UPDATE #88 (4/8/22): “Godzilla: Chapter 3” is (Finally) Live!

Greetings, readers!

Man on man, it feels great to be posting an update about a new chapter again! It’s been too long, and I’ve missed it terribly.

A week ago, I posted a “joke” chapter for the GNP’s adaptation of the original Godzilla. Maybe it was inspiration from reading through that first chapter of the book again, maybe guilt over tricking people into thinking there was a new chapter to read, or possibly a combination of both… but whatever the reason, it wasn’t too long after posting the prank chapter that I decided it was high time to give this particular book a real new chapter…

To that end, I’m happy to announce that as of right now, the third chapter of the GNP’s ongoing adaptation of 1954’s Godzilla has been published for the world to read! It’s been a long time since I’ve returned to this most significant of films for the project, but for various reasons, I felt like it was finally time to get back into writing Chapter 3. And I’m so glad I did. I know people have been asking for this book to continue for a while now, and it felt great to finally finish the next installment.

Check out Godzilla: Chapter 3 here. I hope you enjoy it!

And if you haven’t read the first two chapters (or if it’s been a while since you’ve read them), click here to start at the beginning.

Happy reading!

(Oh, and if you thought I’d forget that this is ”Updeighty-Eight” posted on the 8th, then you’d be mistaken! C’mon, I only have one more update where I can use that joke, and I have to squeeze it in where I can…)

ULDATE 87 (4/2/22): Regarding April Fools Day… GOTCHA!

Alright, time to come clean. 😆

Yesterday, I took to Twitter, Facebook, and Patreon to announce that a newly revamped version of ”Godzilla: Chapter 1” had just been published.

Here’s what I said:

The GNP is proud to present an all-new, revamped edition of the very first chapter of GODZILLA (1954)!

This was the first content published for the project over four years ago, and I’ve come a long way as a writer since then. I’ve wanted to go back and polish this chapter for a while now, and this is my first attempt at updating my older work.

This is something I’ve never tried before, so definitely let me know what you think after you’ve checked it out.

This post was accompanied by a link that appeared to lead to this new version of Chapter 1, and over the course of 12 hours, nearly three-dozen people clicked it. [Insert evil laugh here]

The true nature of the post was pretty obvious to those who then clicked the link, but for those who didn’t, this “all-new, revamped” chapter was obviously my contribution to yesterday’s April Fools Day shenanigans.

April Fools has been a fun tradition here at the GNP nearly since its inception. From tricking people into thinking I was starting a Godzilla 2014 novelization to writing an entire funny short story in 2020, good-natured pranks are part of what makes interacting with readers so fun! I’ve never wanted to do anything mean or too off the wall; humorous tricks and all-around goofiness are my style. And this year’s prank was definitely goofy.

Basically, when the link was clicked, what readers found was a “broken” version of GODZILLA’s first chapter, completely messed up and full of formatting, grammatical, spelling, and word-choice errors. If they made it all the way to the bottom, a funny gif awaited them.

So yeah, in case you’s still a bit confused (based on some messages I got, plenty of people were a bit baffled by this seemingly inept version of the chapter suddenly popping up), the page is 100% NOT a new-and-improved version of the chapter, and as of right now, I have no intention of ever completely rewriting older work. This was just a goof, and if you were one of the readers who clicked the link, I hope it gave you a chuckle!

As with all my previous April Fools pranks, I’ll be leaving the link to the joke version of the chapter live (but with a changed name to avoid confusion). And don’t worry, the original “Godzilla: Chapter 1” is still intact on its own page, and can still be accessed via the usual links on the website.

Thanks for being good sports, and if you fell for this prank, then, well…

GOTCHA!

Here’s the broken chapter, preserved for posterity.

UPDATE #86 (3/6/22): The Latest GNP Status Report is Live!

The seventh bi-annual GNP Status report is ready to read! Make sure you’re comfortable…

Greetings, awesome people! Welcome to Updeighty-six! (Yes, I can sense you rolling your eyes through the screen. And no, I’m not sorry.)

Anyway, bad puns aside, its finally time to jump into the latest edition of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT’s patented (and long-winded) STAUS REPORT! This bi-annual deep dive into the progress of the GNP is a great opportunity to discuss everything going on with the project, and they’re usually pretty in depth and hefty on the ol’ word count.

However, this report will be a bit more succinct than previous ones, largely because the last six months have seen fewer updates to the GNP than I would’ve liked. The reasons for this are plentiful, and – without getting too personal – range from starting a new job and other creative projects to a myriad of family emergencies and – most unfortunate of all – the deaths of two family friends.

I won’t dwell on these things too much, but needless to say, my attention was required elsewhere quite a lot over the winter months. But even with all the challenges being thrown at me since the last status report in the fall of 2021, the GNP has still seen quite a lot of growth and even a few new projects started! It all happened slower than I wanted (heck, this report was supposed to drop on February 22nd, but a family car accident put the kybosh on those plans), and there’s definitely less to discuss than usual, but despite a crazy half a year, work still got done, and I’m quite pleased with both its quality and reception.

So sit back, get comfortable, put on your reading glasses (if you’re lucky and don’t need reading glasses, feel free to skip this step), and check out the status of every GNP project, as well as what’s in store for readers like you in the coming months! Let’s dive in.

THE NOVELIZATIONS

GODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Not much to say here, as this is one of many novelizations that hasn’t gotten an update in quite some time. However, this is a book that I get asked about frequently, with many readers telling me that this is their favorite adaptation on the site. So if you’ve been waiting patiently for Godzilla: Chapter 3, don’t worry… it’s coming! One exciting new detail about this one is the fact that I might just have a narrator lined up to read a potential audiobook version, but that’s an update for another day…

KING KONG VS. GODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

As I said in the last status report, the adaptation of this film (which is based on the legendary original Japanese cut of the film, unavailable in the United States until recently) has been a unique and exciting opportunity for the GNP.  To be able to present Honda and Sekizawa’s original, hilariously satirical vision to western readers is truly an honor, and it’s something I’m definitely taking my time on.

