Dasnoe Manuscript: An Apex Predator Original

It’s time for the sixth document from our Dasnoe Expedition collection, the legendary Dasnoe Manuscript! For years, historians believed all copies of Joseph Dasnoe’s The Dasnoe Expedition had been destroyed in the infamous Treadwell Fire of 1904. But they were wrong as you’ll soon see.

Dasnoe Manuscript: Found?

In honor of Apex Predator Thursday, I’m releasing the sixth document—the Dasnoe Manuscript—from our Dasnoe Expedition collection. As a reminder, the Dasnoe Expedition was led by famed zoologist Professor Joseph Dasnoe. Back in 1904, he received permission from Miles Spencer Corbotch and the Corbotch Foundation to visit northern New Hampshire’s vast—and largely unexplored—Vallerio Forest. Accompanied by numerous Highforth College faculty members and students, Dasnoe set forth on September 24, 1904. Just four days later, he was forced to cut the expedition short when six students fell prey to a pack of animals, widely reported in the media as wolves. Professor Dasnoe spent the rest of his short life trying to convince the public that the creatures who’d attacked his expedition weren’t wolves.

Rather, they were something else.

Shortly after returning from his expedition, Prof. Dasnoe prepared a manuscript entitled, The Dasnoe Expedition. All copies of the book, including the original manuscript, were reportedly destroyed in the infamous Treadwell Fire of 1904. But I’m pleased to report that a single page, definitively linked to the Dasnoe Manuscript, has now been discovered. Stored for over a century in the confines of a dusty Newark library, my archivist team stumbled on it while researching the Treadwell Fire. As you can see below, the page—while incomplete—clearly mentions the Vallerio Forest. Be sure to check out the bottom of the Dasnoe Manuscript page, which just might explain what Prof. Dasnoe thought he saw in the Vallerio on that fateful day.

Our Apex Predator site continues to grow. So, make sure to stop by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Future Books / Projects

Not much writing since Monday for personal reasons. Hopefully, this will change soon.

Behemoth (Apex Predator 1): First draft is in progress at 26,421 words. I’ve been cycling back a lot, changing earlier parts of the book to match up with where the story seems to be going. It’s on a better track now, but still not the right one.

Bunker (Apex Predator ?): First draft is paused at 6,090 words.

Collapse (Cy Reed Adventure #5): First draft is finished at 74,535 words.

Dasnoe Manuscript

Infinity Subway Theory: A Cy Reed Journal

This week in Cy Reed’s journal, Cy establishes an Infinity Subway Theory. Did the eight missing children disappear into Manhattan’s locked subway tunnels? How? And why?

Infinity Subway Theory

We’re pleased to release our 12th page of Cryptic today. Cryptic is our working title for Cy’s personal journals during the time period encompassed by Chaos. It focuses largely on his side investigation into a mysterious—and deadly—group known as the Infinity. This week’s entry, “Infinity Subway Theory,” is the last of a four-part mini-series. Here’s the first partsecond part, and third part.

“Infinity Subway Theory” contains the final inside page of a flyer Cy found just outside the 51st-53rd Street station complex. Like the other pages, it depicts a character from Captain Jellybones, a popular Internet cartoon series. An unknown person created the flyer in order to call attention to the sudden disappearance of eight children from extremely wealthy Manhattan-based families. In the margins, you can see Cy begin to theorize about how these kids, watched over by so-called “helicopter parents,” disappeared from their respective apartments without a trace. Manhattan’s subway tunnels, closed off at the time due to a labor strike, appears to be an important piece of the puzzle.

As always, enjoy! And if you need to catch up on old entries, make sure to visit the Cy Reed world.

Future Books / Projects

You never know when an idea will come together. Setting specifics aside, two particular slices of history have always intrigued me. One deals with lost technology and a strange mystery of history. The other is an urban legend about a deadly weapon. They seemed perfect for the Cy Reed universe, but I could never figure out how to turn either one into a book. Well, a few days ago something clicked and I started thinking about what would happen if I combined the two slices. Part of the story crystalized in my head and I quickly scribbled down a few notes so I wouldn’t forget it. And that story will be Cy Reed #6, ladies and gentlemen.

