If you thought surviving the halls of McKinley High was rough, you ain't read nothin' yet. In QUARANTINE: THE GIANT, Gonzalo has to brave the brutal Infected Zone outside the school walls. For most, the place is a nightmare -- danger waits around every corner, but if you're cool with your own mortality and crafty with a welder, then Colorado is your oyster. Check out these post-apocalyptic craft projects to get in the mood for life in the Zone.
Want a chance to read QUARANTINE: THE GIANT before its publication date? We're giving away one signed ARC version of the new book. Fill out the submission form below before midnight July 4th for a chance to win.
To be fair, we're only accepting one entry per person, but here's an idea -- get all your friends to enter too and if one of you wins, you'll all have two months to pass it around and gloat that you know more about QUARANTINE than anyone else.
The winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
We've been pretty lucky throughout this whole process to work with publishers who value author feedback. From jump, our editor wanted our thoughts on marketing stuff and in 2011, we received an email asking us if we had any ideas for tag lines for the series. Something punchy that sums up the premise and might convince a potential reader to pick up the book.
In the end, we came up with "Graduate, or die trying." While it didn't make it onto Books 2-4, you'll see it front in center on your copy of THE LONERS. It's a pretty solid tag line, but here are some of the rejected ideas (and you'll see why):
Can you survive high school?
Can you get out of high school alive?
High school just got worse
Fit in or die
Learn to survive
Learn to live
Learn, the hard way
If you fail here, you die.
If you flunk here, you die.
Hit the books
No more teachers, no more rules
Have you got what it takes to graduate?
It's gonna take a lot more than grades to graduate.
The book no adult wants you to read
It's a jungle in there.
Every day is a sick day
You're the disease
Hahahahahahaha. Fight school?! Oh, brother. If you have a funny tagline for THE LONERS, tweet it to us @lexthomasauthor and we'll re-tweet.
Even better -- Got a great tag line idea for THE GIANT? Check out the synopsis and tweet your idea using #quarantinethegiant
So, we just wrapped up edits on the next QUARANTINE book, THE GIANT. Yes, there will be another one! If you follow us on Twitter, then maybe you know some of the details already, but it tells the story of a different hero from McKinley High -- the ax-wielding Loner, Gonzalo. We're really excited for you to read it because it revisits the early, crazy days of the quarantine but also reveals a whole new world we've never explored before in the series -- the infected zone of Colorado, populated by tribes of teens and the murderous adults who hunt them. If you thought McKinley was intense, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
We hope to have a cover reveal soon, and look for a sneak peak of the first two chapters in the upcoming paperback release of QUARANTINE: THE BURNOUTS. Then, grab QUARANTINE: THE GIANT when it hits bookstores in the fall!
A couple months ago, the amazing STEM Outreach team at Northern Illinois University invited us to DeKalb, IL to participate in QUARANTINE: THE FIELD TRIP. We were honored that our books were chosen to be the inspiration for a day full of live-action gaming with 200 students from the Chicago area, but we had no idea of just how awesome it would end up being. Check out what happened:
To watch more videos from that day, check out the PRESS section of our site. STEM continued the awesomeness that night by screening a horror movie at the local Egyptian Theater that we chose. If you're looking for some scares, check out our movie recommendations from that night:
For more of our horror recs, check out this list, or who or we kidding, just read the rest of our blog for years worth of #31HorrorFilms31Days hits and misses.
To round out our video blow-out, here's one of the best fan trailers we've seen for Quarantine so far (keep making 'em, we love 'em!):
October has come and gone, and once again we have suffered Daniel Kraus' 31 day horror movie watching challenge. This time we both hit the magic number in the final hours, and just like the past years, it really started to drag on me near the end of the month. I'm starting to feel that to do it right, you should double or triple feature movies whenever you can, to make up for the days where you just don't feeling watching horror. And I think you should end the month on really good ones, or ones that have a special meaning to you, so that you're not trudging through slop in the final stretch. Next year I think I'll try to up the quality when I get to the point that I'm a little numb from watching so much horror, and a little less tolerant of cliches and shoddy execution.
Below is our two movie lists, and a bunch of images from our horrific month.
Next year, do it along with us!
