In 2004, David Wellington began writing Monster Island as a serialised horror blog-novel. Wellington posted a new chapter three times a week, allowing himself no re-writes (only correcting obvious typos). The manuscript was then accepted by Thunder’s Mouth Press and published in paperback in 2006.
For a novel, Monster Island is very good – for a draft, the blog novel was fabulous. Monster Island is a well-plotted horror story, with memorable characters, excellent villains, and many juicy twists.
Following an epidemic that has turned most humans into zombie-like walking dead, a UN weapons inspector is forced to return to New York to steal antiretroviral drugs – to trade for citizenship for himself and his daughter into the only semi-safe country remaining in the world: Somalia. Meanwhile a medical student decides to join the undead rather than be eaten – but he first takes steps to preserve his brain while he dies. Being intelligent and dead has its advantages, as he is about to discover. Except that he’s just a little bit hungry. And a delightfully interesting group of Somalian child soldiers have arrived in New York to keep him company.
And just to add to the fun – over at the Natural History Museum in Manhattan, the Egyptian mummies on display have woken, too, along with an ancient Celtic druid who thinks he knows exactly what’s going on.
Monster Nation is the prequel to Monster Island, and explains how the undead epidemic began. Monster Nation tracks the story of Nilla, a Californian yoga instructor who takes refuge in an oxygen bar after she is bitten by a madman. With has no memory of who she was, and the police after her, Nilla hitches a ride across America with a teenage couple to find the one person who seems to know everything about her: someone who claims to be an ancient Celtic druid, an old friend from Monster Island.
Monster Planet closes the trilogy twelve years later, and picks up the story of Sarah, the daughter of the UN weapons inspector who first joined forces with the Somalian girl-warriors to obtain the precious antiretrovirals.
Without her father, Sarah was raised as a warrior in Somalia and Egypt. When her mentor is kidnapped by a group of zombies with strange superpowers, Sarah must track her down, with the help of the ancient Egyptian mummy, Ptolemy. She’s about to discover just exactly what happened to the people trapped on Monster Island… and her father.
Also by David Wellington:
Plague Zone (free online blog novel)
Horror Bound Online Magazine Interview with David Wellington
David Wellington has been called one of horror fiction’s most exciting authors and his work has been described as original and compelling. He takes the familiar monsters (zombies, werewolves, vampires) and makes them terrifying and gruesome once again.
David Wellington Interview at Flames Rising Horror & Dark Fantasy
David Wellington is the author of several successful horror novels, short stories and web serials. The Monster Island zombie series and 13 Bullets vampire fiction are very popular with horror fans, who can’t wait to see what happens next. Vampire Zero, the third book featuring Laura Caxton and Jameson Arkeley was recently released. I had the chance to talk to David a bit about the story and some of his other projects.
Interview with author David Wellington
Michael A. Ventrella interview with author David Wellington. David Wellington is the author of seven novels. His zombie novels MONSTER ISLAND, MONSTER NATION and MONSTER PLANET form a complete trilogy.