In 2011, my co-author, Sean Platt, and I decided the timing was never better for us to write our brand of serialized fiction. For the first time in history, thanks largely to Amazon and its Kindle device/app, authors were able to find and build their own audiences without having to go through traditional publishing channels.
A few years ago, there was no way a traditional publisher would take on a serial, much less a serial from a couple of unknown authors.
Now, everything has changed.
Inspired by Stephen King’s The Green Mile, and our favorite serialized TV shows, LOST, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica, Carnivale, Fringe, and a host of other shows, in 2011 we kicked off our post-apocalyptic serial, Yesterday’s Gone.
It did okay. But we knew the only way to really make a splash in the world of serialized fiction, we’d have to go all out.
We aim to be the HBO, AMC, or Showtime of the Kindle Generation, with the kind of character-driven stories, and WTF cliffhangers you’re used to seeing on the best of serialized TV.
In 2012, we decided we’d work pretty much nonstop in order to publish a book per week.
Just like TV, we create our work in weekly episodes, with six episodes per season. We then release the seasons in one low-priced volume. So you can choose to follow along on the weekly ride or wait until the full season is released and read it as a standard series type book.
Since January 10, we’ve done exactly that with a mix of new episodes, Season compilations, and our Twilight Zone-inspired Dark Crossings short stories (and collections), we’ve done exactly that.
In September, Amazon Publishing’s 47North contacted us, based on the success we’ve had with Yesterday’s Gone and asked us to create and write two new serials for their Amazon Serials program.
We said hell yeah!
We’ve now released a total of six serialized series, all of which will be seeing new seasons in 2013!
Here’s a list of books we’ve released to date.
YESTERDAY’S GONE SERIES
On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. everyone on Earth went missing.
Well, almost everyone.
A scattered few woke alone in a world where there are no rules other than survival… at any cost.
A journalist wanders the horrible reality of an empty New York in search of his wife and son.
A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species.
A mother shields her young daughter from danger, though every breath fills her with terror.
A bullied teen is thrilled to find everyone gone. Until the knock at the door.
A fugitive survives a fiery plane crash. Will he be redeemed, or return to what he’s best at: the kill?
An eight year old boy sets out on a journey to find his missing family. What he finds will change him forever.
And there’s a few people who aren’t surprised that this happened at
all. In fact, they’ve been dreaming about this day for years.
These survivors aren’t alone…
Someone or something is watching them.
Sides are chosen.
Will humanity survive what it never saw coming?
The only certainty is that Yesterday’s Gone.
You’ve never read anything like Yesterday’s Gone – the epic, groundbreaking serial.
YESTERDAY’S GONE: EPISODE 1
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YESTERDAY’S GONE: SEASON TWO
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YESTERDAY’S GONE: SEASON THREE
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Hamilton Island seems like the perfect home.
The Puget Sound bedroom community has it all — beautiful homes with white picket fences, a thriving tech sector, and one of the best school systems in the state.
But not everything is as it seems.
And on the morning of September 1, the veil is lifted in a school shooting that will shake the island to its core, and expose an evil dynasty and a dark conspiracy that threatens the future of our species.
REVIEWS OF PLATT & WRIGHT’S SERIALS:
“What a cliffhanger!”
“Tuesdays are the new black.”
“They’ve done it again!”
“WOW!! Talk about addicted!!!”
“Best book of the year!”
Watch the first trailer below or at YouTube.
Get Episode One of WhiteSpace at Amazon.
Season One at Amazon (Episodes 1-6)
Amazon US: www.amazon.com/dp/B008ASB4GI/
Amazon UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008ASB4GI/
Coming soon to Apple, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, and more!
Roger Heller was part of something bigger…
A conspiracy of scientific experiments, missing citizens, and ancient secrets threatening the island and its people.
Behind it all: the enigmatic Blake Conway.
Can Jon Conway piece the mystery together before he loses someone else that he loves?
Can Roger Heller’s surviving family move on from his heinous actions?
