Herewith updates in a broad array of categories from merch, to a live talk, to the new book… to Hollywood (maybe).
You asked for it! - okay, at least a few of you asked for it! - you got it! ARISEN merch! Welcome to the all-new ZULU ALPHA GEAR store. We got t-shirts! (NSFW, or not - plus any color you want, as long as you like black or white!) We got Fick/Fickism coffee mugs! And we're gonna have more stuff and designs soon! Come on in. We're also taking requests for any other products or designs you'd like to see. We'll probably just do it. Lots of ❤️❤️❤️ to the wonderful Madame Marauder for her months of hard work on this project.
Nine Worlds Talk
And but so I've long had this blog post mentally brewing: “Death is Chasing You: The Zombie Apocalypse Novel as Existentialist Literature” a formalisation of my ongoing apologia for writing “zombie books” and which has happily instead been accepted as an official talk at the Nine Worlds Convention (aka London Geekfest).
If you're London-based or like to travel this is, at least, and at last, a great opportunity to get those signed paperbacks out of me that I've mostly been too crap to hook people up with thusfar. 🤠 I'll also be holding up the bar the night before, and will be over the moon to see any readers, fans, or basically anybody I know… My session details here. (Yeah, sorry, as a newcomer I've been given pretty much the very worst slot on the schedule: 9am on the Sunday…)
ARISEN : Odyssey – Update
It's happening. Yes, there is going to be another ARISEN book. Yes, as so many of you have you requested, you're going to find out what happened to Homer and Sarah on their epic road-trip across post-apocalyptic North America disappearing from the end of Book Three until the end of Book Five in their quest to rescue Homer's family, against all odds. No, you're not going to believe what went down out there but you're going to have a hell of an adventure riding along. It's still too early to announce a launch date. But it's probably closer than you think. And it's definitely happening. Stand by. (Lovely reader reaction here and here.)
ARISEN : The Movie/TV/Miniseries
Yes that is (probably/possibly/maybe) happening, too. Hundreds if not thousands of you, the series’ beloved readers and fans, have been clamoring for it for years now: the television, miniseries, or feature-film version of ARISEN. All of ARISEN's insuperable heroes, desperate battles, and epic adventures brought to life and live action on the big (or slightly less big) screen. All I can tell you at this time is that things are afoot. It's probably going to be a long road. But the payoff may be outrageously great. Definitely stand by! (Rather exuberant reader reaction here and here.)
I actually just banged out the ARISEN : Teaser script in two days. Looks like eight years of studying screenwriting pays off. Found it not just intuitive, but exhilarating. All the fluff falls away. The internal gets externalized/visualized. And I’ve been missing all the fun. I’m hooked. Next up is a full pilot. (Then an original pilot, then an original screenplay, both concepts which popped into my head while I was unsleepingly plagued by mosquitos, mud, and heat, deep on a Colombian jungle trek gone horribly wrong…)