CLICKERS REBOOTED

Lot of rumors this week among horror fiction fandom about a possible reboot of the CLICKERS franchise.

I am pleased to confirm that such a thing is taking place.

CLICKERS was created by J.F. Gonzalez and Mark Williams, who wrote the first novel together. If you have read CLICKERS FOREVER (click here to purchase) then you know that novel’s place in history. It was one of the very first e-books ever published. Mark passed away before the book was published. When the book became a hit, Jesus wanted to keep the franchise going. He knew I was a fan of the first novel, so he asked me to co-write a sequel with him. That book, CLICKERS II: THE NEXT WAVE, was also a hit. We followed it up with CLICKERS III: DAGON RISING and CLICKERS VS. ZOMBIES. We had plans for two more Clickers novels, both set in the past — HIGH PLAINS CLICKERS and SOUTHERN FRIED CLICKERS. Unfortunately, Jesus passed away before we could ever write them.

I said in CLICKERS FOREVER, that I wouldn’t write another Clickers novel without Jesus. That would feel wrong to me. But it also bothered me that the franchise had seemingly come to an end because of that. We had so much fun writing those books, and fandom had so much fun reading them. And it was with that in mind — that collective fun — that his wife, Cathy, came up with an idea. She suggested that we allow other writers to contribute to the franchise — not through short stories like in CLICKERS FOREVER, but in a series of brand-new novels.

And so today I am happy to announce CLICKERS REBOOTED — the working title for a brand-new series of Clickers novels. The new novels will be overseen by myself and Cathy, and will feature all new characters and all new settings. Regular series characters like Rick, Tony, Jennifer and Livingston are retired with Jesus and I. In keeping with the spirit of the originals, each book in the series will be a collaboration between two authors. The authors will change with each book. A glance at the table of contents for CLICKERS FOREVER demonstrates how inclusive the franchise is. That will continue with the new series. And while Jesus’s estate will retain ownership and control over the franchise, the new authors will receive 100% of the advances and royalties for these new books.

The first novel will be written by Stephen Kozeniewski and Wile E. Young — two young authors who were inspired by J.F. Gonzalez and whose literary voices and styles match the gonzo spirit of the original books. Jesus only got to read Stephen’s first novel, BRAINEATER JONES, before passing, but he enjoyed it. And he would have dug Wile E. Young’s stuff, as well. Cathy and I speak with certainty that he would have approved of this pairing, and the future pairings we can’t yet announce, and would have been delighted that the franchise will live on, bringing fun and joy to fans of the genre. That’s what it’s all about. That’s why Jesus and I were best friends — because that’s what we both wanted for everyone else.

If you would like to sample Kozeniewski and Young’s writing before the reboot, might I suggest CATFISH IN THE CRADLE (click here to purchase) and THE HEMATOPHAGES (click here to purchase), or you can read their short story contributions to the Clickers franchise in CLICKERS FOREVER.

If you are a new reader who has not yet read the original five books in the CLICKERS series, you can buy all of them by clicking here and scrolling down to ‘The Clickers Series’.

In closing, I’d like to just say something that long-time readers thought they’d never hear again.

“Click-click…click-click…click-click…”

Happy J.F. Gonzalez Day

Today would have been J.F. Gonzalez’s 54th birthday. To celebrate, here are some recent Gonzalez releases you might have missed:

CLICKERS FOREVER: A TRIBUTE TO J.F. GONZALEZ, edited by Brian Keene, is available now in paperback and for Kindle from Deadite Press. This massive anthology features fiction and non-fiction tributes from some of horror’s biggest names.
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RESTORE FROM BACK-UP, a collaboration with Mike Oliveri, is back in print and available in paperback and for Kindle from Crossroads Press. Fans of Bentley Little will enjoy this supernatural novella set in the world of Information Technology.
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MONSTERS AND ANIMALS, a posthumous collaboration with Wrath James White, is the long awaited two-books-in-one prequel to the seminal extreme horror novel SURVIVOR, and available now in paperback and for Kindle from Deadite Press.
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PRIMITIVE — the post-apocalyptic cult classic — is back in print and available in paperback and for Kindle from Amazon.

CLICKERS FOREVER Now In Paperback and Kindle

Now available in paperback and Kindle!

Few Millennium-era horror authors left as big an imprint on the genre as J.F. Gonzalez. CLICKERS FOREVER: A TRIBUTE TO J.F. GONZALEZ, edited by Brian Keene, celebrates his rich legacy, featuring some of horror’s biggest names alongside tomorrow’s stars in a massive career-spanning tribute.

