About FETIDUS – The Novel and Music by James Durham

FETIDUS: The Damned Heir by James Durham is the first sci-fi/horror novel and original music score set in the grim and fetid alleyways of a post-apocalyptic Washington, DC, circa 2034. In this first novel, Art Blanchard, a jaded Washington lobbyist who works for The Foundation for the Ethical Treatment of the Innocently Damned, Undead and Supernatural (FETIDUS), takes up the blackmail case of a mysterious woman, which leads him on a twisted adventure filled with noir-humor, suspense and horror.

FETIDUS: The Damned Heir, is launching in October 2008 in the form of a free serialized audiobook and podcast! A printed version and music CD will also be available at a later date. Check back soon or subscribe for updates so you can be among the first to get to know Art Blanchard, Esq., and the dark world of FETIDUS!

Click here to read more about James Durham, the author and composer of FETIDUS.

For more information, please contact:
James Durham, (jdurham at fetidus dot org)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Oni October 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I’d Like to learm more about Skitters and genelons that are mentioned in the novel.

James Durham October 24, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Hi Oni, I’m thinking of adding a section on the website that will answer those types of questions, and give more back story about the world, events and creatures.

For now, I can say that “skidders” are the unholy combination of both zombie and vampire. As you may know from the story (I don’t know how far along you are yet), inhibitors are often used to delay the inevitable progression of zombieism, most often from a type II stage to a type III stage. People can live for years on inhibitors and survive as a type II zombie. Now, vampirism is a natural zombieism inhibitor, but it carries with it the vampiric curse. So in very rare circumstances where no normal inhibitor is available, some people voluntarily (or not-so-voluntarily) are infected with vampirism to prevent further zombieism progression. It is considered a desperate last measure, and often a fate worse than death… a hugely damning and awful state to be afflicted with both types of infections.

As for “genelons,” I don’t want to give away too much, since they figure prominently in FETIDUS Book 2. But basically, they are trans-humans or post-humans. They are essentially highly modified beings with mostly human DNA that have undergone advanced genetic splicing. The various procedures for splicing are banned in most countries, with rare exceptions granted for “licensed genelons,” who have to disclose their full genetic history and undergo extensive tests. In some cases, the splice work is so good that there is no way you can tell someone is a genelon. For now, I’ll stop there. :)

Hope that answers your questions!

Morslupus December 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Ok, so you’ve talked about all the types of zombies but one thing is getting to me. You’ve talked about II’s, III’s, and rarely on IV’s. So what is a Type V?

scott pike October 14, 2012 at 3:57 am

Are you dead? What happened to fetidus book 2?

James Durham February 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Nah, not dead, although I feel UNdead sometimes. Yes, there will definitely be a book 2 at some point, but I don’t have a release date for it yet, and I dare not even hint at a release date for it! But good things are cooking… slowly, but surely. :) I’ll post an update when I get closer, and I can’t wait to release more in the FETIDUS universe.

kashew February 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Wooohooo ! James you give us all something great to look forward to :) . Make sure you take a break sometimes – ’cause you aren’t any good to us – undead. Book 1 was fantastic – seriously. Thank you for the book, the hard work and the awesome awesome awesome prospect of BOOK2 FETIDUS . Maybe you could include a few recipes for inhibitor cocktails? Or include advice about how to keep the incorporeals from snooping around in our homes.

James Durham February 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Thank you!!! :) Much appreciated. And I can’t wait to get Book 2 out the door. Can’t say when yet, I don’t want to upset the Progenitors, or worse yet, upset the listeners by giving overly optimistic schedules… :) As for inhibitor recipes and tips to keep the noncorporeals out of your homes, you can expect some of that in Book 2 and/or on a refreshed website. Oops, but I say too much.

maggie March 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

Is there a FETIDUS book 2. I want to know what happened to Elsa.

James Durham March 17, 2013 at 9:03 am

Hi Maggie! Yes, there will definitely be a Book 2! I don’t have a release date yet for you, but you can be sure there’s much more with Art and Ilsa in Book 2. He couldn’t stop looking for her, could he?

BTW, to stay up to date with FETIDUS, I’m moving everything over to http://www.jamesdurham.com — so please check over there for the latest news!

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