FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Friday, April 15th, 2016, St. Catharines, Ontario – Niagara area author and instructor Mike Gagnon has been able to reach horror and sci-fi fans all over the world with his book “The Island of Dr. Morose”. An impressive feat considering the author self-published the work without any help from a major publisher.
The book is an obvious tongue-in-cheek play on the classic “Island of Dr. Moreau” penned by H.G. Wells in 1896. Unlike Wells’ story, which features an island full of animal/human hybrids made by a mad scientist, Gagnon’s book takes place during the post-post apocalypse, in a not too distant future rebuilding after a worldwide zombie outbreak. “Dr. Morose” is the nickname given to a genius who has created a cybernetic control collar, allowing the user to enslave the remaining zombies to use for manual labour.
“Savvy writers are starting to realize that they don’t have to give up the rights to their work and make a deal with a publisher in order to reach their audience.” Gagnon says. “With a little research and hard work an independent author can make their work available in all the same sales channels that the big boys play in and make enough money that they don’t have to be a ‘starving artist’.”
Gagnon’s book is part of a trend where modern authors take inspiration from classic stories, but give them a new, modern twist. In “Dr. Morose” the mad scientist has used zombie labour to create an island paradise off the coast of Haiti for the wealthy and affluent, staffed by obedient shambling corpses. Similar to the story that inspired it, the enslaved soon find an opportunity at freedom and overthrow their former masters; in this case in a gory, violent and somewhat satirical fashion, proven popular among zombie fans.
Far from a first time author, Gagnon has an ongoing career approaching 16 years as a writer and illustrator for film, commercials, books and graphic novels. His list of clients include Marvel, Dark Horse, Jack Lake Productions and many more.
“I grew up being inspired by classic novels, movies and comics, so all of my work has a nod to those things that inspired me. Sometimes it’s subtle, sometimes not-so-subtle.” Gagnon explained. “At this point in my career I just really want to take the reins and have the creative freedom to tell the stories that I want to tell. I want to share my ideas without having to change it to fit what someone else thinks is the ‘target market’ or shoehorn it into a particular age rating.”
“The Island of Dr. Morose” is currently available on Amazon.com and wherever finer books are sold. The book can be ordered at the counter if you don’t see it on the shelf. It is also available in all major digital formats including Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Apple iBooks and more. The book is distributed to retailers by Ingram Distribution. For more information on author Mike Gagnon and his work visit www.mikegagnon.ca