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Apparently, news of Stephen Knight’s death was greatly exaggerated.

Meandering its way across my eventual release spectrum like a slowly replicating virus is a work called Plague City, a novel about a very nasty bug that rips through New York City and the world just before Christmas. In the Big Apple alone, millions die a slow and lingering death, trapped in their homes, on the street, in the packed hospitals. A few people are immune, and one of those is Hank Elliot, commander of NYPD’s Precinct 19. After helplessly watching his own family meet their demise, Elliot decides he now has a new mission in life: to save the remaining survivors in NYC from the growing band of criminals that are hunting them down and killing them for sport, for slavery, or even for food. This is a work I’d started years ago, and finally returned to while wrestling with the growing monster that is These Dead Lands: Desolation and the audio book of its predecessor, These Dead Lands: Immolation. By the time it’s released, it’ll stand in at about 120,000 words, or around 300 pages.

But! I need help. I need a suitable death for the book’s villain, a thuggish criminal overlord named Pollard. This is where you folks come in…give me something awesome, and I’ll write it, credit you with it, and give you a role as one of the survivors who help Elliot do the final deed. And you’ll get a code for a free download of the Charges audio book. See, you won’t get nothin’ for somethin’! Leave your most treasured death in the comments, here or on Facebook.

Oh, before I forget. Cover art by Nicklas Gustafsson, cover design by the indefatigable Jereon ten Berge.

  1. Alex
    April 28, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Hmmm how about dropping the building he’s in as watching him fall or locking him in a room to slowly die or throwing a grenade or pushing him into a swarm.or rigging his escape vehicle with C4 before ha ha so longpulls out a det he’s sees in the mirror and boom.

  2. April 28, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Remember the end of Wanted: Dead or Alive, with Gene Simmons and the hand grenade? Something like that where he’s got to choose between blowing himself up, or maybe dying by fire. Tie him up with the grenade between his legs, and the pin attached to a screw eye in the floor. The wire to the pin is not long enough to reach the door. Set the room on fire. He can die from heat, or from blood loss. His choice.

  3. May 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    How about beating him to death with a kindle lol

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