Sunday, October 21, 2012

#BookChat INFECTED: Click Your Poison #1 by James Schannep

Synopsis: 3 Unique Storylines. Over 50 Possible Endings. Just one question... Will YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Everyone has their plan; what they’d do to survive if and when the zombie apocalypse happens. Now you can see how you’d hold up against the legions of undead—without needing to call the CDC because crazed bath salts users are trying to eat your face off. Like the gamebooks popular in the 1980s-90s (Choose Your Own Adventure, Give Yourself Goosebumps, etc), this is a series where you choose how to progress through the book. Unlike any others, this is the first series designed specifically for adults. And as an ebook, you simply click your choice and the story flows forward for you. No flipping pages.

Here’s how it works: You, Dear Reader, are the main character of this story. Live, die, and rise again based solely on the merit of your own choices. Each link represents a choice, and there’s no going back, so choose wisely.

From the Author:
INFECTED started off as a screenplay back in 2008, but didn't attract studio attention because I hadn't re-invented the zombie wheel. It was good, I was told, but it needed to either be based on existing intellectual property or be a zombie musical rom-com. Not wanting to compromise my work, I shelved the project. Cut to four years later, and an off-hand conversation with a friend, "Why are there no choose-your-own-adventure type series for adults?" and I'm now setting out to create the first gamebook series for an adult audience with Click Your Poison books. Really, I thought it would be a fun experience for readers, and for me as well, trying to stake a claim in this new Wild West of publishing.

Reader's Reactions:

"INFECTED is quite simply a welcome evolution to an old format that just begs to be enjoyed. The zombie apocalypse is an instantly identifiable and enjoyable setting to many, especially us gamers who have spent hours in conversations with friends about the topic. With the internet being leveraged to share stories, the e-reader bringing even more accesability, and the more mature theme; James Schannep has truly managed to bring choose your own adventure into this generation. The future looks bright for this subset genre of books and I can't wait to read more from this promising author, in this format or any other." -Daniel Flatt,

"Chuck Klosterman meets George A Romero... Witty pop-culture savvy writing makes this a highly enjoyable read and since it has multiple plot-lines it's easily re-readable. If you like 'The Walking Dead,' 'Dawn of the Dead,' or 'Shaun of the Dead,' then INFECTED is definitely the kind of book you're looking for." -Amazon reviewer

"It was a super fun read and it made it all the better that it had quality writing. None of the choices were kitschy and the zombie theme totally worked! It was a great time, I'd recommend it to anyone. It has a fun social aspect too because you can compare ways you died with your friends. I know some people who even turned it into a drinking game!" -Amazon reviewer

"Infected. Is. So. Good." -A girl just like you.

"Holy $#*% this is awesome!" -A guy more or less like you.

Behind the scenes:
I hadn't set out to make a social experience, but it's sure turned out that way. Just for fun, I created a set of reader's book club questions, and rules for a drinking game--for the high-brow and low-brow alike (details on the author site). Turns out, people are really thrilled to discuss their path to survival (or many paths to demise) with their friends. I'm not too sure about book clubs, but I've gotten a major positive reaction from the game setting. Just this weekend, a dozen of us dressed up like zombies and flash-mobbed the night life at our local downtown. I'm not sure how much we spread the word about the book, but it sure was a hell of a lot of fun. With any luck, soon the whole world will be getting INFECTED!

Author Bio:
James Schannep is an American novelist and screenwriter who has received numerous awards and placements for his work. His first screenplay was optioned in 2011 and the Click Your Poison series was launched September, 2012 with the flagship book INFECTED. A United States Air Force Academy graduate with a degree in English, Schannep left the service honorably to write full time. He has personally stopped three zombie uprisings without raising national attention.

You can buy INFECTED from:
Barnes and Noble

Twitter: @jamesschannep

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