About Colin M. Drysdale

Colin M. Drysdale is a marine biologist and author. Under his real name, he has published numerous academic papers and articles, as well as writing a number of technical books. However, when writing fiction, he has chosen to write under the pseudonym Colin M. Drysdale to distinguish between these two very different areas of his written work.

His first novel, For Those In Peril On The Sea, was published by Pictish Beast Publications at the start of 2013. In this book, Colin M. Drysdale draws on many of his experiences working on and around the sea to tell the story of four strangers thrown together by chance on a yacht when civilisation is brought to a sudden and unexpected end. Face with a new world where it is no longer safe to go ashore, they must work together to find a way to survive everything it has to throw at them.

Originally written as a stand-alone book, For Those In Peril On The Sea was sufficiently well received by both critics (it won a gold in the First Novel (>80,000 words) category of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was selected as a finalist in the Horror category of the 2013 Book of the Year Awards from Foreword Reviews) and, more importantly, readers, that the author decided to develop it into a series of three books, with each one focussing on a different aspect of surviving in the post-apocalyptic world created for the original book.

The second book in the For Those In Peril series, called The Outbreak was published in July 2014. It starts in Glasgow (in Scotland) and focuses on another group of survivors who find themselves trapped in the city between an ever-increasing number of infected and the soldiers seeking to contain them. They know their only hope of surviving is to escape the city, and with the roads blocked, the river which leads from the heart of the city to the safety of the sea is their only way out. So they set out on a sailboat, with little idea of where they are going or how they are going to survive.

While this second book introduces a new cast of characters, the third book in the series will see them united with those from the first book (For Those In Peril On The Sea) as their story lines finally collide, and will follow them as they try to find a way to live amongst the rugged, remote and beautiful islands of western Scotland in a world which has changed beyond all recognition. This third book is due to be published in summer 2015.

In the meantime, December 2013 saw the release of an anthology of short zombie stories in print and as a Kindle ebook titled Zombie Can’t Swim And Other Tales Of The Undead. It features 23 stories ranging from flash fiction to full length short stories based around various zombie and post-apocalyptic related themes. This includes a short story called The Girl At Little Harbour which provides the back story to one of the most talked about scenes in For Those In Peril On The Sea (if you’ve read the book, you will remember the scene and you will know what the title of the short story refers to). While most of these stories have been previously published on this blog, this anthology includes one story (called The Black Heart Of The Sea) which is not available anywhere else.

11 Responses to “About Colin M. Drysdale”

  1. lararthompson 08/04/2013 at 23:26 #

    Btw, this page was hard to find! The sample looks great — when I’m reading to read again, I’ll get a copy. Cheers and great chatting.

    • cmdrysdale 09/04/2013 at 00:09 #

      Hi Lara,

      I know. It’s the black text against the dark background. I’ve been trying to find a way to change the colour of the font since I set this page up but with no luck. I think it’s because I’m using a fairly standard template and doesn’t offer that as a customisable option.

      Anyway, good chatting with you too. Always happy to speak to people who like west coasts, Skye (it’s the ancestral home of my clan), quantum physics and writing (that’s a very small area of overlap in the venn diagram of life!)

      If you read my book, hopefully you’ll enjoy it. If you do, let me know and if you don’t, no worries as I realise it’s not everyone’s cup of tea! The next one, which I’m working on (or rather meant to be working on while I’m spending too much time blogging!) starts in Glasgow and then moves onto the west coast of Scotland.

      All the best,


      • lararthompson 09/04/2013 at 16:37 #

        I don’t know about you but I get the feeling that life is all about whittling down your personal space in the venn diagram of life ;). Best of luck on the next book! I took time off of science to write mine. You’re postdoc’ing simultaneously? Kudos!

      • cmdrysdale 09/04/2013 at 18:24 #

        Ahh, the trusty Venn Diagram of Life! I’m still doing some science while I’m writing (I need the money!) but I’m only doing it part time and I’m pretty much my own boss so I can take a week off here and there to have a good block to write when I want to. It works for me (it means I can get a first draft down that I can then take out and polish when I have some spare time) but then again I’m lucky that I have a niche where I can do this. Other than that it’s weekends and evening (I write while my girlfriend knits!)

      • lararthompson 09/04/2013 at 20:08 #

        The knitting doesn’t distract? I tried knitting (it’s super popular somehow!?) but each stitch is a three part painful process so I’ll stick to sewing for that sort of outlet, maybe take up woodworking…
        I checked out your theme and, yeah, it seems impossible to change the colours in your menu. Too bad. The darkness suits your blog but the about is hard to read. You could add a text widget with a second link to your about and that would be more visible, but it isn’t ideal. Good luck!

      • cmdrysdale 09/04/2013 at 20:48 #

        Once I’m in the zone, pretty much nothing distracts me from writing (it can just take a while to get in there some times!). I haven’t tried knitting myself but my girlfriend loves it (she’s a recent comvert who took it up to relax while writing up her Ph.D. thesis).

        Thanks for taking a look at the thenme for my blog. It drove me mad when I was setting it up trying to work out how to change the colour of the text for the ‘About’ link but to no avail. It’s nice to know I didn’t just miss something obvious! It’s a pity because it’s one of the few bits I don’t like about the look of my blog but I think I’ll just have to live with it (although I might try your suggestion about adding a link in the sidebar to see it that works).

  2. grinningbear1980 17/07/2013 at 16:05 #

    That’s weird!! I literally just read your article on writing zombie stories. Then you pop up and like my story. 🙂

    • cmdrysdale 17/07/2013 at 17:32 #

      As it happened, I checked out your site because you’d liked my post. Looking forward to seeing where your zombie story goes…

  3. Kaine Andrews 13/03/2015 at 18:30 #

    I was recently nominated for a Liebster, and am now sharing the love. More people should be reading about your interesting take on life and zombies… at least, I think so. If you’d like to participate, you can head over to http://kaineandrews.com/2015/03/13/liebster-award-nomination/ to see the rules. Keep writing!

    • Colin M. drysdale 13/03/2015 at 23:59 #

      Thanks for the nomination. I’ll need to take a look at this once I get some free time (my day job is taking a lot of work at the moment, which is, unfortunately, limiting my blogging).

      • Kaine Andrews 14/03/2015 at 05:18 #

        I can understand. XD Hopefully it at least gets some more folks aware of you!

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