Hello aposta-stars! I’m amped to finally unleash the amazing cover to my debut novel Paradise Earth: Day Zero. For this release I’m once again teaming up with Curiosity Quills Press. These are the literary marauders currently releasing my weekly online serial Happiness: How to Find It. If you are a reader of Happiness, be warned; Paradise Earth is the dark yin to that sunny yang. Here’s a hint of what to expect:
When the ground quakes and blazing balls of fire fall from the sky, a religious sect interprets it as the fulfillment of long-held prophecies foretelling the end of the world. The members flee to their religious sanctuary, believing that this global cataclysm is the portent of a new paradise of eternal happiness.
Inside, one cold and starving man struggles to hold onto his hope for the future. He’s sacrificed everything for his faith in the prophecy, including his family. As the tortuous night drags on, he struggles to hold onto his hope for the future and grapples with a lifetime of beliefs, and expectations. If he survives to see the paradise earth, will it be worth it?
Day Zero is the first volume of a three part deconstruction of faith at the end of the world and beyond. It is fitting that the chosen release date is December 21, 2012, another popular date for the end of the world. This may be the book you never get to read.
For the cover art I collaborated with Chicago artist Matt Maniscalco. Basically this involved me sending him a bunch of Jehovah’s Witness propaganda and saying “something like this”. What can I say? He completely knocked it out the park. It won’t surprise me if the Watchtower captures him and subjects him to a Clockwork Orange brainwashing so he can do paintings for their literature.
Each cover of the trilogy will play off of key scenes ripped from the Watchtower’s eschatology. For Day Zero, we present our take on the Armageddon scene. This is the end of the world as envisioned by Jehovah’s Witnesses for over a century. In case you aren’t familiar, here are few examples: