The Entire World Became Darker

Jerry J.C. Veit Author Interview

Apocalypsia is a genre-crossing novel with elements of fantasy, Sci-Fi, and dystopian as well. Did you start writing with this in mind, or did this happen organically as you were writing?

Apocalypsia evolved on its own throughout the writing process. I didn’t always know or plan where the story was going to go, but once it went in that direction I was like, ok, let’s go there.

It was first intended to be a graphic novel but became a three-part screenplay instead. When I moved away from screenwriting, I published the story for the first time as a novelized script.

A decade passed before I finally rewrote it into a traditional novel. Being older myself made my characters grew up as well, and the entire world became darker.

What was your favorite character to write for and why? Was there a scene you felt captured the character’s essence?

I will have to go with Kito for this question. He was the one I most identified with. He’s not a hero, he doesn’t want to be one either. He’s the wounded soldier which was inspired from tragic heroes and antiheroes alike. He’s messed up and he knows it, but he doesn’t feel sorry for himself. In a way he believes others should hate him.

You kind of understand him a little more as the story progresses and why he feels the way he does. He is much more complex than his teammates and keeps his sensitivity hidden the best he can.

The part I feel exposes him for the first time is when he’s kidnapped by Alma. You get a rare glimpse into his inner thoughts, and I think this is where his arc begins to develop.

The line I like from him is: “the funny thing about hunting demons is after a while you begin to see yourself in them.” He’s truly at war with himself on many levels.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I’ve often heard fantasy and sci-fi being referred to as a “man” genre. I wanted something that would draw in both men and women. There is survival, love, and character-driven themes. Nonstop action, blood, gore, high-speed chases, and demon encounters are all entertaining, but without character progression and their emotions, you are left with a hack and slash adventure with some witty comebacks and horror sprinkled in. I wanted Apocalypsia to be a sandbox mashup. Zombies, demons, magic and why not, put a dragon and GTO in there too.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Along with Apocalypsia, I’m also publishing a two-volume set containing five novellas. These three books make up my complete collection of 6 stories, which will all be released at the same time.

However, with a passion for film, book, and fantasy art, I would love to publish an Apocalypsia artbook. I think illustrations of the monsters, characters and some of the scenes will be a nice way to bring this world to life. I would need a team for it, so it may not happen, but I’ll save my last ISBN for it.

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The End was just the Beginning-
Much of civilization lies in ruins after the mysterious happenings of a demonic uprising. In this post-apocalyptic world survivors must scavenge for supplies while taking up arms against demons, goblins, and even each other.
When an ally’s fort is attacked; a small group of survivors take it upon themselves to unite and stand against the further spread of demons. The discovery of an ancient artifact, which could destroy the boundaries between Hell and Earth, causes a collision of the human resistance into an epic final battle with the demonic forces.

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