The world of pop culture is all a-twitter, and probably twittering, about Twilight, the movie rendition of Stephanie Meyer’s novel by the same name. I couldn’t help but comment on it as well in my Friday post at A Christian Worldview of Fiction.
I’d love to turn this cultural phenomenon into a rant about how Mormon publishers capitalized on the fantasy craze still prevalent in our society, but the truth is, the Twilight Saga is published by a noted general market publisher. It makes me wonder if that isn’t the direction more of us Christian writers should go.That question aside, the writers and publishers who are striving to put out more Christian fantasy and science fiction should receive our support. It so happens that there are some good things to report.
One of the most exciting to me came via fellow CSFF member Robert Treskillard. He reports that Stephen Lawhead has signed a contract with Thomas Nelson for a five-book “high fantasy” series called the Bright Empires.
I am so happy to hear this because high fantasy or classic fantasy is my true love. The only down side is that the first book won’t release until September 2010.
But there is good news to counter that last. Marcher Lord Press, Jeff Gerke’s print on demand publishing endeavor, is producing books with a very quick turn around. Author Brandilyn Collins recently reported at Forensics and Faith that Stuart Stockton, originator of Speculative Faith, has signed a contract with MLP to publish his first novel, Starfire, scheduled to release April 2009.
Also going to print with Starfire will be The Blood of Kings, a medieval fantasy by Jill Williamson, a friend and former editorial client.
Clearly, Christian fantasy is on the march (so to speak!) And while I’m on the subject, here’s another announcement you might be interested in. Marcher Lord Press has employed a number of strategies to get the word out about their services. The latest is a planned special sale:
“Be here on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) for an amazing sale.”
Besides these upcoming titles, there are a couple young adult fantasies by first time authors that released this year, but you may not have heard about them yet. One is The Book of Names (Navpress), by D. Barkley Briggs. I’m hoping we can have Mr. Briggs as a guest blogger here at Spec Faith in the very near future.
Who knows? Maybe the combined efforts of the various publishing arms will finally make Christian fantasy widely available.