Sunday, 29 September 2013

Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse and Guest Post

Ground Zero: A Zombie ApocalypseGround Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse by Nicholas Ryan

Book Synopsis

“This is exactly the kind of intelligent, action-packed zombie thriller that fans of DJ Molles and Max Brooks will love!”
- ZombieBookBlog

Aboard a freighter bound for Baltimore harbor, an Iranian terrorist prepares to unleash an unimaginable horror upon the United States. The ‘Wrath’ is an undead plague – an infection that consumes its victims with a maddening rage and turns them into mindless blood-thirsty killers.
Jack Cutter is just an ordinary guy dealing with a dreadful guilt when the virus tears through his home town. Before it’s too late, Cutter will have to find a way to survive, and find a reason fight:
HIS REDEMPTION.

The Secret to Great Horror

In my opinion the secret to writing great horror scenes is to make the action and situations as realistic as possible and to create characters that are relatable to the reader.

When I wrote ‘Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse, I deliberately created the Jack Cutter character to be an every-day guy with a skill set that most people could relate to. Cutter doesn’t have special skills – he’s just an ordinary guy thrown into an extraordinary situation. I know a lot of other zombie novels have lead characters who can all boast an extensive set of military skills to fall back on, but how many readers could directly relate to a character like that?

The real problem with ‘Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse’ was to create horror scenes that were realistic. I mean, zombies don’t exist - right?

When I started writing the events that take place in the book I had to find ways to make the horror scenes compelling enough that a reader would want to come along for the ride and remain immersed in the events to momentarily suspend their disbelief. It is why I drew on everyday vermin such as rats and scavenger crows to give those zombie scenes an added touch of real life.

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