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Sorry for the delay. I had a stomach bug which took me out for the better part of a day. 

I managed to finish the second story request - a short, simple tale of a wish made and granted. 2016 Story Request #2 - Moonlight Wish

In any event, I am no longer accepting new requests. I'll continue to write and post requests that I've already received and decided to accept until I'm finished. Then it's back to Mythanthrope/The Last Recruit/possibly other stuff.
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Update Just posted the first completed short story request, "Getting into Character." Um, wow, I got a bit carried away with this one, but it was a lot of fun to write. Still accepting additional requests, but not for much longer.

2016 Story Request #1 - Getting into Character

Update I've received a ton of requests via messaging and posts and have started writing a select few. I'm still open for more, but the window is rapidly closing.

I've been in a major intellectual and creative slump as of late. The why isn't as important as the how I'm going to break out of it. I essentially had half of December and the beginning of January off, so a sabbatical probably won't help. Sometimes the best way to deal with burn-out is to switch gears and force yourself through it. Therefore, I am accepting requests for short stories again.

Send me premises for a short story and if they tickle my fancy, I'll write and post them. Ideally, the stories should be self-contained narratives in the 2,000-4,000 word range (see The Werewolf App for an example). The plot can be about anything, but I'm uncomfortable writing smut and obvious fetish fodder so requests along those lines will probably be ignored. That's not say I'll shy away from anything explicit; just nothing you couldn't get away with on cable television. Fanfiction is unacceptable, as is anything centering around zombies and vampires (the only thing more done to death than zombies and vampires is the joke about them being done to death). Stories set in The Lycanthrope Club universe are fine, though I won't necessarily consider them canonical. I will not publish any of these stories outside my dA page without seeking permission from the person who submitted the idea.

Happy New Year!
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I was shooting to finish and upload the latest chapter of Mythanthrope by the 25th, and I did.

Mythanthrope, Wanda's Story, Part 3

Happy Holidays, everyone!
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UPDATE The Daemoneye Publishing Pre-Generic Winter Solstice Related Holiday Sale has started! Visit daemoneye.net and check out our store!

Apologies for no updates. Been a busy and/or distracted recently. Getting back to work on Mythanthrope. It seems like not too many people liked the latest chapter of The Last Recruit. Too much blood/gore? Not enough story? Ah well. 

Also wanted to announce that The Daemoneye Publishing Pre-Generic Winter Solstice Related Holiday Sale will be starting soon. Starting Saturday (the 12th of December) all Daemoneye Publishing products on Lulu will be 10% off. Furthermore, the minimum contributions necessary to receive a PDF copy of The Lycanthrope Club: Book I, The Lycanthrope Club: Book II and the Universal Decay: Dead Stars Rule Book will be reduced to 1.00 USD, 2.00 USD, and 3.00 USD, respectively. Seriously consider picking up the Dead Stars Rule Book PDF (or printed book). You get a complete and very intricate d20 based roleplaying game for the price of a cup of coffee. This will be in effect until the 25th of December.
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The long awaited, long delayed next chapter of The Last Recruit is finally up. That is all.
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Just uploaded the second chapter of Mythanthrope - Wanda's Story. A lot about the setting is revealed in this chapter. Plus, busty succubus secretary. 

I also added a poll giving you, the readers, the opportunity to dictate the outcome of a critical plot element of the story (see below). 

Next up, FINALLY getting back to The Last Recruit.

EDIT: Lobo Leo finally updated Alpha Luna
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So...a couple of things.

First, I took my PC to a technician. After running some tests he determined the problem was due to an air bubble in the thermal paste connecting the processor to the heat sink. Basically, the thing kept overheating, hence the inconsistent  blue screens. Reinstalling the OS turned out to be completely unnecessary. My system's working again (possibly a bit slower than before, maybe I'm just imagining it) but I'm reluctant to install or run anything particularly demanding for the time being. I'm probably being paranoid as I haven't experienced a single crash or glitch since getting it back, but my tolerance for stress is a bit low right now.

