James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper Official Launch Exceeds 40,000 Worldwide Reads
Thanks to the many readers from over sixty countries (the download countries changed throughout each day based on when everyone was awake, so it was really hard to keep track!) who have shown me such great support and encouragement.
Needless to say, I was truly overwhelmed by the response to this story, especially considering that it did not garner a tenth of the media attention the first book received on account of its initial "conspiracy factor". Now that
the official chapter-a-day release is over, those of you who wanted to enjoy the entire book in one marathon reading can do so. The entire PDF document is available via the link at the top of the chapters page, so have at it,
and I look forward to hearing what you think. On a related note, the reader response to the excerpt of the new novella, "The Girl on the Dock", has been remarkably positive. Keep checking back for updates as the story progresses.
JPHEC Compendium Now Available
The official James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing
Compendium, written and compiled by the efforts of The Grotto Keep's own Gigabot, Kaydle50 and Tom, is finally
fully edited and available for download. Complete with color illustrations (colored by Gigabot herself), the Compendium
features a full character list, plot breakdown, explorations of essential themes and concepts, and loads of
intriguing extras facts and details that didn't make it into the text of the story (like how is it that Mrs.
Norris is still alive and hissing?) Additionally, the final release of the Compendium includes select James Potter inspired poetry by you, the fans!
Click here to get your copy of the official PDF release, but be
aware: if you have not yet read James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing, the compendium will be a pitfall
of spoilers. You can go read the full text of JPHEC here.
Hall of Elders' Crossing "Merlin" Bust Cast
his amazing bust of JPHEC's version of Merlinus Ambrosius was created by Rick at Big Bang Toys. He approached me
a while back asking if he could help me create a line of figures based on JPHEC. I told him that, for obvious reasons, I'd have no legal right to authorize such a line. Rick, a reader and fan,
offered to sculpt the Merlin bust anyway. How could I refuse? I provided some specific details on how my Merlin might look, and Rick went to work.
The result, which he says is not quite finished, is fantastic, isn't it?
I am endlessly amazed, humbled, delighted and completely inspired by the ways people like Rick continue
to express their enjoyment of these stories. The fact that my creation has inspired the artistic passions of other artists
(in exactly the same way that MY artistic passion was inspired by Ms. Rowling) is the greatest compliment imaginable.
From Kellen and friends' upcoming JPHEC films to the original song written for the James Potter series by Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
to Kadyn-Syris' and Kaydle50's JPHEC-inspired poems, to the amazing numbers of James Potter fan-fictions that seem to be in the works, I can only say thanks to you all-- and I hope JPCG inspires you even more!
JPHEC Review by "Know it Alls Very Best HP fanfic Recs"
or those of you who do not already know this, Know it Alls is an excellent resource for those interested in sorting through the
oceans of mediocre Harry Potter-themed fan-fictions out there in search of the rare gem. Recently, thanks to my presence in the Support Stacie fan-fiction auction,
Know it Alls became aware of "James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing". Here is an excerpt of their response to the tale:
"The biggest question I had after immersing myself in this amazing epic over several sleepless nights was why the tale isnít widely recognized as the best Harry Potter fic written. The author is quite possibly the most gifted writer Iíve encountered when it comes to picking up on the mood, perspectives and imaginative writing style that JKR utilized, while introducing his own unique and creative spin on the story."
WOW! Thanks for the very encouraging and inspiring words, Know it Alls! For those of you who are interested in the rest of this delicious review, you can read it here.