*RABID HEART cover design by CLAUDIO BERGAMIN (Judas Priest, Nocturnal Rites, Rata Blanca)

Founding father and current member of renowned death metal band BROKEN HOPE and author of Barnes & Noble Top 10 Paperback Bestseller THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD, Jeremy Wagner, will release his new horror novel, RABID HEART – a novel about the depth of undying love in the midst of a zombie apocalypse – available internationally in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, Digital and Audio formats on October 3, 2018 via the AFRAID Horror Imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books.

TODAY the folks over at PUBLISHERS WEEKLY launched the OFFICIAL BOOK TRAILER for Jeremy new novel.

The trailer for RABID HEART was directed by horror writer, John Palisano and features a music score by Jeremy Wagner. The imagery and music captures the eerie and nightmarish vibe and setting of RABID HEART while also planting an ominous seed with the viewer which will leave readers asking: “What is this creepy road are these characters have wound up on?”
“Who are these characters afraid of?”
“What horrors await them?”
“Is there love in a dead heart…?”

These questions and the visual representation in this trailer for RABID HEART will no doubt compel readers to pick up the book and find out for themselves what epicness lies in wait within the pages of a novel that PUBLISHERS WEEKLY says, “Aside from the nonstop action, the book wins over the reader because of the warmth and determination Rhonda embodies as she battles these evil forces on her own terms, especially after she rescues two children.”

Watch the trailer, here:

Pre-order RABID HEART now:
Paperback – Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Hardcover – Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Digital – Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Google Play | Smashwords | Riverdale Avenue Books


How far would you go for love when all you love is DEAD?
Six months after the Necro Rabies pandemic turned the world into hordes of rabid undead known as ‘Cujos’, 21-year-old Rhonda Driscoll discovers her zombified fiancé, Brad, in her old hometown. Fearing that her Marine Colonel father will kill undead Brad, Rhonda flees, taking a road-trip with Brad in tow in hopes of starting a new life in a frightening and uncertain world complicated by numerous perils, pure horror and unconditional love.

RABID HEART author Jeremy Wagner says, “I had a solid draft of RABID HEART cooling for a while as I worked on some other projects for a couple years. Once I came back to revise and polish RABID HEART, I fell hard for it all over again and knew I had something special. I love f-ed up stories… I write f-ed up things. My style of fiction and my personal tastes in what I read all leans towards really dark fiction and usually has protagonists who go through hell – there’s a lot of that in RABID HEART. The things that my main character Rhonda Driscoll goes through might fit in nicely with say, McCarthy’s The Road pairing with 28 Days Later or Romero’s Day of the Dead. I hope you all enjoy the ride.

Thanks to Lori Perkins and Afraid/Riverdale Avenue Books for really getting behind this novel and making me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Watch for Afraid/Riverdale Avenue Books to also re-release my first novel, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD, in December. Thanks for reading! Support horror fiction!”

About Author Jeremy Wagner:

Wagner has written lyrics to hundreds of songs spanning several albums with his internationally-renowned death metal band, BROKEN HOPE. Music aside, Wagner writes dark fiction and short works full time.

His published works include the best-selling debut novel, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD, the story ‘Romance Ain’t Dead’ for the anthology, Hungry For Your Love (St. Martin’s Press), the story ‘The Creatures From Craigslist’ in the anthology Fangbangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love (Ravenous Romance), the seasonal bio tale, When I Scared Myself Out of Halloween (Shock Totem Books), his horror writing essay-exercise in the Now Write! Edition of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (Bantam Books), and most recently, his short story ‘Pit Stop’ in the A Tribute Anthology to Deadworld (Riverdale Avenue Books).

Wagner’s novel, The Armageddon Chord, peaked at #4 on Barnes & Noble’s Top 10 paperback Bestseller List and peaked at #9 on Barnes & Noble’s Top 100 overall Bestseller List in the first week of release. The novel also earned a Hiram Award, a first-round ballot Stoker Award Nomination, and received critical acclaim in Publisher’s Weekly and Rolling Stone, among many other worldwide media outlets.