In other news, I’ve only written about 1,000 net new words since Thursday’s post. That’s a little misleading though since I also rewrote or cut (mostly cut) some 20,000 words. Status reports are below …

Behemoth (Apex Predator 1): First draft is in progress at 26,421 words. I’ve been cycling back a lot, changing earlier parts of the book to match up with where the story seems to be going. It’s on a better track now, but still not the right one.

Bunker (Apex Predator ?): First draft is paused at 6,090 words.

Collapse (Cy Reed Adventure #5): First draft is finished at 74,535 words.

Infinity Subway Theory

Treadwell Fire: An Apex Predator Original!

It’s Apex Predator Thursday and to celebrate, I’m releasing the fifth document from the Dasnoe Expedition collection. Our archivist staff calls it the Treadwell Fire article and it provides early insight into how far Miles Spencer Corbotch, patriarch of the Corbotch empire, was willing to go in order to hush up the truth about the Dasnoe Expedition.

Treadwell Fire Blazes Forth!

Today, I’m releasing the fifth document—the Treadwell Fire article—of our Dasnoe Expedition collection. As background, the Dasnoe Expedition was led by famed zoologist Professor Joseph Dasnoe. Back in 1904, he received permission from Miles Spencer Corbotch and the Corbotch Foundation to visit northern New Hampshire’s vast—and largely unexplored—Vallerio Forest. Accompanied by numerous Highforth College faculty members and students, Dasnoe set forth on September 24, 1904. Just four days later, he was forced to cut the expedition short when six students fell prey to a pack of animals, widely reported in the media as wolves. Professor Dasnoe spent the rest of his short life trying to convince an uncaring public that the creatures who’d attacked his expedition weren’t wolves.

Rather, they were something else.

Today, we’re pleased to share the Treadwell Fire article with you. Originally featured in The Gazette, it was the first article to go to press detailing the infamous Treadwell Fire of 1904 that ripped through Newark, New Jersey, killing 56 people and leveling some 500 structures in its wake. Historians have yet to definitively link the fire to the Corbotch empire. However, many conspiracy theorists are quick to point out the fire’s likely origin point—the Treadwell offices—as well as Joseph Dasnoe’s connection to those offices.

Our Apex Predator site continues to grow. So, make sure to stop by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Future Projects

One of my goals for 2015 and beyond is to start publishing more stories. Ideally, one every couple of months. While I still intend to write full-length novels, I’d also like to try my hand at novellas and short stories. So, what’s on the agenda for this year?

Behemoth: I’ve got two Apex Predator stories in development. The main story, codenamed Behemoth, is ~100 pages long so far. As I mentioned on Monday, I’m using a technique I like to call shadow writing. There’s no outline, no plan. It’s just me writing into the shadows, slowly shedding light on the stories in my subconscious. This past week, I’ve been cycling back a lot, changing and altering things in order to suit where the story seems to be going. June is going to be a busy month for me, but I’m hoping to have a solid draft done by the end of July and in your hands by the end of August. Goal: August 31, 2015.

Collapse: The first draft for Cy Reed #5, codenamed Collapse, is done. I think the main story is good, but the subplots leave a lot to be desired. Plus, I wrote the draft prior to finishing Vapor so other things need to change as well. This is another tough one to estimate, but I’m hoping for a four-month turnaround. Goal: December 31, 2015.

And what’s after that? I’d like to write a Cy Reed Origins series, chronicling Cy’s shift from archaeologist to treasure hunter / salvage expert. Hopefully, early 2016?

Treadwell Fire

 

Infinity Mystery Deepens: A Cy Reed Exclusive!

This week in Cryptic, the Infinity mystery deepens. Why did eight wealthy children leave their Manhattan apartments late at night? And how did they disappear without being spotted?

