'Walking Dead: Rise Of The Governor' Exclusive Excerpt!

"The Walking Dead" returns to television this week, but you don't have to wait until Sunday for new adventures set in the post-zombie apocalypse.

Robert Kirkman and co-author Jay Bonansinga are the men behind "The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor," a brand new prose novel hitting stores tomorrow (October 11). As the title implies, the new book shines the spotlight on one of the franchise's most notorious villains — Philip Blake, better known as the vicious Governor of Woodbury, a man who makes even the rotting undead look civilized. But was Philip always such a ruthless, soulless shell of a man? What drove him to commit such atrocities?

"Rise of the Governor" pulls the curtain back on Philip's early days as a survivor of the zombie apocalypse, and before the book hits stores, you can get a first look — or listen, rather — right here on MTV Splash Page. Click on the player for an exclusive sneak peek at an excerpt from the audiobook version of the new "Walking Dead" novel, as read by actor Fred Berman. Warning: the excerpt is not for the faint of heart!

A description of "Rise of the Governor," courtesy of Amazon:

In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.

"Rise of the Governor" hits shelves on October 11, 2011.

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