The Afraid imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books will re-release a revised edition of THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD in December 2018 with new cover artwork and more.

New York Times Bestselling Author, Peter Straub (A Dark Matter, Ghost Story, and The Talisman – with Stephen King) says, “Jeremy is a pretty impressive dude.”

Praise for RABID HEART:

“Zombies and the end of days don’t stand a chance against true love. Jeremy Wagner’s RABID HEART is good, clean apocalyptic fun.”
– Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger

“Just when you think you’ve heard every love story, along comes RABID HEART. My man Jeremy Wagner proves once again he’s as much of a wild man with words as he is with his guitar. This book is sick and sweet, and I say that with respect!”
– Peter Blauner, NY Times bestselling author of The Intruder and Sunrise Highway


“Wagner debuts THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD with a highly entertaining blend of breakneck pacing, a cast of over-the-top characters and memorable lines…” 
– Publishers Weekly 

“An evil Egyptologist. A scheming billionaire. A guitar maestro. They’re all there in Jeremy Wagner’s, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD. This is pulp fiction at its breeziest best.” 
– Rolling Stone 

“Wagner strikes a winning heavy-metal chord in this stunning story that foretells an End of Time beyond imagination. The author’s use of music as a backdrop and his development of fascinating characters make for interesting reading in this enthralling tale.”
– RT Book Reviews

“THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD CHORD is a wild phantasmagoric thrill ride that will satisfy lovers of the darkest fantasy fiction and the heaviest of metal.” 
– Peter Blauner, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Intruder, Slipping Into Darkness, Proving Ground 

“THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD is a kickass novel!”
– Jonathan Maberrry, New York Times Bestselling Author, Patient Zero and the Joe Ledger series

“Combining the world of heavy metal with malevolent supernatural forces Wagner has created quite a fantastic read…a riveting thriller that is sure to keep readers glued to the pages until the very end…The unique blending of ancient history, religion and heavy metal make this book unlike any others I have read….if you’re a reader of horror or fiction novels or if you’re a musician, then THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD will be right up your alley. I know it kept me up turning pages into the wee hours of the morning.” 

“THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD is a quick, enjoyable read full of action, violence, hell-spawned (and human) monsters and original variations of scenarios common to end-time thrillers.”  
– Decibel Magazine

“Jeremy Wagner is an up-and-coming voice in the realm of horror fiction. His talent shines through this debut novel, and I can’t wait to see what his next offering will be. A real page-turner, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD strikes just the right note!” 
– Yasmine Galenorn, New York Times/USA Today Bestselling Author The Otherworld Series 

“THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD is like THE DA VINCI CODE with a heavy-metal soundtrack!” 
– Katherine Turman, co-author of LOUDER THAN HELL: An Unflinching Oral History of Heavy Metal 

“Wagner combines a world of classic adventure and intrigue with a dash of rock’n’roll mystique for a unique take on the thriller format.” 
– Joel McIver, Author of JUSTICE FOR ALL: The Truth About Metallica 

“Jeremy Wagner is the king of the new breed of horror! THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD strikes a low chord of death right through the reader’s frontal lobe.” 
– Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under 

“(THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD) left vivid pictures in one’s mind…there could even be a movie made about The Armageddon Chord.” 
– Valencia County News-Bulletin 

“(THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD) storyline is so awesome, I’m not sure why it wasn’t an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Really. Joss Whedon is wherever he is in all his brilliance, wondering why he didn’t think of this plotline. It’s that good.”
– West of Mars 

“Wagner makes the story lots of fun by taking it to the extreme.” 

“THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD is a fun and thrilling combination of heavy metal music and horror. Jeremy Wagner has written a great story…this is a book that is hard to put down. Wagner has hit the ground running with his debut novel. I can’t wait to see what he has in store next.” 
– The Horror Fiction Review 

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