Virtual Book Tour Dates:
4/16/14 – 4/30/14
Red Dust is a series of zombie western short stories.
Red Dust: The Fall is the first trilogy of short stories in the Red Dust series. These stories are The Lost Party, Feud and The Last Rider.
The Lost Party
When a party of settlers go missing on the Wasatch Mountains of 1846 America, a lone mountain man tasks himself with finding the lost pioneers. Upon the discovery of the remnants of a diary, George Masterson finds himself pulled into the dark story that befell the ill-fated travellers.
America 1853, seven years since the disappearance of the lost party, the undead have emerged from the wilderness crossing the Great Plains to assault the civilised world. Communication has broken down and settlements now stand alone as the Rising Plague spreads across the eastern border.
In the town of Little Rock inhabitants of the New World thrive to create normality in the midst of chaos. With the arrival of a mysterious rider named Griffin, the true dangers of the town become clear. The illusion of civilisation quickly dissolves as Griffin’s appearance sparks the violent conclusion of a deep-rooted vendetta.
The Last Rider
The Rising Plague continues to spread mercilessly across America, leaving the remnants of the US government to lead a desperate defence in defiance of the undead. Yet in the face of their doom, the beginnings of a civil tension arises, as the Southern State’s succeed, leaving a dire split across the US and its people hopelessly divided.
Isaac, a young courier, volunteers himself to deliver a mysterious package for the Union military. His task will lead him deep into the heart of the unknown, through the decaying civilisation of a country that he can no longer call his home, as his eyes are opened to the horrors of the New World.
“This is it, boys,” Custer shouted. “Form a line Sergeant Major.”
“Line,” shouted the Sergeant in response, and the cavalrymen spread thin, length ways into a single file. Isaac followed Griffin who fell into the very flank of the line. They urged their horses forward, scrambling to the peak of the ridge and stopped.
The downward slope on the far side had been stripped bare of all life. Only a barren ruin of dirt remained of what was once. The cannons had been dug into the earth of the slope, below which lay at the very bottom a fortified trench.
The smoke from the cannons and the rifles of the soldiers still hung in the air, but through the light cannon smoke, Isaac could see them. He had never seen anything of such horror. Coming from the treeline beyond the trench were the dead. Thousands of them cascading through the forest into the open ground, marching towards the defences with a single purpose. Isaac saw a cannon fire and the ground rumbled beneath him as the machine of war kicked back, slamming into the wall of dirt where it was entrenched. It erupted in haze of smoke, spitting burning embers and coughing fire. Isaac watched the cannon ball hit the ground hard, bounce, and then strike into the front rank of the undead horde, slicing through the mass of ungodly figures. The creatures that took the brunt of shot exploded in a mist of red.
About the Authors:
Ben Dixon and Sam Campbell are two friends who met while studying history at University. Red Dust is their first piece of work, it features a story told through interlinking short stories.
What inspired you to write “Red Dust: The Fall”?
Red Dust was a creation that was born from an idea made in jest. We talked about creating a zombie western series many years ago and then last year we finally revisited the idea. We love the zombie genre in books, films and games.
If you were to adapt it for the big screen, who would be in your dream cast?
I will only speak for myself as I’m sure Ben has his own selection but I would personally like the following:
Matthew McConaughey (The True Detective version, not the Rom con McConaughey)
Michael K Williams
They are just a few that come to mind but the list could be endless.
Do you agree with the adage “Write what you know”?
No. Create a world you, help the reader learn about your world but in the end it is all fiction. Take what you can from real life but don’t be afraid to go beyond that.
Do you write with an outline, or do you just “wing it”? Do you write from beginning-to-end, or do you skip around?
We plan each story out and plan each chapter individually. We do stray from the path from time to time and occasionally skip around.
What are you reading right now?
Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
Who’s your favorite author (or authors, if you can’t pick just one – I know I can’t!), and why do you admire him/her/them?
Andrzej Sapkowski – Love the Witcher books. The man is an artist when it comes to writing fantasy.
George RR Martin – Because he knows how to be brutal.
Which five characters from novels would you like to have dinner with?
Patrick Bateman (American Psycho), Dumbledore (Harry Potter), Geralt of Rivia (The Last Wish), Dracula and Michonne (The Walking Dead comic books).
What was your favorite book as a child?
The Harry Potter books. All of them.
What three books would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
A Storm of Swords, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and AngelFall. Three easy reads.
What’s an unusual quirk that you have or something unique/interesting about you?
I do a pretty good Dinosaur walk…
The authors are giving away a $20 Amazon gift card! Open internationally. The giveaway will run the length of the tour.