Fans of The Walking Dead have often wondered what the heck is going on in the rest of the world during the zombie outbreak. Skybound Books, the co-publishing imprint formed by Skybound Entertainment and Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc., will answer that question with The Walking Dead: Typhoon, an upcoming novel by Wesley Chu.
Announced by Skybound in a press release, Typhoon is set in China and will follow a brand-new group of survivors thrust together by fate. The imprint promises Chu, author of The Lives of Tao and Time Salvager, will bring “a fresh perspective on societal decay and decomposing flesh to the world of Robert Kirkman’s bestselling comics series.”
“Our goal at Skybound Books has been to give novelists the same creative platform and freedom to tell engaging genre stories that we already have in place across comics, film, television, and games,” Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Skybound Sean Mackiewicz said in the press release. “Plus, after 15 years, we’re about to answer one of the biggest questions The Walking Dead fans have had since the beginning: what’s happening to the rest of the world? That we can expand The Walking Dead universe with talented authors like Wesley Chu will allow walkers to truly become an even greater global phenomenon than ever before!”
This isn't the first time Skybound Books has published material relating to The Walking Dead. The imprint previously released The Quotable Negan, which was written by Kirkman himself.
The press release also mentioned several other books not related to The Walking Dead that will expand the publisher's selection. Those books are Jay Posey's Every Sky a Grave, Jason M. Hough's Instinct, Ilze Hugo's The Down Days and Linden Lewis' The First Sister Trilogy.
The Walking Dead: Typhoon, by Wesley Chu, does not currently have a publication date but is expected sometime in 2019.