Again, apologies for bringing personal issues into a journal that's nominally dedicated to my writing and projects, but I'm still in a bit of a weird place. Don't know how to describe it...call it a strange loss of ambition and purpose. I am getting back to writing but it's proving difficult to break out of this funk. Hopefully it's temporary. I just need to focus, recover, improve and push through.

On that note, I've finally got around to writing and posting a new series I've been toying around with for a couple of months - Mythanthrope. I won't give anything away - show, don't tell - just read the story. I will say it's going to be somewhat more comical and lighthearted than most of my other work (which to be fair isn't too dark either) While I think there's potential in the concept behind it I'm still not sure how it will work out in the long run. We'll just see how things progress as I write. I also want to (finally) finish up another chapter in The Last Recruit sometime in the next week or two. I don't know where to go next with The Lycanthrope Club and don't have any immediate plans for new stories set in the universe, sorry.

That's it for now. Regardless of everything else, it's good to be back.
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Long-time followers know I don't generally voice personal problems on my dA account, instead focusing on my work and Daemoneye Publishing. However, sometimes the two intersect.

The last two weeks have been, well, shitty. The greatest irritation has been my PC. I picked it up a little over a year ago and it's already experiencing stability issues. This isn't some cheap prefab from Office Max or BestBuy, mind. I spent considerable time and money building this system and upgrading it and up until a couple of weeks ago it worked like a charm. Now it seems prone to BSODs whenever I do anything as taxing as, say, running YouTube or playing a game (and I built it with gaming in mind!) I'm half-expecting it to crash as I type this post. I would recover from an earlier saved system image but apparently the external hard drive I've been using as a backup wasn't properly formatted for this purpose. I'm not ready to reinstall the whole damn thing from a system disc but I'm seriously considering it; the only thing holding me back is the possibility the hardware's to blame. And since this is an old fashioned tower desktop and I don't have a car it's a bit challenging, logistically speaking, to get the thing to a technician. I honestly don't know what to do at this point. 

This, coupled with a number of other headaches I won't go into, has left me too stressed and anxious to work on any of my projects. I wound up taking a sabbatical after all. Only it was anything but relaxing. 

Don't have much else to add. There needs to be a change, that much is certain. I'm not happy with my current situation. I can't promise much new material for the indefinite future. I thank those who purchased the book and/or contributed to the projects; your support is always appreciated. 

Edit: I attempted a clean reinstall of my system and now it's even worse. Can't update windows, still getting BSOD, my computer is basically dead. I saved my files, of course, but this is a real kick in the stomach for me. Only thing left to do is try to get it to an expert and see what they can salvage. I don't know how much more of this I can take...
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Update: Book II is now on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Lycanthrope-Clu…

So, all print editions of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II are up on Lulu and I've made the necessary arrangements for it to be distributed on Amazon (just got to wait now). The project is done. Now what?

...No idea.

There are a number of works sitting unfinished on my desktop. The Last Recruit, for one. Bite Me! for another (I received permission from Lobo Leo to continue the series on my own; no, I haven't been in contact with him recently). The latter would be a little tricky since I think it would work better as a comic, but there you go. There's one of my more neglected series, Refugees, and then there's another, entirely new, non-werewolf story I've been working on as of late called Mythanthrope. I've had the basic idea for the setting for a while now but I've had a hard time developing it beyond the concept. I also have to work up rules for The Lycanthrope Club universe in Daemoneye Publishing's Universal Decay RPG system. Then there's the distant, looming prospect of book III, but I'm not ready to start scaling that particular windswept mountain, thank you. 

I don't want to take a sabbatical but I just don't feel particularly invested in any of the aforementioned projects right now. I want to move on to something new but the inspiration just isn't there. I'm half-tempted to open the floodgates for another set of story requests (please note: I haven't said I am yet). We'll see what develops. 

So, really not an announcement as much as it is me letting you know I'm still alive and active and acknowledging that there is a lot on my plate.

Watch Gate: jieitai kanochi nite kaku tatakaeri
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After numerous image tweaks, three proof copies and many, many shouted profanities the grayscale print edition of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II is FINALLY available for purchase on Lulu and will be up on Amazon in a month or so (getting approved for international distribution takes a while, sorry). This version only costs 19.99 USD, so if you want a physical copy that isn't outrageously expensive this is probably your best option. 

