Michael Evans, crippled survivor of the massacre at St. Davids, has only one goal left: to find his young daughter. And that means journeying north and discovering that during the five days he spent comatose in an underground bunker the world has changed dramatically.
And worse, it's still changing.
Struggling to come to terms with a world steeped in shocking violence and ever-present danger, Michael must adapt quickly to a new reality: the virus has already infected the population. But it isn't stopping there...
Q. How does Psychosis relate to the previous volumes of Wildfire Chronicles?
Psychosis is perhaps a little more epic in scope, and introduces some new characters, but primarily we're picking up right at the very moment that Shock ended, and following Michael, Rachel and Jason as they run into John Francis and begin to understand that they are dealing with a situation far larger and more dangerous than they believed.
Q. One of those new characters takes the series in a surprising direction. What can you tell us about that?
I don't want to give too much away, but the character in question provides the eyes through which we see the people behind Project Wildfire and perhaps more importantly he reveals some important things about the virus. He is completely despicable, which made him a great deal of fun to write. The central idea with this character is that for most people the 'zombie apocalypse' is the worst thing that could possibly happen, but for him, it's like the world finally makes sense. He was born for it, and he plays a major role.
Q. The pace seems to be upping dramatically - was that a conscious choice?
Absolutely. I felt that Panic was a story that began slowly and increased in pace throughout. When I wrote Shock I wanted it to be short and punchy, like an extended scene from an action movie. I wanted to see if I could take that pace as a starting point for Psychosis and push it. I feel that sort of aggressive pacing is one of the defining characteristics of the series, so I try not to let it drop.
Q. Would you say Psychosis is the most gruesome volume yet?
Personally, I like horror that is unflinching. That's what I aim for. And Psychosis is all about things beginning to break down: trust, civilization, infrastructure, mental health. It's probably more extreme than the previous volumes, mostly because the characters are out in the open, on the run with threat coming at them from every direction. I love the idea of taking these characters from this small, quiet town on a ride into extraordinary danger and seeing how they cope.