Will Cassidy’s addictions destroy her new family with Emma and Jon?
Can Milo trust the mysterious Don Bellows?
What will happen when Brock Houser launches his own investigation?
WhiteSpace is a character-driven, mysterious, sci-fi thriller that would be right at home with superbly scripted TV shows like LOST, The Killing, and Fringe.
The second season of WhiteSpace includes six episodes (7-12)
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CDGV3S2/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CDGV3S2/
Coming soon to Apple, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, and more!
FBI Special Agent Caleb Baldwin is on the hunt for a serial killer who has left a trail of burned bodies. One of those victims – his wife. As he gets closer to finding the killer, he falls deeper into an elaborate conspiracy.
A man wakes buried alive with no memory of who or what he is. In his pocket, a note: “Avoid the sunlight and don’t touch anybody.” Now he is being hunted by the FBI while trying to remember his monstrous past. He must control the darkness within before it consumes him and the child whose life he must protect.
11-year-old Abigail was dying slowly each day as the prisoner of a sick man. Until she is saved by the most unlikely of heroes – a vampire with a deadly touch. He is her only hope, and she may hold the key to unlocking the memories of his hidden past.
Past, present, fate, and future are on a collision course as the hours of AVAILABLE DARKNESS are ticking away and a force greater than anything the world has ever seen threatens humanity.
Available Darkness is an epic journey that reinvents vampire mythology with a fast paced, character-driven thriller that blends action, mystery, fantasy, and horror in an addictive, tragically romantic story.
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Available Darkness: Season One (Episodes 1-6)
AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009YWLV94/
AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009YWLV94/
A MAN BETRAYS HIS OWN KIND
Following events of Available Darkness Season One, John finds himself one year later working for the very enemy who had hunted him for so long — the government.
The woman that he loves, Hope, had had her mind erased and the only way he can ever find her again is to fulfill his duty, which means betraying his own kind.
A CHILD STRUGGLES TO CONTAIN THE MONSTER WITHIN
11-year-old Abigail, now living with the curse of being a vampire, struggles to survive in a lonely existence where every feeding weighs on her soul and overwhelms her with darkness.
How close can she come to the abyss before she is pulled in?
A WOMAN REMEMBERS
Hannah Quinn had the almost-perfect life — a blossoming flower business, a loving boyfriend, and she was genuinely happy for the first time in years. But an accident is about to throw her entire life into chaos, leaving her with the question — “Who am I?”
A DARKNESS LOOMS
When a new portal appears, and an ancient evil threatens to destroy the world, John must fight not only to save those that he loves, but to save the entire world. But time is running out, and the Darkness will wait for no man.
Available Darkness: Season Two is the nail-biting, heart-pounding, second part of the Available Darkness Trilogy.
AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BELOHIK/
AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BELOHIK/
But normal died with her mother, minutes after she was born. And again when her father was murdered before her eyes on her seventh birthday. It was as though true love could never touch her.
Now Noella lives with her aunt in Aurora Falls, a sleepy town in upstate New York where she spends school days hiding from the people who torment her, and weekends working at a coffee shop in quiet misery, harboring a secret crush on her best friend, Sam.
Noella’s only happiness comes when she closes her eyes and visits her dream world, a place where her father still lives, and she’s in love with a mysterious man named Dante, a stranger with a pure heart and death in his fingers.
Noella never imagined the dream world was real, buried within our own. Until her dreams, and nightmares, started spilling into her waking life, alongside a series of grisly murders.
Just when she thinks she’s losing her mind, Dante appears with a dire warning: Noella is not who, or what, she believes. Nothing is what it seems, and she is in mortal danger.
Dante has been searching for Noella for all his lives.
He has loved her nearly as long.
But if he touches her, she will die.
Death isn’t done with Noella. Dreams crash into reality in a paranormal dark fantasy of love, fate, horror, and secrets which threaten to unravel Noella, and everything around her.
Can they survive the evil that haunts them or are they doomed to be ForNevermore?
