I finished the first draft of my post-apocalyptic kaiju novel IN THE SHADOW OF EXTINCTION just the other day. WOO! I mean, yeah, it’s only the first draft and there is still much more work left to do, but it’s not every day that you finish writing a book, ya know?
This is the biggest book I’ve ever written – at approximately 680 pages, it’s about twice the length of my previous novel Death’s Good Intentions.
I love Godzilla and other kaiju films and so I wanted to give the genre my own take. With most kaiju films and fiction, the monster is either beaten or retreats back to the ocean before the end of the story. In my story, the monsters win and they never leave, making our world their own. It’s an epic tale, spanning many years, as man must come to terms with his new role in the shadows of the massive predators that now walk the planet.
Initial thoughts after completing the first draft: the story turned out pretty much how I wanted it to. It covers a whole lot of territory and brings some new themes to the kaiju genre, which I hope that fellow fans will appreciate. I know there are many things that I need to fix for the second draft – I’m already making my list – but I like the story. I think it’s gonna be a cool book.
I’m still aiming for a late 2014 release date. I’ll let you know when I have something more concrete.
Keep checking back here for future updates!
Writer of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Lover of fiction and film. Lifelong Godzilla fan. Reluctant blogger.
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