Ben Tripp Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

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Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

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A MYSTERIOUS CONTAGION. MASS HYSTERIA. SUDDEN DEATH.And a warning that would come all too late . . .Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun-starting with what might very well be the end of the world. Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny's epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself.

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Rise Again, appropriately enough, didn't get started until its afterlife.

Originally a television pilot in screenplay form, Ben Tripp's Rise Again was dead on arrival. He'd lost his representation at United Talent Agency and there was a Writer's Guild strike that threatened to go on for many months. The studios had pulled up the ladders. Hollywood wasn't interested in zombie projects for cable or television, he was told; they said the zombie craze had run its course. Try something with werewolves, went the advice. They're the next big thing.

But Tripp, a lifelong zombie aficionado, was determined to see this story get in front of horror fans. He resurrected the project, writing the manuscript over a six-month period in the closet of a tiny apartment in Pasadena, California. The first 80 pages went to an editor at Simon & Schuster. The editor just happened to be a serious zombie fan. On the strength of those pages, the publisher bought the book for its Gallery imprint to release in October of 2010 -- ironically, the same month as the cable television premier of the Walking Dead miniseries.

Rise Again is the first half of a planned two-book series, but stands alone. Its hard-hitting action and brutal horror have won advance praise from genre superfans; its rich characters and essential humanity have attracted general readers that never imagined they would venture into the realm of serious horror.

"I was always interested in writing novels," Ben Tripp explains. "Screenplays may be the hardest form to create: they're essentially 95-page haiku, damn few words and a lot of white page. You've got to fit it all in there, whether it's a love story, the end of the world, or both, with an absolute minimum of description. It's good discipline, but you're stuck in this very narrow technical space.

"It was liberating to write a novel for the first time. Writing long form is like swimming in the ocean: you can keep going forever, but if you don't know where you're headed, you will eventually drown. I used the screenplay as an outline for the first part of the book, and wrote an extended treatment for the remainder of the story based on the first season arc of the projected television series.

"At one point the novel ran over 75,000 words," Tripp admits. "That's what happens when you give a screenwriter all the pages in the world: he writes on them. Luckily, writing is maybe ten percent putting words in, and ninety percent cutting them out. Rise Again is now as lean and mean as I could make it.

"And along the way, I discovered novels are what I want to be doing. I love movie-making and all the amazing talent that goes into it. Every movie is a miracle, even the bad ones. But for a writer, the opportunity to put the words down and have a reader pick them up, without development people, studio executives, or anybody in between -- it's hard to describe what a rush that is. I guess I'd better figure out how to describe it, though. That's what writers do."

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It began with isolated reports of mass hysteria. Screaming mobs. Sudden death. The plague spread around the world, slaughtering billions. For the survivors knee-deep in corpses, it didn't seem things could get worse. Until the dead stumbled to their feet. Mindless, shambling, they were repulsive -- but harmless. And then a warning came, too late...
"The dead eat living flesh. Repeat: the dead eat living flesh."

Forest Peak, California: an all-American town on the Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, troubled veteran of war, thinks she's got all the problems she can handle when her kid sister runs away from home. But when terrified, disease-carrying hordes from Los Angeles threaten to overwhelm her small mountain town, Danielle realizes she's going to handle the apocalypse, too.
Determined to find her sister, Danielle must fight her way through a ruined world overrun by flesh-eating zombies, searching against all odds. The ragtag band that joins her in the struggle to survive--an animal doctor, a homeless alcoholic, a cable TV star, an outlaw biker--must rise to the ultimate challenge. Or the human race will fall, and die, and rise . . . again.

Filled with stunning human drama--and shocking inhuman horror--Rise Again marks the powerful fiction debut of international designer Ben Tripp.

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