Only Chapter 1 has been completed and posted thus far, and my continuing research into the period (specifically the Japanese “Economic Miracle” and its effects on television, advertising, and big business) has prevented me from converting my outlines into further chapters. However, this remains another popular adaptation on the site (despite consisting of a single chapter!), so once I feel satisfied with the research, work on the next chapter can continue.

MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

The next chapter of this adaptation (and the next “in universe” newspaper article penned by Akira Takarada’s character, Ichiro Sakai) has already been outlined and given a fair amount of research. The next part of the story will begin with the Sakai article, and then move into the examination of the “monster egg” by our heroes… and one very smarmy villain. This isn’t one I’ve worked on for a while, but I’m hoping to dedicate some time to it soon. Stay tuned!

ALL MONSTERS ATTACK: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Two chapters in, and this adaptation remains a joy to write. The most recent chapter was received very well, and work on the next one is on-again, off-again. Research into the tumultuous era that produced this unique story is ongoing, and putting this oft-derided film into its proper historical context remains a massively important part of this adaptation. Since the last chapter’s publication, I’ve done a lot more research into Japan’s late-1960s “Traffic Wars,” and even wrote an in-depth article on the subject that got a shout-out from Steve Ryfle! I’m not sure when the next chapter is coming, but I hope it’s soon.

GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Ah yes, the big one. As of this update, this adaptation remains the longest novel on the site, currently sitting at seven chapters. In fact, this particular book is dangerously close to nearing the halfway point of the movie! I still consider it the frontrunner for becoming the first finished GNP novelization, and while I had planned to write multiple new chapters to close out 2021, my aforementioned family emergencies kept that from happening. But don’t worry, more will be coming later this year!

GODZILLA VS. GIGAN: THE UNIFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Readers have really been enjoying this one, and I have been, too. This is another book I’d planned to write more of in late 2021, but with 2022 being the 50th anniversary of this awesome movie, you can definitely expect some Gigan goodness coming your way, and sooner than you might think!

GODZILLA VS. MEGALON: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Godzilla vs. Megalon is another book I’ve put on the back burner over the last few months. While readers were enjoying it, I hit a few snags and decided my creative energies were best directed elsewhere. That said, Chapter 2 is still being converted from an outline/notes to actual chapter.

GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Unfortunately, the status on this book remains the same as the last time progress was shared a few months ago.  Much like Mothra vs. Godzilla, a surprising amount of research is required to make this novel authentic.  Specifically, knowledge of the history of Okinawa, its past and then (1974) current relationship to Japan, and its unique religious background are all necessary in presenting an accurate portrayal of the setting of the story.

The good news is that research into these topics is going well, if slowly.  Once I have acquired the necessary knowledge to accurately portray the setting of the film, then work on the next chapter will resume.

GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

This is the most recent novel started on the site, and as of this writing, it is planned to be the last for some time. As mentioned elsewhere, the focus of the project is now squarely on crafting new chapters for already started books. The entire idea behind having multiple adaptations being worked on at the same time was to give the site some variety during its early days, and after two-and-a-half years, I felt that the variety I was looking for was finally in place.

That said, the adaptation of Spacegodzilla has been wonderful to work on, as it’s always been a personal favorite film of mine in the franchise, as well as a film that I feel is far better than its reputation. I haven’t dedicated much time to Chapter 2 in quite a while, but I’m hoping to jump back into it after doing a bit more work on Hedorah.

GMK: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Without getting too much into the story here, this is a particularly special adaptation for the GNP. This book was a special request from a wonderful Godzilla fan named Josh, a young man whose bravery in the face of life-altering health issues continues to humble me. More than three years after #GodzillaforJosh started trending on social media, I couldn’t be more thrilled that Josh is thriving and remains both loved and supported by Godzilla fans far and wide.

First and foremost, this book is for him. The next chapter was in development early last year, but was another casualty of my late-2021 shenanigans. I plan on getting the next part out sometime this summer, and I can’t wait for both Josh and all of you to read it.

GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

This story is a unique one for the project as it is being told from MULTIPLE perspectives, including jumping between first-person accounts of the film’s events (such as the Prologue taking Akane’s perspective) and traditional third-person chapters. The final result should make for an interesting (and hopefully coherent) read that continues to be an exciting challenge to write! The next chapter will assume a new perspective as the events following Godzilla’s initial nighttime attack are seen through the eyes of the government, specifically Kumi Mizuno and Akira Nakao’s characters.

THE SHORT STORIES & NOVELLAS

CASEFILE: “MATANGO”

This one – no pun intended – has been an interesting case. The story – told as an “in-universe” testimony delivered by the film’s sole survivor upon his rescue – was stuck at five parts, plus an introduction, for several years. Thankfully, thanks to audience interest, Part 6 was published in October to celebrate Halloween! It was a blast getting back into the story after such a long break, and while I’d hoped to get Part 7 done before the end of the year, it never happened. My current plan is to finish it within the next few months, and wrap up the entire story before the end of the year. This tale of madness and mushrooms is getting closer to the finish line!

THE BIRTH OF GODZILLA

If you haven’t picked up on the pattern yet, 2021 and the beginning of 2022 have been dominated by short stories. In July, the project pubished “The Tiny Beauties and Mothra“, and in November (to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah), I started work on what might be the most ambitious and twisted GNP project yet: an adaptation of the in-universe book from the 1991 movie, “The Birth of Godzilla.” This doozy of a novella was actually supposed to have been completed by now, but… you guessed it, family emergencies. This particular story has been getting a lot of exposure (I recently did an interview with the wonderful Kaiju Kim about its development and the writing process behind it), and the next part is already well underway. It should be out soon!

