Thursday, March 26, 2020
Vampocalypse by E.S. Brown Genre: SciFi Fantasy
“Vampocalypse” came about from my love of supernatural thrillers. I’m a huge fan of Stephen King (I’ve read more of his books than any other author), and while “Vampocalypse” isn’t a horror novel, it does contain some horrifying moments and tense scenes.
I’m also a fan of serial storytelling on TV (“The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” are two of my favorites). “Vampocalypse” is written in a format unlike anything I have ever personally read (though that’s not to say similar formats in other novels don’t exist). Essentially, the book is broken into two parts: one storyline is told in the first-person from the protagonist’s point-of-view as he maneuvers a post-apocalyptic world as a loner among tribes of people fighting to survive in a world overrun by the undead. The other storyline follows the world’s governments – who have been covertly taken over by vampires – in a pre-war world and the planning and deception that went into plunging the planet into World War III (creating a nuclear winter to block out the sunlight which allows the vampires to take over). This second storyline is told in a more traditional third-person format.
The two storylines are intertwined in the pages of the novel. The book opens with the protagonist, Prater Saxon, as he encounters a young boy, seemingly human and starving for food, who turns out to be a vampire. The next scene jumps back in time to the pre-war world and the scientists who are working to create a virus used to turn humans into vampires en masse. As a writer, it was fun jumping back-and-forth between the two timelines to show how the worlds ultimately come together (and if you haven’t read the book yet, don’t worry, it’s easy to tell as the storylines switch between each other).
With the Prater storyline, I enjoyed introducing other characters into the fold who would ultimately shape Prater’s personal journey and turn him into the person that is first introduced at the very start of the novel. In many ways, “Vampocalypse” is Prater’s origin story, preparing the reader for what is to become of him in Book Two and beyond.
The storyline detailing the vampires’ takeover of the world was equally fun to write. I am intrigued by conspiracy theories and political wrangling, and had a great time showing how the world’s governments – led by the vice-president of the United States – fall into line and ultimately do his bidding to destroy the human world.
I created three book trailers (as writer and producer) for “Vampocalypse,” the first of which essentially puts visuals into the opening scene of Prater confronting the little boy. The actor portraying Prater in the trailer was also the model used for the cover of the book. I design all my own book covers, though they are fleshed out by talents well beyond my personal skills.
I hope you enjoy reading “Vampocalypse” as much as I enjoyed creating it! And if life allows, you will have Book Two in your hands much sooner than the five years it took me to write the first book. Until then, happy reading!
Vampires have infiltrated the highest offices of the United States government.
E.S. Brown has lived nearly his entire life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, which has provided the ideal climate for him to foster his love of writing. He is fueled by an overactive imagination and caffeine - a perfect storm that has translated into many late nights researching and working on any number of fantastical tales waiting to be told.
$10 Amazon gift card & a Vampocalypse T-shirt (black, logo'd with book title and quote from book)
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