Big thanks to VanchaMarl (aka Jean Harrell) for helping me with the grayscale illustrations.

www.daemoneye.net/novels.html

Additional announcements will soon follow.
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Lulu is once again spitting out inconsistent proof copies. First the illustrations look too dark, then after tweaking them so that they look fine when printed out they look too faint. I'm going to have to contact their customer service and get this resolved. So...yet another delay on the actually affordable print edition of the The Lycanthrope Club: Book II for Amazon. I'm beginning to suspect some distant malign force is screwing with me. 
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As some of you may know, Universal Decay: Dead Stars is Daemoneye Publishing's flagship table-top roleplaying game. It's a d20-based sci-fi horror game set in a future where mankind forced the sun and several nearby stars to go nova in a desperate (and mostly successful) gambit to fend off an invading alien force called the Necrol. Now the remnants of humanity and several alien species are picking up the pieces. The Universal Decay system can easily be adapted to just about any campaign world, including fantasy, modern, steampunk, superheroes and more; there are resources for creating these settings included in the book. And if you're familiar with Pathfinder or D&D 3rd edition you already know more than half the basic rules.

Because of the success of our contributor reward model with The Lycanthrope Club we've decided to make the full PDF of the Universal Decay: Dead Stars Rule Book (DSRB) available to those who contribute at least 5.00 USD to the project (link) What do you get in return? Over 360 pages of nerdcore goodness. There's a detailed, modular technology system that let's you design everything from spears to starships, multiple alien races and rules for creating your own, a space travel and star system creation guide based on real physics, pages and pages of original artwork, rules on incorporating psionics, magic, superpowers and other extraordinary elements into you game...I could go on and on. 

As a special bonus, until the 8th of August 2015 those who contribute at least 5.00 USD to the Universal Decay: Dead Stars project will ALSO receive a PDF of the full-color edition of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II (link) That's right. Five measly dollars gets you a complete roleplaying game system AND the full-color edition of my second novel. I've also been working on a Universal Decay adaptation of the Lycanthrope Club universe. Once I've finished it will be available for free download!
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I received the proof copy of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II Full-color edition print yesterday. Unlike the grayscale edition, it turned out great. You can now purchase the full-color print edition at Lulu (and only Lulu).

www.lulu.com/shop/tristan-eifl…

Fair warning, it costs 35.00 USD (not including shipping!), which is a lot to ask for some color illustrations and high quality paper. As I said, Lulu charges a premium for color even if only a couple of pages ARE color. Unless you have a great deal of disposable income and really, really want a deluxe hard copy of book II I'd actually advise against buying it and wait for the grayscale edition. It would have been even worse had I tried to distribute it through retailers (i.e. Amazon) as they would have demanded the base price be 52.00 USD! Hence the reason the full-color edition will only be available through Lulu. 

All that being said, this is probably the nicest, most professional-looking book I've ever published (apart from the DSRB). 
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A bit delayed again, sorry, but I just uploaded the latest episode to YouTube. In this Podcast we discuss the metaphysics of magic and psionics in a variety of media. Fair warning, this one is a bit off-the-cuff.

[link]
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The Lycanthrope Club: Book II is out!!!

link


That is, the full color PDF is complete and now available to those who contribute at least 3.00 USD to the project via PayPal. This edition will feature five color illustrations and six black and white illustrations by Lobo Leo, Dirk Tiede and Jean Harrell as well as production sketches (with character concept art!) and two exclusive short stories, First Night and A Nurse in Wolf's Clothing parts I and II. A free for download PDF edition is available at daemoneye.net.

Again, please note the contributor reward PDF version will be sent to you via email and may take several hours to a day to arrive. Be sure to check your spam folder. If you do not receive your contributor reward after 48 hours please contact kiojan@daemoneye.net

Please comment on the book; I'm interested in feedback, positive and negative.

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UPDATE 07/18/2015

I just received the proof copy of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II grayscale edition. Unfortunately, there were issues with the images. I made some adjustments that should resolve said issues (hopefully) and ordered another proof copy. The full color proof copy is still in the mail. With any luck it won't require another revision.


