Contamination, a book written by author Dave Jeffery based on an original story by filmmaker Jason Wright marks a return to the horror that children of the 80â€™s grew up on.
Protagonist Dean Sharp wakes up from a drinking binge to find that overnight, the world has changed. People are dying in the streets as mobs wander aimlessly through town looking for the next fight. Men and women tear into one another on sight, and even children join in the fray.
â€œContamination was a story I had been writing for a while, and wanted to make into a film, but there were so many other things going on, we didnâ€™t have time,â€ Jason Wright explained. â€œIt made sense then to make it into a book first, and then film it later so people would have time to read it and experience it before it was filmed.â€
After being introduced to Jason at a festival by mutual friends, Dave Jeffery sat and talked with the filmmaker for hours about the project. Together they spoke of the outline for the book, and the direction it would take.
â€œWhen Jason first showed me the outline for Contamination, I couldnâ€™t help but see it as a pulp project,â€ said Dave Jeffery. â€œThe story had a gritty, brutal aspect and played with chronology which made it interesting to take on.â€
Wright, with his company, Silent Studios, will begin filming of the movie version in 2014. But to release the book, the team needed a publishing house.
Jeffery, whose novel Necropolis Rising hit the #1 position in the UK last year, approached his publisher, David Youngquist at Dark Continents Publishing about getting the book into print. After Skype meetings with both Wright and Jeffery, Youngquist gave the green light for a May 2013 release of the book.
As a small press in the era of instant communication and technology that allows people to work together from opposite sides of the globe, Dark Continents is always looking for innovation and ways to reach more people and develop more markets. A partnership with a film studio provides just that, by getting Silent Studios further into the literary world and Dark Continents into the realm of film.
The birth of Contamination is unusual in the writing realm, with a novelist and filmmaker working together on the project. But as Youngquist said, â€œThe writers in Hollywood are always complaining they donâ€™t have enough fresh ideas, so why not have a novelist involved from the beginning?â€
Contamination will be released in May 2013 in stores as paperback books, and as downloadable files for your e-readers. Get a copy and follow the fast paced story as Dean Sharp tries to sort out reality from his dreams and sanity from madness, while the fate of humankind hinges on him.