[GUEST POST] Christian Schoon on The Shutting Down of Strange Chemistry


Christian Schoon spent several years as an in-house writer with the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, CA, before going out on his own as a freelance writer working for various film, home video and animation studios in Los Angeles. After moving from LA to a farmstead in the American Midwest, he now works on his novels, continues freelance for the entertainment industry and also volunteers with groups dedicated to rehabilitating wildlife and fostering abused/neglected horses. His novels Zenn Scarlett and the sequel Under Nameless Stars were published by from Strange Chemistry Books.

A Strange Chemistry Author’s Take His Imprint’s Vaporization

by Christian Schoon

There was a big disturbance in the Force just recently. SF&F publisher Angry Robot Books announced the closure of their Strange Chemistry (Young Adult SF&F) and Exhibit A (Crime Fiction) imprints. I’m an author with Strange Chemistry, and while the news came as a surprise to me and the other authors in the SC stable, with hindsight, and in the context of today’s red-in-tooth-and-claw publishing environment, maybe it shouldn’t have come as entirely shocking news. (A disclaimer: this post contains no privileged information or secret decoder ring decoding. It’s just me and some opinions/gleanings from what’s been drifting around on the interwebs in the last few days).
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BROKEN by A.E. Rought, a Re-Imagining of Frankenstein, Optioned for a TV Series

Strange Chemistry author A.E. Rought is reporting that her novel Broken has been optioned for an hour-long dramatic television series by ABC Family. As she points out, an option is no guarantee that it will actually be made into a series, but the first step in that direction is the option, and that’s a done deal.

The story of Broken, a reimagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, concerns a young girl named Emma Gentry whose boyfriend, Daniel, is the latest victim in a string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town. Emma is naturally depressed, and then she meets town newcomer Alex Franks, who she is strangely drawn to. Even stranger: there are eerie similarities between Alex and Daniel.

eBook Deal: Get 7 Strange Chemistry eBooks for $1.99 Each

Publisher of YA genre fiction Strange Chemistry is celebrating their first birthday by offering each of their 7 debut titles as $1.99 eBooks.
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Strange Chemistry has just completed the cover of Kim Curran’s upcoming novel Control, the sequel to Shift that’s due to be published on August 6th, 2013. The cover features art by Larry Rostant. (There’s a much larger version after the jump!)

Here’s the synopsis of Control:

Scott Tyler is not like other teenagers. With a single thought he can alter reality around him. And he can stop anyone else from doing the same.

That’s why he’s so important to ARES, the secret government agency that regulates other kids like him: Shifters.

They’ve sent him on a mission. To track down the enigmatic Frank Anderson. An ex-Shifter who runs a project for unusual kids – as if the ability to change your every decision wasn’t unusual enough. But Anderson and the kids have a dark secret. One that Scott is determined to discover.

As his obsession with discovering the truth takes him further away from anyone he cares about, his grip on reality starts to weaken. Scott realizes if he can’t control his choices, they’ll control him.

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