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UPDATE 07/16/2015
Apparently Lobo Leo is busy promoting his comic.

twitter.com/alphalunanet/statu…

No, I didn't hear back from him; I just learned about the tweet. While I'm still a little unhappy he flaked out on me again and wish he'd have just told me he was too busy to complete the commissions on time it's good to hear he's working on his own project. He has a lot of talent and I'm just glad it's being put to use.

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Welp, it's been a week since the release of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II. Time for a retrospective. That is, I look back on the journey and wonder what the hell went wrong.

Okay, I exaggerate, but re-writing the second book was far more tortuous than the first. Granted I was often preoccupied with other concerns during the process - finishing my dissertation, finding a job, moving to San Francisco - but it shouldn't have taken this long. I freely admit there was a degree of procrastination on my part. In addition, the second book required a more thorough rewrite. Not only did I have to account for plot changes in book I but I also wanted to expand the story. Each novella was originally written and released chapter by chapter and so suffered from disjointed transitions, which became more apparent as the chapters were combined into a single narrative. I had to write entire new scenes and rework old plot elements to fit the story. I think this version is indeed an improvement over the original novella. But it could have been better. Without spoiling anything, the ending employed a device that was a holdover from the original story. I wanted to remove it altogether but couldn't do so without drastically changing the climax. As it result, it feels a bit like a cop-out, a deus ex machina, with little foreshadowing or connection to the rest of the story. I did manage to link it with a minor theme towards the very end but it felt insufficient. And there are still a few passages in there that make my internal editor wince when I read them. Then again, no author worthy of the title is ever truly satisfied with their work so at a certain point you just have to pack it in and move on.

Getting the art was a real bitch this time around. It was a bitch during book I, but this was worse. Part of it was my fault. I should have started looking for artists earlier on and started commissioning art earlier on. Money was an issue, but not that big of one in hindsight. I generally accumulated just enough spare funds to pay for the illustrations as they were completed. Had the Kickstarter been successful I probably could have afforded to hire another artist or two to make up for the delay; the book would have come out a couple months earlier and featured more art. All that being said, yes, some of the delay does fall on the artists' heads. Not all of them, mind. Some were very professional. They kept in touch and finished their assignments within the allotted time frame. Others...not so much. One fellow offered his services and then didn't respond after I accepted and assigned him a couple of illustrations. No idea why (he was still active; I checked his website). Another kept getting delayed but at least let me know what had happened and was very productive in the long run.

You'll notice I haven't referenced any of these artists by name, nor did I when I announced delays due to unfinished commissions. This is because I didn't and still don't want anyone bothering the artists; that's my job. More to the point, it comes across as me, the commissioner, putting pressure on them in a rather sneaky, indirect, passive-aggressive way. I don't want that. However, I will make an exception for one individual - Lobo Leo.

To those of you who aren't aware, he has an unfortunate tendency to disappear suddenly and without warning or explanation in the middle of projects - both his own and others' - not returning for months or even years. He drew half the art for book I and then just vanished as he was getting started on the cover; I had to hire another artist to finish it up. I swore I would never work with him again. However, during the production of book II he contacted me saying he wanted to contribute to it. After some soul-searching I agreed to give him another chance. Everything else aside, he's a nice guy and a fantastic artist. After nearly five months he produced precisely one color illustration - a very nice color illustration, mind - and delayed the book nearly two months while I waited for him to wrap up the last commission, which he never did. To be fair he did have an excuse this time around. He was busy publishing his own comic, Alpha Luna, in his country and attending several conventions to promote it. Still, I think he could have managed more than one illustration in half a year. I would have forgiven him if he had just told me he didn't have the time to finish the commission(s) or given me a time table! It's not just that he disappears but he doesn't tell you what's going on! And when he does announce a delay the delay is often twice as long or longer as he says it will be! It's like he's afraid to say no. I don't like speaking ill of him, I really don't, but this is getting beyond the pale. I won't say I'll never work with him again as I've broken that particular oath once, but it's far, far less likely now.

