I've always been a fan of serials. I wasn't around when they used to play at the local movie theater every weekend, but during my teenage years I collected a bunch from the VHS bargain bin at Kmart. Radar Men from the Moon, Flash Gordon, Zombies of the Stratosphere, even Batman—I couldn't get enough. They were black & white, low-budget, and cheesy, but they made me laugh out loud like few things could.
Around the same time, family friends moved out of town, and I started snail-mailing them episodes of Trouble on the Range. It was a weird western of sorts starring Coyote Cal and Big Yap—along with a two-gun-toting talking hound dog, actors from classic black & white westerns, and the evil Det Renrut intent on colorizing them all. It was bizarre, but I had a lot of fun writing it, and I still have every episode in a file box somewhere. Maybe I'll package them up and submit them to Jukepop Serials or shop them around as a novella at some point.
Serial fiction is nothing knew. Charles Dickens did it. Edgar Rice Burroughs did it. But those were the days of print and paper. Now with so many folks reading on their phones and tablets, the serial novel is making a comeback, and Every Day Novels is leading the charge.
Gay Degani's novel What Came Before started last week, and it will be released in 70 flash-sized (1,000 words or less) episodes over the next few months. At the end of its serialized run, it will be available in eBook formats, paperback, and hardcover. The first few chapters are free to read now, and subscriptions will be available soon.
What Came Before is a well-written neo-noir literary mystery, and I can't wait for the next episode tomorrow. Yep, I'm hooked. It's received stellar advance reviews, and for good reason. Like Netflix, Every Day Novels allows you to enjoy an episode at a time or binge-read them all at once. And for subscribers, episodes will be emailed straight to your inbox. I encourage you to read the first chapter or two, but be forewarned: you won't be able to quit.
The next title available from Every Day Novels later this year will be Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Space-Time Displacement Conundrum. Considering my affinity for serials and serial fiction, it should be a perfect match: 80 episodes of comic space adventure with plenty of humor, action, and shenanigans amongst the stars. I can't wait to share it with you.