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Guest Post with Zachery Richardson!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Demons: How I Summoned Them, And How I Changed Them

When I say the word demon, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Most often when I ask this question, the person I ask thinks of an evil spirit who delights in causing pain and suffering. In movies like Paranormal Activity and The Exorcist, they take over the bodies of a human to do their dirty work. Sometimes, they are depicted as having human intelligence and dark, magical powers. Rarely though are they portrayed as legitimate physical threats, with tangible physical bodies.
So in planning Chronicles of the Apocalypse, my apocalyptic urban fantasy series, I knew I wanted to take that rare, physical depiction and then raise it to a whole new level! I drew inspiration from a variety of sources, and the end result is an amalgam of various elements from my favorite shows, movies, and video games. All tweaked, twisted, and mixed together to create a depiction of demons that I couldn’t wait to share with the world!
One of my earliest and biggest influences was Star Wars. In the endless debate between Trekkies and Jedi, I was very much a Jedi. When I began thinking of how to do demons differently, I remembered a line from The Empire Strikes Back when Yoda says that while the Dark Side is not more powerful than the Light Side it is “quicker, easier, more seductive.” I thought to myself, what if it wasn’t just seductive? What if it was downright infectious? What if the more you were exposed to it, the more like a demon you actually became? This of course raised another important question: just what were you being exposed to? This is where my more Japanese influences came into play. I’d long been a fan of anime such as Dragonball Z and Yu Yu Hakusho, and the powers the heroes used in those two shows formed the basis of my own demonic energy system.
In Chronicles of the Apocalypse, every demon from the smallest to the greatest derives their power from a dark, supernatural energy. The more of this energy they possess, the stronger the demon. And the most powerful demons have the ability to project this energy outward into devastating blasts akin to Godzilla’s laser breath. And this demonic energy has an effect on humans similar to that of radiation. The more they are exposed to, the more it changes them. In low doses, it increases strength, speed, and durability. In high doses however, it will turn humans into “half-breeds”; people who are half human and half demon. Not only do they have exponentially greater physical abilities than pure humans, but they also have the ability to take on a fully demonic form that allows them to utilize the fullness of their power.
These “half-breeds” are critical to the plot of Chronicles of the Apocalypse, in which a small group of them must band together and spearhead humanity’s fight to survive when our world is invaded by the forces of Hell. To find out how it all starts, pick up your copy of Chronicles of the Apocalypse: Revenge, Everything is Nothing via my website,, and as an e-book on Amazon’s Kindle Store. Enjoy the read. link to the video trailer!

About Zach Richardson

Zachery Richardson, casually Zach, was born in Seattle WA on August 8th, 1989, and was raised in Lake Oswego, OR. It is perhaps the greatest irony of all that his chosen career is that of an author when as a child, his second least favorite subject in school was writing. Math was number one, and their relationship remains strained to this day.
However, the switch was flipped in middle school when his teacher assigned a creative writing project. Having finally been given a productive outlet for his wildly active imagination, Zach dove headfirst into the world of author-dom and never looked back. By his freshman year of high school, he’d completed his first “book”; a 300 page fanfiction set in the Mobile Suit Gundam universe. Afterwards, he turned his attention to a series of wholly original works that would become Chronicles of the Apocalypse in the subsequent year.
While Chronicles of the Apocalypse (or COTA as he likes to call it) remains his central focus, Zach has also begun work on several other projects in the Young Adult and High Fantasy genres. He currently lives in Wilsonville, OR.
You can visit Zach’s website

About Chronicles of the Apocalypse; Revenge, Everything is Nothing

Former assassin Jin Sakai sets out on a vicious battle for revenge and redemption against the clan of assassins who murdered his family.

When you sacrifice the lives of your wife and children to prevent the world’s most powerful clan of assassins from unleashing the Apocalypse, what does that make you? And what do you do when you learn that it was all in vain? For Jin Sakai, that sacrifice turned him into a mere shell of a man, filled only with guilt and hatred. When he learns that it was a sacrifice made in vain, he instantly sets out on a violent one-man war to tear the assassins’ clan down around their ears. After all, who better to destroy them than the man who brought them together?

Things soon turn down a darker path as Jin uncovers the disturbing truth behind his family’s sacrifice; a truth he was never meant to learn. Undone by the revelation, Jin is consumed by doubt and confusion and very nearly loses his life. It is only later when he meets Leah Lawson, a woman with a past almost as dark as his own, that his doubt and confusion vanish and he begins to see a path that will not only lead him to his revenge, but to his redemption. Unfortunately, there is far more going on behind the scenes than Jin realizes. Forces are at play that have been manipulating the course of his life ever since he was born. By setting out on his quest for vengeance, Jin unknowingly cements his destiny as one of the key warriors in the apocalyptic war that’s brewing just beneath the surface.

Book Information

Title of Book: Chronicles of the Apocalypse: Revenge, Everything is Nothing.
ISBN: 978-0-578-02176-8
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: April 20th, 2009
# of Pages: 291

Chronicles of the Apocalypse; Revenge, Everything is Nothing Tour Schedule

Week One
September 6
Interviewed at Broken Sparkles
When I saw the movie “Secret Window” with Johnny Depp, the twist ending inspired me to write a story entirely from the perspective of the villain.
September 7
Interviewed at As The Pages Turn
Chronicles of the Apocalypse: Revenge, Everything is Nothing (COTA: REIN) is a revenge/redemption story about a former assassin named Jin Sakai.
September 8
Book Spotlight at Blog-A-Press
September 9
Book Spotlight at Books, Products and More
Week Two
September 12
Book Spotlight at Blue Bell Books
September 13
Interviewed at Review From Here
Guest Post at Live To Read
September 14
Guest Post at The Hot Author Report
Guest Post at Cindy’s Love of Books
September 15
Interview at Paperback Writer
Book Reviewed at Live to Read
September 16
Guest Post at Writing Daze


  1. Great post from this author.