1) NIGHT OF THE DEMONS - 80's Halloween costumes. Strobe lights. Mirror demons. Oh my god the lipstick scene. This one was a lot of fun.
2) STREET TRASH - A discontinued malt liquor that melts the drinker into multi-colored goo wreaks havoc on hobos. This movie is gross, in bad taste, foul in multiple ways, but it was carried out with such wreckless abandon and blind enthusiasm that the result left a lasting impression on me. The hobo village in the junkyard with the dirty king on his throne of trash was insane. The multi colored explosions were insane. The premise was insane. Pretty much the whole thing was insane, aside from the stretches of bland acting and boring scenes.
3) DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE - A weirdo who was abused by his mom murders innocent women with a flamethrower. Yikes. This one bothered me. I think it was because I didn’t really buy the story math of how his childhood abuse would result in him becoming a woman-burning serial killer, and all the murders made me sick.
4) THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD - Four tenants of an evil house dramatically die. Very British and theatrical, very focused on the drama rather than the horror element.
5) TOURIST TRAP - Animatronic mannequins, a killer who wears empty-eyed doll masks, and death by plaster face mask. One of those slashers I never knew about. I plan on watching this again.
6) BONE TOMAHAWK (2015)- Old West sheriff Kurt Russell vs. cave-dwelling troglodyte cannibals. Amazing. The Western part, which is most of the movie, was so well done and entertaining, and the horror climax/last third kicked ass.
7) DEADLY BLESSING - Evil Hittite neighbors. It's like Wes Craven's Witness. Killer end. The horror scenes are actually good, which is no surprise from Wes Craven, but the Hittite neighbor drama didn’t pull me in. I loved what happens in the last minute of the movie though.
8) HE NEVER DIED- Henry Rollins is an invincible, violent, emotionless man who just wants to play bingo. Loved it.
9) THE DEVILS - A man of faith is destroyed by his own religion. My head is still spinning. This was a great movie. Oliver Reed was amazing, as usual, as a priest in 17th century France who sleeps around a lot, and gets declared evil and an agent of the devil for the sexual fantasies he's put in the minds of the local nuns, especially the head nun with a deformed spine who fantasizes about him to no end. There is a lot of shocking scenes, but whats more hard to handle is watching him be the only one living in accordance with the principles of the religion, as the church destroys him for being a blasphemer. It definitely stays with you.
10) THE BEYOND- A gate to hell. Cataracts. Eyeball gore. Blind girl standing in the middle of the highway.
11) POPCORN - Baloney face wants revenge. Please bring back electrified seats in movie theaters.
12) SUBSPECIES - It's all about awesome-looking evil Romanian vampire Radu Vladislas. I recommend watching the Subspecies series but only paying attention when Radu is on screen. The rest of the scenes are hard to pay attention to anyway, but Radu is great, and gets more fun to watch each movie. Finally an evil vampire instead of a romantic one. And the actor who plays him is a blast.
13) BLOODSTONE: SUBSPECIES 2 - This one has Radu's mom in it
14) WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK - Carol Kane returns. Bad guy is reluctant to exist. First and last 30 are great, although it pulls a move in the very end that is pretty ridiculous, but if you go with it, it's pretty fun.
15) IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS - The horror author is God and he is cruel. Choice is an illusion. It's all a big joke.
16) ZOMBIE - Amazing underwater footage, satisfying gore. Good times. I love horror in a happy setting where the colors a bright and cheerful instead of the same old grey green palette.
17) EVIL DEAD TRAP - A Japanese reporter receives a snuff film/love letter and decides to investigate. Big mistake.
18) CASSADAGA - A twisty ghost story with a heinous serial killer. I couldn't handle the puppet parts
19) BLOODLUST: SUBSPECIES 3 - Radu dies in each movie and comes back in the next. This was by far the best death
20) BLOODSTORM: SUBSPECIES 4 - Best one. Radu's really strutting his stuff. How is there not a Subspecies 5 yet?
21) SEPTIC MAN - I need some bleach.
22) SPOOKIES - A huge mess with some fun parts. Like the farting mud men.
