Paradise Earth: Day Zero — Cover Reveal!


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:

¶ Despatched on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 7:16 am and sorted in Writing. ¶ { ReTweet }

5 Responses

Jaclyn GuilbeaultOctober 24th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I remem­ber that first illus­tra­tion from the Par­adise book in the fifties. They haven’t changed much, still using fear to hold us.
How do we get a copy of these books, look very inter­est­ing.

AnthonyOctober 24th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I’ll be mak­ing an announce­ment soon about a spe­cial release. Oth­er­wise, it will be avail­able through and Barnes & Noble on Decem­ber 21, 2012.

PaulOctober 25th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Fun­ny, as a free­lance writer myself I toyed with the idea of a sim­i­lar plot. Kudos to you for get­ting to it first, and I’m glad some­one else was able to see the hor­ri­fy­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties that the Watch­tow­er books offer up for inspi­ra­tion. I salute you fel­low Ex-JW, and I look for­ward to read­ing this!

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