Viral

By Mike Jeavons

A twisted and comedic novel about the dark side of viral videos

Fiction | Humour
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Publication date: February 2019

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What is the worst thing that could happen to an introvert?

For Chad McKenna, it’s discovering that his bully of brother, Sam, has uploaded a video of him jerking off to the internet. Thankfully, Chad knows what to do, so he reports the video and it is quickly removed before anybody has chance to see it.

Or at least, that’s what he thinks. Sam, a successful computer programmer, included a line of code within the video that creates two duplicate every time the video is removed. Before long the video infects the entire internet, until more than half the planet's population has seen the footage of Chad having some alone time.

Chad quickly becomes a celebrity, a status he can’t stand, so he convinces Sam to delete the code and stop the video from spreading further. The problem is, Sam’s laptop has gone missing – but who took it?

Sensing the threat to its own existence, the virus evolves. It seeps into TV and radio. It enters the private servers of nuclear powers and infects a car manufacturing plant which it uses to create a robotic army in the image of its perceived creator – Chad.

Perhaps there is something worse than a video of yourself masturbating going viral – it’s a rogue robotic army which all look like a naked version of yourself and is willing to go to war with the entire world.

And Chad is the only one with the power to stop it.

Viral is a satire of the digital video world, with a twisted sense of humour and an injection of science fiction. It makes fun of online video culture and internet celebrities whilst continually raising the stakes.

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    Mike Jeavons

    Mike is the author of children’s fantasy series The Imaginary Friends Saga, and the creator of many ridiculous videos on YouTube. His shows include Shameful Sequels, Infomercialism and A Week On, and he has amassed more than 62,000 subscribers who all like to see him miserable as he suffers through bad movies, fad diets and infomercial products. Whilst Mike loves entertaining people with his own suffering, his real passion is in writing. With Viral, Mike has combined his passions to create a dark, hilarious novel which explores the effects of a viral video gone wrong. He has taken his experiences within YouTube and combined it with a thrilling, action packed science fiction adventure which pokes fun at viral videos and the online video community.

    Check Mike out on Twitter and YouTube

  • Fifty million people have seen my penis. That must be some kind of world record, surely? I bet even the biggest porn stars haven’t had numbers like that staring at their junk. Sure, almost one hundred percent of those people didn’t want to see my penis to begin with and, according to some news reports, a lot of them vomited afterwards, but that’s beside the point.

    I’m not taking to my new found fame particularly well. As I’m walking to the shops a man runs up to me and screams in my face because whilst his daughter was watching nursery rhymes on YouTube a pop up loaded featuring my video and now she has a crippling fear of snakes and milk. It takes me five minutes to convince him that I wasn’t the one who infected the entire internet with a video of me masturbating. I can tell he is desperate to smack me in the mouth as I explain to him that my brother is the one responsible for his daughter seeing me blow my load into a tissue, and that I would give anything to take that memory away from her. Thankfully he’s distracted as a group of lads shout ‘wanker’ at me from across the street and he moves on.

    This must be what it feels like to be a celebrity. Not a decent celebrity, obviously, but a shitty one, like a man who’s filmed being racist at a supermarket checkout or a lady caught on CCTV putting a cat into a bin. Once this is all over I wonder if I’ll be offered a place in Celebrity Big Brother? Even a director of Netflix calls and threatens me with a lawsuit as every title in their library beginning with B has been switched with my video. Now, every time somebody wants to watch Breaking Bad or Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse they are greeted with grainy footage of me with my dick in my hand.

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  • 4th January 2019 We have a cover!

    Well, here it is - the front cover for Viral!

    The finishing touches are now being applied to the book and it will be ready for you all very soon! Thanks again for supporting the book, I'm so excited for the release!

    26th June 2018 Viral update!

    Hi all!

    Just a quick update to let you all know that Viral is now in the hands of the Unbound editorial Gods! It's going to be an exciting process to work with the team and mould Viral into the strongest book it can possibly be!

    Thanks again to all who backed the project, I am really excited for you all to read it!

    Thank you! Mike

    2nd February 2018 100 backers!

    Viral has just reached 100 backers! Thank you so much to everybody who has supported the project, it means the world to me. I love making videos where I review terrible movies, play with naff infomercial products and experiment with fad diets, but writing is where my passion really lies. The fact that you all have supported Viral on it's journey so far here at Unbound is amazing, and I can't thank…

    3rd November 2017 VIRAL: An Update

    Hello everyone!

    I just wanted to drop you all an update on the progress of VIRAL.

    Myself and Unbound have made the decision to swap the book from a hardback release to a paperback. The main reason for this is to lower the costs and production times involved, which means we can speed up the entire process and ensure the book is released a lot sooner than would currently allow.

    Nothing about…

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    Could you add a pledge for a couple of quid where we just get a fuzzy feeling inside for helping out?

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    Samantha Howard
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    Hey, I'm sorry for bothering you again on this but is there a way i can do the $100 fandabbydozey and pay extra to get your 2 imaginary friends books in paperback? I'm not asking for a freebie but the only one that has fantastic storytelling and all 3 of your books in print is over a $1,000 and I don't have that money but i;m willing to pay extra on top of the $100 tier for the 2 paperbacks. Let me know if there is anything we can work out as i want to support you and get all of your works.Thanks -SH

    Mike Jeavons
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    Hi Samantha - we did add a 'Fantastic Friends' level which includes FS and my previous books, hopefully this is more what you're after :)