THE TIMELINES

Ever since launching the Timeline section of the site, I have been absolutely blown away by the amount of attention it has gotten. Even on days when the novelizations receive little web traffic, all of the timelines get an often shocking number of views. It’s been humbling to see that all the hard work that goes into researching, cataloguing, and writing the (sometimes obscure) facts in these timelines is being appreciated and enjoyed by fans!

Work on the timelines has slowed in recent months, but work is still being done behind the scenes on research for future updates. I’m even planning to launch a new timeline soon, so be on the lookout for that!

THE “MONSTER MUSINGS” BLOG/PODCAST

Without a doubt, this is easily the biggest chunk of the GNP’s productivity over the last half a year. Back in the fall of 2021, I restarted the Monster Musings blog as a Patreon-exclusive podcast, and I’m already 25 episodes in! It seems like Patrons are enjoying it, and it’s been a blast to work on every week. I’m hoping to do more written Monster Musings soon, but if you’re interested in listening to the podcast version, you can check it out for only $1 a month on Patreon!

EVERYTHING ELSE

As always, even with all the delays I’ve had to deal with over the last few months, there’s a LOT more going on behind the scenes of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT than it might seem. There are a ton of chapters that have been outlined, and a number of concepts that have been documented for future use. Research on various aspects of the series continues on a daily basis, and new opportunities for collaboration and promotion are manifesting for the project, including merch production, potential audio books, and more!

In addition, the GNP has also started experimenting with a new frontier: video content! To celebrate 4 years of the GNP on February 22nd, I did my very first solo livestream and spent three hours answering fan questions. It was a blast, and with more than 20  people tuning in throughout the night, it looks like readers were having fun, too. I streamed the AMA on my long-dormant “Kaijulosophy” YouTube channel, and if my plans come to fruition, you should start seeing the name “Kaijulosophy” (a word I made up a few years ago to describe my own approach to loving monster movies) a lot more often…

I’ve also collaborated with a bunch of other kaiju-related creative endeavors to continue spreading the love for giant monsters. I’ve appeared on the Monster Island Film Vault podcast multiple times, discussed Ultra Q on Kaiju Weekly, did a lot more voice acting, wrote and performed in a Rifftrax-style takedown of The War in Space, edited a new isue of Kaiju Ramen magazine, and wrote two new articles for the publication – one on Ultraman, and another on Gigan for the Kaiju Ramen website. I’m set to write multiple new articles for what’s now being called Kaiju Ramen Media, as well as a new short story for the recently Kickstarted Kaiju Ramen: Volume 1, which also had a bit of input from yours truly!

Through it all, I’ve been blown away by how supportive each and every one of you continue to be. Whether you’re a casual visitor to the site or one of my wonderful Patreon supporters, it’s your kindness, dedication, and willingness to take time out of your day to read my work that truly fuels this project. You’ll never know how unbelievably grateful I am for each and every one of you.

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Whew, we made it! Another GNP status report is now in the can, and if you made it this far down the preceding wall of text, I thank you for sticking with it until the end. I feel it’s important to keep you guys in the loop, so hopefully these reports are appreciated.

That said, I’d like to wrap up by, once again, thanking you all for your support, your encouragement, your patience, and your faith. Being able to pursue this dream is an incredible gift, and doing it without readers would be a difficult challenge, to say the least. The last few months have been a real hurtle to jump, with my personal life throwing new issues at me on a regular basis. But despite all the delays and stretches of unproductivity, you’ve stuck with me, and I thank you so much for that.

It has been one heck of an amazing four years, but I assure you, we are just getting started. There will be much more to read, more camaraderie to be enjoyed, and (hopefully!) more fun to be had. I hope you’ll all continue to come along for the ride. Thanks to you all! Stay happy, stay safe, and, as always, Long Live the King!

UPDATE #85 (2/19/22): Save the Date! The GNP’s First AMA Livestream is THIS TUESDAY!

Greetings, folks!

Today’s update is a short one, but it’s also (hopefully) exciting for all of you!

It’s time to save the date, because the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT will be celebrating its 4th anniversary on Tuesday, February 22nd, with an “Ask Me Anything” livestream!

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and the upcoming anniversary of the project seemed like as good a time as any. A lot of Godzilla/kaiju content creators stream regularly, and while I’ve participated in my fair share of streams (from co-hosting convention panels to being interviewed), I’ve never done my own. Well, that’s about to change, and I’m inviting all of you to join in the fun!

If you have a question for me, ask it by leaving a comment on the GNP’s Twitter or Facebook pages, email it to me at godzillanovelizationproject@gmail.com (as always, sorry for the long name), or drop it in the comments below on this post before 7:00 PM EST on Tuesday, and I’ll answer it live. It doesn’t even have to be GNP/Godzilla related; if your inquiring mind wants to know, I’ll gladly chat about it!

If enough people tune in, other activities might include a collection tour, kaiju-themed chit-chat, and general nerdiness.

If that sounds fun, I hope you’ll participate and drop by the stream! The AMA will go down right here on my largely-neglected YouTube channel.

See you there!

UPDATE #84 (12/14/21): “The Birth of Godzilla” Begins!

“This is my book. I mean, it’s a book I’m gonna write in the future!”

Well, it might’ve taken three decades, but that future has finally arrived…

Hello, GNP readers, and welcome to… wow, almost halfway through December already? Time really does fly, which is an appropriate sentiment given the Godzilla film celebrating its anniversary today.

It’s truly insane to think that 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is now 30 years old. I first saw it around 20 years ago, a few years after it made its North American home video debut. The impact it left on me was nothing short of fundamental; from its crazy time travel plot to its wonderfully entertaining story, I was completely hooked. In fact, I was obsessed. I spent hours as a child contemplating, unraveling, and immersing myself into its plot. I reenacted the battles with dinosaur toys, ripped off a few story elements for tales I was writing, and practically memorized the script.