Featuring stories set in Gonzalez’s literary worlds of CLICKERS, SURVIVOR, PRIMITIVE, and RESTORE FROM BACK-UP; examinations of his creative process and the lasting impact of his seminal works; personal tributes and anecdotes from those who knew him best; and much more. A must-have for fans of J.F. Gonzalez and horror fiction.

The Authors: J.F. Gonzalez, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, Mary SanGiovanni, David J. Schow, John Skipp, Jeff Strand, Weston Ochse, Wayne Allen Sallee, Kelli Owen, Nick Mamatas, Wrath James White, Jonathan Janz, Robert Swartwood, Kristopher Rufty, Adam Cesare, Gene O’Neill, John Urbancik, Gord Rollo, Gabino Iglesias, Monica O’Rourke, Mike Oliveri, Matt Hayward, Robert Ford, Mike Lombardo, Jeff Burk, Lesley Conner, Matt Serafini, Stephen Kozeniewski, Michael T. Huyck, Jay Wilburn, Geoff Cooper, Charles Rutledge, Wesley Southard, Kyle Lybeck, Amber Fallon, Dave Thomas, and Wile E. Young.

All proceeds benefit the family of J.F. Gonzalez

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE PAPERBACK

CLICK HERE TO BUY FOR KINDLE

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RESTORE FROM BACKUP

RESTORE FROM BACKUP by J.F. Gonzalez and Mike Oliveri, is now back in print and available in trade paperback and ebook.

Lyle Harrelson is in a jam. He’s been laid off, the bills are piling up, and he can’t even afford to get his sick daughter to the doctor. Then his old college buddy Carl calls. Carl has a lead on a new job with great pay, solid benefits, and an immediate opening. Carl pounces on the opportunity.

He has no idea what he’s getting into. His co-workers are secretive. His boss is a stone cold bitch. And when he wonders exactly what it is Kaiser Development Systems does, nobody will give him an answer.

Carl calls him again, this time warning him to stay away from Kaiser.

Moments later, Carl is dead.

Lyle wants to know why. He tries to learn more about Kaiser: who they are, what they do, what the strange data on the servers he manages is for. But he’s made a mistake.

And then the real trouble begins.

MONSTERS AND ANIMALS ON SALE NOW

MONSTERS AND ANIMALS is the long-awaited two-novella prequel to J. F. Gonzalez’s seminal extreme horror novel SURVIVOR.

MONSTERS was completed before his death ANIMALS was half-completed, and was finished by his frequent collaborator Wrath James White (following J.F.’s notes).

The novellas, published together in one paperback volume, are now available in paperback and for Kindle. (There is also a limited edition hardcover and Nook edition forthcoming).

MONSTERS – In one family’s home there is a section of the basement locked-up. After their mother doesn’t come home and their drunk dad refuses to contact the authorities, the kids take it upon themselves to uncover their family’s secrets. What they find is more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.

ANIMALS – In New York City, there is an underground S&M scene where any decadent and depraved pleasure can be had for a price. When a young man gets caught up in the scene and disappears, his friends go in search. But their path will lead them to the darkest pits of human desire.

MONSTERS AND ANIMALS — two novella prequels to the cult favorite hardcore horror masterpiece SURVIVOR. This edition also includes an Introduction by Brian Keene and two more bonus stories, “Shooting Schedule” and “Mabel’s Recipes,” that further explore the world of SURVIVOR.

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SURVIVOR Prequel MONSTERS/ANIMALS Up For Pre-Order

MONSTERS – ANIMALS is the long-awaited two-novella prequel to J. F. Gonzalez’s seminal extreme horror novel SURVIVOR.

MONSTERS was completed before his death ANIMALS was half-completed, and was finished by his frequent collaborator Wrath James White (following J.F.’s notes).

The novellas, published together in one paperback volume, are now available for pre-order. Click here to reserve your copy. (There will also be digital editions and a limited edition hardcover).

MONSTERS – In one family’s home there is a section of the basement locked-up. After their mother doesn’t come home and their drunk dad refuses to contact the authorities, the kids take it upon themselves to uncover their family’s secrets. What they find is more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.

ANIMALS – In New York City, there is an underground S&M scene where any decadent and depraved pleasure can be had for a price. When a young man gets caught up in the scene and disappears, his friends go in search. But their path will lead them to the darkest pits of human desire.

MONSTERS AND ANIMALS is two novella prequels to the cult favorite hardcore horror masterpiece SURVIVOR. This edition also includes an Introduction by Brian Keene and two more bonus stories, “Shooting Schedule” and “Mabel’s Recipes,” that further explore the world of SURVIVOR.

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