In my basement, near my writing desk, I have an idea board. On this board, I like to jot down some big picture ideas for each of my stories. Typically, these ideas get erased when it’s time to start my next story. Of course, I keep a notebook with all of my ideas as well, the board is simply for those broad strokes. Anyway, I’ve finished my latest Dr. Nekros story entitled “The Inevitable Demise of Anton Hall,” and, because I’m growing more sentimental with every passing day, wanted to capture these notes for posterity before erasing them.
If you’ve been following my Dr. Nekros series, it may be fun for you to derive some clues about “The Inevitable Demise of Anton Hall” and the entire series as a whole from what you read on the board.
Above is the grand tormentor of Dr. Nekros … the demon Xaphan. Fourteen years ago this demon slashed Dr. Nekros’ face and literally tried to tear his heart out. Ever since, Dr. Nekros hasn’t been able to rest due to his obsession with getting revenge against the ghoul.
This is Jason Willingham, a self-made millionaire and innovator in the field of digital technology. He’s also the second husband of Zetta Southerland, Dr. Nekros’ ex-wife. He and Zetta married eleven years ago when he didn’t have a penny to his name.
Ever the understanding husband, Jason is happy to help his wife try to save Dr. Nekros from impending disaster with the demon Xaphan.
This is a pretty basic pencil sketch I made of Zetta Southerland, Dr. Nekros’ ex-wife from Dr. Nekros: The Tragedian. I really need to draw characters that I know I’m committing a great deal of time to because it makes them stand out more in my imagination and become more realistic.
Zetta is a very important character in the ongoing serial featuring she and Dr. Nekros. Their story will unfold over three volumes with six episodes per volume. The first episode has been released and it’s entitled Dr. Nekros: The Tragedian (Volume I, Episode I).
The second episode will come out soon. It focuses on Zetta and is called Dr. Nekros: Phantasms and Chicanery.
This is a simple pencil drawing I did in 2008 of Dr. Nekros as I wrote Dr. Nekros: The Tragedian. As you’ve probably noticed, it helps me quite a bit to draw my characters so that I can better envision them within my mind. It makes them real … to me.
Don’t forget, Dr. Nekros will be a recurring character in an eighteen-part series. If you want to get in on the ground floor, read the first episode, Dr. Nekros: The Tragedian (1 of 18). It’s hard to believe it’s all drawing to an end.
This is my first sketch of THE Celestial Knight. The Celestial Knights were created to battle the Burnt Ones after they were banished from the Kingdom. (Be warned, if you click on the image, a major plot point will be revealed in Souls Triumphant.) Ned’s surviving Burnt Ones want revenge desperately against one Celestial Knight in particular. You can find out what happens by reading my novel Souls Triumphant.
These characters and sketches were originally conceived for a short story back in my creative writing class at Illinois State University. The above notes are from the 1998 journal I used in the class to flesh out ideas.