the deaths of their two very different fathers in two very different ways. For me, along with the freedom to engage in a sense of wonder, the chance to acknowledge freely those big life events is probably the most appealing thing when it comes to writing fiction with characters who haven’t reached the arbitrary age we’ve picked for adulthood.
However, I don’t want you to think of “Whistler” as primarily something philosophical and preachy or grim and gritty, because it’s not. It’s exciting and fast paced and, hopefully, a little creepy. Besides years spent watching a whole lot of anime (you’ll understand once you read it), the most direct source of inspiration for my story comes from M.R. James. Thinking about his story “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come To You, My Lad” provided the spark that lead to Coffin Boy and his particular affliction.
I hope you find all that intriguing enough to check my story out in Protectors 2: Heroes. If you dig it, good news: “Whistler” is an abridgment of a longer work and the first appearance of many for the boy trying to become the man he wanted his father to be, and the girl who refuses to be seen and not heard.