Of all the Godzilla films, this one might’ve had the most profound impact on my burgoning fandom outside of the duo of films that introduced me to the character: 1999’s Godzilla 2000 and 1964’s Mothra vs. Godzilla. All these years later, it remains near and dear to my heart, and a film that I’ve wanted to celebrate as part of the GNP ever since launching the project nearly four years ago.

And – as you’ve likely been able to gather from the fact that this post exists and you’re currently reading it – today is that day.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT is proud to present the beginning of a new story: a full-length, in-depth recreation of “The Birth of Godzilla” by Kenichiro Terasawa, the book seen in the film that lays out the theory of Godzilla’s origins.

In addition (as discussed in a previous update), the text also contains working editorial notes from Terasawa as he struggles to write a book that fate dictates must exist in order for the future – and the past – to unfold as intended.

This story has been a joy to write, and with at least six more chapters to go, there’s still plenty of fun to be had! If you’ve ever wondered what was in that dusty old book the Futurians brought back in time and handed to Terasawa, I think you’ll like what’s in store for you…

Follow this link to begin reading.

Happy birthday, GvsKG. Thanks for my childhood.

UPDATE #83 (11/30/21): A First Look at the GNP’s “Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah” Short Story!

“You don’t know about this dinosaur. You don’t know what it was like. But I certainly do!”

Greetings, G-Fans!

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is almost in the rearview mirror. And for Godzilla lovers, it’s been a landmark year in many ways. Godzilla vs. Kong stomped into – and helped save – theaters across the world, a veritable avalanche of new merchandise was released, and multiple films in the series (and beyond) celebrated major anniversaries. Toho celebrated the 50th anniversary of Godzilla vs. Hedorah with plenty of bravado, and the original 1961 Mothra crossed the 60-year threshold in July.

But before 2021 can officially end, there’s one more Godzilla film that must be celebrated. A film that had a huge impact on audiences when it arrived in Japanese theaters an amazing 30 years ago this December. And – if I may be personal for a moment – a film that was crucial in the early years of my G-fandom, and an entry in the series that I’ve carried with me and deeply cherished for two decades.

That film is, of course, 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. And I’m incredibly thrilled to announce that the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT will be celebrating its 30th birthday in style.

And by style, I mean one of the most in-depth, complex, and downright unusual stories ever tackled by the project in its nearly four-year history. Allow me to explain…

While a full novelization for Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah will definitely be coming to the GNP one day, I felt that beginning the book wasn’t quite the way I wanted to celebrate this particular anniversary. I wanted to do something a bit smaller and more contained, but still part of the world of the film. I also wanted to do something that has (at least to my knowledge) never been done before, and something that explores the rich (most might say convoluted) time travel aspect of the story.

And boy howdy, did I ever find an idea that excited me. It’s actually an idea I began working on a year and a half ago, but with this December marking a major anniversary for the film, I figured that this was the perfect time to get started.

But enough of the cryptic talk. Let’s dive into the details…

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Cast your mind back to the early events of the film, specifically the sequence in which sci-fi novelist Kenichiro Terasawa is summoned by the Japanese government to take part in the Futurians’ mission to remove Godzilla from history. After arriving, he is presented with a most remarkable object: a book called The Birth of Godzilla. A book that Terasawa will one day write, but one that his present-day self has only just begun to research. Terasawa soon learns that in the distant future, the book will become the basis of the Futurians’ entire operation; in the year 2204, the power-hungry terrorists discover the book and come to believe Terasawa’s theory that a massive theropod dinosaur – witnessed on a South Pacific island during WWII – eventually mutates into Godzilla due to exposure to nuclear fallout in the 1950s. Their belief in this theory is what leads to the concoction of their evil plans, namely the supposed “erasure” of Godzilla from history, the rise of King Ghidorah, and the subjugation of the Japanese people.

In other words, The Birth of Godzilla is one deeply significant bargain-bin hardcover.

Aside from being significant to the plot of the film, the book itself seems like it would be a fascinating read for any Godzilla fan. In addition to Terasawa’s “Lagos dinosaur” theory, the book would’ve also likely been packed with paleontological information (courtesy of Katsuhiko Sasaki’s character, Professor Masaki), photographs of both Godzilla and the Godzillasaurus from the collection of Lagos Garrison survivor Yasuaki Shindo (Yoshio Tsuchiya), and possibly even interviews with Shindo and fellow Lagos veteran Masukichi Ikehata.

It’s absolutely a book that most G-Fans would want in their collection. And if you’re such a fan, I have good news for you…

On December 14th – the 30th anniversary of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah – the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT will proudly present the first part of an extensive, fleshed-out recreation of Gojira Tanjo, a.k.a. The Birth of Godzilla. The novella will be the first attempt (again, that I’m aware of) to actually fully reproduce this artifact from the movie, complete with all the historical, theoretical, interview, and photographic content mentioned above. I’m even planning to recreate the cover art seen on the prop book in the movie.

Pretty cool, right? Well, I’m not done yet. Because – just like the movie itself – there’s a complex twist to this project…

Cast your mind back – once again – to the movie, and take a moment to step into the mind of Terasawa himself. Imagine that visitors from the future have handed you a book that you have yet to write, and you come to learn a couple of key things about that book:

  • You eventually write it and nail almost every part of the theory, but not all of it
  • After all your hard work, the book never becomes a bestseller, and ultimately fades into obscurity
  • Its creation and future discovery by terrorists will lead to the creation of a destructive monster, the deaths of countless innocent Japanese citizens, and the loss of important people in your life like Mr. Shindo

Heavy stuff, no?

With all of that knowledge now in your possession, what do you do? Do you choose not to write the book at all? Do you choose to write it differently in an attempt to change the future and therefore the past?

Or do you make the unprecedented decision to write the book exactly as history dictates it must be written as a means of preserving a future that, while tragic, must come to pass in order for events to play out the way they were meant to?

