- City of the Damned: Expanded Edition Cover by Jeroen ten Berge
So in the midst of all this zombie mayhem I’ve created, I’ve been slowly nudging City of the Damned into print. As I started the process, I decided that I wanted to restore a good chunk of material that I’d tossed out when I was shopping the book around the traditional publishing industry. Back then, conventional wisdom was that a book should be no more than 80,000 words long; the original cut of CotD was 121,000. Way too big, and I was getting a lot of bounces due to the book’s length.
The original version I released in February of 2011 is closer to 90,000 words, and I’d had to hack out a lot of goodness to make it live up to its svelte image. When I decided to release a paperback version of the book, it dawned on me that I was no longer bound by the artificial constraints of the publishing industry. I was free to do as I wished with the product, since the only person investing in its production was me.
And I’m not a cheapskate. If I’m going to do something up, I try and do it up well.
So I restored most of the original material (some of it, such as what happens to the containment team when they’re picked up by the LAPD after the USC Hospital raid, I elected to leave on the cutting room floor). The extra content gives some additional depth to the story, and most certainly serves to show the reader that these vampires aren’t the cute, sparkly kind that the Twilight series turned them into. These vampires are badasses who only view humans as food.
And of course, the leader of the vampire coven, Osric, has some extra-evil plans for humanity that extend far beyond just drinking their blood.
Featuring a new cover by famed artist Jeroen ten Berge (who has done covers for Blake Crouch, Barry Eisler, and J.A. Konrath, among others), the book will be released in paper sometime before the Christmas holidays. In the meantime, it can be yours today on your Kindle for $4.99, and it’s coming soon for the Nook and Smashwords.