I used to love reading The Uncanny X-Men when I was younger, and Rogue (who absorbed people’s memories and powers) was one of my favorite characters in that she was so tormented by her ability.
Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) September 22, 2012
Sean Platt and David Wright say their new vampire serial Available Darkness, actually owes more to The Uncanny X-Men comics and teenage alienation than common vampire legend. Which should come as little surprise since Wright first conceived the idea for their new series as a teenager.
In the serial, which kicked off its first episode in a six episode season on Tuesday, an amnesiac named John must put the pieces of his life back together while both protecting an 11-year-old girl and avoiding an FBI agent hunting him down. He’s cursed, though, in that he can’t touch another person without absorbing their life force and their memories.
“I used to love reading The Uncanny X-Men when I was younger, and Rogue (who absorbed people’s memories and powers) was one of my favorite characters in that she was so tormented by her ability. I thought of John, who had been a vampire in a story I was working on and thought, what if his curse was a bit different, in that he killed anyone he touched? Not being able to touch the one you most love is pretty powerful, and something which resonated with me when I was a young, outcast teenager.”
Available Darkness: Episode 1 begins a mysterious horror thriller which Platt and Wright first started writing back in 2008 as an online web serial. After writing roughly half the book, the duo put it away until 2011 when they decided to give self-publishing a shot. They rewrote the serial they’d started, then finished the story, and released it as a full first book in a trilogy. But after the authors found success with their smash hit post-apocalyptic serial, Yesterday’s Gone, they began to revisit the idea of serializing Available Darkness when they started plotting out the second book in the series.
“When we saw how well our readers responded to Yesterday’s Gone, and how much they loved the serialized format in our other series, we knew we had to continue Available Darkness as a proper serial,” said Platt. “This also gave us a chance to revise the first book, which we published in 2011, and update it for a better reading experience.”
While Platt and Wright revised a lot of the original text to improve it, they were careful not to change events which occurred in the series so far.
“We don’t want to alienate readers who already read the book, or make them buy the revised version in order to be up to speed when we start the second season,” said Wright. “What happened in the first book happens in the first season. Events don’t change at all. They’re just told a bit better… we hope.”
Pick up the first episode of the revamped serialized fiction, Available Darkness at Amazon today.
Platt and Wright are the self-proclaimed Kings of Serialized Fiction, who are spending 2012 releasing a book per week, spanning across several serials (including the smash hit post-apocalyptic serial Yesterday’s Gone, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, Available Darkness, and collections of their Twilight Zone-inspired Dark Crossings short stories.
Read more about their book-per-week quest at http://www.CollectiveInkwell.com.