While the film itself doesn’t take the time to explore these concepts, if you stop and think about it, Terasawa is a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He’s cursed with knowledge of the future, and the book he has yet to write will play a crucial part in that future. With everything he knows by the end of the movie, he could just as easily decide to not write to book. Likewise, he could also choose to write it differently, perhaps correcting his errors (like the erroneous idea that the 1954 and Heisei Godzillas are somehow the same beast, which they’re not) or documenting the fact that the Heisei Godzilla was born due to a nuclear submarine crash in the 1970s. Heck, the guy could just print the words “THE FUTURIANS ARE EVIL, DON’T TRUST THEM!” across all the pages and be done with it.

But he doesn’t. The fact that the book exists in 2204 for the Futurians to find is proof that Terasawa did eventually write the book, regardless of any reservations or fears he may have had. If time travel in the Heisei Godzilla universe really does function as a closed loop in which history cannot be changed, that means Terasawa has to write the book. Perhaps he has no choice. Perhaps the concept of “choice” is only an illusion; maybe cosmic forces beyond his control are compelling him to write it in an attempt to course correct and prevent paradoxes. Maybe he’s only a pawn in a larger temporal chess game.

What would that kind of pressure do to a person? How does someone deal with the knowledge that they must create something which will lead to suffering, something that must exist in order for the future to play out as intended?

Quite a lot of heavy questions for a movie about a nuclear dinosaur fighting a three-headed dragon, isn’t it?

Well, that’s what I do best: think way too hard about monster movies. And with this project, I intend to put all of that hard thinking to good use.

So, here’s the deal: the GNP’s recreation of The Birth of Godzilla won’t just be a simple recreation. It will also include working notes, ideas, concepts, and writings from Terasawa himself as he goes through the process of writing the book. Think of it as a cross between a history tome and a journal; the reader will see Terasawa doubt himself, cross things out, leave notes on things that have to be corrected (or even written intentionally wrong in order for history to be fulfilled), and ultimately go on a journey to play his role in preserving the future.

The end result will be a “working version” of The Birth of Godzilla, the book equivalent of a film work print. All the words are there, all the pictures are there, but it has yet to be polished. Part scientific exploration of Godzilla’s origins, part psychological exploration of a man compelled to craft a book that is destined to exist, whether he wants it to or not.

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So, there you have it! Obviously, this concept is a lot to take in. It’s bizarre, it’s twisted, and it’s a bit complicated. But hey, so is Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. And that’s why we love it.

I’m genuinely excited to get this crazy idea out of my head and onto paper (well, metaphorical paper), and I’m even more excited to be able to share it with all of you. It’s out-of-the-box ideas like this that really fire my creative engines, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride as I begin this new story!

Again, the first part of The Birth of Godzilla drops on the GNP website on December 14th.

(Also, remember: Patrons of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT get early access to information, excerpts, and entire chapters before anyone else. In fact, all of the information above was shared with Patrons over the weekend! If you’re interested in supporting the GNP, visit the project’s Patreon page and join the club for as low as $1 a month!)

Thank you all for reading this huge announcement. If you made it to the end, you’re a trooper. Stay tuned to the website and to the GNP’s social media pages for updates on this project as December 14th gets closer, and spread the word to your fellow G-Fans so they know this is happening! I’ll see you all for the next update. Stay happy, stay safe, and remember: have your Dorats spayed or neutered to prevent any and all unexpected nuclear-fueled biological fusions. You’ll thank me later.

UPDATE #82 (10/31/21): Happy Halloween! It’s Time for “Casefile: MATANGO” to Continue…

Hey, everyone! Happy Halloween!

It’s no secret that this is my favorite time of year. there’s a certain chill in the air, and the nights are filled with the promise of monsters. Okay, I know that’s a bit dramatic, but cut me some slack. It’s Halloween, and I’m excited!

And that’s not all I’m excited about. This Halloween, I made it my mission to resurrect an old GNP favorite and continue a story that’s been left dormant for far too long…

In late September, I put out a call to GNP readers to see if there was interest in bringing back one of the project’s oldest short stories: ”Casefile: Matango: The Testimony of Kenji Murai”. Begun in 2018 and shelved since early 2019, the story has been on hiatus for nearly three years, and I thought that this October was the perfect time to bring it back. Readers agreed, and so, after a heck of a break, I’m happy to say that ”Casefile: Matango” is back with a brand new installment, just in time for Halloween!

In Part 6, the castaways find themselves stalked by a mysterious, mushroomy visitor during a stormy night. It’s a tense sequence in the film, and I hope I did it justice with my adaptation!

So settle in, turn down the lights, and follow this link to read ”Casefile: Matango” – Part 6. I hope you enjoy it, and that you have a fun and safe Halloween.

And don’t worry, it won’t be another three years before those pesky mushroom people return to the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT…

UPDATE #81 (9/13/21): Behold, a Long-Overdue Update has Come to the Press & Appearances Page!

Hey there, and welcome to… bad joke incoming… updeighty-one!

I’m not sorry.

Anyway, today’s update is just a quick note that a long-overdue update has finally come to the Press & Appearances page here on the GNP website! This is a page that archives everything from GNP-related interviews and podcast appearances to magazine articles, live-streams, and even voice acting. It had been a while since I’d added new appearances to the page, and I’m glad to say that this has now been remedied!

Items/links added to the page in this update include:

  • A recent(ish) interview conducted by the always-lovely Kaiju Kim, who invited me onto her YouTube show to ask me questions about the GNP and nerd out on Godzilla
  • Three appearances on The Monster Island Film Vault, including co-hosting an episode on Gamera: Super Monster, doing some voice acting, and co-presenting a live-stream
  • A co-hosting gig on Kaiju Weekly, in which I joined host Michael Hamilton in discussing the original 1968 Planet of the Apes, a film with approximately ZERO kaiju, but a film that I treasure and never turn down an opportunity to talk about
  • Links to support Kaiju Ramen magazine, which I’ve been lucky enough to write two pieces for (an original kaiju short story for issue #1 and an article on the enduring legacy of Ray Harryhausen for issue #3), as well as serving as editor for all three issues

If you’re interested in reading/watching/listening to any of these GNP-related appearances, follow this link to the Press & Appearances page and click on what you want to check out!

