THERE IS NO STOPPING IT.
THE CLOUD IS ARMAGEDDON, STEAMROLLING THE WORLD AT A WALKING PACE.
Day 0. From the wreckage of a research facility in Switzerland, a plume of toxic smoke and ash pours into the sky, forming an impenetrable cloud that is slowly smothering the world in darkness. As Europe disappears beneath the Cloud, a squad of United States marines are sent on a desperate mission to find out what went wrong, and how to undo it before it’s too late. Venturing into a cold, dark world, the marines must travel deep under the Cloud, with no comms, no backup, and no idea of what they will face.
Day 89. Half a world away, the Cloud has reached the East Coast of the US. With nowhere to run and no hope of survival, the American people have descended into madness, turning on themselves and each other. From the sidelines, an old Tennessee sheriff watches as his country unravels. But he can’t bring himself to take the easy way out. Quitting isn’t in his DNA. So when one of his deputies asks him to help protect her family, he leads them west, chasing a miracle—a rumor of an old nuclear bunker that just may be their only hope for survival. Because if the Cloud doesn’t kill them, what’s hiding in the dark will.
In his thrilling debut novel Monstre, author Duncan Swan crafts a relentless, terrifying, genre-bending tale of courage, desperation, and redemption that shows just how fragile our civilization is, and how far we will go to survive.
FROM WRITING TO CONCEPT
About me’s are hard. It’s important to be brief. “Less is more,” as my biggest fan likes to say.
So this is me in a nutshell:
South African born and raised, Kiwi Immigrant, dual Australian / US citizen living in LA. Chasing the dream with my superstar wife (see biggest fan), and beautiful / nuclear family. I hold a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Commerce. I wanted to be an astronaut, but somehow ended up in Finance wearing expensive suits making fancy spreadsheets while my brains atrophied. Now I tell stories. I work with amazing artists and editors and publishers and marketing geniuses to create something new.
Monstre is my debut novel. It’s sci-fi with claws and teeth. A story about survival and mad desperation. Imagine if Alien, World War Z and Generation Kill had a three-way in a very dark place. It contains violence, strong language and adult themes. Obviously.
Co-creator / host with Hugh Howey of the SPSFC (Self-Published Science Fiction Competition).
I don’t blog. But I’m sometimes on Twitter and will always do my best to reply to a polite email. So if you like the art, want to work together, or just say hi, then please drop me a line.