Apocalypse Weird's New Tier One Authors, including Me
It came upon me suddenly, my involvement in all this Apocalypse Weird universe. I saw The Red King, read it and loved it as much as I love anything Nick Cole writes. I followed what some of the other authors were doing, especially in the lead-up to that mammoth February release that even The Guardian wanted a piece of. I managed to keep in touch with what Michael Bunker, E. E. Giorgi, Kim Wells and Stefan Bolz were doing because I've been in touch with them for a little while. But I didn't have time to devote to the auditioning process – I had Shroud to write, No Way Home to curate, Chukotka to write for David Gatewood's Tales of Tinfoil anthology – there was no way I could get involved and the places would be filled before I did. Or so I thought.
It was Chris Pourteau who suggested I pitch to Nick Cole directly and this I did. I had an idea the moment I read The Red King – a shadowy, hellish figure that would be perfect. A backdrop of desolate, glaciated mountains and wind-swept buddhist stupas. A remote, nightmarish prison high in the Chinese Himalaya, near the border with Nepal. I saw the Tong, the Triad and the skeletal face of an ancient evil wrapped up in the most mystical place left on Earth. A gateway to another place, where an antediluvian force lay waiting – as though time meant nothing to it. I wanted to send the apocalypse to Nepal. Nick liked my pitch.
Today, on Facebook, the new Tier One authors were unveiled – Michael Patrick Hicks, a personal friend of mine, Alex Myers, Blue Cole, Angela Cavanaugh, Eamon Ambrose and Bob Williams. And, of course, me. It was a huge announcement for me – a project that excites and enthrals me with some of the most talented indie speculative fictions voices around. A shared world with a vision of the future that has only been revealed thus far through a chink in the curtain. I was bubbling with ideas and desperate to get planning. I sent A Shroud of Night and Tears to David Gatewood today, so I don't mind taking a little time to seize that enthusiasm and let the muse sing its song.
I have the characters in mind – a man flying half-way across the world to collect the dead body of his brother. A reluctant member of a tong, a secret criminal society, desperate to escape. Flawed, human, compelling.
Mike Corley's covers are amazing. One of my favourites is Genesis, for The White Dragon series – Stefan Bolz's AW debut. I can't wait to see what he'll come up with for Nepal. I have a tentative name for my series, and even a tentative title for the book, but it's way too early – I've got so much more to do before I get to that stage.
This is true adventure, a unique blend of the paranormal, the apocalyptic and what it means to be human. It is Stephen King meets Neil Gaiman. It is exciting, fresh and innovative. It is exactly what I've been looking for since I was eleven years old and I read Talisman. I can't wait.