So, my idea for the Allen project is to have a prologue that gives you a lot of information you need to understand what’s happening in later in the book without it being clear that that’s what’s happening. I guess I can spoil y’all now since… ugh… let’s not even talk about other projects. Just know that it’s a hard slog and I’m not even sure I’m still slogging. Or what. I don’t know.
Anyway, in the book, all kinds of supernatural things are real. There are ghosts. People have premonitions. There are spells and such. And there’s a portal in a cave (the likes of which I have not yet determined. On the advice of Jess, I may have to haul Dunbar Cave down here where I can use it.) which takes you to the present. This present. Though only the bad guy, Moulton Leeds Overton, call him “Lee” for short (too obvious with the name that he’s evil?) knows that’s what it does. Everyone else thinks it just kills you.
So, eventually, after crossing Lee, our protagonists start to have some troubles with a monster of sorts. In the main part of the book, my plan is that we’ll never know anything about this monster, really, except that he’s humanoid in form, can kill silently, and that he has no smell. And that he seems indestructible.
But I wanted the reader to meet him without realizing it first.
Hence, the prologue. And I am tickled. Tickled. I finished up the first draft of it tonight and I think it does everything I hoped it would. It takes place mostly at the Melrose Kroger and at a reenactment of the Battle of Franklin. We meet John and his racist asshole dad. They lose to the Union forces. And, after hearing that their other racist asshole friends have decided to turn them in to the Feds, they decide to go camping. For an indeterminate amount of time.
Poor John. He does not know that he will be camping in the past, where his dad needs him to tie up a few loose ends for him.
Cue scary music.