Date Published: April 30th 2020
In a freshly lawless New England in the dead of winter
A bloodied and barefoot 17-year-old, grieving the loss of her father, trudges around a smoldering pileup on the road out of town. She’s endeavoring the 120 mile trek to her only living family member through blizzard conditions…
A once kind-hearted lumberjack splits a teenager’s nose in half with the rim of a metal gas can. Since the day his family was slaughtered before his eyes, he’s been consumed with an undying fury that can only be quelled through acts of violence…
A two-time college-dropout, trying to do good, howls in agony as her face is slashed with a razor-blade. The crackhead who did the deed is taking back her five-year-old child who the drop-out was trying to protect after finding him abandoned in a dumpster…
Anyone wishing to live must harden and adapt to the new rules of a world post-fall of polite. This dangerous new world will make you into a survivor… or a corpse.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
With this particular project, the largest challenge was deciding on the point of view and structure for the novel. I must have written the opening of The Fall of Polite a half dozen times before finally cracking it. Now it’s impossible to imagine the story being told any other way.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I make soundtracks for most of my projects that I listen to while writing. The Fall of Polite’s soundtrack consisted mainly of music from Gustavo Santaolalla, Tom Waits, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, and oddly enough Dave Porter’s OTS from Breaking Bad. Weirdly fitting for the post-apocalypse.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Getting good feedback is extremely important. With screenplays, I have a group of other writers who I share my work with. When it comes to prose, I share my writing with a small circle whose feedback I trust will be honest.
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave. Before that, I had just finished up Wraiths of the Broken Land by S. Craig Zahler, and up next on my shelf is probably Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, or I might jump into the next volume of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood.
How did you start your writing career?
I started out as a screenwriter for film and television for a number of years before making the leap into prose. Now I continue to practice both writing disciplines and I find that my experience in each form enhances my writing in the other. My prose has a cinematic flair that most readers greatly enjoy.
The Fall of Polite is my debut novel and my largest project to date. I have a couple of novel projects in the works alongside a couple of in-progress screenplays and a whole bunch of finished screenplays ready to be shot. I’m always releasing video essays and other short-form video content online and anyone interested in that sort of thing can follow along at youtube.com/brickwallpictures
About the Author
Sam Kench is a 23-year-old writer and independent filmmaker. His screenplays and short films have been awarded by festivals and competitions around the world. In 2014 he was named one of the top defenders of free speech by the National Coalition Against Censorship. He grew up in New England and spent years exploring many of the locations that found their way into the novel. He now resides in Los Angeles. ‘The Fall of Polite’ is his debut novel.
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