I've so far had one failed attempt to publish my Port Adelaide urban folklore book, the Panther of Divett Street, and I am tempted to self-publish it, or possibly reformat the book and try again with a regular publisher. Still scratching my head about that one.
In the meantime, a few mates have had a go at a cover, using AI. My prompt was "An old fashioned policeman holding a baton chasing a panther with a chicken in its mouth." Results are hilariously bad. Thanks to Richard, Chris and Eva for playing along.
An idea has emerged for a compendium project next year. I need a series of short stories in the public domain that deal with people who "meddle with forces they cannot possibly comprehend" and summon dark and ancient magics.
The quote itself is from Indiana Jones, but the idea is much older. I so far have the following material:
1 - O Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad (M R James)
2 - One of the 'John Silence' stories by Algernon Blackwood
3 - Something by Robert Chambers (most of his stories about about meddling)
4 - The Merewigs by Sabine Baring-Gould
I'm hoping to get recommendations for this enterprise.