I said it once and I'll say it again: Given the choice between a reliable decent artist and an undependable fantastic one I'd chose the former over the latter without hesitation, at least for commercial projects. If you're just interested in getting a profile image of your OC and don't care if you have to wait a couple of months or years, by all means commission it from the gifted unreliable one. Otherwise, go with the dependable artist. Go with the artist who clearly states how long it will take to finish a particular commission and has a history of following through on that promise. Go with the artist who agrees to keep you updated on his progress and always lets you know when there will be a delay. Go with the artist who employs a contract. He may charge more and probably asks for a premium to use his art in commercial work but you will suffer from far fewer headaches. All that being said, please don't take this as an excuse to harangue or pester artists when they're a day late or something, let alone beg them for free art. Treat them with respect and expect the same from them.

On a more positive note, book II's release has gone very well so far. Criticism has been positive and I'm still receiving contributions to the project. I ordered a proof copy of the print edition and it should be arriving any day now. Assuming there are no problems with the hard-copy it will be available on Lulu by the end of this week and Amazon sometime in the next couple of months. The full-color print edition will only be available on Lulu due to pricing issues and should be up sometime in the next month.

As for the future...rewriting book III will be more difficult than books I and II combined. For one, it has to take all the plot changes from prior books into account. Second, it's a mystery novel, which means the story is very intricate and therefore demands a very meticulous edit. Lastly, the next half-year will likely, hopefully, see a major transition in my life. Needless to say I won't have much time to work on the book. I will try not to delay it as long as I did book II, but nothing in life is ever certain, especially in these times.

I've been toying around with several ideas for new projects but none have coalesced into anything tangible. I've been in a bit of a creative and emotional funk lately. The success of book II has been one bright spot in a rather dreary recent series of unfortunate events. Hopefully things will improve as the summer progresses.

Thank you all for your support, both emotional and financial.
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Fixing the file took a lot less time than I thought it would...That's right...

The Lycanthrope Club: Book II is out!!! 

link


That is, the full color PDF is complete and now available to those who contribute at least 3.00 USD to the project via PayPal. This edition will feature five color illustrations and six black and white illustrations by Lobo Leo, Dirk Tiede and Jean Harrell as well as production sketches (with character concept art!) and two exclusive short stories, First Night and A Nurse in Wolf's Clothing parts I and II. A free for download PDF edition is available at daemoneye.net.

Again, please note the contributor reward PDF version will be sent to you via email and may take several hours to a day to arrive. Be sure to check your spam folder. If you do not receive your contributor reward after 48 hours please contact kiojan@daemoneye.net

Please comment on the book; I'm interested in feedback, positive and negative.

This is, unfortunately, only 2/3 of the art I had originally planned on incorporating. A combination of artist troubles and sheer cost prevented me from commissioning all the illustrations I wanted to. I also originally planned on launching the print and digital editions simultaneously like book I, but owing to multiple delays this is the only way I could get the book out in some form by the first week in July as promised. Print copies should be available on Lulu and Amazon sometime in the next month and October-ish, respectively. To those of you don't have PayPal, can't send money to the U.S. via PayPal or can't order books on Lulu, I apologize. Just be patient. 

I'm going to post a retrospective on the project in the near future. This was an...interesting experience.

UPDATE 07-08-15
I've ran into a bit of a problem.

As some of you may recall, the reason the full-color edition of Book I is relatively expensive is because the printer -Lulu - charges by the page number and there still isn't an option for color inserts. It doesn't matter if there's only a single color page in a 300 page volume; you'll be charged for a 300 page color book, i.e., as though every page had color illustrations. Now, the full color edition of LC: Book II is 160 pages long and its base cost 26.00 USD. This is the minimum cost for Lulu to print it - what I would pay for a copy. Unfortunately, in order for it to be distributed through Amazon and other retailers the list price has to be DOUBLE that - 52.00 USD! Basically, retailers will only carry it if their profit on the sale of a copy is the same as the cost of printing it! And the list price on Lulu has to be the same as it is through the distributors - 52.00 USD! And I'd have to raise the list price even higher to see any income whatsoever through Amazon (at 52.00 USD Lulu and Amazon would take ALL the profit from copies sold outside of Lulu!). This wasn't a problem with LC: Book I since it was only ~90 pages . 

