By Stephan Lee
Updated March 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM EST

The vicious, limb-tearing “virals” of Justin Cronin’s 2010 post-apocalyptic vampire epic The Passage have captivated readers, the publishing world, and Hollywood. A best-seller upon publication, The Passage, along with the two forthcoming books in the proposed trilogy, was optioned for film by Ridley Scott’s production company for $1.75 million.

The Twelve, Cronin’s follow-up to The Passage, will be hitting shelves and e-books on Oct. 16, we’ve learned exclusively. EW also acquired a brand new excerpt from The Twelve, which bloodthirsty fans can find in the issue hitting stands tomorrow.

In the meantime, take a look at the cover for The Twelve:

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