Recently, I had a little contest to feature one of you wonderful people in a short story. I am pleased to say that a winner has been chosen at random. As the headline says, Paul Stokes will be the featured character in an upcoming short story that will be forthcoming soon. Here is the kicker…I am going to reveal a spoiler right now. So, if you don’t want to have a wee bit of a spoiler dropped in your lap, then I would click off this page. Maybe bounce over to my merchandise page and snag a tee shirt. That will be important for a future contest…just saying.
So, here is the spoiler…Mr. Paul Stokes dies. Yes. Big surprise…yours truly killing off the main character of a story. Here is where it becomes fun. The zombie version of Mr. Stokes will have a cameo in book one of my upcoming series, The New DEAD. Book one is tentatively titled…drum roll…
The New DEAD: That first horrible month. Somewhere along the line, our central protagonist(s) will encounter a zombie. I know…shocking. Those of you who read this short story I am tinkering with will recognize this zombie and, unlike so many of the walking dead that shamble across the path of the characters in the story, you will know the sad tale that led to this one’s demise. In this story, you will meet Paul Stokes. He will be one of those poor unfortunates that help make up those future massive herds of the walking dead.
I want to thank all of you who offered yourself up to my pen/sword. And just because you did not get drawn, that does not mean that you won’t appear (in name) in the new series.
A few notes. This series will take place in the same world as the DEAD series. The story will begin in Portland, Oregon. Yeah…I know. The thing is, I know this area best. I know the climate and the community. That also opens up the possibility that characters from the proper DEAD series may pass by, or even DEAD: Snapshot–Portland, Oregon.
I currently have the plan to allow each book (in the first few at least) cover a single month. You will be taken along through those first days of the zombie apocalypse and watch as it spirals out of control. Also, this will be centered on one person. There will not be any vignettes or anything else. Just one person and a WHOLE LOTTA ZOMBIES.
Are you ready?