It’s time for the sixth document from our Dasnoe Expedition collection, the legendary Dasnoe Manuscript! For years, historians believed all copies of Joseph Dasnoe’s The Dasnoe Expedition had been destroyed in the infamous Treadwell Fire of 1904. But they were wrong as you’ll soon see.
Dasnoe Manuscript: Found?
In honor of Apex Predator Thursday, I’m releasing the sixth document—the Dasnoe Manuscript—from our Dasnoe Expedition collection. As a reminder, the Dasnoe Expedition was led by famed zoologist Professor Joseph Dasnoe. Back in 1904, he received permission from Miles Spencer Corbotch and the Corbotch Foundation to visit northern New Hampshire’s vast—and largely unexplored—Vallerio Forest. Accompanied by numerous Highforth College faculty members and students, Dasnoe set forth on September 24, 1904. Just four days later, he was forced to cut the expedition short when six students fell prey to a pack of animals, widely reported in the media as wolves. Professor Dasnoe spent the rest of his short life trying to convince the public that the creatures who’d attacked his expedition weren’t wolves.
Rather, they were something else.
Shortly after returning from his expedition, Prof. Dasnoe prepared a manuscript entitled, The Dasnoe Expedition. All copies of the book, including the original manuscript, were reportedly destroyed in the infamous Treadwell Fire of 1904. But I’m pleased to report that a single page, definitively linked to the Dasnoe Manuscript, has now been discovered. Stored for over a century in the confines of a dusty Newark library, my archivist team stumbled on it while researching the Treadwell Fire. As you can see below, the page—while incomplete—clearly mentions the Vallerio Forest. Be sure to check out the bottom of the Dasnoe Manuscript page, which just might explain what Prof. Dasnoe thought he saw in the Vallerio on that fateful day.
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Future Books / Projects
Not much writing since Monday for personal reasons. Hopefully, this will change soon.
Behemoth (Apex Predator 1): First draft is in progress at 26,421 words. I’ve been cycling back a lot, changing earlier parts of the book to match up with where the story seems to be going. It’s on a better track now, but still not the right one.
Bunker (Apex Predator ?): First draft is paused at 6,090 words.
Collapse (Cy Reed Adventure #5): First draft is finished at 74,535 words.