Phantom Musings

ProSeChristmas is just around the corner and for all of you who celebrate it, I hope you have a wonderful time with your family. For me, this week has been a good one — I sent off my edits to Moonstone for my G-8 story (we’ll see if they want more changes); received the last interior art pieces from Will Meugniot for Gravedigger and got the color cover for Gravedigger from George Sellas.

I’m currently reading some Phantom Detective stories before starting writing my own for Airship 27. This is one seriously vanilla character but I’ll try to find some hook that will let me write him. I always try to stay true to the original version but sometimes… sometimes I have to find some element that really appeals to me. For example, I’m not a fan of aerial pulps but with Richard Knight, I discovered that I really liked the friendship and interplay between Knights and his buddy Doyle. So I focused on that and played it up while writing “Richard Knight and the Stones of Heaven.” With G-8, I tried to focus on the hero’s optimism and confidence, which seemed somewhat refreshing in the usually gritty world of pulps.

That’s what I’ll do with the Phantom Detective, too. I won’t change him but I will focus my attentions on the aspects that appeal most to me and work for the story I want to tell.

See you guys tomorrow!

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