If you happen to be one of the awesome folks listed above, I’d like to thank you once again for inviting me to take part in your creative projects. Being interviewed, co-hosting podcasts, and writing/editing for magazines are all things I never thought I’d get to do in my life, and I deeply appreciate all of you for giving me the chance to do so. It truly means a lot.

See you all in the next update!

UPDATE #80 (8/28/21): The First Official Episode of the GNP’s Monster Musings Podcast is Live!

Hey there, and welcome to the 80th GNP update! (Or, as I’m choosing to call it, “Updeighty”! Yeah, I’ve definitely been waiting 79 updates to tell that lame joke…)

Anyway

I teased today’s big news yesterday in my Status Report, but now it’s finally time to make it official…

I’m thrilled to announce that the first episode of the GNP’s Monster Musings podcast is live!!

This new Patreon-exclusive podcast will take deep dives into topics related to the development of the GNP’s stories, offer behind-the-scenes looks into how I create the books, address creative challenges as they come along, answer questions from readers (as well as occasionally invite readers on for monster-centric chats) and even delve into historical, production, cultural, esoteric, philosophical, or random topics related to Godzilla and kaiju. Pretty much anything is on the table, including episodes about the creative process, balancing work with personal life, the importance of constructive criticism, inspirations and influences, and more.

If all of this sounds like it would be up your alley, you can give the show a listen by becoming an official Patron of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT! Every episode will be available for all Patrons regardless of support tier, which means that you can tune in for as little as $1 a month!

Patreon funds go toward helping me procure necessary research materials, letting me hire/pay for the services of translators, and allowing me to work fewer hours at my day job so that I can dedicate more time to GNP writing. It also gets me closer to realizing my goal of pursuing creative writing as a fulltime occupation.

To those of you who would consider supporting, and to those whom have done so already, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your help is deeply appreciated and humbling, and I endeavor every day to be worthy of your continuing trust and readership.

If you’re a Patron, follow this link below to check out Episode 1! This week is all about Mothra, with topics including the significance of the original 1961 film, the awesomeness of screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa, what the character means to me and the Godzilla fandom, and how/why I wrote the GNP’s latest short story, “The Tiny Beauties and Mothra,” the way I did.

Happy listening, and I’ll see you all soon for the next update!

UPDATE #79 (8/27/21): The Latest GNP Status Report is Live! PLUS: A Big New Patreon Announcement!

The sixth bi-annual GNP Status report is ready to read! Make sure you’re comfortable…

Greetings, awesome people!

It’s that time of year again; the weather is particularly steamy, Halloween decorations are starting to pop up in grocery stores, and a brand-new edition of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT’s patented (and long-winded) STAUS REPORT is ready and waiting to be read!

Since the fall of 2018, I’ve used these bi-annual reports to keep all of you updated on every aspect of the project, provide insights into how each ongoing book/story/timeline/other project is going, and to take stock and look at the progress that’s been made. Some of these updates have had more things to discuss than others, but I’m happy to say that this report has some pretty exciting things to discuss, as well as a HUGE announcement that’s been a long time coming!

So sit back, get comfortable, put on your reading glasses (if you’re lucky and don’t need reading glasses, feel free to skip this step), and check out the status of every GNP project, as well as what’s in store for readers like you in the coming months! Let’s dive in.

THE NOVELIZATIONS

GODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Not much to say here, except to reiterate that crafting Chapter 3 has been a bit of a creative challenge! I’ve discussed it elsewhere, but in short, the next few chapters of this particular novelization will be unique challenges that I’ve been slowly tackling over the last few months. Due to currently focusing on other novelizations, work on this particular adaptation has been slow. However, this is a book that I get asked about frequently, with many readers telling me that this is their favorite adaptation on the site. So if you’ve been waiting patiently for Godzilla: Chapter 3, don’t worry… it’s coming!

KING KONG VS. GODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

As I said in the last status report, the adaptation of this film (which is based on the legendary original Japanese cut of the film, unavailable in the United States until recently) has been a unique and exciting opportunity for the GNP.  To be able to present Honda and Sekizawa’s original, hilariously satirical vision to western readers is truly an honor, and it’s something I’m definitely taking my time on.

Only Chapter 1 has been completed and posted thus far, and my continuing research into the period (specifically the Japanese “Economic Miracle” and its effects on television, advertising, and big business) has prevented me from converting my outlines into further chapters. However, this remains another popular adaptation on the site (despite consisting of a single chapter!), so once I feel satisfied with the research, work on the next chapter can continue.

MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

As mentioned last time, the next chapter of this adaptation (and the next “in universe” newspaper article penned by Akira Takarada’s character, Ichiro Sakai) has already been outlined and given a fair amount of research. The next part of the story will begin with the Sakai article, and then move into the examination of the “monster egg” by our heroes… and one very smarmy villain. This isn’t one I’ve worked on for a while, but I’m hoping to dedicate some time to it soon. Stay tuned!

ALL MONSTERS ATTACK: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Two chapters in, and this adaptation remains a joy to write. The most recent chapter was received very well, and work on the next one is on-again, off-again. Research into the tumultuous era that produced this unique story is ongoing, and putting this oft-derided film into its proper historical context remains a massively important part of this adaptation. Since the last chapter’s publication, I’ve done a lot more research into Japan’s late-1960s “Traffic Wars,” and even wrote an in-depth article on the subject that got a shout-out from Steve Ryfle! I’m not sure when the next chapter is coming, but I hope it’s soon.

GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Ah yes, the big one. As of this update, this adaptation remains the longest novel on the site, currently sitting at seven chapters. In fact, this particular book is dangerously close to nearing the halfway point of the movie! The chance to take a film so infamous for is visuals and translate it into the written word is a thrill, and often times a serious challenge. But I’ve been enjoying it immensely, as is evidenced by how much work has been done on the book. I still consider it the frontrunner for becoming the first finished GNP novelization, and with this being the 50th anniversary year for the Godzilla vs. Hedorah, you can expect more chapters to be coming between now and the end of the year!

GODZILLA VS. GIGAN: THE UNIFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Talk about a fun novelization to write! I’ve always loved the characters in this film, and having the opportunity to explore them deeper is a true thrill. That fun has been reflected in this novel’s progress; at four chapters and counting, Gigan is now the second longest book on the website! Readers have really been enjoying this one, and I’m happy to announce that the next chapter is being written as we speak.

GODZILLA VS. MEGALON: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Godzilla vs. Megalon is another book I’ve put on the back burner over the last few months. While readers were enjoying it, I hit a few snags and decided my creative energies were best directed elsewhere. That said, Chapter 2 is still being converted from an outline/notes to actual chapter. I’m not sure when to expect this one, but rest assured, it’s coming!

GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Unfortunately, the status on this book remains the same as the last time progress was shared a few months ago.  Much like Mothra vs. Godzilla, a surprising amount of research is required to make this novel authentic.  Specifically, knowledge of the history of Okinawa, its past and then (1974) current relationship to Japan, and its unique religious background are all necessary in presenting an accurate portrayal of the setting of the story.

The good news is that research into these topics is going well, if slowly.  Once I have acquired the necessary knowledge to accurately portray the setting of the film, then work on the next chapter will resume.

GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

This is the most recent novel started on the site, and as of this writing, it is planned to be the last for some time. As mentioned elsewhere, the focus of the project is now squarely on crafting new chapters for already started books. The entire idea behind having multiple adaptations being worked on at the same time was to give the site some variety during its early days, and after two-and-a-half years, I felt that the variety I was looking for was finally in place.

That said, the adaptation of Spacegodzilla has been wonderful to work on, as it’s always been a personal favorite film of mine in the franchise, as well as a film that I feel is far better than its reputation. I haven’t dedicated much time to Chapter 2 lately, but I’m hoping to jump back into it after doing a bit more work on Hedorah.

GMK: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Without getting too much into the story here, this is a particularly special adaptation for the GNP. This book was a special request from a wonderful Godzilla fan named Josh, a young man whose bravery in the face of life-altering health issues continues to humble me. More than two years after #GodzillaforJosh started trending on social media, I couldn’t be more thrilled that Josh is thriving and remains both loved and supported by Godzilla fans far and wide.

First and foremost, this book is for him. The next chapter will be coming before too long, and I can’t wait for both Josh and all of you to read it.

GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

As mentioned elsewhere, this story is a unique one for the project as it is being told from MULTIPLE perspectives, including jumping between first-person accounts of the film’s events (such as the Prologue taking Akane’s perspective) and traditional third-person chapters. The final result should make for an interesting (and hopefully coherent) read that continues to be an exciting challenge to write! The next chapter will assume a new perspective as the events following Godzilla’s initial nighttime attack are seen through the eyes of the government, specifically Kumi Mizuno and Akira Nakao’s characters.

THE SHORT STORIES

CASEFILE: “MATANGO”

This one – no pun intended – has been an interesting case. The story – told as an “in-universe” testimony delivered by the film’s sole survivor upon his rescue – currently consists of five parts, plus an introduction. After dedicating a lot of time to writing what I estimate to be half the story (meaning that you can expect it to clock in at ten parts once it’s done), extenuating circumstances in my life caused me to stop for a while, and when work on the GNP resumed, I began working on another adaptation instead. With much of my focus on other books at the moment, this is one of the stories I haven’t touched in a hot minute. Rest assured, however, that Part 6 has been fully outlined, and half written, so this tale of madness and mushrooms should be continuing soon…

THE TINY BEAUTIES AND MOTHRA

Since the last status report was published in February, this story has become the latest addition to the GNP’s collection of shorter tales. It was a joy to write, and since it was all written in one go, it stands as a complete story that will receive no further updates, additional chapters, or future tweaks. Unless I spot a formatting issue or a typo, of course. But other than that, it’s done and ready to read!

THE TIMELINES

Ever since launching the Timeline section of the site, I have been absolutely blown away by the amount of attention it has gotten. Even on days when the novelizations receive little web traffic, all of the timelines get an often shocking number of views. It’s been humbling to see that all the hard work that goes into researching, cataloguing, and writing the (sometimes obscure) facts in these timelines is being appreciated and enjoyed by fans!

Work on the timelines has slowed in recent months due to focus on other projects, but work is still being done behind the scenes on research for future updates. Look for events from several drafts of the shooting script for the 1998 film (which has led to some interesting discoveries!), several publications released to promote the film, both the adult and junior novelizations, episodes of the animated series, two Godzilla: The Series comics, and even the GameBoy game coming to the Sony Timeline in the near future!

The Anime Timeline continues to be one of the site’s most popular pages, even with more than two years having elapsed since the release of the final film in the trilogy. Expect additions pertaining to the events of Planet of the Monsters to be published to the timeline sometime soon.

The MonsterVerse Timeline is long overdue for an update, especially with Godzilla vs. Kong having been released since the last status report. Researching and updating this timeline is an ever-evolving process, especially with the bevy of new lore that’s come out surrounding Godzilla vs. Kong. Info on the events of Kong: Skull Island and new details about the ancient war between Godzilla and the Kongs is due to hit the timeline at some point soon.

Lastly, there’s the Showa Timeline. This project has been a long time in the making, and when it was finally launched last year, the response was… well, overwhelming. I’m talking HUNDREDS of hits on the website within the first few days of its publishing. Talk about an amazing reception! I’m not sure when the next update will be coming, but I’m hoping it’ll be a big one to make up for the long wait!

