It’s nearly time, folks. The release of the sequel to Horn-Horn is nearly here. Well, I don’t like to call it a sequel, because it’s the second in what was always intended to be a series. This is why there are so many questions left up in the air in the first novel. And to call it a sequel also does a disservice to the main premise. Horn-Horn, Cracked is its own book. It owes nothing to its predecessor, while supporting the continuing mythology of the series without missing a beat.
When I first finished it, a few months ago, I sat back and had an array of emotions. ‘Oh, this is so depressing, how is anybody going to like it?’, ‘Oh, this is so moving, how could anybody not cry?’, ‘Oh, it’s not as adventurous and out-there as the first’… And believe me, there were a ton more thoughts ending in ‘not as such-and-such as the first’. But again, this sequel phantom should not be looming over it. I’m actually more proud, story-wise, of what I’ve come up with in the second book. My heart breaks for a few of the characters in particular.
And going in to the third book will be interesting, veeeeery interesting, if the epilogue is anything to go by.
One of my main concerns writing this second book was purely down to expectations. Would everybody expect twist after twist, just like in the first one? I never intended to be like M. Night Shyamalan and hand them out like candy; the plot just leant itself that way and I was very fortunate. There are, of course, some crazy twists in H-H, C… but they’re less for “wow!” factor and more for “oh… wow…” factor (once you read it, this may make more sense).
Despite all my nerves, any the fans with their rabid expectations, I am really proud of how different and unique Horn-Horn, Cracked has turned out to be. It will be interesting to see what people think of it, as the town of Two Horn continues to develop.
So what CAN I tell you about Horn-Horn, Cracked? Well, like everything, there is a double (or maybe triple) meaning to that title. In fact, by my count, there’s at least four different factors you can take from that one word. Cracked. Think about it. But don’t worry. You could never figure it out on your own.
I can tell you that the villain in this is a very interesting character. In some ways, much more complex than the previous one.
I can’t tell you when this book will be released. It won’t be long, though.
Per some RIDICULOUS requests, Brendan Gellar features more prominently, and helps lead into more personal ground covered in book #3.
Gregory Cooper has a girlfriend, and it ain’t Cassie.
There are a world of references to the 1950’s. Catch all of them if you can!
Other than that, I can’t tell you much more. I just hope you all enjoy the ride when it comes!
All the best,
- A. D. T.