Today, I want to introduce you to a great new writer and her wonderful tale of madness and mayhem!
FOR THREE DAYS, IT WAS DARK.
News reporters scrambled. This was the biggest story to come along in weeks.
They called it a blackout.
The last one was in New York City in 2003, but this one was different, special, because the grids in six major cities across the country had been fried, kaput, see-you-next-Sunday. Everyone with some jurisdiction blamed each other, and when there was no one left to blame, terrorism rode in on its gallant steed.
It was the media’s fault. They were so busy stuffing fanatical Muslims with a penchant for Allah and decapitations down the American citizen’s throat, that they never saw it coming. I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on them.
They were partially right.
It was terror after all, but a whole new kind. And when the lights came back on, things had changed.
The dark had brought us visitors.
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Beck Sherman was born and raised in Massachusetts. Beck attended Syracuse University undergrad, has a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London, and when not writing, enjoys exploring abandoned insane asylums and photo-documenting the things that go bump in the night, when they’re kind enough to pose.
I read Beck Sherman’s Revamp in one shot. Yup, the whole damn thing. That’s how I roll when a book’s worth it.
And this book was worth it.
The first fifty or sixty pages of the novel were some of the best I’ve ever read. Period. The airport scene is amazing. It kicks a$$ in so many ways I’m tempted to plagiarize it. Seriously. I’m not going to spoil it, but it ends with this masterpiece:
"I was drugged, I was hungry, I was angry, I had just committed my first murder, and I was covered in other people’s bodily fluids. California was not at all what I expected."
Pure literary genius. Two of my favorite lines of all time.
Overall, Sherman takes a somewhat tired subject—vampires (and, yes, I do see the irony in that statement)—and breathes life into the undead. Yet, she doesn’t forget all that came before her. I imagined shadows of Stephen King’s “The Night Flier” and del Toro’s “The Strain” in the airport scene. The whole thing resonates with a post-apocalyptic, zombie-esque, vibe and the group Emma joined reminded me of John Connor’s Resistance.
But there’s much more there than just a hodgepodge of influences. Sherman’s characters are realistic, her world is vivid, and her story is infectious—and not in any way that causes you to seek treatment afterwards.
Beck Sherman is a force to reckon with. Revamp is a must-read for fans of horror, vampires, zombies, and post-apocalyptic fiction. Genre writers should also check it out to get a refresher course in how it’s done. Just sayin’ …
You can download Revamp for free today, so don't wait! Check it out and be sure to let me (and Beck) know what you think.
Thu, October 4, 2012
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