I’m delighted to be able to confirm a previously top secret project to you that I’ve been working on for the last few months and weeks. It’s called Dead Days, it’s a six-part zombie apocalypse serial, and the first episode is now available on Kindle, Nook, iBooks and Kobo.
There are a lot of zombie stories out there nowadays.
Thanks to the rise of AMC’s The Walking Dead, zombies are hot right now. Very hot. But what is it about The Walking Dead that makes the show so appealing? What sets it aside from multitude of zombie movies and books? The answer lies, I believe, in the characters.
Dead Days is also a character tale. With each of the six episodes that make up the first season, I asked myself what I would do were I in the situations the characters find themselves in? Would I have it in me to make the tough decisions? Although the work is far from autobiographical — the protagonist is way too heroic for me — I think that through studying the emotions and behaviour of humans, we can learn a lot about survival in this hypothetical apocalypse.
On the other hand, Dead Days is a story. It’s an adventure. While it strives for some level of gritty realism, it is entertainment. Within each eighteen to twenty-two thousand word episode, there is a story. There are twists. There are turns. There will be blood and there will be tears. Nobody is safe.
Dead Days is the six-part serial adventure I’ve always wanted to write, inspired by some of my favourite books, TV shows and films. I will launch a new episode every Thursday from today. I hope you stick around to see how this goes down. There might even be a Season Two if this goes well enough.
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Enjoy the ride.
PS: A month or so ago, I wrote about pen names. I’ve decided to scrap this idea and launch everything under my own name. Readers are intelligent enough to decide what they do or don’t want to read. I’m an eclectic writer, and my work will likely represent that. Sorry for any confusion. Thanks for the words of support over on social media at this u-turn!