Tuesday, December 29, 2020


Hello everyone! 
Back in the day, I used to post a recap of the closing year, as well as my plans for the new one. In checking my blog, I was surprised to find that it's been four years since I've made one of those posts. Time flies!

Undoubtedly, this has been a challenging year for everyone, and I (like many others) am looking forward to bringing 2020 to a close. Most of my family was fortunate enough to stay healthy and employed, but I realize that not everyone was so lucky. My thoughts go out to everyone who suffered hardships and losses. I have faith that 2021 will be better!

Despite everything 2020 threw in the way, I managed to get some new releases out this year. Most are new editions of backlist titles (primarily audiobooks), but I also managed to publish new words. This year, I completed the fourth and final book in the SANDSTORM series, published a brand new RUINS novella, and completed my first short story collection, BETTER GUNS & GARDENS! The latter has been on my "bucket list" of projects for a long time, so I was super excited to get that out into the world! Some of the stories have been in various states of draft since 2013, so it felt amazing to get them finished.

In addition to the 12 tales in BETTER GUNS & GARDENS, I completed an unpublished 13th story, "Rock Bottom", which will hopefully see the light of day soon. Who knows? I might include it as a bonus to newsletter subscribers, or perhaps it will make its way into a second collection.


January: A new OUTAGE short story included in the werewolf anthology Leaders of the Pack

I also managed to do some interviews and podcasts this year (all via ZOOM, of course!) Here are the links:

I was also fortunate enough to be included on a panel at the Career Author Summit 2020 Virtual Event entitled "Career Author Alternatives: Unique Ways to Live As A Full-Time Creative". It was a blast hanging out with all the other presenters and attendees, and I'm looking forward to doing it again in 2021! You can get more information at: 


I'm always hesitant to talk too much about upcoming projects, because things shuffle or change. But I'm in a rather unique position this upcoming year, as most of my current series are finished. That means that 2021 will be the year of new projects! 

I've got at least two post-apocalyptic series I'd like to launch this year. The first is a fast-paced thriller set in modern Cleveland. The project—a collaboration—will launch around February 2021. The second is a near-future post-apocalyptic story with cool creatures, lots of action, and suspense. I'm hoping to put it out in the first half of 2021. 

Other than that? I've got a few projects I need to get back to, like ALIVE AGAIN, as well as a few standalone horror novel ideas. I've also got plans for another short story collection, including an additional tale with Charlie and Diana from "The Pursuer."

And those darn characters from THE RUINS? They're always nagging me to write more about them. I've got a few stories started; we'll see if they carry weight.

2020 has certainly been a crazy year, but I'm grateful to have spent it doing what I love. Happy New Year and thanks so much for all your support! Fingers crossed for a better 2021!

Happy Reading!

Tyler Piperbrook
-December 2020

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Better Guns and Gardens is available now!


Better Guns & Gardens is now live on Amazon US, UK, CA, AU, and in PAPERBACK (or FREE in Kindle Unlimited)! This post-apocalyptic collection contains 12 standalone stories, including one each in the RUINS, OUTAGE, and CONTAMINATION universes! 

This might be one of my favorite releases to date, partly due to the effort involved. In fact, for the past few months, I've considered it sort of a passion project.

Although I've been publishing novels for eight years, this is the first time I've released a short story collection. Some of the stories in here date back to 2013—tales that I spent a lot of time on, and have been waiting for the right time to bundle.

As a child, I was enamored with Stephen King's short story collections Skeleton Crew and Nightmares & Dreamscapes. Those collections kept me up late at night, tucked under the covers with a flashlight, long after I should've been asleep. Short stories always allured me; I was amazed how the author could transport the reader into an entirely different world, all in a handful of pages. My hope is that these stories do the same for you!

All the stories in this collection stand alone, so you do not have to have read anything else to enjoy them. Here's a sneak peek at some of the BRAND NEW stories:


One of the last survivors of a deadly virus, Martin is out of food, luck, and time. More importantly, he is out of hope. It seems he has only one choice left.

And then his wife brings up a glimmering possibility. Her suggestion may lead to their salvation, but at what cost?


Charlotte should've listened to her husband's ranting about the end of the world. Now all of his preparations, warnings, and stockpiles are meaningless: Wyatt is dead, and Charlotte is alone. 

Will she survive the insanity of the streets? Or will she succumb to the spreading plague, The Sickness?


