The Eleventh Film XVI
It was a four month voyage and nothing was seen on the way.
The world was as it had always been.
Only it was empty now.
Great swathes of white pinned to the planet’s surface by the heaviest silence the world had ever known.
She passed the time by finding words for the views that she saw.
Each entry in her notebook brought her closer to the source.
She knew that final word from before.
The Eleventh Film XV
In previous times of doubt and despair the world has always sought solace in the written word, hoping to discern a truth among the millions of symbols and ciphers and syllables.
And so slumberous stories emerged through dreams about a library long-lost to the world. A place where the answers to the world’s final question might still be found.
She was the world’s last lexicographist and so she was chosen to lead the expedition.
The hunt for the site began. There was nothing to lose and there was the possibility, however small, that there still might be a way out of all this.
As the years passed the world lost hope that the library would ever be found. The lexicographer entered her eightieth decade.
A broken office block standing sullen on the edge of a vast ice field coughed-up an old map of the inlands and the library’s resting place was eventually uncovered.
It has been 13 months since Book One in the VIRO was published.
I thought it would be useful to compile a list of notable things that have happened since.
1. NUMBER ONE
With very occasional variations, Book One has been Number One in the Teen & Young Adult Monster Fiction eBooks chart since April 2018. This is very exciting and I have to say a big thank you to everyone who has read the book.
You can get your copy of Book One here.
2. BOOK TWO
The apocalyptic adventures of Jake and his friends continued in May 2018 when Book Two was published. This time the friends find themselves caught between the rampaging viros and the Tall Man, a local militia leader recruiting the able-bodied to help defend his stockade.
You can get your copy of Book Two here.
3. BOOK THREE
Book Three in the series was released in October 2018 and this time Jake and his friends find themselves in a refugee camp where they uncover a sinister child kidnapping ring before having to make their escape back into the apocalyptic wilderness when the camp is overrun.
You can get your copy of Book Three here.
4. BOOK FOUR
Book Four is currently in progress and the adventures continue as Jake and his friends struggle to stay alive in a world infected by a deadly virus.
The VIRO series has been very well received by readers and reviewers and it is so exciting to know that people are enjoying the series. Here is a selection of reviews for the series:
I absolutely loved this book. Powerful and poignant, ‘Viro’ packs a punch. Sad and haunting, ‘Viro’ is a new take on the zombie genre.The characters are dynamic and interesting, finding strength despite their horrifying circumstances. Jake is a character that will stick with you long after the final page. The action sequences are thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat!
What a really good book it’s got companionship, action & it seemed to keep me wanting to find out what was gonna happen next.The chapters are short which i find better for reading a good zombie book it seemed to keep me interested all the time. I’m off to read the next book.Give this author a go you will not be disappointed.
Amazing trilogy. Bought the kindle editions for my 10-year old daughter who loved them. As a Christmas treat she’s getting the print copies as a surprise. Very highly recommended!
“Viro: Book Two” is incredible. Picking up where the first one left off, this book grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s fast paced and superbly thrilling! The narrative is poignant and heartbreaking as Jake’s unique voice draws you in. Highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys zombie stories. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Jake and the gang!
I must say that I got book one for free on my Kindle. I found myself sucked right into the characters and never-ending action and gore page after page. I very rarely buy books, but immediately purchased number two which I found equally as engrossing. Yesterday I bought book three in the Viro series and instead of a good nights sleep I’ve got red eyes and a need for Red Bull! Fantastic series for all my zombie lovers out there!
6. THE FUTURE – VIRO – Infecting Imaginations One Zombie at a Time
As you can see, it has been an incredible thirteen months and I cannot wait to keep you all up to date with what happens next.
I would love to hear your feedback on the series and all things zombie-related so why not get in touch or leave a comment.
All the best
Hyphen? No hyphen?
What’s in a word?
There is something very old-fashioned about the sound of the word(s) used to describe an electronic book.
Much like the way in which we still use the word ‘video’ today to describe moving images.
As a word, ‘video’ reminds me of watching dodgy copies of banned horror films on VHS in the 1980s.
Despite the fact that we use the word to mean something very different in 2019 ‘video’ just seems so old-fashioned.
For me, it is the associations.
The clunk of the door as you inserted the tape into the recorder/player.
The sound as the machine steadied itself.
The roll of the lines up the screen.
The occasional distortion as the sound synced.
The hang of the pause.
The song of the tape as it rewound in a different key to the one that played as you fast-forwarded past the adverts.
Do you remember these sounds?
Perhaps you have never heard them?
It is highly likely that you will never truly hear them again.
And we haven’t even started to think about another link in this word association game we are playing today.
I have some amazing news.
Can you believe it has been a year since the first VIRO book was published?
A whole year!
And so much has happened since then – it has been an incredible journey so far.
The most exciting news is that VIRO is sitting at Number One in the charts.
This is really amazing and a special thanks must go out to everyone who has helped to get it there.
In the space of that same year we have also seen the launch of Books Two and Three in the VIRO series.
Slowly but surely, VIRO is changing the way we think about zombie novels.
Even as we speak, Book Four is on the way.
If you have been following the adventures of Jake and the gang then you will know that there will be plenty of twists and turns ahead of them.
Reviews for the series have been incredibly positive and have really helped spread the word.
If you are interested in finding out more about VIRO, then why not download a copy today. Book One is FREE for Kindle from Amazon and is a great introduction to the characters and the horrific circumstances they find themselves in. The world has collapsed and Jake and his friends must fight for survival as they search the wasteland for his Jake’s mum.
It really is an exciting series.
Have a read, you won’t be disappointed.
Until we meet again, have a really great day!