World to Be Invaded by Half-Human Monsters?


No, this picture has nothing to do with my upcoming sequel to Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight.

Cyndere’s Midnight is, however, a “beauty and the beast story.” My version has a whole bunch of beasts. Beastmen, more specifically. Sinister human/animal hybrids that lurk in the woods around the various civilizations of the Expanse.

I wrote the first draft of the book in 1997.

The book is coming out in September.*

And this subject is suddenly getting more media attention, making me very nervous. Is the nightmare I envisioned for the Expanse (inspired, of course, by H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, and by the invention of the Replicants in Blade Runner, and various other sources) about to become all too real?

*No, Amazon does not have the final cover art for Cyndere’s Midnight. As cool as that image is, it’s early concept for the book, not the finished product. You’ll see the book cover here as soon as it’s available.
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • genebranaman

    First of all, chimeras are VERY frightening business. Business, sadly, seems to be what they’re all about in today’s scientific community. What would Mary Shelley say?

    Secondly . . . Jeffrey, are you saying the cover for Cyndere‚Äôs Midnight is actually going to be cooler that the one on Amazon?! Wow. I would say thee nay but I’ll wait until the final is posted!


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