It just dawned on me this morning that, probably, many of you have not been following along for years nor subjected to my fainting-couch-worthy histrionics about this book and so, even though you know there’s a book usually referred to as “Project X” and sometimes referred to by its title, The Wolf’s Bane, you might not actually know what it’s about.
So, here’s the deal. The premise is that there’s always been a werewolf in Nashville and that various people throughout Nashville’s history have found themselves having to deal with the werewolf. The book is a collection of their experiences and any wisdom they may have gained from their fight. There’s an herbal full of plants that might be useful, fragments of how Jack Macon dealt with the werewolf while it was Sam Houston, a bestiary of unusual Tennessee canids, and the story of a fake biography of Howlin’ Wolf. And the book, itself, is an object used against the werewolf. So, if you get the book, you are impressed into the cause. The book is the story of the book you hold in your hands.
But, for those of you who’ve been around for a while and who know I love to write about how the Devil makes Nashville his summer home, know this–the book is all about him having a grave theological crisis, which he resolves through picking on a Methodist minister, killing a couple of hippies, and seducing a librarian. As you do, when you’ve been pouting around this area for 300 years (ambitious devils got in with the Spanish and our guy… well, he got a backwater with one Frenchman to antagonize).
This story has a lot in common, but is not quite the same as the story in A City of Ghosts, but I hope you’ll see that as the problem with trying to take the Devil at his word, and not some kind of continuity error. In other words, it’s different on purpose, not on accident.
It is truly a limited edition, so when they’re out, they’re out. Here’s where to order it and that’s all I know.