Death By Pizza
|Death By Pizza|
Death By Pizza is the original name of a story idea by Brandon Sanderson that was an urban fantasy about a necromancer pizza delivery man. The pizza delivery angle was later removed, with the protagonist changed to a heavy metal singer. An official title has not been revealed, but Brandon has jokingly referred to the revamped story as Death Without Pizza.
Original draft and hiatus
Brandon first mentioned the story in 2010 and wrote the majority of a novel-length story before 2013, but it had many flaws that prevented it from being published. Brandon noted that the title was a bit too silly for the subject matter and was likely to change. Few details of the story are known; Brandon mentioned that necromancers would increase their power after death and resurrection.
Brandon continued to occasionally mention the book at signings and in his annual State of the Sanderson blog posts. After looking at it again as a potential reading for the Firefight tour in 2015, Brandon decided that it didn't work, and simply considered it as practice in the urban fantasy genre. Although the story did see some minor development later that year, it was put on hiatus and stayed there for several years. The book was never officially trunked, but it took a back seat to other commitments including The Rithmatist and Alcatraz.
Revival of project and collaboration
In 2018, Brandon mentioned that he was once again actively working on the necromancer novel. In the 2018 State of the Sanderson, he revealed that he had completed a new outline and world guide early in the year and had done additional work on the project throughout the year. He also announced that a draft of the novel had been completed in a collaboration with novelist Peter Orullian, and that the two authors will soon be seeking a publisher after completing their revisions.
Brandon noted that the pizza delivery aspect of the story did not fit the setting and magic system, and he realized that a better choice would be the culture of heavy metal music. The updated novel features an American metal singer living in London who discovers his latent necromancy powers. Brandon felt Peter Orullian was an ideal collaborator since he is a heavy metal musician who has toured internationally. The main character's name is currently slated to be Jack Solomon.
- State of the Sanderson 2018
— Brandon's website - 2018-12-18#
- Another Long and Rambling Post On Future Books
— Arcanum - 2010-10-12#
- State of the Sanderson 2013
— Brandon's website - 2013-07-24#
- General Twitter 2010
— Arcanum - 2010-10-08#
- Steelheart Seattle signing
— Arcanum - 2013-10-14#
- Words of Radiance Portland signing
— Arcanum - 2014-03-07#
- State of the Sanderson 2015
— Arcanum - 2015-12-18#
- Firefight release party
— Arcanum - 2015-01-05#
- State of the Sanderson 2016
— Brandon's website - 2016-12-18#
- State of the Sanderson 2017
— Brandon's website - 2017-12-18#
- Oathbringer release party
— Arcanum - 2017-11-13#
- Skyward Denver signing
— Arcanum - 2018-11-15#
- Idaho Falls signing
— Arcanum - 2018-12-29#