Archive | September, 2015

‘The Outbreak’ Wins Horror Category Of The 2015 Best Indie Book Award

5 Sep

The Outbreak BadgeAfter a rather disappointing day yesterday (I won’t go into the reason why), I arrived home and opened my Inbox to find an email from the Best Indie Book Award. This is an award which aims to help support Independent authors. There had been a slight delay in the announcement of this year’s awards, but then the email I’d been hoping for finally arrived. I opened it with anticipation and found, to my great pleasure, that The Outbreak had won the Horror category of the 2015 Best Indie Book Award!

This makes it the second year in a row that I’ve picked up this award (my first book, For Those In Peril On The Sea, won the same category last year).

Pleased as I am with this, it does put some pressure on the third book in the series, The Island At The End Of The World, which will be coming out in the next couple of weeks, to do the same in the 2016 awards. This, however, I think might be somewhat unlikely, not because it isn’t as good as the first two books in the For Those In Peril series, but because it’s quite a different type of book. Rather than being a full-on zombie novel, The Island At The End Of The World moves the story arc on from simply struggling to survive to rebuilding some sort of a life in a world which has been changed beyond all recognition by a virus that has turned most of humanity into zombie-like, cannibalistic killers. It still has some killer zombie scenes, but it’s more a tale of post-apocalyptic survival, and this makes it hard to fit into any one recognised genre.

Technically, post-apocalyptic survival books are science fiction, but few view them this way, especially when they contain zombies (or even zombie-like creatures). Unlike the previous books in the series, there’s not a strong enough element of death and destruction to be considered horror, and there’s too many zombies for it to be considered a straight-out thriller, and it’s this lack of easy categorisation which, I think, will make it struggle to do as well as the previous two books in any book competitions which I choose to enter it in. Not that I’m too bothered by this, after all, I write because I want to write, not just to win prizes in book awards, although it’s always a nice surprise when this happens – especially when you find out you’ve won at the end of an otherwise disappointing day!

A full list of this year’s winners of the Best Indie Book Awards can be found here.

From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.