Huge thanks to all the entrants to the Presentation Secondary School, Waterford Art Competition. Wonderful creations that really brought the characters from the story ”Shadows of the Second Sun” to life.
Special thanks to Jane Heffernan, inspirational art teacher…..thanks Jane
First Prize of 50 euro to Heather Lampen for her brilliant depiction of ”Shadow Warrior’
Liam and myself were in the middle of writing the second in the series and we realized it was way cooler than the first story. KRAAXOR was way more badass, the characters were jumping to life and well it was more marvel.
And so we took the leap and decided to rewrite the original story and man is it worth it. To bring the characters to life we have started working with the huge talent of Gary O Donnell and along the way we will keep you updated on how the characters are taking shape.
Liza Bolton is a new Irish film director, who has her first feature film, Cattle Raid, in the festivals at the moment. She has been a huge help in directing the flow of the story and helping us get that bit closer to bringning Max Stone to the big screen. (there is a feature on Liza over on the collaborators and we are building one for Gary)
We haven’t quite decided on the image for the Ranguilla, one of the daemons Max and Boctamus encounter in the Norther Caves, as they flee the Kaemon Klaan……let us know which one you prefer.
A short extract to give you some background if you haven’t read the first edition..
Really enjoyed writing Luke Anderson’s story. I began by exploring what would happen if we stared into the shadows, really looked deep inside. Luke found himself in a battle of good and evil waged on a planetary scale.
He was lost in this world and when he fell to the Domain, he was lost there too. When he had to defend a six year old girl, Ju-Hyt, against the terrifying attack of a Tsarak he dug deep. He bonded with the planet’s most revered predator, the Serganz, and he was infused with more power that even the God of War could have imagined.
Earlier in the year I ran an art competition with the Presentation Secondary School, Waterford and the entries are in. Liza Bolton, Director of Cattle Raid, has agreed to join the judging panel and we hope to publish the winners in early September.
Check back in a few days and I will load up some of the entries.
Working on a cool new writing project with Jack Clarke (drawings) & Ellen McCaffrey (graphic design) – working title – Kane in the Shadow Curse
After hours of fighting, years of loneliness, the Shadow Warrior collapsed upon the bridge. Exhausted. Beaten. These final words cut through his soul and as the tainted blade sliced his flesh his thoughts turned to his son. Unknowing in all of this. An innocent. But who must now carry his fate, his curse. As the last breath leaves his body he whispers into the night ‘’Kane’’
Declan is an Irish writer of children’s adventure tales and YA novels with such titles as ‘Max Stone and the Lost Star of Zirdon‘ (which he co-wrote with his youngest son Liam) and the just completed ‘Shadows of the Second Sun.’