Infinity Mystery Deepens

We’re pleased to release our 11th page of Cryptic today. Cryptic is our working title for Cy’s personal journals during the time period encompassed by Chaos. It focuses largely on his side investigation into a mysterious—and dangerous—group known as the Infinity. This week’s entry, “Infinity Mystery Deepens,” is the third of a four-part mini-series. Here’s the first part. And here’s the second part.

“Infinity Mystery Deepens” contains the second inside page of a flyer Cy found just outside the 51st-53rd Street station complex. Like the other pages, it depicts characters from Captain Jellybones, a popular Internet cartoon series. An unknown person created the flyer in order to call attention to the disappearance of eight children from extremely wealthy Manhattan-based families. In his notes, you can see Cy begin to puzzle how eight kids, watched over by so-called “helicopter parents,” disappeared from their respective apartments without a trace. Were they kidnapped by the Infinity? Did they go via their own free will? If so, why?

As always, enjoy! And if you need to catch up on old entries, make sure to visit the Cy Reed world.

Future Project Updates

By now, most of you have read Vapor, the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series. And Cy Reed #5, currently titled Collapse, shouldn’t be too far behind it. The first draft is already finished, although the subplots still require a good deal of work.

But first, Apex Predator is on its way. Apex Predator is my newest world and will be a significant departure from Cy Reed, most notably in how I’m writing it. I’m using a technique I like to call Shadow Writing (aka pantsing, writing into the dark, free writing, etc.). This time, there’s no outline, no plan. It’s just me writing into the shadows, slowly shedding light on the stories in my subconscious. I also stopped writing to a word count. Now, I’m writing in two-hour blocks with no word count guarantees. As of today, I’ve got ~29,000 words—116 pages—in two separate stories. One is smaller, more intimate and full of menace. The other is action-packed and crammed with mysteries. I’m not totally sure where each one is going yet, but I think they’re going to be some of my best stuff yet.

Infinity Mystery Deepens

Corbotch Memo: An Apex Predator Exclusive!

This week, our archivist team is pleased to release our fourth document from the Dasnoe Expedition collection. Dubbed the Corbotch Memo, it offers disturbing background on the upcoming Apex Predator world.

Corbotch Memo Surfaces!

We’re pleased to release the fourth document of our Dasnoe Expedition collection today. The Dasnoe Expedition was led by famed zoologist Professor Joseph Dasnoe. Back in 1904, he received permission from the Corbotch Foundation to visit northern New Hampshire’s vast—and largely unexplored—Vallerio Forest. Accompanied by numerous Highforth College faculty members and students, Dasnoe set forth on September 24, 1904. Just four days later, he was forced to cut the expedition short when six students fell prey to a pack of animals, widely reported in the media as wolves. Professor Dasnoe spent the rest of his short life trying to convince an uncaring public that the creatures who’d attacked his expedition weren’t wolves.

Rather, they were something else.

Today, we’re pleased to share the Corbotch Memo with you. Prepared by famed financier Miles Spencer Corbotch, it dictates a series of protocols designed to keep the truth about the Dasnoe Expedition under wraps. The last protocol is particularly chilling.

Our Apex Predator site continues to grow. So, make sure to stop by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Last Call for Vapor!

Thanks again to all of you early purchasers of Vapor. Going forward, I intend to use this space to talk about the coming Apex Predator series. But first, I’d like to pitch Vapor one more time. Vapor is the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series. Get your copy at one of the following links today!

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Corbotch Memo

Cy Reed Investigates Disappearances?

Due to Memorial Day, we’re pushing Cy Reed Day to today here at David Meyer Creations. This week, we’ve got the tenth Cryptic page for you. Entitled, “Cy Reed Investigates Disappearances,” it features the first inside page of last week’s flyer. Plus, more details about the mysterious disappearance of eight Manhattan-based children!

Cy Reed Investigates Disappearances

We’re pleased to release our tenth page of Cryptic this morning. Cryptic is our working title for Cy’s personal journals during the time period encompassed by Chaos. It focuses largely on his side investigation into a mysterious—and dangerous—group known as the Infinity. This week’s entry, “Cy Reed Investigates Disappearances,” is the second of a four-part mini-series. You can find the first part here.

