That gum you like…

The WoodsmanIn the words of The Man from Another Place, “I have good news! That gum you like is going to come back in style.”

And what the heck does that mean, you ask? Well, anyone in at least their thirties will know: It’s a line from Twin Peaks, a show I was addicted to while I was in my master’s program in college, and one that influenced me creatively ever since. In fact, that was the year I wrote my very first version of Most Likely for my creative master’s thesis, even though it wouldn’t see print until 2011, about twenty years later, after an update and polishing draft, when I first became an indie novelist.

Memories.

I’m not suggesting that I write in a Twin Peaks style; however, the show reeked of atmosphere … spooky atmosphere … and was one of the major influences on me when I started conceiving of Veritas County and Hope, Wisconsin, where I set much of my fiction.

Northwest Wisconsin, much like Twin Peaks, Washington, is a heavily wooded area with vast stretches of deep, dark forests where anything could be going on, unseen and largely undetected. That inspires a creative mind like mine.

So imagine my joy when I discovered, along with the rest of the internet, that Mark Frost and David Lynch have reunited to produce nine brand new episodes of a show that will turn twenty-five years old by the time it hits the air in 2016. It’s a long time to wait, but as I’ve waited over twenty-three and a half years already, I think I can manage another eighteen months or so.

Best part? Frost and Lynch will be writing, and Lynch will be directing, every single episode. How amazingly cool is that? That gum I like is coming back in style, indeed!

And in a way, they even predicted it, kinda: In a Red Room scene, Laura Palmer uttered some of her famous final dialogue. “I’ll see you again in twenty-five years. Meanwhile…”

Indeed, we will, God willing and we’re all in good health!

Okay, so, early-90s-fanboy moment over.

Here’s the other good news: The Woodsman in eBook form drops in about a week, on Friday, October 17! However, the print version is already live and available now! So if you’re a fan of the tactile experience of reading a paper book: get a jump on the debut! Order your paper copy today!

I now return you to my regularly-scheduled ramblings…