23) BLOOD DINER- Cannibals, a talking brain, feminist overtones, an ancient Lumerian goddess. Totally bonkers
24) LATE PHASES - A tough old blind man prepares to battle werewolves in his retirement community. Good stuff
25) LET US PREY - A mysterious stranger brings out the evil in everyone but her. Sort of. Cool soundtrack -T
26) THE BLOOD LANDS- Move to Scotland and your neighbors will kill you. I liked the happy part in the beginning -T
27) DAY OF THE DEAD - Green zombies, grey zombies. Zombies with souls. Gore. Gets right to it. So 80's and fun -T
28) DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD - The man with the evil arm needs Russian zombies to battle the Nazi zombies. Funny
29) C.H.U.D. - Sewer mutants, eventually -T
30) COOTIES - More of a comedy but enough gore to count. They needed cootie shots #circlecircledotdot
31) NIGHTMARE WEEKEND - A supercomputer turns debauched young women into mutants. I think that was a movie
1) BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA - An OG vampire gets angry and horny in this underrated classic. Gary Oldman turns it up to 11.
2) THE LEGACY - Sam Elliot is treated to an elegant stay at an English manor, and it pisses him off to no end.
3) FRANKENHOOKER - Rule one: don't bring a bag of "supercrack" to a hooker party. Actually, rule one of Frankenhooker is don't run your girlfriend over with a lawnmower. #wantadate?
4) DEAD AND BREAKFAST - Check, please!
5) NEW NIGHTMARE - Robert Englund plays himself, Freddie, and an ancient demon who loves playing Freddie. #metafreddie
6) GALLOWWALKERS - EL TOPO meets BLADE....and not in a good way.
7) BLADE II - Guillermo Del Toro blends NOSFERATU, FRANKENSTEIN, and ALIENS into a killer Marvel horror flick. Kristofferson steals it.
8) ALICE, SWEET ALICE - A'church'a ladies be'a crazy. Some nice twisty shocks.
9) GOTHIC - Laudanum, orgies, pythons, being human lightning rods. Just your average 19th Century writer's retreat.
10) SPLICE - Worst scientists ever.
11) COLD PREY - Who wouldn't want to kill a bunch of snowboarders who roll into your ski lodge and drink all your booze?
12) TRIANGLE - A bazillion reasons not to go on a cruise ship. Fun and unsettling. More Melissa George, please! #apileofSallys
13) WE ARE STILL HERE - We take our sweet time and we eventually get to some pretty sweet ghosts.
14) THE HOWLING - Dee Wallace takes a break from LA and discovers werewolves need therapy too.
15) EVIL DEAD (2013) - There was a book. They opened it. They shouldn't have.
16) THE BANSHEE CHAPTER - FROM BEYOND meets BLUE SUNSHINE. Decent jump scares, plus Ted Levine as Hunter S. Thompson.
17) DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE - He turns into a she. Self-loathing ensues. The only solution is to kill other people.
18) THE GATE - Pretty much a documentary about growing up in the '80s, except with a gate to Hell. #sacrifix
19) BURNING BRIGHT - A girl and her autistic brother get trapped in their house with a tiger during a hurricane.
20) SAW - A dying man tries to make the world a better place through puzzles. Danny Glover whispers and falls down a lot.
21) ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES - A little levity was needed, cara mia, before diving into Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
22) TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 - Grandpa's the best chili cook there ever was!
23) WISHMASTER - Ohmygaaaaaaad! Do NOT say the word "wish" around that guy!
24) WISHMASTER 2 - Mo wishes, mo problems.
25) NIGHT OF THE COMET - Sisters are doin' it for themselves, and cosmic dust zombies are trying to stop them.
26) PUMPKINHEAD - DEATH WISH meets THE GRAPES OF WRATH, only with a witch, a gourd demon, and Lance Henricksen.
27) NIGHT OF THE CREEPS - Space worms get fratty. File this under "Where has this been all my life?!"
28) ALIEN RESURRECTION - Ain't no party like an alien party 'cause an alien party don't stop. #aquaaliens
29) WOLFEN - Predator takes Manhattan. Solid flick.
30) SINISTER - What it feels like to write a book.
31) DEATHDREAM - A Vietnam vet brings the war home with him. His parents do not approve.