Have you ever wanted to write a short thrill-ride of a novel that blends horror and action adventure? We're opening up the Dead Man series to one lucky (and talented) writer. Read on for the back story and the details.
We grew up loving those "men's action adventure" paperbacks. They were the male equivalent of Harlequin romances, though the only romance was often between a man and his AK-47. The books were short and tightly-written, with hard-boiled heroes, outrageously sexy women, and gleefully over-the-top plots that were enormous fun to read…and to write.
So we revived the genre exclusively on Amazon last year with The Dead Man, a widely-acclaimed monthly series of short novels (also available in trade paperback and as a audiobooks) about Matt Cahill, an ordinary man who, after a freak accident, inexplicably rises from the dead…and with the ability to see the horrific, supernatural forces that move among us. Now he’s searching for the answers to who he is and what he has become…and fighting to save us, and his soul, from the clutches of Mr. Dark, a mysterious creature who can spread evil with his touch.
We've treated the books like episodes of a TV series, inviting experienced novelists we admire from a wide variety of genres, as well as Emmy-award winning writer/producers from shows like Star Trek Voyager, Cheers, Monk and Boston Legal, to create new adventures for Matt Cahill. Their unique, creative talents have kept the series fresh, bold and exciting. And because the Dead Man books they’ve written are such giddy and terrifying fun, we’ve been inundated with requests from readers asking if they can write one, too.
Well, now you can!
All you have to do is write a sample chapter and a short outline of your story and submit them to the Write a "Dead Man" Novel Contest. The winner of the best chapter and story will receive a publishing contract and a $500 advance and a $500 Amazon gift card…and will get to see their Dead Man book published by Amazon’s 47North imprint in early 2013.
Read the complete rules here, and if interested complete the entry form and the release form. But hurry – the contest ends on August 1, 2012, or when 500 entries are received, whichever comes first. --Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin