Z 2136 is Here!

Z 2136 is Here!

Do you know the one thing we’ve never done at Collective Inkwell? Through nearly three years, six series, 13 seasons, and 78 episodes, we’ve yet to end a story — until now. Well, that’s not completely true. We did write 19 short Dark Crossings stories, all which had proper endings, but among our full-length works, we’ve yet to end something, until now. That ending starts this week with the release of the first episode (of six) of Z 2136 on Kindle Serials. Z 2136 is the end of the Z trilogy which began with Z 2134. Writing serials with cliffhanger endings has meant that we’ve never had to give a proper ending to a book. I love mystery. I love that wondering of what’s next? But when a series ends you have to give resolution and find the right balance of being true to both the story and the characters, and giving readers what they want. All while still keeping the mystery alive until the end. A tricky thing to pull off well, but I think Sean and I did it. Judging from email, though, readers don’t seem as concerned whether we’ll pull off the ending as they are with who will live and who will die. Given our penchant for sometimes killing main characters, one of the questions we’re getting a lot is: “Who will die in Z 2136? You better not kill (insert name here.)”  I won’t say. The other question we’re getting is: “Will there be a happy ending?” Again, I won’t say. I’ll simply say that this is the ending that the series deserves, and...
Z 2136 and FAQs

Z 2136 and FAQs

We can finally reveal the cover for the Kindle Serial, Z 2136, along with the synopsis. We were given a few covers ideas to choose from. The first ones didn’t work for us. So I had an idea — what if we go black? Using colors as the themes of the overall series, it breaks down like so: Z 2134: the first book is yellow and black, with just a bit of red on the spine. Bright, with a bit of mystery. Z 2135: the second book is mostly red (it has spread from the spine to the cover) with some black and yellow. All hell is breaking loose. Things are not good. Z 2136: the last book in the trilogy is all black, with some red. The darkness has taken over. All hope is lost. This is the end. That’s how I see it, anyway. And I think it will look awesome in print! Warning: if you’ve not read Z 2134 or Z 2135, you probably shouldn’t read the stuff below as it gives away details from those two books. The Games may be ending, but now the real battle begins. In the stunning finale of the Z 2134 series, lingering questions will be answered, vengeance will be sought, and lives will be lost in a dystopian world where the boundaries of humanity are tested. Several months after events of Z 2135, Adam Lovecraft is once again following in his father’s footsteps, this time as a contestant in the infamous Darwin Games. In The State’s latest iteration of The Games, the odds of survival are slimmer than ever before, and Adam...
Z 2135 Cover Reveal and Pre Order

Z 2135 Cover Reveal and Pre Order

Z 2135 The Darwin Games are over.  The battle for survival has just begun… The Lovecraft family is in ruins. Convict father Jonah roams The Barrens, near starvation, in search of his daughter Ana. Only the hope of seeing her again keeps him alive. Meanwhile Ana, Liam, and Duncan have found temporary relief at a camp outside The Walls. Inside City 6, Jonah’s young son, Adam, has been co-opted by Jonah’s enemy, Chief Keller, and is being groomed as a City Watch spy. Between the terrifying zombies roaming The Barrens—monsters created by the plague that destroyed the Old Nation—and the ruthless, manipulative government that controls everything and everyone within the City Walls, no one is safe. Z 2135 is both a frightening vision of a dystopian future and a heartening tale of family, hope, and humanity. The newest season from Sean Platt and David Wright is as captivating as it is terrifying. Z 2135 begins on August 27 and will be available via Kindle Serials. Buy once at $1.99 and get all six episodes, updated every Tuesday. Z 2135, like all Kindle Serials, is only available in the U.S. right now, but will be available worldwide after its six week run on Kindle Serials. Pre-order now Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E80LK8O/ Starting on Wednesday, I’m (Dave) going to be writing a bit about the behind the scenes of writing this season. If you have any questions about the season, please leave a comment below. If you have spoilers of Z 2134, please indicate with something like: **** SPOILERS **** before you spoil stuff, so new readers can avoid having the first season...
MONSTROUS: NUMBER ONE HORROR AND FANTASY NOVEL

