Available Darkness Episode 2, Interview with Hugh Howey, Free ForNevermore, and a Z 2134 update

Available Darkness Episode 2, Interview with Hugh Howey, Free ForNevermore, and a Z 2134 update

Hey Fellow Goners, Dave here with this week’s very late newsletter. First, I apologize for the lateness. Sean and I have been working double-time on something top secret that we’re going to announce soon. Hint: It has to do with our zombie serial, Z 2134, which you may recall that we took down just a couple of days after it first went live. Z 2134 WILL BE back, but it won’t be for a couple of weeks. Sean and I will tell you more the minute we’re able to. But it’s good news. This week we’re bringing you Available Darkness: Episode 2. You can get it here: US: www.amazon.com/dp/B009H508P6/ UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009H508P6/ If you already read the original AD book we released in August 2011, you can skip the first season (the first six episodes) over the next few weeks. Unless you either really loved the story and want to read the revised version to see how we’re making it better. As I said last week, though, it’s not necessary to re-read the first season because we’re not changing the events which occurred in the book you already read. If you haven’t read AD yet, now’s the perfect chance to hop on board. It’s got all the action, chills, mystery, and WTF endings you’ve come to expect from us. And it’s a whole new take on vampires — I mean completely different. WHAT IT’S ABOUT… Available Darkness follows a man who wakes up buried alive with no memory of his past. In his pocket is a note telling him to avoid the police, avoid the sunlight, and don’t touch anyone....
Inside The Pages: Available Darkness Episode 1

Inside The Pages: Available Darkness Episode 1

(note: This week’s newsletter is the same as the Author’s Note, so if you prefer to read those in the book, just click the links below to go get the book. Additionally, we’ve got an update on Z 2134 at the end of this letter.) Hello Fellow Goner, It’s Dave here with a few words on Available Darkness: Episode 1, (Amazon US link:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009CHBQZU  Amazon UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009CHBQZU ) a serialization of the Available Darkness book we released in August 2011 as the first part in a trilogy. We wanted to revise the book — our first co-written novel, by the way — to make it a better reading experience before launching the second season. If you’ve never read Available Darkness, welcome! If you read the original, there’s a few things you need to know: If you already read Available Darkness: Book One, then you don’t NEED to read the serialized version. This is REVISED material, but events from the first book have not been altered. The major changes in this edition are: better scene flow, less clunky exposition, and what we hope to be a better written story. Available Darkness: Season One will run the length of our other serials, six episodes, followed by a fully-revised Season One compilation. A couple weeks after Season One, we’ll return with Available Darkness: Episode 7, the first episode of Season Two. While Yesterday’s Gone was the serial Sean and I are most associated with, it wasn’t our first serial. That honor belongs to Available Darkness, which we started writing in 2008 as a serial on the web. While it found a...
Available Darkness: Chapter 38

Available Darkness: Chapter 38

(Serial and Milk: Available Darkness is a serialized horror thriller co-written by David Wright and Sean Platt. A new chapter appears here each Friday. If you missed previous chapters, you can read them here.) October 2, 1999 St. Augustine, Florida Hope lay in bed, mentally tracing her fingers over John’s angular jaw, across his chin, and then over his soft lips as his breath rose, fell, and whispered between them. The soft blue light of predawn made her feel ridiculous for her mini-breakdown hours earlier. The painting, which she’d started without any thoughts of what it was or where it would eventually go, had taken a dark turn in recent weeks. It was a non-commissioned piece and not something she planned to show at her friend Sergei’s gallery. She initially thought the new direction was some unrealized artistic desire bubbling up and pushing her to explore her boundaries. However, as the painting progressed, she began to sense another power at work. Night after night, she was continuously pulled from her sleep, unable to rest until she returned to the canvas, adding bits and pieces of images, compelled to lay them across the canvas as though she were obsessively divining the will of the Gods. She’d never felt so out of control and without direction, save for the first painting she’d ever professionally shown, Dusk Wanderlust. The one which drew John into Sergei’s art gallery when it first opened in the historic district of St. Augustine nearly two years ago. Just as that painting seemed to draw her and John together as one, this painting seemed more ominous, though she...
Available Darkness: Chapter 37

Available Darkness: Chapter 37

(Serial and Milk: Available Darkness is a serialized horror thriller co-written by David Wright and Sean Platt. A new chapter appears here each Friday. If you missed previous chapters, you can read them here.) October 2,1999 Los Angelas, California Jacob stood on the building’s ledge, wind whipping the loose charcoal suit against his wiry frame. The city view from 50 stories in the sky personified his feelings about humanity: almost beautiful, from a distance. He’d been on their soil, mingling among the insects for far too long. His body was starting to show signs of human frailty. His face was sunken and pale. His hair had all fallen out years ago. His pain was constant. Of course, Jacob could regenerate at any time, but his desire to feed had faded a while ago. A few months earlier, he’d started to widen the gap between feedings. Now he was trying to see how far he could stretch the rubber band before it finally snapped. Though he’d not given it much thought, he supposed he was trying to see how close he could drift to death before she finally circled her fingers around him. Death was an inviting mistress, offering sweet release from breathing the breath of a world in which he didn’t belong. When he first crossed over, thirsty for vengeance against his mother and brothers, the idea of a new world seemed to harbor eternal wonder. It was the world’s initial beauty and seemingly endless possibilities, actually, which had caused him to spare his young brothers’ lives so many years before. He had planned to kill them all, planned...
Available Darkness: Chapter 36

Available Darkness: Chapter 36

(Serial and Milk: Available Darkness is a serialized horror thriller co-written by David Wright and Sean Platt. A new chapter appears here each Friday. If you missed previous chapters, you can read them here.) Abigail’s body moved with alien instincts. She was surprised by her hands locking on Lydia, and startled by the energy, which surged into her fingers, then flowed through her arms and into her brain. Memories coursed through Abigail’s mind like a torrent of waves bursting through a dam. The images were foreign; memories from another life lived—Lydia’s life, unfurling before Abigail as she feasted on the energy swirling from the woman’s emptying shell. The memories overwhelmed Abigail. Lydia’s older sister, Vicky, took her pink dolly away from her “she’s mine!” Lydia was hurt. Then, another memory, of Larry and she, in bed. Larry was casually puffing on a cigarette while drawing lazy circles on Lydia’s breasts with his fingers and whispering odes to her beauty. Then, she watched, through Lydia’s eyes as her boyfriend, Tony bloodied his knuckles against an unmoving wall. Fury rose from him like vapor and Lydia was afraid… Then, darkness extinguished the memory. The energy stopped flowing and Abigail sat, hunched over, staring at the charred corpse beneath her. Lydia’s memories continued to flicker like a strobe light in Abigail’s mind, threading through her own images of yesterday, weaving all thoughts into one incomprehensible tapestry. Lydia as a girl again, this time walking to school, alone. She was fiercely proud not to need an escort. A big girl now. Though school was only two short blocks away, you’d think it was...