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A FEW ODD SOULS: The Experiment Reaches Mid-Point

Saturday, May 4th, 2019 | Posted by John R. Fultz

Ch8Back at the end of March I started serializing A FEW ODD SOULS online at The novel has now reached its mid-point with 11 illustrated chapters available for reading, and 11 more to go. So far, so good!

This experiment to madly defy “traditional” publishing by giving a novel away for free online is going quite well. I’m gathering new readers every day. I’ve also decided (based on the advice of a brilliant friend) to post the chapters on Wattpad as well, where I’m slowly building a second following.

Each chapter of this Big Weird Epic includes an original pen-and-ink illustration by Yours Truly. It’s very rare these days to find a novel that is so profusely illustrated–you’re lucky if you get a cool cover and a nice frontspiece–but nobody is paying for full-page illustrations for every single chapter. So I’m doing it because I can. It’s also quite fun, and the readers really dig it.

BatmanKJI’m honored to announce that legendary BATMAN artist Kelley Jones will be inking my pencils for Chapter 14. That illustration will be very special indeed. Kelley is not only one of my all-time favorite comic book artists, he’s also a giant in the field, a true original, and one helluva nice guy. His involvement seriously elevates the entire experiment. Meanwhile, SOULS continues winning hearts and minds. At this point I plan on continuing my schedule of two new (illustrated) chapters per week.

Read A FEW ODD SOULS for yourself at 

Did I mention it’s FREE?

The Weird Must Flow…

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  1. Hey John, I’m digging your novel. I’m on chapter 9. I first encountered your work on the FarFetchedFables site while looking for something to listen to while walking.

    Your novel is a continuation of that story I heard years ago.

    I clicked on the Batman thumbnail. I saw Doug Moench in the byline. I really enjoyed his run on Shang Chi. He also co-created Weirdworld. I daresay your weirdworld(s) is weirder than that one.

    I’m looking forward to seeing Kelly Jones ink your art. I’m unfamiliar with him but his art in the Batman cover looks great.

    Comment by Charles_Martel - May 5, 2019 1:54 pm

  2. Hey, Charles–thanks for reading man!

    Yes, this idea for this epic novel was born in three short stories–the first one was “The Key To Your Heart Is Made Of Brass” (which appeared in Year’s Best Weird Fiction Vol. 1), the second one was “Flesh of the City, Bones of the World,” and the third was “The Rude Mechanicals and the Highwayman.” Nobody has to read those stories to enjoy A FEW ODD SOULS, but if you do you’ll know some extra secrets about the Urbille and the Surgeon, not to mention the Rude Mechanicals. The novel stands alone, but the seeds of it were born in those three short stories.

    Yes, Kelley Jones and Doug Moench are one of the all-time great comics teams. They did a game-changing BATMAN run in the 90s, and they also did the “Red Rain” trilogy of graphic novels, wherein Batman fights Dracula and becomes a vampire–permanently! Those are all amazing books. Kelley also did the DEADMAN revival that re-invented that character, and tons of other projects. His last BATMAN series was “Kings of Fear,” which ran through last year. I’m a huge fan of Moench’s WEIRDWORLD–I loved the comics as a kid, and I have the hardcover collection as an adult. Same goes for MASTER OF KUNG FU — Moench and Paul Gulacy, and later Mike Zeck & Gene day, did phenomenal work on that series too. I can’t recommend Kelley’s BATMAN, DEADMAN, and other collections enough–they’re all brilliant. He’s also did a terrific ALIEN graphic novel for Dark Horse, among other indie projects.

    Thanks again for reading the novel–the best is yet to come…


    Comment by John R. Fultz - May 5, 2019 5:26 pm

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