Written by Joe Harris
Covers by Cat Staggs
As the Cold War rose in the 1950s, military hero, Cpt. George Kutter and his family trained to be legacy survivors in the event of an atomic exchange with the Soviet Union. Prepared to wait out the aftermath of nuclear war, they were subjected to numerous simulations, scenarios and stresses in hopes of helping salvage something of their family, their country and humanity from the ashes of a conflict with the Russians that never happened. But when a group of lost hunting buddies stumble upon a seemingly abandoned fallout shelter in the present-day Pennsylvania wilderness, they’ll uncover secrets best left buried. What was the nature of the secret Archonite initiative? What lengths did the United States go to in order to prepare for all-out war and its aftermath? What did the Kutter Family endure in preparation for their duty? And if World War III never broke out… why are they still down there?
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: MAR192007
Donnie, Keith and their friends expected a typical weekend of hunting and drinking and blowing off steam in the woods. Then they ended up lost, injured and locked inside the strange, dark fallout shelter previously inhabited by the participants in some kind of simulated military experiment. Only nobody ever told George Kutter and his family that the bombs never fell, so they were left underground to die, locked away and waiting for further instructions which never came. Until Donnie and his friends found their bodies, that is. Thing is, the shelter is still packed with enough food, supplies and water to sustain a group for a very long time. The power works, along with lights and air filtration to last a nuclear winter. And as this group of frightened, desperate men work to find a way out, they realize there’s more than just the mystery of the Kutter Family’s demise… as the old experiment has begun anew.
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: APR191950
Over sixty years ago, the Archonite Initiative studied the effects of stress and loss upon potential survivors of a nuclear war. Underground, in the dark, and believing they could well be the last humans left alive, the Kutter Family would experience sensory manipulation and divisions in their ranks which would eventually tear them apart. But as the manipulations and machinations of this supposedly abandoned Cold War-era simulator are revealed, Donnie, Keith and the others begin to lose their patience, their minds and their lives.
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: MAY191929
Guardsman Donnie Montague once dreamed of serving his country like his best friend and decorated war hero, Keith Crenshaw. But when a modern-day military contractor called Archonite offered him an opportunity to serve his country and assist in a mission he was profiled as being perfect for, he couldn’t say no. Only Donnie wasn’t the one they really wanted subjected to this renewed Almighty project. And as he and Keith struggle to survive the shelter’s manipulations and distortions, old grievances, jealousies and secrets threaten to destroy them both.
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: JUN191932
Donnie and Keith think they’ve found a way out of the shelter and work toward an escape. But the Archonite Project was never about merely making people believe that the United States and Soviet Union had launched World War III. It was about control, the study of human societal structure and conflict resolution under extreme stress, the bonds between family and friends (along with their limits), and the measure of just how far a man might go to protect what he can claim as his. As the truths behind both the Kutter Family’s demise, and their own deceptions are laid bare, old friends will have to decide if they really want to leave the shelter… or stay.
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: JUL192206