The Julian Year (Medallion Press, coming in 2013) by Buffalo based horror author and filmmaker Gregory Lamberson is the first title written for Medallion Media Group’s groundbreaking e-book format, the TREEbook™. Lamberson’s cinematic approach to storytelling and large-scale character orchestration are the perfect complement to the dynamic capabilities of TREEbook™ technology.
The TREEbook™ is a Timed Reading Experience E-book, which seamlessly integrates time triggers with multiple story branches, allowing stories to organically shift and grow. Using this technology, Lamberson plants the seed for The Julian Year, a global crisis that unfolds over time.
In The Julian Year one of the main characters, Julian Weizak, an obituary writer in New York, celebrates his birthday alone in a bar on New Year’s Eve. At the stroke of midnight, scores of homicides break out on the East Coast:
- A young woman murders her boyfriend moments after accepting his marriage proposal.
- A man hides from his eight-year-old-daughter after she murders his wife.
- A radio host murders his cohost while on the air.
In all, twenty thousand murders are committed that night in New York alone, with the epidemic spreading across the country and the world, time zone by time zone. Julian makes a startling discovery: the crisis day was every single murderer’s birthday. At midnight each day thereafter, nearly twenty million people around the world become homicidal maniacs, contributing to the biggest killing spree in history. It looks as if the chaos can lead to only one end: the extinction of humankind.
The Julian Year’s plot leads to a nearly endless variety of situational outcomes and alternate story lines, allowing the reader to experience one of many possible consequences of each pivotal action and choice of characters in the story. The book can change every time you read it, and nearly every reader’s experience can be unique.