April 22, 2012

Insert spoiler alert here

We’ve been teasing people with Facebook updates and tweets that we had a major announcement. So, without further delay, let’s get to it.

We’ve mentioned that we have a few new ideas in the works, and that’s definitely true. Dead Meat is not finished, in a sense. We loved the idea we created so much we decided to go beyond, but not in the normal way. This is not necessarily a sequel. There’s no [insert spoiler about certain things for those who haven’t read Dead Meat]. This isn’t necessarily a prequel, either.

There are stories that entice me, and some of those stories build on the situation or the setting, not necessarily the same plotline with the same characters, etc. It’s the world of Dead Meat that entices us, and we want to explore it more.

There will be another book. Right now, we have three stories lined up to complete the text. Each story will be, we think, about the size of your normal novella. We do not expect to create a running storyline that will span numerous books. We’re not making a trilogy just to have a trilogy, and we don’t plan on brutally milking Dead Meat, as that, to us, would take away from the first book.

However, we couldn’t abandon Rickett. We just love that character too damned much to not tell what happens next. Also, we want to delve a little deeper into the world of Dead Meat. We alluded to some sections in the text, such as the pirates and Exterminators, and we do want to touch on that a bit more since we slightly weeded some of the material out while making revisions.

The first novella has yet to be titled, but it starts with Rickett talking about what happened in the first book. I was sipping a glass of bourbon one night and the dialogue just popped into my head. I couldn’t let it go and started scribbling, and I told Chris about it the next day. To avoid any confusion, these stories will be in third person point of view and past tense. If we did it in present tense and first person, it would be too much like Dead Meat, and we want to show we’re not a one trick pony.

We’re not sure if we’ll give Rickett’s story in serial format, like we did with Dead Meat. There’s not a completely stable storyline yet as we’re still kicking ideas around about how it will end. For the other two novellas, those will remain our secrets until later.

In the meantime, we’re strongly urging readers to leave reviews either on Amazon, Barnes and Nobels, Smashwords, etc., or on our reader reviews page. We’ll also be kicking up a blog tour soon, so stay posted for those updates.

April 14, 2012

The future of "we"

The book’s been out for a month now, and we’ve received some great support from our readers, fans, friends and family. We also appreciate those who’ve written reviews for us, tweeted about us, posted and shared our posts on Facebook, etc. We’re continuing to attempt to spread the word about Dead Meat’s release, and in a few weeks, we’ll be able to spend some more time on promoting the book, offering contests, etc., and hopefully, in the near future, hitting up some horror conventions to help promote the book and future projects.

Yes, that’s right. Future projects.

We’ve got some ideas floating around for others books, and not all of them are zombie related. My bro and I have come up with numerous creative ideas over the years, most of them being projects that were started and never finished.

We’ve been beating around a series of novellas, and we’re thinking that those novellas might become their own books, depending on how developed they become.

We’ve also had a project that’s been on the back burner for a while, probably 7-8 years or so, that’s been slowly transforming from a dark comedy to a science fiction novel including some nanobots, but I don’t even think we’ve hit the real meat of that story yet.

We also began a post-apocalyptic web-comic, titled Age of III, which I’d be interested in possibly rebooting, simply because it was a neat storyline. Maybe some of you readers can help me convince Chris to get back to some of these comics he started.

And lastly (for the time being), we’ve kicked around a great idea of a post-apocalyptic narrative that details a rise to power, subterfuge, and manipulation, all exploring the dark, selfish tendencies of humanity, similar to the old grotesque style of literature.

Dead Meat was fun, that’s for damned sure. But we’re not done.
We won’t stop.

We promise.

In the words of Rowdy Roddy Piper from They Live, we “have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and [we’re] all out of bubble gum.”