Cy Reed Investigates Disappearances contains the first inside page of a flyer Cy found just outside the 51st-53rd Street station complex. Like the flyer’s front cover, it depicts characters from Captain Jellybones, a popular Internet cartoon series. An unknown person created the flyer in order to call attention to the disappearance of eight children from extremely wealthy Manhattan-based families. Cy’s notes reveal a few sporadic details about the disappearances as well as their shocking connection to events that took place in 1916.

As always, enjoy! And if you need to catch up on old entries, make sure to visit the Cy Reed world.

Thanks Vapor Fans!

It’s been over a month since I released Vapor, the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series. Thanks to all of you, it’s had a great debut. Going forward, I’m going to use this space to talk about upcoming projects. Behemoth, the first story in the Apex Predator series, is next. And I’m pushing hard to get Cy Reed #5, tentatively titled Collapse, into your hands before the end of the year.

If you haven’t picked up Vapor yet, there’s no time like the present. It’s sitting at #11 & #3 on the U.S. and UK Pulp Best Sellers lists and #23 & #22 on the U.S. and UK Men’s Adventure lists. Get your copy at one of the following links today!

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Cy Reed Investigates Disappearances

Dasnoe Monster: A First Look?

It’s Apex Predator Thursday here at David Meyer Creations and you know what that means … another document from the ill-fated Dasnoe Expedition of 1904! This week, we get our first glimpse of the strange Dasnoe Monster that reportedly attacked Professor Joseph Dasnoe’s expedition, killing six students in the process. In other news, the first Apex Predator book, Behemoth, is coming along right on schedule. While you wait for it, why not check out my latest Cy Reed novel, Vapor?

The Dasnoe Monster: Revealed?

We’re pleased to release the third document of our Dasnoe Expedition series today. The Dasnoe Expedition was led by famed zoologist Professor Joseph Dasnoe. Back in 1904, he received permission from the Corbotch Foundation to visit northern New Hampshire’s vast—and largely unexplored—Vallerio Forest. Accompanied by numerous Highforth College faculty members and students, Dasnoe set forth on September 24, 1904. Just four days later, he was forced to cut the expedition short when six students fell prey to a pack of animals, widely reported in the media as wolves. Professor Dasnoe spent the rest of his short life trying to convince an uncaring public that the creatures who’d attacked his expedition weren’t wolves.

Rather, they were something else.

Today, we’re pleased to share the so-called “Dasnoe Monster” photograph with you. It’s the second of a two-part message Prof. Dasnoe sent to President Teddy Roosevelt roughly a month after the attack. You can find the first part here. Unfortunately, the Dasnoe Monster image, along with the accompanying text, was defaced by an unknown party shortly after being received. Please see the curator note for more information.

Our Apex Predator site is still growing. So, make sure to stop by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Bought Vapor?

The first novel in the Apex Predator universe, Behemoth, is still being written. But you can get Vapor right now! Vapor is the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series. As we speak, it’s sitting at #9 & #3 on the U.S. and UK Pulp Best Sellers lists and #22 & #19 on the U.S. and UK Men’s Adventure lists. It’s also the #3 & #4 Hot New Release in the U.S. Pulp and U.S. Men’s Adventure categories. Get your copy at one of the following links today!

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Dasnoe Monster

Cy Reed meets Captain Jellybones

Today, we’ve got another Cryptic page for you. It’s titled, “Cy Reed meets Captain Jellybones” and reveals that the Infinity has struck a blow against Manhattan … the apparent kidnapping of eight children from some of New York’s wealthiest families. What will Cy Reed do now? In other news, have you read Vapor, Cy Reed #4, yet? If not … why not? Get your copy today!