For years Stephen Silva has blended into the background, watching those around him take advantage of their beauty and privilege, waiting for the day he can even the odds.

Tonight, he might just get his wish.


Weeks after the CONTAMINATION, Carter is losing hope of ever seeing his sons again. Doomed to live out the rest of his life in his mountain bunker, he teeters between acceptance and despair. And then he sees something down the steep side of his mountain that will change everything.

Have his prayers been answered?

Also included are these BRAND NEW/UNRELEASED stories:

The Bunker
In Memoriam

And bonus stories collected from anthologies and THE RUINS boxed set:

The Great Storm (An Outage Story)
The Pursuer
Alive Again
The Shadowed Wall (A RUINS novella)

Again, you can grab this collection of 12 tales now on Amazon US, UK, CA, AU, and PAPERBACK (or FREE in Kindle Unlimited). I hope you enjoy them! If you check out the collection, let me know what your favorite story is!


Monday, August 17, 2020

Panel Interview on Zombie-Con Online!


I had a blast this past weekend at the ZOMBIE-CON Online on Facebook! The event featured 26 authors on various panels. Here is the link for one, "Zombies Beyond The Written Page." You can find all the videos at: Zombie-Con Online on Facebook.

Thanks to Dan and Laura Martone for having me!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Sandstorm Publisher's Pack (Books 3 and 4) now available on Audio!

The remainder of the SANDSTORM series (Books 3 and 4) are now available on audio, narrated by Scott Brick (Jurassic Park, The Jack Reacher series!) You can get the set here on Audible! For those audio listeners, I hope you enjoy the series conclusion!
Monday, June 22, 2020

Better Guns & Gardens (A Post-Apocalyptic Collection) on pre-order!

I'm excited to announce my newest release: BETTER GUNS & GARDENS! BETTER GUNS & GARDENS is a post-apocalyptic anthology, containing 12 tales, including 7 BRAND NEW STORIES that have never been released!

Among the stories are some RUINS and OUTAGE stories from anthologies that you might not have checked out, a brand new CONTAMINATION story, and many others, all of which stand alone, so you do not need to read any other stories first! Some of these might be my favorite things I've written. I can't wait for you guys to read them! 

You can PRE-ORDER the collection now for the special price of $2.99 US ($3.99 CA/AU), out on Aug. 31st here: USUKCAAU!
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Writing Horror After The Pandemic (An Author Panel at the Con-Tinual Convention)

I recently participated in an author panel called "Writing Horror After the Pandemic" at the Con-Tinual Virtual Convention, alongside authors Michele T Berger and Jeff Strand. Thanks to Jason Tongier and James P Nettles III for moderating this interesting discussion!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Interview on the Draft2Digital spotlight!

I recently chatted with the good folks at Draft2Digital about early inspirations, the genesis of CONTAMINATION and OUTAGE, and marketing strategies for authors. Thanks to Mark Leslie Lefebvre for the invite! You can check out my interview HERE!
Friday, January 31, 2020

WAR TORN (the final book in the SANDSTORM series) is available today!

WAR TORN is here! Book 4 of the SANDSTORM series - the final book - is now available on Amazon US, UK, CA, AU (and all other Amazon sites), as well as in PAPERBACK!

I can't believe we've reached the end of the series! This is probably the most intense of all the books (and also the longest). I can't wait for everyone to read the conclusion!

I'll certainly miss the world and the characters in this series, and hope that everyone enjoyed the ride!

What's next? I have several post-apocalyptic stories in the works, including a novella in THE RUINS universe, as well several other projects. I'll keep you posted!

Happy 2020 everyone! I hope you're having an amazing year so far. Talk soon!

-Tyler (T.W.) Piperbrook

p.s. Haven't started SANDSTORM? The series is now complete! Get Book 1 here!

Work in Progress


63042 / 63042 words. 100% done!


46314 / 46314 words. 100% done!

The Ruins Box Set w/ Bonus Novella!

About Me

T.W. Piperbrook lives in Connecticut with his wife and son. He is the author of the CONTAMINATION series, the OUTAGE series, and co-author of THE LAST SURVIVORS. In his former lives, he has worked as as a claims adjuster, a touring musician, and a business analyst for a Fortune 500 company. Now he spends his days fighting zombies, battling werewolves, and roaming the cities of the Ancients.

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