So...here's what I'm going to do. The full color edition of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II will ONLY be available through Lulu. I'll charge the same as I did for Book I - 30.00 USD - and see a return of 4.00 USD per sale. The black and white print version of LC: Book II will be cheaper and will be on Lulu and Amazon; the only difference between the two print editions will be that the 5 color illustrations will be grayscale in the black and white edition. I really wish I could have gotten more color illustrations to justify the price difference but...well, that's a rant for another day. Artists...gah!

UPDATE 07-08-15
Because the release of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II has been such a great success I've decided to upload the free for download PDF edition early! It can be found at link

I've ordered proof copies of the grayscale and full color print editions. Once they arrive (assuming there are no problems with the books) they will be available for purchase through Lulu. The grayscale edition will be up on Amazon roughly a month or two later assuming it passes muster for distribution.
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I had just finished the finalized manuscript of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II when MS Word crashed and the file wound up being corrupted! Couldn't recover it. No idea what happened, though the high resolution embedded images probably had something to do with it.

Luckily I had backed up the final text but now I have to completely reformat it again AND add the pictures! It'll take two or three days! Looks like the book will be delayed. AGAIN!

...These last couple of weeks have been goddamn excruciating. Not just because of the slow progress of the book and artists, either.

Oh, happy Fourth of July. I spent most of it trying to fix the file and questioning my lot in life.
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We're so close to releasing The Lycanthrope Club: Book II I can taste it.

I said I wouldn't be posting another preview of the book, but again, I lied.

Here's a snippet from "First Night" - an exclusive short story detailing Melinda and Phillip's first night in the woods as werewolves. It will only be included in the full-color edition PDF available to contributors and print copies (both color and greyscale). It's a description of the first male werewolf in the series, post-transformation.

Yes, he does have a bit of a bishie vibe to him.

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Phillip's pelt was grey. Slightly light grey, in fact - almost silvery without looking aged. [Melinda] found herself gently gliding her paw along his shoulders, feeling his hairs run between her digits.

"Phillip?" she said apprehensively.

There was no response. Phillip's shoulders slowly rose and sank as he breathed.

Melinda frowned, thinking. She had passed out the first time she transformed. Maybe he was unconscious.

"Phillip?" she repeated, this time louder.

"Yeah, yeah...I'm OK."

Phillip's speaking voice had gone from a tenor to a resonant baritone. Steeling herself, Melinda slowly lowered her arms and stepped back. Phillip turned to face her. Melinda's jaw dropped.

In truth she had half-expected to see some kind of hulking lupine brute, particularly after feeling how much he had grown. Yes, he was taller than her, but leaner. She actually had an inch or two on him in terms of raw mass yet his physique was still quite masculine. Undeniably masculine, she noted as she gazed downwards, blushing. Her questing eyes traveled up his body. His fur was lighter around his tight, sinewy stomach and torso. His nose and muzzle were short but sharp, a mask-like coloring of darker grey encircling his eyes, which had turned yellowish-brown. His hair - or the fur around his head, Melinda still wasn't sure what to call it - had lengthened and turned pure white. It shone gently in the alabaster light of the moon. His ears were noticeably large and long, drooping forward slightly. Though his face bore traces of his human self there was something else there - a strange, quiet nobility Melinda had never seen in him before.

"Melinda?" intoned Phillip.

Startled, Melinda wiped the drool from her mouth and spoke.

"Is that you?" she whispered in awe.

Phillip stared down at his paws, flexing his padded, clawed digits.

"I guess so," he replied.
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The Lycanthrope Club: Book II is now only a single illustration away from being completed. If the last image isn't ready by next week I'm cutting it and ordering a proof copy. So yes, I can finally give an estimated release time with some certainty: First week of July, 2015

Just saying. 
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I just uploaded the latest episode of the Daemoneye Podcast. Apologies for being so late with this one, but Tyler was dealing with technical problems and I've been swamped at work lately. In this episode we discuss the writings, themes, and influences of H.P. Lovecraft.

Check it out! [link]

As for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II...still waiting on the artists. Sigh.
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