Yes, you read the headline correctly. I am destroying the planet Earth and putting its pesky humans through a painful Armageddon and a number of trials and tribulations. And I will be doing so a in a grandly weird way.
You might have heard of the Apocalypse Weird brand across the crazy interwebs, or through the number of reviews I've done on the books released thus far (spoiler alert: they're all pretty damn good entries). Maybe you saw Damien Walters' article on the AW bookverse in The Guardian recently, or caught wind of it via Michael Bunker's blog where he answers the question, "What is this Apocalypse Weird that everyone is talking about?", or maybe you saw the series of blogs from Nick Cole on this very same subject. You might have heard one of several AW-related podcasts conducted by author Hank Garner (his latest features Stefan Bolz, who's Apocalypse Weird book, Genesis, released earlier this week).
The gist of it is this: Apocalypse Weird is a massive undertaking, a series of prose novels connected under a single umbrella, embedded with the sense of fun and scope of Marvel or DC Comics. Both Marvel and DC have their core universe that all of their properties live in, with individual titles like X-Men or Batman living alongside of, but operating somewhat independently while still being interconnected to books like, The Avengers or Justice League respectively. And sometimes those books cross paths with alternate metaverse titles like Marvel's Ultimate brand or DC's Earth-2.
And that's kind of like what's going in Apocalypse Weird. There's all these different book series, like Cole's WYRD series or Chris Pourteau's Serenity line and Stefan Bolz's White Dragon books, each existing in their own metaverse, or their own version of Earth. Yet they are all connected by the AW umbrella and each story exists within a much larger 5-year story arc. There's also a strong flavor of Stephen King's The Dark Tower for good measure.
All of these apocalyptic stories books will begin intersecting to form a strange, bold new world...a Wyrd World.
I've been a comic book fan all my life, and writing for Marvel Comic was one of my humongous life-goals as a young lad. So, being able to get in on the whole Apocalypse Weird experience is a bit of a dream come true in some ways, big and small, professionally and personally.
When Nick Cole first released The Red King, the opening volume that kickstarted this whole bookverse into proper gear, I wasn't quite sure what to make of the series concept as a whole. Now, don't get me wrong - I liked the book, but I just wasn't sure how the overarching ideas were going to translate out of it and what shape this universe was going to take. I couldn't quite see the forest for the trees. But, the more of these books that I read, the more I realized that it was a universe I wanted and needed to be a part of. And I really wanted my name attached to one of those awesome Mike Corley covers, damn it!
Getting accepted into the Apocalypse Weird world and be given the chance to run wild with my crazy, off-the-wall ideas for it is a tremendous honor. It's also pretty damn cool to be creating a sandbox that other writers could be able to come in and use, either through canon spin-offs or fan-fiction. Like I said, this AW thing is big!
I started writing my book in between the pitch and acceptance, and have just begun scratching the surface of what I want to do with it. The ideas are coming fast and furious and I'm constantly itching to dive back into this developing world. I think it's going to be a big and wild story, and if readers have even half as much fun reading it as I am writing it, then this could be a really special project.
If you have been following the Apocalypse Weird books, you've seen stories of violent and mystical storms ruining Louisiana, genetically modified killers raging through Texas, demonic biker gangs, an alien invasion in Arizona, and a Florida under tyrannical rule and populated by smugglers, zombies, and sea monsters.
Each author picks a region to play around with and wreak havoc in. There is already a number of established authors and works established to date, with more on the way. In addition to myself, there's also a number of other authors who were revealed today that will soon be
marking their territory destroying their own regions, including my friend, fellow sci-fi author, and No Way Home collaborator Lucas Bale, along with Angie Cavanaugh, Blue Cole, Eamon Ambrose, Bob Williams, and Alex Myers.
For my story, I'm taking the apocalypse to heights thus far unseen and much farther north than any of the stories currently on offer. I'm taking the end of the world straight up into orbit and ruining the lives of an international team of astronauts living aboard the International Space Station.
And, in case that weren't cool enough, I'm also fucking up Montana big-time. Sorry, Montana, but you've just gotten too big for your britches and need to get taken down a peg or three!
While both of my DRMR novels, Convergence and Emergence, have a bit of dystopian elements, they are more cyberpunk mystery/thrillers. And Consumption, firmly rooted in Lovecraftian horror, has a bit of a bleak outlook in its themes, as well. Still, I haven't gone full on apocalyptic, end of the world crazy until now.
Objects in Motion will be my first official foray into what will likely be The Worst Day Ever for some very nice fictional people. I will also be bringing a little bit of my own techno-flair to the table, as well, but in a completely bat-shit crazy kind of way.
I don't want to say too much about Objects in Motion just yet, and I actually think I've said enough for the moment. You'll get more details soon, so stayed tuned. Be aware though - The End Is Near!
If you haven't dived into the Apocalypse Weird world yet, now is a good time to get started. Go download Nick Cole's opening gambit, the book that set the ball for an entire metaverse rolling, The Red King for free.
And, if you've got a buck or two (or more!) to spare and can help this little-massive collective going, there's a month-long IndieGoGo campaign running. There are various tiers of rewards and all sorts of goodies on offer, with even more coming soon! This fundraiser will help get more Apocalypse Weird books released and pay for cover design, artwork, and editors, all in an effort to make these books the best they can be. You can read all about the campaign and its goals and purpose over here.
For more information on Apocalypse Weird, visit http://apocalypseweird.com/