THE “MONSTER MUSINGS” BLOG

Remember that big announcement that I mentioned above? Well, it has to do with the new direction that I’m planning to take the Monster Musings blog. I’ll jump into my plans further down in the update!

EVERYTHING ELSE

As always, there’s a LOT more going on behind the scenes of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT than it might seem! There are a ton of chapters that have been outlined, and a number of concepts that have been documented for future use. Research on various aspects of the series continues on a daily basis, and new opportunities for collaboration and promotion are manifesting for the project, including merch production, potential audio books, and more!

In the past six months since the previous report, the GNP has published several new chapters, an entire new short story, and has collaborated with a bunch of other kaiju-related creative endeavors to continue spreading the love for giant monsters. I’ve appeared on the Monster Island Film Vault podcast twice, discussed Planet of the Apes (which is definitely not a kaiju film, but absolutely a film I love talking about) on Kaiju Weekly, did a bit more voice acting, edited two new issues of Kaiju Ramen magazine, and wrote an article on Ray Harryhausen for the most recent issue. Also, a low-budget kaiju film I acted in hit Blu-ray in the United States a few months ago, which was particularly exciting!

Through it all, I’ve been blown away by how supportive each and every one of you continue to be. Whether you’re a casual visitor to the site or one of my wonderful Patreon supporters, it’s your kindness, dedication, and willingness to take time out of your day to read my work that truly fuels this project. You’ll never know how unbelievably grateful I am for each and every one of you.

And speaking of Patreon…

IT’S TIME FOR A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Before I end this progress report, I wanted to make an announcement that I’ve been super excited to share, and it has to do with Patreon, the Monster Musings blog, and a decision that’s been a long time coming…

If you’ve kept up with my previous progress reports, you’ll know that the Monster Musings page on the site is a page that doesn’t get a lot of updates. While I’m proud of the material that I’ve published for the blog, keeping up with all of the writing, re-writing, editing, and formatting needed to create each one while also writing full chapters, short stories, timeline updates, articles for magazines, and non-Godzilla original books/stories that I’m developing is just too time consuming for me at the moment.

That said, abandoning the Monster Musings blog is absolutely not something that I want to do. Quite to the contrary; I really want the idea of behind-the-scenes blogs (and general pontifications on all things kaiju) to be a bigger part of not just the GNP, but of my overall contributions to the Godzilla fandom.

This desire ties into something else that has been a big priority for the project: updating the GNP’s Patreon offerings. Transforming Patreon into a more exciting place where the community of readers that has sprung up around the GNP can gather, support the creation of the books, discuss the stories and Godzilla in general, and have fun in a positive space is something that is deeply important to me.

And so, with that in mind and after months of nailing down the idea, I’ve finally found a solution that I really think could be the beginning of something new and fun for the GNP and its readers…

THE GNP IS OFFICLALLY LAUNCHING A PODCAST FOR PATRONS!

Yep, you read that right. The project is throwing its hat into the kaiju podcasting ring! Allow me to explain…

Earlier in August, I put out a call to my Patrons and general readers asking for feedback on the idea of a new podcast made especially for supporters of the project. The consensus from Patrons and non-Patrons alike was that the idea was absolutely worth pursuing, with one reader even saying that they’d gladly become a Patron just to hear such a podcast. Talk about flattering!

And so, after experimenting with a de-facto “Episode 0” several weeks ago, I decided that enough interest existed among readers to give this a shot. And so, I’m happy to announce that, at long last, the Monster Musings blog has officially been resurrected in podcast form!

Here are the important details: beginning right now, access to this podcast will become a perk for ALL Patreon supporters of the GNP, meaning that as little as $1 a month will grant you access to each episode! The show will run weekly (or bi-weekly, it’ll depend on what frequency you guys want), with new episodes being posted exclusively to Patreon on weekends. What exactly will this podcast talk about? Well, a bunch of things! Mainly, the podcast will do what the original Monster Musings blog did: take deep dives into topics related to the development of the GNP’s stories, offer behind-the-scenes looks into how I create the books, address creative challenges as they come along, answer questions from readers, and even delve into historical, production, cultural, esoteric, philosophical, or random topics related to Godzilla and kaiju. One episode might discuss the writing process behind the GNP’s adaptation of Godzilla vs. Hedorah, and another might talk about how awesome Orga from Godzilla 2000 is. Pretty much anything is on the table, including episodes about the creative process, balancing work with personal life, the importance of constructive criticism, inspirations and influences, and more.

I even had one reader — longtime supporter and good friend Michael Hamilton from Kaiju Weekly — offer to come onto the podcast to just chat about Godzilla-related stuff, so having discussions with GNP readers and other creative people within the kaiju community is also something that I’m hoping to do!

If all of this sounds exciting, here’s some more good news: the first episode of the newly rebranded Monster Musings podcast will be dropping for Patrons TOMORRROW, August 28th! This kickoff episode will cover the development of the GNP’s latest short story, The Tiny Beauties and Mothra, and will feature topics including the significance of the original 1961 Mothra, the awesomeness of Shinichi Sekzawa, what Mothra means to the Godzilla fandom as a character, and how/why I wrote the story the way I did. I think it’ll be a fun way to start the podcast, and I hope readers will consider supporting the project for a chance to listen to the episode and all future instalments!

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Whew, we made it! Another GNP status report is now in the can, and if you made it this far down the preceding wall of text, I thank you for sticking with it until the end. I feel it’s important to keep you guys in the loop, so hopefully these reports are appreciated.

That said, I’d like to wrap up by, once again, thanking you all for your support, your encouragement, your patience, and your faith. Being able to pursue this dream is an incredible gift, and doing it without readers would be a difficult challenge, to say the least. It has been one heck of an amazing three-and-a-half years, but I assure you, we are just getting started. There will be much more to read, more camaraderie to be enjoyed, and (hopefully!) more fun to be had. I hope you’ll all continue to come along for the ride.

Thanks to you all! Stay happy, stay safe, and, as always, Long Live the King!