Cy Reed meets Captain Jellybones

We’re releasing our ninth page of Cryptic today and as you’ll see soon, things are really picking up speed. Cryptic, as most of you know, is our working title for Cy’s personal journals during the time period encompassed by Chaos. This week’s entry, “Cy Reed meets Captain Jellybones,” was written after Cy first broke into New York’s closed-off subway system. It features a flyer Cy collected just outside the 51st-53rd Street station complex. As you can see below, the flyer depicts characters from Captain Jellybones, a popular Internet cartoon series. As of today, we have yet to locate the person or persons that created this flyer. However, we do know that Captain Jellybones‘ creators had nothing to do with it.

As always, enjoy! And if you need to catch up on old entries, make sure to visit the Cy Reed world.

Bought Vapor?

Have you bought Vapor yet? No? Well, why wait any longer? Vapor is the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series. As we speak, it’s sitting at #9 & #1 on the U.S. and UK Pulp Best Sellers lists and #18 & #13 on the U.S. and UK Men’s Adventure lists. It’s also the #3 & #6 Hot New Release in the U.S. Pulp and U.S. Men’s Adventure categories. Get your copy at one of the following links today!

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Cy Reed meets Captain Jellybones

Monster Hunter Teddy Roosevelt?

Last week, we announced our brand-new Apex Predator site and revealed the first document from the ill-fated Dasnoe Expedition of 1904. This week, we push forward with the first of two photographs, sent by Joseph Dasnoe to famed monster hunter Theodore Roosevelt. Also, while you’re waiting for Apex Predator to launch, why not check out Vapor?

Monster Hunter Teddy Roosevelt?

Over the last eighteen months, our team of dedicated researchers has been pulling together any and all documents related to the infamous Dasnoe Expedition of 1904. In the process, we’ve compiled an incredible treasure trove of old photographs, letters, and other items related to this extremely strange period of American history. And as we prepare for the upcoming launch of Behemoth, the first book in the Apex Predator series, we’re taking the opportunity to release those documents to all of you!

This week, we’re publishing the first of a two-part photographic series. We’re calling this particular photograph, “Monster Hunter Teddy Roosevelt.” It represents Joseph Dasnoe’s second attempt at luring fabled monster hunter Teddy Roosevelt into the isolated Vallerio Forest in search of mysterious—and ungodly—creatures. Incidentally, the “curator note” at the bottom of this photograph was added by our research team. It will make much more sense when we release the second photo of this mini-series.

Our Apex Predator site is still growing. But make sure to stop by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Bought Vapor?

Have you bought Vapor yet? No? Well, why wait any longer? Vapor is the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series. As we speak, it’s sitting at #8 & #1 on the U.S. and UK Pulp Best Sellers lists and #17 & #9 on the U.S. and UK Men’s Adventure lists. It’s also the #2 & #7 Hot New Release in the U.S. Pulp and U.S. Men’s Adventure categories. Get your copy at one of the following links today!

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Monster Hunter Teddy Roosevelt

Cy Reed Visits ShadowFire HQ

In today’s edition of Cryptic, Cy Reed visits ShadowFire HQ. Plus, an important new symbol harks the coming of dark times. And oh yeah, have you bought Vapor yet?

Cy Reed Visits ShadowFire HQ

You’ll find the latest edition of Cryptic, “Cy Reed Visits ShadowFire HQ,” below. Cryptic, as a brief reminder, is our working title for Cy’s personal journals during the time period encompassed by Chaos. This week’s entry begins shortly after Cy exits ShadowFire HQ. Much has changed … for one thing, he’s been saddled with Beverly Ginger for a partner. As most of you know, this marks a major turning point in Cy’s life, although he didn’t know it at the time. More importantly, Cy comes across a brand new symbol, not far from Diane Blair’s apartment. Freshly painted and ominous, it hints at dark times ahead, both for him as well as for the children of Manhattan. As always, enjoy! And if you need to catch up on old entries, make sure to visit the Cy Reed world.

Bought Vapor?

Have you bought Vapor yet? No? Well, why wait any longer? Vapor, the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series, is on-sale! As we speak, it’s sitting at #8 on the Pulp Best Sellers list and #14 on the Men’s Adventure list. It’s also the #2 Hot New Release in the Pulp category. Get your copy at one of the following links today!

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Cy Reed Visits ShadowFire HQ