PP #3: Back in the Swing of Things

I should probably remind you who I am.

Hey, this is Jack McGuigan, writer of the Dog Walker novels and Agents of Paradox, a comic book. At some point between 2019 and now, you signed up for my newsletter. This is that. It’s the third one!

Or maybe you got here from Google or something, in which case you should really sign up so you don’t miss these. They’re pretty rare.

One email per year, huh?

Yeah look, I don’t want to dwell on it, but human civilization collapsed for a while and also my wife had a baby. Time has been limited. Some people spend their global pandemics sitting alone in their apartment, cranking out an artistic masterpiece, while others have twenty minutes to type this in the Mariano’s parking lot because their baby only naps in the car. Life, these days, is what happens between parking lots.

Anyway, I’m not gonna bug you guys unless I have book news.

You have book news?

I have book news!

The first draft of DOG WALKER III: WEDDING SIEGE is done. I wrote it in fits and starts over a long period, so it’s gonna need a lot of rewriting before it’s, uh, “funny” or “coherent” or “not personally insulting to the reader”. It seems like the thing to do is step away from it for a while and cleanse the pallet before I get back into it. So, I started writing the first draft of [TITLE REDACTED] to clear my head, and then I’ll rewrite DWIII with fresh eyes in early 2022. Should have it out next summer!

The third book, and the long gap of time before it comes out, seems like a good excuse to revitalize the brand a bit, so we’ve got new covers for the first two books with art by the great Ross Hayes:

Dog Walker on Kindle

Dog Walker II on Kindle

Lord Almighty, look at those. If you already have the kindle editions, but you want the new covers (and title pages!), they won’t refresh automatically. You have to contact Amazon support and ask them to update it for you. That’s what I had to do, anyway.

For those of you who prefer physical media, we’ve also got fancy new HARDCOVER EDITIONS available with the new covers:

Dog Walker Hardcover

Dog Walker II Hardcover

They’re a little pricier than the paperbacks, but they’re big and sturdy, like an old oak tree. Two old oak trees. An oak tree and its sequel. How do jokes work? I’ve barely left my house in a year and a half and I only talk to babies.

This new book I’m writing involves a lot of prep work and worldbuilding — I’m drawing maps! — so I’m going to try and stay off the Twitter and stuff. I should focus here. If you need anything, email me and I’ll get back to you pretty quick.

And I just want to say before I go: this mailing list isn’t huge, but it is 99% people I don’t know in real life. There’s a whole group of strangers out there who want to hear about my dumb spooky dog books, and I want you to know that I really do appreciate it. It means the world to me. I will try and make it worth the wait.

See you in a year!


PP#2: Spooky Dogs, Despite Everything

"Dog Walker III: Wedding Siege" is now in production. By which I mean, I'm writing it. It's a book.

Hi, I’m Jack McGuigan. I wrote Dog Walker (I and II) and Agents of Paradox, a comic book. At some point in the last several months, you signed up for my mailing list. Or maybe you didn’t? If not, here’s a button!

It’s a little hard to focus right now.

Things are weird out there in the world, here in May 2020. You don’t need me to tell you that. We get the same emails from Potbelly’s.

Here’s where I’m at: I had planned to be further along in writing my next novel at this point. I probably said as much in the last email. My next two books take place at a wedding and a theme park, respectively, and I don’t know what those are going to look like next month, much less next year, when a book would be done. When you’re writing sci-fi/fantasy/genre stuff, you generally want to have something to say, underneath it all, some comment on the world you live in, because that’s where the reader lives, and…I don’t know, man. I don’t know what to say about the world. The world is changing. All of my beliefs and opinions feel dated.

THAT SAID, I have gotten back into a writing rhythm in the past couple of weeks, and I’m much more likely to keep it going if I’m accountable to a group of strangers, so I’m introducing a new feature in this post called…

The Official Dog Walker III Real-Time Progress Tracker™

First Draft: 12.5% Complete

It don’t look like much, but believe me when I tell you that even in a COVIDless world, this is always the hardest part. If I don’t start a book, I can play video games! Scratch that same productivity itch for 1/10 of the effort.

Agents of Paradox is $4.49 on Comixology!

From today until June 4th, Agents of Paradox is only $4.49 on Kindle and Comixology! Art by John Fortune, colors by Vanessa Kirby, written by me. Paradox is the story of an old west cowboy and a teenage girl from the 80’s traveling through time, repairing wormholes and foiling sinister plots. It’s a graphic novel, and it took about seven years from conception to finish. We worked very hard on it. I know you guys are mostly novel readers, but if you like Dog Walker, you’ll probably enjoy this too! I can only write the one way.