NOTE: Contains mild language and violence (probably a lot less than what you’d find in a PG-13 movie.) Appropriate for Young Adult Readers
Get Episode 1 now at Amazon.
ForNevermore: Season One
Amazon US: www.amazon.com/dp/B007SNNUMW/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007SNNUMW/
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OUR AMAZON SERIALS (PUBLISHED BY 47NORTH)
It is the year 2134 in a dystopian America, following a series of zombie plagues which infected and decimated much of the world’s population starting 100 years ago.
Those left, formed six walled Cities throughout the continent, all under the rule of a totalitarian government which enforces strict control over its populace.
You must obey your government.
You must be a good citizen.
You must be a productive citizen.
You must not break the law.
Or The City Watch will find you and arrest you.
Jonah Lovecraft, a former Watcher, was arrested for the murder of his wife. And like most criminals, he has one chance at freedom — to participate in The Darwin Games, a televised survival show which pits two players from each city against one another in The Barrens, the uninhabited areas outside the City Walls.
He’ll also have to face another enemy — the zombies which still roam The Barrens.
As he fights for his freedom against impossible odds, his daughter, Anastasia, stumbles into people who have information about her father — information which will change her life forever.
But it will also put her in the crosshairs of her father’s enemies.
Z 2134 is our first serial published by 47North, and is available exclusively at Amazon, in both print and e-book editions.
Yet, comedian Henry Black finally has everything he’s always dreamed of: a thriving career, and a wife and daughter who he loves more than life itself. After years of struggle, he finally has it made.
Until three men force their way into his home, killing Henry and destroying the safe, comfortable world he has built for his family.
But that is only the beginning of his hellish torment. He wakes in purgatory, where he’s met by two men, both offering a choice. Randall offers a chance at heaven. Boothe, however, offers something far more tempting—a chance to go back to his life.
A chance to see if his family is okay.
For Henry, there is no choice. He accepts Boothe’s deal. But with every deal comes a price: his body is twisted to match his sins, and Henry is no longer the man his wife remembered—Henry is no longer a man at all.
He is monstrous.
Thrust into darkness and madness—unable to be with the people he loves—Henry embraces his new form, and his new supernatural abilities, and does the only thing he can: avenge his murder. But as Henry grows closer to the truth of what happened on that terrible night, he grows further from his humanity.
How far will he go to seek revenge?
And is he willing to sacrifice his soul?
From the authors who brought you Z 2134, Yesterday’s Gone, and ForNevermore, comes another dark tale sure to keep you waiting for the next episode. Monstrous is the second 47North title by Sean Platt and David Wright, available exclusively at Amazon.
Get the first season in print or e-book form.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009XJBHHO
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009XJBHHO
::OUR SHORT STORIES::
Dark Crossings: Volume 1 From the creators of the groundbreaking post-apocalyptic series Yesterday’s Gone, and the vampire thriller Available Darkness, comes six unforgettable short stories, daring you to experience the darkness of their worlds.
Available as single stories or in the full collection, Dark Crossings is a collection best enjoyed with the lights on.
PULL THE TRIGGER — Ellie’s husband owes money to some powerful people. The only way she can save his life is to do one “simple” job — retrieve a mysterious box and kill the courier. But can Ellie pull the trigger? Nothing is at it seems in this pulse-pounding mysterious thriller.
CHRIS WAKES UP — You know those zombie stories where survivors must make their way through a world plagued by walking dead? This is a tale from a zombie’s perspective, as Chris wakes up infected, alone, and hungry. As he struggles to hold onto his humanity, he finds himself the unlikely protector of a young girl seeking safety. Can he protect her from others? Can he protect her from himself?
RESPERO DINNER — In the not-too-distant future, Xavier is the guest of honor at an exclusive dinner. It’s a night filled with friends, family, and regrets. Respero Dinner is a thought provoking tale of love, loss, and the choices we make in life.
