The Next Big Thing


Guess what? I’m taking part in The Next Big Thing – a cool book promotion meme started up by’ve been tagged by Sara Grant, author of the wonderfully creepy DARK PARTIES. So here goes!

What is the working title of your book?

THE NORTH – that’s probably going to change.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My love affair with all things zombie. There hasn’t been a lot of zombie stuff written for teens so I thought to take a shot at it.

What genre does your book fall under?

YA apocalypse – is that a genre? If not then dark fantasy or fantasy/horror.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

No actors of any familiarity come to mind and really, I think it would be pretty cool to use just plain old teenagers for added realism.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

It’s six months after the end of all things and a group of teen militia break out of a zombie infested city in a pair of armored personnel carriers.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Thirty days, believe it or not. I wrote the first draft during NaNoWriMo 2011!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Zom-B by Darren Shan … but that’s as far as I would go. The zombies are not the main antagonists in my story. Someone else is pulling the strings. 🙂

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I wouldn’t say a specific person inspired me. Nor would I say that an event did either. It was just an interesting premise that I thought to experiment with and it turned out to be a thriller of a story. Everything in this story happens within thirty six hours.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I think the mere fact there are no adults. It’s really a story of a fifteen year old kid who has been put into a command position within his militia unit because all the grown ups are dead. He has his eight year old sister with him and it’s truly about my protagonist fighting to save his sister’s life. He rationalizes that if he can save her then he can save himself so there’s a very strong element of familial responsibility. It’s a story that is horrifically violent, too. Possibly more violent than what readers of YA are used to.


Next up? Deadtown series author Nancy Holzner!


My picks for the ideal Canadian bookshelf


The National Post, one of Canada’s two national newspapers is running a contest … I think. It’s called the ideal Canadian bookshelf. From the link:

Over the next, we’re asking readers to send us a list of five books — non-fiction, poetry, fiction, children’s books — that they think deserve a spot on our national bookshelf. (Note: The authors must be Canadian). We’ll compile the votes, then turn the results over to Mount, whose painting — and the winners — will be revealed next month.

Not sure what the winners will win, I’m hoping it’s a natural gas barbecue.  I doubt the winners will be Canadian sci-fi/fantasy because, well, we don’t do that in national newspapers in Canada.  Here’s my list for what it’s worth.

1) Wake – Robert J. Sawyer







Blood Price – Tanya Huff





Dime Store Magic – Kelley Armstrong







Sunburst – Phyllis Gotlieb

Stealing Home – Hayden Trenholm



Donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief


If you haven’t been moved by the images pouring out of New York, New Jersey and all the areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, spend some time looking at the pictures of the devastation. The local Red Cross chapters in the areas affected need your help ASAP. Please click below and give something to help out!

I’m giving away five epub copies of my book POLTERGEEKS to the first five people who donate. Send me an email to info AT sean DASH cummings DOT ca. Okay? Go! (I’m out of print copies for giveaways). AND I’m gonna sweeten the pot. If those donations are more than $100, I’m going to give five signed copies of my book SHADE FRIGHT (print, yay!) and five signed copies of my book FUNERAL PALLOR. (print, double yay!)

Any other authors out there who want to stimulate the donations by giving away some free reads, you can get this widget for your website or blog here.


Happy Halloween – here’s a treat!


Here’s a clip from a Canadian TV show from 1971 .The program was called “The Hilarious House of Frightenstein”. It was produced in Hamilton, Ontario for CHCH TV and was in syndication on pretty much every English speaking channel in Canada during the 70’s. (Before cable, Canadians had three channels. The English CBC, CTV and the French Radio Canada.)

It featured Vincent Price (who must have been hard up for cash in those days) as a spooky host and a boatload of creepy characters, the bulk of them played by the late, great Billy Van.

This one is the creepiest – The Librarian. Have a watch and feast your eyes on a fabulously spooky setting not to mention some pretty damned convincing make-up effects – a heck of a thing for a show that was on a shoestring budget. If you remember this show,  feel free to comment and share your memories!

Happy Halloween, everyone!!!


I’m looking for Beta readers – know any?



Hiya! Well, I’ve finished some changes to something UNBELIEVABLY COOL! (No, it’s not the second POLTERGEEKS book – my editor at Strange Chemistry Books has that one already.)

Annnnnd   I’m looking for three very keen, very observant and very prepared to read something that is so NOT urban fantasy it will make your head spin kinda people.

You? You love to read. You love to read YA. You know how to use MS Word. You know how to put comments in the right margin of the file. You won’t share it with anyone. You won’t lose the file. You are prepared to offer your suggestions and thoughts on an 82,000 word project. Most important – you are objective as hell.

What will you be reading? Something dark, terrifying, violent, scary as hell. (I think.)

If this sounds like you, I’ll put your name in the acknowledgements AND send you a copy of SHADE FRIGHT, FUNERAL PALLOR or UNSEEN WORLD for your trouble. I’ll even sign your copy too!

Interested? Send me an email to info AT sean DASH cummings DOT ca.