If you do like it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews help readers like you find these books, which makes it easier to write new ones. :-)

In the future, I’ll answer reader questions down here, so if you have anything you wanna know, email me at gorillahousebooks@gmail.com or DM me on Twitter.

Your friend in time,

PP#1: Chaos in the Windy City

I'm...going to have to rethink that title abbreviation.

Hey, I’m Jack McGuigan. I wrote Dog Walker (I and II) and Agents of Paradox, a comic book. At some point in the last six months, you signed up for my mailing list. Or maybe you didn’t? If not, here’s a button!

What is “The Primate Post”?

“Gorilla House” is the imprint I publish books under, so…that, but a newsletter. I also made a couple movies about evil monkey pod people in high school? Primates were my brand long before spooky dogs. I would imagine you don’t really care what I name things, but I should explain this once in case it comes up later. Anyway!

Here’s where I’m at: I quit Facebook because it makes me sad, and I stare at Twitter for several hours a day because it makes me a different type of sad that I can’t seem to get enough of. Social media killed all the other websites and then became a mild torture device, like that chair in Wisconsin Dells that gives you little electric shocks through your hands. So now what? Where can I say book things? If I write a book and I don’t tell anybody, how will people know to read it? If only there were some sort of free publishing platform that was suddenly home to a lot of great writers

(And now, also, me.)

What’s gonna be on here?

Man, I don’t know yet. I’ve written half of one of these so far.

Are you writing more books?

I am! I’m currently deep in the pre-production outlining process on two different novels. This is the part where I sit around making stuff up, i.e. The Best Part of Writing. I don’t actually start with prose until I’ve got the basics of every scene worked out. I’m not a seat-of-your-pants guy. I need to know where it’s going, or else it feels like I’m bullshitting everybody? These things cost money, the least I can do is try to make it good.

Book #1 is Dog Walker III, which is coming together surprisingly quickly, probably because I already wrote two of those. Book two is a new thing, a longer, weirder thing that I’ll call The Reimagining. That one is…harder to get out, but I kind of want to write it more. There’s new characters and a whole made-up setting and entire books full of research involved. I had to draw a MAP. Can you imagine?

I should know by the next newsletter (February) which one is actually going to be 2020’s novel, and you’ll be the first to know on here.

Here’s a free book!

-_-_-_ Deal of the Month _-_-_-

DOG WALKER (for Kindle) is FREE from now until Friday 1/10!

Jack’s Recs

Black Hammer v. 4: Age of Doom Part 2 just came out in trade. Terrific end to a great series. Black Hammer is the story of 6-7 very specific Marvel/DC superhero analogues, who get trapped in a mysterious farm town for like a decade, figuring out where they are, how they got there and how to get out. It’s got a very David Lynch/Twin Peaks vibe, he said, having only ever seen Lynch’s Dune movie. I’ve been recommending these to everyone I talk to for a while now, and it’s nice to be able to point them at a completed thing. That’s rare with comics.

The Irishman is going to be on a lot of lists, and I watched it weeks after everybody else, but when trying to come up with a movie that really stuck with me in the last month, this is the one that keeps popping in my head. It’s like a regular gangster movie, except it keeps going for an hour after the natural endpoint, and you get to see how this story actually ends. How it always ends.

John Hodgman’s Medallion Status (I listened to the audiobook) is a constantly funny and surprisingly moving story about becoming famous and then slowly becoming less famous. I laughed out loud while walking the dog, and a neighbor saw me and turned away, so thanks John, now somebody thinks I’m a whackjob.

In the future, I’ll answer reader questions down here, so if you have anything you wanna know, email me at gorillahousebooks@gmail.com or DM me on Twitter.

Your friend in time,

Coming in 2020AD

Jack McGuigan's newsletter: "The Primate Post"


JACK McGUIGAN is the writer of the Dog Walker novels and Agents of Paradox, a comic book. He has a hard time imagining a situation where you would make to this page without knowing that, which should explain a lot about the level of creativity present in both those books.

“Gorilla House” is his DBA. “The Primate Post” is this newsletter.

What is this?

[Gonna switch to first-person, hang on.] I’m writing a different, longer novel right now, which is a thing I chose to do, but it can be pretty isolating. I need a way to keep in touch with The Internet while I do that, and an excuse to write literally anything besides that book so that I can procrastinate productively. Social media’s not really fun anymore, right? Everyone’s miserable over there. How about this? We could try this.

What do I get?

Writing updates, news about upcoming books, *exclusive* deals on current books, essays and reviews of other peoples’ stuff. Audience questions. Little web comics. It’ll be worth looking at.

How often?

Bi-weekly at most? More likely once a month. I won’t bug you if I’ve got nothing to say.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me or @ me on Twitter. I’m around.


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