Corpus Chrome, Inc.



Who should be given a second chance at life? 

Decades in the future Corpus Chrome, Inc. develops a robotic body, dubbed a “mannequin,” that can revive, sustain and interface with a cryonically-preserved human brain. Like all new technology, it is copyrighted.

Hidden behind lawyers and a chrome facade, the inscrutable organization resurrects a variety of notable minds, pulling the deceased back from oblivion into a world of animated sculpture, foam rubber cars, dissolving waste and strange terrorism. Nobody knows how Corpus Chrome, Inc. determines which individuals should be given a second life, yet myriad people are affected. Among them are Lisanne Breutschen, the composer who invented sequentialism with her twin sister, and Champ Sappline, a garbage man who is entangled in a war between the third, fourth and fifth floors of a New York City apartment building.

In the Spring of 2058, Corpus Chrome, Inc. announces that they will revive Derek W.R. Dulande—a serial rapist and murderer who was executed thirty years ago for his crimes. The public is horrified by the decision, and before long, the company’s right to control the lone revolving door between life and death will be violently challenged…

What They’re Saying About S. Craig Zahler

Corpus Chrome, Inc. describes one of the weirder post-singularity futures. The characters are very much alive. I was entertained throughout.”
—Larry Niven

“[We fell] completely under Zahler’s spell, buying into his near-future world and becoming so involved in his characters’ lives that, when the book ends, we are loath to leave these people and their world. A bravura literary performance.”
—Dave Pitt, Booklist, Starred Review

“Zahler’s a fabulous story teller whose style catapults his reader into the turn of the century West with a ferocious sense of authenticity.”
—Kurt Russell, star of Tombstone, Escape from New York, Dark Blue, and Death Proof

“If you’re looking for something similar to what you’ve read before, this ain’t it. If you want something comforting and predictable, this damn sure ain’t it.  But if you want something with storytelling guts and a weird point of view, an unforgettable voice, then you want what I want, and that is this.”
—Joe R. Lansdale author of Edge of Dark Water

“[C]ompulsively readable…. Fans of Zahler’s A Congregation of Jackals (2010) will be satisfied; think Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. [C]lever mayhem … leads to a riveting climax.”

“It would be utterly insufficient to say that Wraiths is the most diversified and expertly written western I’ve ever read. You’ll smell the stink, taste the blood, feel the grit, hear the screams, and blow the burned gunpowder right out of your nose. Zahler puts his reader into possession of the dim, grim era with the command of guys like Max Brand and Owen Wister, and unleashes an avalanche of action like a genetic cross between Peckinpah, Takashi Miike, and Abel Ferrara.”
—Edward Lee author of The Bighead and Gast

Wraiths always rings true, whether it’s visiting the depths of despair, the fury of violence, or the fragile ties that bind us together for good or ill. It’s a Western with heart and intelligence, always vivid, with characters you will detest or care about or both, powerfully written.”
—Jack Ketchum author of I’m Not Sam

Wraiths of the Broken Land is a classic Western that’s been twisted into the shape of a snarling monster, shot full of violence, anger, and pain, and dipped in horror.  [I]t will please fans of crime, horror, dark fantasy, and literary fiction alike. It’s a brutal and wonderfully gritty tale full of darkness and superb writing.”
—Gabino Iglesias, Out Of The Gutter Online

“Zahler does everything right with Wraiths of the Broken Land. The book pulls you under and never lets you up, the cruelty he dishes out throughout the novel – to both our heroes and villains – is vicious at best, and the ending is so powerful that it’s debatable as to who the victors really are in this bloodbath of a book.”