Interview: Madeleine Holly-Rosing | Boston Metaphysical Society: The Book of Demons

Madeleine has been a previous guest back during Women In Horror Month 2020, where we discussed her last project for Boston Metaphysical Society: Ghosts and Demons. We picked at her brain of what goes on behind the writing process and how BMS was thought to be a TV pilot, but because of budgeting… Well you get the idea, cheaper to create a comic series than a TV series.

Madeleine is back to talk about a couple upcoming projects that will be released within the universe of Boston Metaphysical Society. We have an Audio Drama series, Boston Metaphysical Society: The Ghost Ship. And finally we discuss the next chapter within the world of BMS, and what we can expect to see this time around for Boston Metaphysical Society: The Book of Demons launched on Kickstarter March 30th.

Welcome back Madeleine, it’s been roughly over a year since we last talked. How have you been and how was the response to Boston Metaphysical Society: Ghosts and Demons?

Hi Paul: Thanks for having me back. The response to Boston Metaphysical Society: Ghosts and Demons was terrific. It had a huge emotional bang at the end that was challenging to write, but I think I pulled it off. It was a story where I wanted to delve deeper into Caitlin’s relationship with her mother and people responded well to that.

Has the global pandemic caused any delays for your projects?

Yes. Since there have been no conventions, I had to delay the next graphic novel by a few months for financial reasons. I know I’m not alone in this. It’s been a trying time for everyone.

You’ve announced an upcoming Audio Drama, Boston Metaphysical Society: The Ghost Ship. Is this separate from the comic universe?

The audio drama takes place during the timeframe of the original six issue mini-series. I like to refer to it as the “Case files of the Boston Metaphysical Society.” There will be a few references to what is going on in the graphic novel, but it is standalone. What’s fun about it is that I get to bring back some of the historical figures of the original series. In this case, Thomas Edison will be in three of the eight episodes.

I apologize for asking this, for someone (like myself) that isn’t quite not up to par with “audio drama?” how would you describe it?

No need to apologize. Quite simply, it’s a radio play. The Ghost Ship will have a full cast, sound effects, music—the whole shebang. Think of the old time radio plays. In fact, there are a number of excellent audio dramas available to listen to right now, like Sage and Savant and many more.

You mentioned Boston Metaphysical Society: The Ghost Ship will feature “8 Episodes”, is that similar to a novel that would have eight chapters?

Yes, and each episode will have a cliff hanger, though like I mentioned before, it is a complete story. Each season will be comprised of eight episodes. If the response is good then we will continue and have a different story each season.

Finally, where and when can we expect to listen to this? And how could one help out with voice acting roles (if needed).

I will be running a Kickstarter for this in the fall of 2021. Probably October. I anticipate all the editing and sound engineering to be done by Jan. 2022. At that point, it will go out to Kickstarter backers first, then will be available for streaming, downloading, or by purchasing a CD or flashdrive from me. I have not decided on a streaming platform(s) yet.

As for the voice acting rolls, the casting notices will go out for the leads and narrator in early March, and the other roles in April. I will be posting about that through my Kickstarter pages, social media, and other websites.

Back to the mention of comics, you released a brand new Kickstarter Campaign to fund the next story for Boston Metaphysical Society. Tell us about it.

Yes. The new graphic novel is called Boston Metaphysical Society: The Book of Demons. It is a 41 page story in a 48 page perfect bound book and is a continuation of Ghosts and Demons. The story is about how Caitlin is kidnapped and forced to find and enslave a demon for a Great House. Samuel, Granville, and Alma are all back. It finishes up this particular story arc. We do have a brand new Boston Metaphysical pin featuring the Plague Doctor which seemed to be appropriate for the time. It was designed by Alejandro Lee and looks terrific.

Normally we see a 24 page comic, so what made you want to put out a 48 page graphic novel, or because of 2020, it gave enough time to sit down and write?

My sequels tend to be longer and more of what I’d call a graphic novella. The fact that this story is 41 pages is simply because I decided that it needed to be that long, budget be damned. Hahaha. The additional pages will be extras like the pin up art by Roberta Ingranata and Ashley Woods.

Who came onboard to help make this project come to life? (Artwork, lettering, etc)

My amazing team of Gwynn Taveres (art/coloring) and Troy Peteri (lettering) are back. And of course, I can’t forget my pre-press guy, Jason Dube, who puts it all together and makes it look pretty.

How long does the campaign run for? And is there anything done differently about this Kickstarter than previous campaigns?

It will run for thirty days. We launched on March 30. I’m not doing anything too different other than I’ve reached out to more podcasts that I have not done before and continued to build my email list.

Note: You can sign up from the official Boston Metaphysical Society website or Facebook page, links provided at the end

Besides Boston Metaphysical Society, are there any other projects you are working on? Possibly another coloring book?

Sorry, I don’t have plans to do another coloring book right now. As for other BMS projects, I’ve finished the first novel in a trilogy called The House Wars and I’m outlining the second. It’s the Boston Metaphysical Society alternate history version of the American Civil. Other than that, I’ve been doing a few comic anthologies and flash fiction on the side.

Thank you Madeleine for your time and consideration, and I hope 2021 is a knockout year for you and Boston Metaphysical Society.

Thank you, Paul. I appreciate your time and interest. Have a great year!

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BMS The Miniseries Paperback

BMS The Scourge of the Mechanical Men

BMS The Spirit of Rebellion

BMS: Ghosts and Demons

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