THE VISITOR — Blind and dying, writer Mary Fletcher is waiting out her final days in a nursing home. Unlike most of the other residents, Mary refuses to dwell on the past —until a mysterious visitor shows up. A visitor who sounds exactly like the love of her life who she believed to be dead. Who is he? What does he want?
FADED DINER — Zach hops into his car and hits the open road, angry and eager to put a couple of states between he and his girlfriend. Zach pulls into a diner, hungry and with a gas tank on fumes. He gets more than he ordered and something he may never escape.
THE WATCHER — Since the death of his young daughter, Frank Grimm’s life has completely unravelled. Barely connected with his wife, he now sits in his home office, watching his neighbors live their lives. And when nobody’s looking, he sometimes breaks into their homes. There’s only one house on his street he hasn’t broken into. And in that house, one day, he sees someone in the window, watching him.
Get Dark Crossings Volume 1 today.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006K5SO1G/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006K5SO1G/
Coming soon to all other stores!
DARK CROSSINGS VOLUME 2
From the writers of “Yesterday’s Gone” and “WhiteSpace”, comes the second installment of short stories with killer endings! “Dark Crossings Volume 2” contains six short stories previously published as single short stories, now collected here for the first time in one volume.
Included are six short stories (at nearly 64,000 words) and Author Notes, including:
Are We There Yet — Jay Stephens is a philanderer on his way to meet a lover. When he runs into some roadwork, he realizes he’s gonna be late. Fortunately, he has his trusty voice-activated GPS system, April.
April is reliable, has a sexy British accent, and has always helped him get to where he’s going . . . until now.
Jay is about to take an unexpected detour from reality and into the dark realms of “Dark Crossings.”
If You Don’t Finish Reading This, Everyone You Know Will Die — Anthony has OCD. He’s convinced that if he doesn’t give into his compulsions, bad things will happen to those around him.
His doctor proposes that Anthony avoid giving into his compulsions in order to prove that Anthony’s fears are without substance.
But what if they’re not?
Anthony is about to take an unexpected detour from reality and into the dark realms of “Dark Crossings.”
What Would Boricio Do? — Boricio Wolfe abides by only two rules:
1) Always use the best ingredients when cooking.
2) Don’t shit where you eat.
The only way a serial killer can keep a (somewhat) normal life is to stick to the rules — especially the second one. Boricio has finally found a job that doesn’t make him homicidal, and is working his way to working in the restaurant of his dreams. All he has to do is keep out of trouble and impress Mr. Jules, a man who owns some of the best restaurants in the state.
And Boricio is on the fast track to being a top chef… if he just sticks to the rules. But how long can Boricio stick to those rules when a young kid with an abusive father comes into his restaurant, just begging to be killed?
Because nothing sets Boricio off quite like abusive fathers.
Should he turn a blind eye?
Should he just leave well enough alone?
Or should he give the kid an early Christmas gift and kill his prick of a father?
Hide and Seek — It’s just an ordinary day at the park — kids playing with one another, parents watching after their kids, sitters watching their charges, and a host of strangers lurking about.
All while young mother, Robin, sneaks off to send sext messages to her lover while she’s supposed to be playing hide and seek with her four year old daughter.
But in Dark Crossings, games aren’t for children.
And there are no winners.
The Good Deeds Society — Something weird is happening in the gated community of Evergreen Walk. People are having dreams in which a mysterious woman appears to them, asking them to do good deeds for one another.
Soon, a group calling itself The Good Deeds Society forms, eager to spread word of the Lady and her good deeds.
But in Dark Crossings, not every good deed can be taken at face value.
And no good deed goes unpunished…
Monsters — 10-year old Sheldon Harrison is afraid of monsters.
Every day he has to walk along a long stretch of woods where a Monster is rumored to live.
But that Monster isn’t as scary as the bullies which torment him. And the only way to avoid the bullies? To take a shortcut . . . through the woods.
Get Dark Crossings Volume 1 today!
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0095PJOC6/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0095PJOC6/
Coming soon to everywhere else!