This Dark Earth Cover Revealedon Dec 30 in Blog Post by johnhornor
Lots of folks are down on the zombie novel. It’s all been done before, “zombies are the new vampire,” how many times can you tell the same story? Does the world need another zombie novel?
The answers are – yes, no, lots, and yes, this one.
Also, fuck those people.
I’m here today to show you the cover of my forthcoming novel, This Dark Earth. Here’s the pitch my lovely agent wrote for it (I’m not good at writing anything under novella length, apparently):
So you survived the zombie uprising. Now what?
The land is contaminated, electronics are defunct, the ravenous undead remain, and life has fallen into a nasty and brutish state of nature. You need: food, water, weapons.
Welcome to Bridge City in what was once Arkansas—part medieval fortress, part Western outpost, and the precarious last chance for civilization.
A ten-year-old prodigy when the world ended, Gus is now at fourteen a battle-hardened young man. Gus designed Bridge City to protect the living few from the shamblers always at the gates. Now he’s being groomed by his physician mother, Lucy, and the gentle giant Knock-Out to become the next leader of men. But an army of slavers is on its way, and the war it wages for the city’s resources could mean the end of survival as we know it. Can Gus be humanity’s savior? If he is, will it mean becoming a dictator, a martyr, or maybe something worse than even the zombies?
Grab a sturdy headknocker, strap on some Kevlar, and prepare to shape the future of humankind.
So, here it is. I think it’s just wonderful. It captures the feel and themes of the book (and they used Alternate Gothic! My FAV san serif font). Kudos to the designers at Simon & Schuster. They knocked that sucker out of the park on the very first try. Here it is.