MONSTROUS: NUMBER ONE HORROR AND FANTASY NOVEL

Our 47North Serial, Monstrous had a great weekend, thanks to a Kindle Daily Deal promotion, which made the book Number One in both the paid horror and fantasy/urban genres! What’s really cool, is that first we beat Stephen King back in January with Yesterday’s Gone: Season One, and this time around, we beat out his son, Joe Hill, with Monstrous: Season One! The writing duo of Platt and Wright toppled the King writing duo! OK, not really toppled. King and Hill, both writers we admire (hell, King is what got us started on serials!), are on the lists ALL THE TIME! They practically live atop Number One Mountain, and deservedly so. We made it there, for a day or so, thanks to an Amazon Kindle Daily Deal sale both times, so we’re not really blowing the trumpet here. But, hell, Number One is Number One, and until we make it to the top of the New York Times bestselling list someday (we can dream, can’t we?), we’ll take these minor victories, as fleeting as they may be. So, thanks, Amazon, for the brief moment of glory. Now back to the business of writing WhiteSpace: Season Two, which is due in April. If you haven’t yet read Monstrous, you can get it in print or for your Kindle device/app at Amazon: US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009XJBHHO...
Number One!

Number One!

WOW! What a way to start 2013! Amazon offered Yesterday’s Gone: Season One as a Kindle Daily Deal on January 1, and the book rocketed up the charts! But could we beat Stephen King’s 11/22/63? Around noon, I figured we had no shot since King’s latest opus was selling for only $3.99! A bargain because mainstream books typically sell for significantly more. By early evening though, Yesterday’s Gone: Season One hit the top spot for horror and sci-fi on Amazon! Wow! This was a great way to kick off 2013, and a tremendous way to close out our year of weekly releases which began last January. LOOKING BACK ON 2012 Sean and I started 2012 with one goal — to become “Kings of the Serial.” We knew the only way to make it to the point where we could write fiction full-time was to do what our favorite TV channels do — deliver strong, character-driven serialized fiction every week! We wanted to be the HBO, AMC, or Showtime of the Kindle Generation. HBO, AMC, and Showtime made Sundays the night for superply scripted TV drama. We went with Tuesdays, writing almost non-stop to deliver our killer cliffhangers to you, every week without fail. Thanks to an awesome core group of readers who get what we’re doing (with similar tastes in serialized fiction), we’ve been fortunate enough to keep doing what we love most — writing. 2012 saw Seasons Two and Three of Yesterday’s Gone, and first seasons of WhiteSpace and ForNevermore. In early fall, Amazon’s 47North invited us to be part of Amazon Publishing’s new Kindle Serials program by signing...
MONSTROUS is Here

MONSTROUS is Here

Hello, Fellow Goner, Dave here to talk about our second Kindle Serial for 47North. When 47North approached us to do a serial for them, we pitched them four or five stories. They surprised us by signing us for two. The first was Z 2134, which we’d already started as an indie project. The second was Monstrous, which might be our darkest story yet. Given our catalog, that’s saying a lot. Our inspirations for this story are a bit less obvious than Z 2134’s, but they’re there, if you’re looking. With Monstrous, we wanted to tell a dark heroic journey. A story of a man who has lost everything. With nods to the 80s TV show, Beauty and the Beast (not the remake), Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, and another comic, The Punisher, Monstrous weaves its own dark tale of a man wrestling with his past and his future. Here’s the pitch: Would you go through Hell to save your family? Henry Black’s life ends in one horrifying moment when three intruders force their way into his home. He wakes in purgatory, where he’s met by two men — one who offers the possibility of an afterlife in heaven, and the other, who offers Henry a chance to go back and find out what happened to his family. The deal has a few strings, of course… Get Monstrous here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009XJBHHO IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHARACTERS While Monstrous has lots of action, the characters are what made this story so fun to write. These are some of our most complex and angst-ridden characters yet. While Henry is the star of the show, the demon,...