The Scruffians Project: New and Forthcoming
The Story So Far
If you know the score, you can skip ahead to the New and Forthcoming heading. If not...
So I decided to try out an experiment in direct distribution: offer a story in pdf form to anyone who donated an amount at their discretion via PayPal; and should the story reach a target of two-thirds SFWA pro rates (five cents a word), said story would be put on general release for free download. That worked rather well, so I decided to try out a second stage: if the donations reached a secondary target of full pro-rates, I'd do the same for another story in the series. That worked too for a few stories... up until the last one
Anyways, we now have four stories available in various formats in this shared folder, direct links below:
"How a Scruffian Starts Their Story"
"An Alfabetcha of Scruffian Names"
New and Forthcoming
So, the original Scruffians Project wound down with "The Beast of Buskerville" never quite making it to free release. I'm not perhaps the best self-promoter, and had other writing to be getting on with, so as the storybusking ran out of steam, I moved on. Fast-forward to 2013 though, and a few developments brought me back to the mythos. For my first short story collection, SCRUFFIANS!, Steve Berman at Lethe Press asked me for a few new stories, and the ones that popped into me noggin, why, blow me if they wasn't Scruffians stories. That's the first bit of news then: due out April 2014, along with a selection of stories outside the mythos, SCRUFFIANS! will contain the above stories and a wee scatter of fresh tales of these indestructible tykes.
But there's more! No sooner had I got those stories off to Steve than an offer came in from La Case Books, who were looking for a novella to publish in ebook form. And as luck would have it, from the get-go with this project there was a story brewing in the margins and interstices of these tales. With some set in the Victorian era, when the Institute was Fixing waifs with the Stamp, and some set in the modern era, when the Scruffians themselves have the Stamp, well, that makes for the story of the pivotal event in that history. Why, it's only the most importantest fabble EVER, innit? It's THE TAKING OF THE STAMP, available now on all major platforms.
And last but not least, what to do with the Scruffian stories there wasn't room for in the collection? How to get The Taking of the Stamp in dead tree form to those who were asking after it? How to set it up so that people could buy SCRUFFIANS! and not have to wait however long for the next collection in order to have the complete series to date? What to do with "The Beast of Buskerville," the last storybusked tale that never quite made it to free release, and "A Scruffian Christmas," which was released as a free gift only available to sponsors, in thanks for their support? The answer: FABBLES: 1, a chapbook containing "A Scruffian Christmas," "The Beast of Buskerville," and "The Taking of the Stamp," a perfect wee Christmas stocking-filler, which should be out on Lulu from the 1st December, 2013, and is available now for pre-order direct from Yourst Truly in a special edition--signed, lined & dated by meself, and decorated by the Scruffian of your choice. Click through for details.
So there we go. Feel free to download any of the stories linked above. If you like them, you'll be able to buy these and more in the collection from Lethe Press. And in the meantime, those of you with ereaders can buy "The Taking of a Stamp" at a bargain price of £2.99 right now, and those of you who like the feel of a real book in your hand need look no further than FABBLES: 1.
A little taster of what's in store for you? Why, I'll even go beyond those stories linked above and give you the opening of "The Beast of Buskerville," to maybe whet your appetite.