Founding father and current member of renowned death metal band Broken Hope and author of Barnes & Noble Top 10 Paperback Bestseller The Armageddon Chord, Jeremy Wagner, will release his new horror novel, Rabid Heart – a novel about the depth of undying love in the midst of a zombie apocalypse – available internationally in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, Digital, and Audio formats on October 3, 2018 via the AfraidHorror Imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books.
Rabid Heart Synopsis:
How far would you go for love when all you love is Dead? Six months after the Necro Rabies pandemic turned the world into hordes of rabid undead known as “Cujos,” 21-year-old Rhonda Driscoll discovers her zombified fiancé, Brad, in her old hometown. Fearing that her Marine Colonel father will kill undead Brad, Rhonda flees, taking a road-trip with Brad in tow in hopes of starting a new life in a frightening and uncertain world complicated by numerous perils, pure horror, and unconditional love.
Rabid Heart author Jeremy Wagner says, “I had a solid draft of Rabid Heart cooling for a while as I worked on some other projects for a couple years. Once I came back to revise and polish Rabid Heart, I fell hard for it all over again and knew I had something special. I love f-ed up stories… I write f-ed up things. My style of fiction and my personal tastes in what I read all leans towards really dark fiction and usually has protagonists who go through hell – there’s a lot of that in RABID HEART. The things that my main character Rhonda Driscoll goes through might fit in nicely with say, McCarthy’s The Road pairing with 28 Days Later or Romero’s Day of the Dead. I hope you all enjoy the ride.
Thanks to Lori Perkins and Afraid/Riverdale Avenue Books for really getting behind this novel and making me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Watch for Afraid/Riverdale Avenue Books to also re-release my first novel, The Armageddon Chord, in December. Thanks for reading! Support horror fiction!”
About Author Jeremy Wagner:
Wagner has written lyrics to hundreds of songs spanning several albums with his internationally-renowned death metal band, Broken Hope. Music aside, Wagner writes dark fiction and short works full time.
His published works include the best-selling debut novel, The Armageddon Chord, the story “Romance Ain’t Dead” for the anthology, Hungry For Your Love (St. Martin’s Press), the story “The Creatures From Craigslist” in the anthology Fangbangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love (Ravenous Romance), the seasonal bio tale, When I Scared Myself Out of Halloween (Shock Totem Books), his horror writing essay-exercise in the Now Write! Edition of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (Bantam Books), and most recently, his short story “Pit Stop” in the A Tribute Anthology to Deadworld (Riverdale Avenue Books).
Wagner’s novel, The Armageddon Chord, peaked at #4 on Barnes & Noble’s Top 10 paperback Bestseller List and peaked at #9 on Barnes & Noble’s Top 100 overall Bestseller List in the first week of release. The novel also earned a Hiram Award, a first-round ballot Stoker Award Nomination, and received critical acclaim in Publisher’s Weekly and Rolling Stone, among many other worldwide media outlets.
The Afraid imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books will re-release a revised edition of The Armageddon Chord in December 2018 with new cover artwork and more.
New York Times Bestselling Author, Peter Straub (A Dark Matter, Ghost Story, and The Talisman- with Stephen King) says, “Jeremy is a pretty
Praise for Rabid Heart:
“Zombies and the end of days don’t stand a chance against true love. Jeremy Wagner’s Rabid Heart is good, clean apocalyptic fun.” – Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger
“Just when you think you’ve heard every love story, along comes Rabid Heart. My man Jeremy Wagner proves once again he’s as much of a wild man with words as he is with his guitar. This book is sick and sweet, and I say that with respect!” – Peter Blauner, NY Times bestselling author of The Intruder and Sunrise Highway
Praise for The Armageddon Chord:
“Wagner debuts The Armageddon Chord with a highly entertaining blend of breakneck pacing, a cast of over-the-top characters and memorable lines…” -Publishers Weekly
“An evil Egyptologist. A scheming billionaire. A guitar maestro. They’re all there in Jeremy Wagner’s, The Armageddon Chord. This is pulp fiction at its breeziest best.” -Rolling Stone
“Wagner strikes a winning heavy-metal chord in this stunning story that foretells an End of Time beyond imagination. The author’s use of music as a backdrop and his development of fascinating characters make for interesting reading in this enthralling tale.” -RT Book Reviews
“The Armageddon Chord is a kickass novel!” -Jonathan Maberrry, New York Times Bestselling Author, Patient Zero and the Joe Ledger series
“The Armageddon Chord is a quick, enjoyable read full of action, violence, hell-spawned (and human) monsters and original variations of scenarios common to end-time thrillers.” -Decibel Magazine
(*Rabid Heart cover design by Claudio Bergamin (Judas Priest, Nocturnal Rites, Rata Blanca))