In addition to being a talented and prolific graphic novel author with credits that include Savage Sword of Conan (the best of the post-Howard Conan properties), Batman, and Punisher, Chuck Dixon also has a line of prose fiction novels available on Amazon. Over the last few weeks I had the pleasure of voicing the audio book versions of two of them, with more to come.
Gomers, as you can probably guess, is a zombie apocalypse story. It has all the usual fare of this sort of tale – lovable losers who step up first to enjoy the death of civilization, and then become heroes, grizzled vets who didn’t realize they were ready for this, American nomad families whose vagabond lifestyles prepared them to improvise a new life among a different strange population. It also features a few fun twists, you’ll laugh about the source of the word ‘Gomers’, tons of action, vicious gangs of survivors, a touch of romance, heroic deaths, and the kind of fun logistical porn that makes this genre so much fun. Buy the novel today, and look for the audiobook, coming soon.
This one is for fans of the vampire genre, but takes a different tack than most. Instead of a huge cast of classy and powerful and beautiful vampires, it follows one man turned against his will as he discovers that the downsides of being a vampire lead to a life far worse than the romanticized versions seen on TV and in movies. There are a lot of strange and fun glimpses into the every day life of a blood sucking monster, but you’ll have to read (or listen) for yourself, because Dixon’s role-reversal is as surprising as it is a useful corrective in these days of vampires as magic superheroes.