Birth of a Series Part 2 - "What IS a Para-Earth?"
With this thought in mind, suddenly all the beings and entities I had been thinking about writing suddenly became more real to me. They weren’t aliens from other worlds, or magical demons from other dimensions, they were Earth beings. Just not from this reality. They came from alternate Earths where either the creation of the moon or some other kind of cosmic event (an asteroid that missed us in this reality, actually struck and brought some microbes, or some other kind of calamity) changed that other Earth’s development which in turn altered what kind of life might or might not evolve. I quickly realized that the possibilities were endless and that I wouldn’t have to limit myself to just one alternate version of Earth. I’d have dozens or hundreds available for storylines… In that moment I came up with the phrase Para-Earths.
Of course this led to new questions I needed to answer such as how do these beings slip out of their versions of Earth and into ours? Do people from our Earth wind up slipping into those alternate earths? Are the beings from these Para-Earths malevolent, friendly, or simply following basic instinct like herbivores and carnivores, etc.
Of course there are many more stories to come. Even now Helen and I are currently putting the finishing touches on our first anthology that mainly focuses on characters from "The Vampyre Blogs", but also re-introduces a couple of characters from "The Bridge" and "The Ship". The collection will be the first of what we hope will be many and is currently titled "The Vampyre Blogs - One Day At A Time". And for those who are wondering, yes we are planning on a major crossover where all these characters comed together and many secrets are revealed.
We're also working on at least 4-5 full-length novels, several of which are already under way. And we have countless ideas for many more. In time, depending on how popular the series becomes, we may invite other authors to join in and help expand the series, just as HP Lovecraft gave permission to fellow authors like August Derleth, Robert Bloch and others to expand and build upon his Cthulhu Mythos. (Note: to this day, his Cthulhu mythos is still being expanded by modern writers long after his passing back in 1937).