Soundtrack to the End of the World
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“An impressive debut. Rapino’s voice and wit turn this trippy, blood-soaked, body-swapper into a screaming good time.” —Michael Louis Calvillo, author of BLOOD AND GRISTLE
“Fast paced, funny, well written and with a new compelling twist on the zombie, Anthony J. Rapino has created a story that delivers intensity and thrills without lacking great characters. Novels like this make me proud to be a horror writer.” —Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of BLACK & ORANGE
Who knew the end could sound so good.
A suicidal nudist strolls into traffic. An eccentric Buddhist claims he can occupy other people’s bodies. All the while, whispers of a new form of entertainment blow through town. Prompted by these strange occurrences, Marty Raft, a not-so-gentle giant, investigates and discovers underground clubs peddling music that induces an out-of-body experience. Marty and a wannabe comedian, Corey, set out to prove these special frequencies are nothing more than a hoax, or at worst, a mass-drugging. Instead, they uncover a secret with world-ending possibilities.
If you can hear the music, it’s already too late.
Here’s what people are saying about Soundtrack to the End of the World:
“If you haven’t reached your limit for zombie survival books, Soundtrack to the End of the World offers enough originality to keep jaded audiences engrossed. I can guarantee you’ll be invested in the well-developed characters. The novel fits into a spot on the shelf alongside Tony Burgess’ Pontypool Changes Everything, David Moody’s Hater series, and other post-apocalypse tales that offer an innovative take on a zombie outbreak scenario. Rapino’s novel may be the first metaphysical book of its kind, and one that ups the ante for survivalist horror.” —Chris Hallock, Chizine
“All in all a very impressive debut novel by Mr. Rapino, a very worthy addition to the ever growing zombie mythos and I highly recommend it.” –Peter D. Schwotzer, Literary Mayhem and Famous Monsters of Filmland
“When I started reading Soundtrack To The End Of The World I was expecting an all out action packed gore fest. While it does have action and gore it offers a lot more. At the heart of the book is a story about the importance of family.” —David Watson, Horror Addicts
“This novel took me back to being a kid, watching Evil Dead 2 and laughing at the horrific, somewhat slapstick antics of Bruce Campbell on screen. In other words, I had a blast reading this book. I had fun with it. I can’t say that about the other zombie fiction I’ve read. Most of it is usually plodding, depressing, or is trying too hard to have a message along the same lines as Romero’s original Dead trilogy. (But again, I haven’t read a lot of zombie fiction, either, so I could be completely off base). This book doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are lighthearted moments juxtaposing scenes of abject horror, and the author handles them with ease.” –Todd Keisling
“This is, more than anything, a story about a man who lost his family and found a new one – and what he learns about himself and the world on his journey. It also is filled with disgusting terror, dramatic action, and non-stop brilliant characterization.” –Troy Blackford
“This book has the trifecta of a great read: interesting characters who you get to know and love, a unique and suspenseful storyline, and good writing.” —Joanna Parypinski
“Anthony Rapino does what I sometimes despair is even possible now. He tells a story in a fresh, unique voice in what has become a crowded genre. He gives his main characters depth and back story, without drowning readers in it. He takes us on an often violent journey through a world-changing event and out the other side, while examining the nature of life and death, and what makes us who we are. Whether the victims are alive or dead, zombies or something else, Marty and his new aura-reading friend Naomi are forced to confront the nature of the human soul. That’s a tall order, but Anthony Rapino does it with skill, humor, and outstanding storytelling.” –Lori Whitwam
“This isn’t the zombie tale you’re used to. This isn’t a horror movie. So if you think you know all the tropes and will be able to figure out what’s going to happen next, think again.” —Milo Fowler
“I’m not a fan of zombies (yes that includes the Walking Dead TV show), but I really liked this novel and Tony’s approach to how they’re created—it’s a fresh approach in my humble non-zombie-liking opinion, and deserves much aplomb.” –C. Michael Hubbard
“Soundtrack to the End of the World is an awesome book filled with witty humor and a bit of blood and gore.” —Crystal
“This novel really gripped me tight from the beginning. It is well written and descriptive with great characters and a unique plot. I loved it and I’m anxiously awaiting more from this talented author!” —Diane
“A whole new breed of zombie. Never before did I consider, the possibility the world would be better off without sound.” —Indigo Ravenwood
“I read this book in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down.” —E. Arroyo
Publisher: Bad Moon Books
Cover Art: Gabriel Lopez
Release Date for Hardcover: May 10th, 2012
Release Date for Paperback: April 20th, 2012