The “second season” finale of THE DEAD MAN, the series of action/adventure/horror novels that William Rabkin and I began two years ago, premieres on January 21st with REBORN, an action-packed, six-part Kindle Serial written by Kate Danley, Phoef Sutton and Lisa Klink. This story is big in every sense of the word… and if it succeeds, then THE DEAD MAN will most likely return in the Kindle Serial format for it’s “third season.”
Here’s the story:
Tanis Archer is facing a miserable 25th birthday. She’s a part-time barista in her sixth year at Dallas Community College. Her life is going nowhere, fast.
Because on her way to work, she loses control of her car and is killed in a horrific crash. That should have been the tragic end of her story. But days later, she wakes up on a cold morgue slab…and soon learns that miraculous resurrections have brutal side effects. For starters, there are people around her who look as if they are decomposing from the inside-out, victims of their rotting souls. Even worse, it’s no illusion. What she is seeing is real, a shadowy part of the world where the bloody battle between good and evil is being fought every day by Matt Cahill, an ax-wielding “dead man” and his rag-tag army of supernatural freaks.
And she’s being asked to join him.
Obviously that’s not how Tanis wants to spend her after-life–she’d rather party with her new-found abilities–but an unimaginable horror is rising from the Black Sea, and she might just be the only person who can save humanity from an agonizing, never-ending nightmare…
REBORN features a fresh, colorful heroine in an action-packed, darkly funny tale of adventure and terror told by an incredible dream team of award-winning, widely-acclaimed writers: USA Today bestselling author Kate Danley (The Woodcutter), Emmy Award winning screenwriter and novelist Phoef Sutton (Cheers, Boston Legal), TV writer/producer and author Lisa Klink (Star Trek Voyager, Painkiller Jane), New York Times bestselling author and TV producer Lee Goldberg (The Heist, King City), and two-time Edgar-Award nominated writer William Rabkin (Monk, Psych).
About six month ago, I gathered all the authors at my house and we broke the story the way we would in a TV series “writers’ room.” Like Bill and I, Phoef and Lisa are professional television writers…but this was a new way of working for Kate, but I think she liked it. We had a white board up on the wall, plenty of junk food, and only a general sense of where we wanted to go narratively. And then we brainstormed. By the end of the day, we had a story, which we divvied up into thirds for Kate, Phoef and Lisa to write. A couple of months later, when the three parts came in, Bill and I tied them together and smoothed out the rough edges, as we’ve done many times before on scripts on the various TV series we’ve produced.
We think REBORN send THE DEAD MAN series in an exciting new direction….and we hope fans of the series will agree!
9 thoughts on “The Dead Man is REBORN”
How many entries has Klink done now? Three?
This is Lisa’s third DEAD MAN tale after SLAVES TO EVIL and EVIL TO BURN.
I was wondering if you could go into some of the details of how you set this up as a “Kindle Serial.” I went to the Kindle serial page, but wondered what your delivery elements were – did you have to deliver six covers? The complete manuscript and Kindle cut it up into six chapters, What prompted you to do a serial? Is $1.99 the price for all six chapters — or is it $1.99 / chapter?
Those are the kind of “inside baseball” questions many entrepreneurial writer-publishers like myself are wondering…
We did the Serial because Amazon asked us. REBORN is published by Amazon Publishing…as are all of the “Kindle Serials.” I delivered a manuscript broken up into 10,000 word “episodes” … and they did the rest. It’s $1.99 for all six chapters. At the end, you will have a complete novel. Once the serial concludes, Amazon will sell REBORN as a novel in digital, paper and audio. I don’t know what the price point will be of the digital edition, but I am sure it will be more than $1.99.
We’re prepping our serial right now, and we were wondering how things were broken down – what you provided to them and so on… I realize that every deal is different, but we were curious for some detail beyond the elementary stuff Amazon has on their serial page. This is helpful. I appreciate it.
Here’s their info page on serials: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000828741
did the series end with Reborn? I have not been able to find anymore books.
Yes, unfortunately it did…at least for now.
I just finished the Dead Man series with Reborn and I want to know if Dead Man is going to be continued? It’s not fair not knowing what happens after Tanis shows up again. She’s supposed to be dead. Please let me know if there’s more to the story, not fair to leave me hanging.
I only discovered this series a few weeks ago and went through it all…. disappointed that it looks like we’ll never have an ending/reason… great series