Guest Post: The OneStop Apocalypse Shop by Derek J. Goodman

Onestop Kickstarter poster Hi, my name is Derek J. Goodman, and I would like to talk about the Kickstarter for the movie The OneStop Apocalypse Shop, based on my novel The Apocalypse Shift.

The one thing I get asked the most about the novel is if I, like the characters, have ever worked the graveyard shift at a convenience store. The answer is yes, I did indeed work for a year doing the night shift at a 7-11 in a seedy section of Denver. It is, without a doubt, the worst job I’ve ever had. I could tell you stories. But after a certain amount of time passed, I found myself actually growing nostalgic about it. Not because I actually wanted to go back and do it again, but because, unlike most of my jobs since, it was interesting. The idea occurred to me that if vampires, werewolves, and zombies had walked through that door, it wouldn’t have changed anything. That job would have been equally as crazy.

And so I came up with stories of the OneStop and the poor schmucks who worked there. The OneStop was in a special section of the city that tends to attract magical forces once the sun goes down. Most of the monsters that walk through the door are just minding their business like any other customer. They want Twinkies, nachos, doughnuts, Slim Jims, and Froztees. But every so often some mad power-hungry demon might come in for a quick bite on their way to
destroying the world. The crew at the OneStop need to stop them. It’s part of their job, right up there with mopping the floor, keeping the coffee pots full, and ringing up the customers.

The Kickstarter is being run by my publisher, Permuted Press, who happen to have several really talented film students among their staff. The script will be by Ryne Driscoll and it will be directed by David Walker. I recently had the opportunity to talk to them in person and I’m confident that the project is in good hands. This is all around a great opportunity and I’m happy to be a part of it.

For further information about the Kickstarter and how to donate to it, you can go to the site at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/permutedpictures/the-onestop-apocalypse-shop. I really hope that other people will be as excited about this as I am.

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Derek J. Goodman is the author of the Apocalypse Shift series, along with the Z7 series (The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, The Contamination of Sandra Wolfe, and The Siege of Seven City) for Permuted Press. When he’s not writing, he works as a librarian in Wisconsin.

A Brief Roundup

I’ve been traveling a lot over the past couple weeks and haven’t had much time to post, but I wanted to mention a few things:

1. I now have the release dates for all four books from Permuted Press.

10/13/2015 Those of My Kind
11/10/2015 A Place With The Dead
12/8/2015 Dusk of Hope
5/3/2016 The Ones Who Came Back

You’ll be able to buy the whole trilogy just in time for Christmas next year. 🙂

2. Conduits received a very nice review from author Nick Cato. Check it out at The Horror Fiction Review.

3. After 13 years, I have a new tattoo.
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In another month or so it’ll have color and more shading/detail, but it’s already pretty awesome. Monique Ligons of Body Graphics is doing the work, and I can’t recommend her enough.

4. I finally saw Nine Inch Nails this week. Having been a fan since I first heard Pretty Hate Machine in the 8th grade, I was not disappointed by the 24-year wait. Excellent show (plus Soundgarden!), made even better by seeing it with my sister.

And now I’m off to see this Guardians of the Galaxy movie I’ve heard so much about.

I Have a Book Deal!

If you haven’t already heard, Permuted Press signed me to a four-book contract this week. The deal includes my grad school thesis novel (Those of My Kind), as well as its two sequels and a standalone new adult zombie novel. I’ve been out of grad school for nine months, so working on writing deadlines again will be a bit of an adjustment. Then again, I do like some structure.

Currently I’m revising the second book, A Place With the Dead. While I wrote the first draft almost twenty years ago, grad school proved that Tristan’s story required more than one book. I always knew I had a series on my hands. I’m making tons of changes, of course, and to be honest, I’m a little afraid to look at the thing, as six years have passed since the last draft. But it’s a good deal more apocalyptic than ToMK, and the third book (Dusk of Hope) takes that even further, so I think I’ll fit right in at Permuted Press.

No release dates yet, of course, but I’ll be posting here with the latest news as it comes.