The big news this week was, of course, the paperback release of the uncut, Author’s Preferred Edition of THE RISING (which you can buy here). It contains over 30,000 words worth of material not included in previous editions, along with a lengthy brand-new introduction by me in which I talk about the novel’s creation, history, impact, and controversy. I’ve seen many critics saying that the introduction is worth the book in and of itself, and that makes me happy.
Kindle and Nook editions on sale later this Summer. A signed, limited edition hardcover will be published as part of this Fall’s Maelstrom series.
Also on sale this week was MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: THE ORIGIN OF HORDAK, which you can buy here. This is my latest comic, but most definitely not my last. It’s strange. With THE LAST ZOMBIE series coming to a conclusion, I’d thought I might be done with comics for a while. But at least part of last week’s business trip to New York was comics related, and though I can’t say anything more, expect to see a lot of them from me in 2014. A lot…
Something else that happened during last week’s business trip was an interesting conversation with the drummer for one of my absolute favorite bands of all-time. Going to be talking to him again later this week, and expect some exciting things to come from that.
So, yeah, basically I went to New York, which inspired me to write this essay about traveling and what to expect when you’re traveling in my line of work, but now I’m back home and I can’t tell you about anything that happened there — except that Thursday morning found my head so full of ideas that I was wandering Times Square at 3am, looking for coffee and a place to write, and snapping this photo. And don’t forget to check out my friend Joseph Scrimshaw’s Kickstarter! Details here.
NOW IN PAPERBACK! (Digital forthcoming in August). The classic that helped start a pop culture phenomenon – back in print and UNCUT!
Since it’s 2003 debut, Brian Keene’s THE RISING is one of the best-selling zombie novels of all-time. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, inspired the works of other authors and filmmakers, and has become a cultural touchstone for an entire generation of horror fans.
THE RISING is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town, facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes, and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.
This brand-new, author’s preferred edition, restores nearly 30,000 words of material that was cut from the original edition. These new chapters, which have never been seen by anyone before now, expand the original story, adding new depths to characters and more horrific situations.
You may think you’ve read THE RISING, but you haven’t read it all until you read this edition!
Deadite Press is proud to present this uncut, author’s preferred edition, which also includes a lengthy essay by the author about the novel’s genesis and history.
I’m done moving. My WhoSay or Instagram pages have a few pics from my new cabin in the woods.
I’ve been told to get my passport in order so I can be on set for DARK HOLLOW later this summer. I’ll also be in New York June 10th to the 13th on top secret comic book business, and to see an advance screening of Man of Steel.
In George Romero’s seminal film Night of the Living Dead (1968), John, who will later become zombie fodder, jokingly warns his sister, “They’re coming to get you, Barbara.” Flash forward five decades later and all one has to do is browse the shelves of the local Barnes and Noble or the newest release section of Blockbuster to see that the living dead have certainly come for us. In film, books, television, video games, and even academic conferences, it seems as if the pop-cultural zombie apocalypse has finally arrived, and I, for one, cannot be more delighted. Continue reading →
1. Deadite Press tells me that digital editions of Dark Hollow, Entombed, An Occurrence In Crazy Bear Valley, Ghost Walk, and Clickers vs. Zombies will be available “in time for Christmas”. All of them are currently available in paperback. For more information, click here.
2. The new Deadite editions of Earthworm Gods (previously published as The Conqueror Worms) and Earthworm Gods: Selected Scenes From the End of the World are off to the printer. Look for the paperbacks to go on sale in the next week or two.
3. 2013 will see Deadite switching to a new quarterly printing schedule. My official release schedule with them for next year is as follows:
Earthworm Gods II: Deluge – March – paperback and digital The Rising and City of the Dead – June – paperback and digital The Rising: Selected Scenes From the End of the World – September – paperback and digital Suburban Gothic – December – paperback and digital
4. Antarctic Press’s High Plains Clickers comic series (written by myself and J.F. Gonzalez) should be out the second half of next year.
5. Thunderstorm Books’ limited collector’s edition of The Damned Highway will feature new material not available in the paperback, Nook or Kobo editions, including How Long, Oh Lord, How Long: Hunter S. Thompson and Horror by myself and Tainted Blood: H. P. Lovecraft’s Racism and Writing Lovecraftian Fiction Today by Nick Mamatas.
6. If you have questions about any other work in progress, I probably answered them here.
Working on the Author’s Preferred Edition of THE RISING. Approximately 30,000 words worth of material was cut from the original. Much of it will be put back in, including what should have been the first appearance of Black Lodge, more about Ab, Api, and Apu, and more Frankie kicking ass.
Longtime readers know that all of my work occupies a shared universe. Most fans have referred to it as The Labyrinth Mythos, and I’m okay with that — it’s as good a name as any. Readers also know that a seven-book series called The Labyrinth is in the works. Comparisons to Stephen King’s Dark Tower epic are fair, although in truth, it will be more like Marvel’s Secret Wars and DC’s Crisis On Infinite Earths.
The first book in that series — The Seven (The Labyrinth, Book 1) is halfway finished. I intend to finish it once I’ve gotten these works in progress out of the way. But there are three books that serve as a prologue to this event Continue reading →
From best-selling authors J.F. Gonzalez and Brian Keene comes the wildest, pulpiest, most over-the-top installment in the Clickers series yet – a crossover with Keene’s THE RISING!
In the aftermath of a devastating tsunami and a series of undersea earthquakes, hordes of Clickers swarm onto the California coastline, slaughtering everything in their path. As the attacks spread to other parts of the world, humanity fights back, unaware that a second foe is about to emerge – Ob, the leader of a supernatural race of beings known as the Siqqusim, who have the ability to possess and reanimate the dead.
Now, Earth faces an invasion from not one, but two enemies – the mindless and hungry Clickers, and the evil and equally ravenous zombies. Both groups have only one goal in mind – the total extermination of the human race. But what happens when these two forces meet… No matter who wins, mankind loses!
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