The Southpaw is an upcoming novel about a virus that sweeps across America and turns the infected into vicious wolves. It is divided into six parts, some of which intertwine at points. Part 1 focuses on two characters; Jack and Brian Small, a father and son, who are on opposing sides of the crisis. Part 2 centers on Ian Picardson, a grandfather who is struggling to reconnect with his grandson, whilst surviving by himself. Part 3 pertains to the efforts of Duncan Shepherd, an office worker who tries to protect his family, co-workers, and friends from the wolves as well as from his fellow humans. Part 4 concerns Hank Wilson, a Southern farmer who is trying to protect his family, and who will soon come to realize he will do anything to protect them. In Part 5, all four groups meet at a safe haven in Tennessee, but not everyone will remain unharmed. Part 6 concludes the story by following the survivors into their post-outbreak world.
The novel first started development in 2011, when both authors were in the 7th grade. Originally, the story in its entirety was going to revolve around what is now Part 1. Jack and Brian were to be the two protagonists, and the story was going to end after Part 1. One of the writers, King, decided to continue the story with Part 2 (imagined for a while as a comic book companion to the novel), and created scripts which were later converted to novel format. From there, Parts 3, 4, and 5 were outlined and created over the course of several years. Part 6 was not imagined and outlined until 2015. As of now, Part 1 is finished, while the other parts are only partially completed.
Character Basis Edit
Many of the minor characters (exactly which characters have remained a secret) are based upon friends of the co-writers. The last names of these characters are mostly altered so as to keep their identities secret. In fact, two of the characters in the story are based upon the writers themselves.
According to the writers, none of the five main protagonists are based upon actual people.
- There are (at the moment) a total of 108 named characters in The Southpaw.
- The title is a reference to Jack's left-handed pitching, and it is also a pun on his transformation.