I've been teasing this for a long time now, and people were probably starting to think I would never actually post it. BWA-HA!! My brilliant plan to lull you into a false sense of security has succeeded! Behold, my fiendish creation!
*thunder rolls and lightning flashes*
In the year 1820, monster hunter Ichabod Crane searched for a mysterious creature called the Headless Horseman. His quest ended in an embarrassing failure that marked his family with disgrace for generations.
Now, in 1891, his descendant Todd Crane is determined to prove that the Horseman is real. There's just one problem–Todd is a professional con artist and a seller of unlicensed magic potions. This puts him on the wrong side of the law and right in the crosshairs of US Marshal Amy Crockett.
As the Horseman returns to menace the western frontier, Todd and Amy must join forces to stop the monster once and for all. But if they're going to succeed, they'll have to make sacrifices that will change their lives forever.
Visit a Wild West where centaurs wear six-shooters and monsters roam the plains. Welcome to the United States of Neverica.
Click here to read the first installment of the story on Wattpad! I'm excited to return to this fiction platform after a long absence. Wattpad was one of the places where I shared my early drafts of The Beast of Talesend, and I'm very grateful for the encouraging feedback I got from the community.
Sharp-eyed readers of The Tomb of the Sea Witch will have noticed a reference to some of the other lands in the alternate reality of Beaumont and Beasley–the world I like to call “The Afterverse.” Among the continents mentioned were North and South Neverica. South Neverica is actually Neverland, and will eventually feature in a book once I expand that free short story for my newsletter subscribers into something bigger. North Neverica contains the United States of Neverica, and is the setting for Crockett and Crane.
Nerdy enough for you yet? 😀
This new series is a Western/fantasy mash-up. It's about American folklore in the same way that Beaumont and Beasley revolves mainly around European stuff. Todd's the descendant of the fictional character Ichabod Crane, and Amy is descended from the near-legendary hero Davy Crockett. While magic is kept secret in Nick and Cordelia's world, it's a part of everyday life in Neverica. You can find out a little more about the Neverican history in the prologue to “Horseman.”
I'll be interested to hear what people think of this story as it goes along. (My plan is to release a chapter every Monday.) It's been fun so far to write in a very different realm from the B&B series while still maintaining the continuity of a shared universe. Todd and Amy have a Nick Wilde/Judy Hopps dynamic going on that I think readers will enjoy. Also, while Crockett and Crane stands completely on its own and is accessible to readers with no knowledge of Beaumont and Beasley, there will be fun surprises along the way for B&B fans.
This is the first of several exciting announcements I'll be making on the blog this week, so stay tu-*BZZZT* *PSSSSSHHHHHHHT*