While this is not quite the grand unveiling I'd planned, this short by Gustav Carlson (Backwood Folk, Eve of the Ozarks) is the first of hopefully many stories by other creators set in (or closely adjacent to!) the Next Town Over universe. The ultimate plan is an anthology, but that's a ways down the road for the time being.
In the meantime, I'm going to let Gustav entertain while I handle my continuing rough kid month, cooking Thanksgiving dinner, rebuffering NTO, a very special Kickstarter, and more. Try not to revolt! You're in good hands. And when The Grinning God concludes, NTO proper will resume with Book 6: The Redridge Express, hopefully (and probably!) without any breaks, hiccups or interruptions as I expect to have a small buffer rebuilt by then.