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Zombies Love Brains: Chance To Win An Advance Copy

31 Aug

My upcoming children’s picture book Zombies Love Brains is now available to pre-order as a Kindle book and will be officially released in print and on Kindle on the 21st of October 2016. To mark this occasion, I’m running a Goodreads giveaway, with 25 signed copies being given away a month ahead of this publication date. The winners will be drawn on the 21st of September, and their books will be sent out the next day. To enter this competition, simply visit: www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/200275-zombies-love-brains.

This has been a book that has taken a long time to finally get finished, and thanks to all those who have been involved in its creation (you all know who you are!). However, I’d like to say a special thanks to those of you who read this blog and who provided feedback on the draft cover design earlier in the year. Your votes and comments all helped improve it dramatically. For those who are interested, here is the final cover design:

Zombies Love Brains Final Front Cover

This is the final cover design for ‘Zombies Love Brains’. Thanks to all those who commented and voted on the draft cover designs I posted earlier in the year.



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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 www.forthoseinperil.net 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.

‘The Island At The End Of The World’ Has Been Selected As A Finalist In Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards For 2015

9 Mar

The Island at the End of the World, the third book in my For Those In Peril series of post-apocalyptic survival novels, has been selected as a finalist in the horror category of Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2015.

I’ll be quite honest and say that this came as rather a pleasant, and unexpected, surprise. While both the previous books in the series (For Those In Peril On The Sea and The Outbreak) were also short-listed for this rather prestigious prize (making it three years in a row that one of my book has made it this far in the competition), I was really not too sure that The Island at the End of the World would match the successes of its predecessors. This is not because I don’t think that it is as good a book, but rather that it is a very different type of book. While it still has strong horror elements, its focus is much more on post-apocalyptic survival than fighting off the infected, making it much harder to categorise.

The timing of this announcement is actually quite good. As those who check this blog our regularly will be aware, I have been very poor on the blogging front for the last year or so. This is because life keeps getting in the way of my writing time (I’ll explain more in a future post or two), and I’ve been struggling to get anything of any substance done – whether blogging, or indeed starting the next book in the For Those In Peril series (which has a working title of The Rise of the Infected – but that’s about as far as I have got with it so far).

Hopefully, knowing that The Island at the End of the World has reached the final short-list for this year’s INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award will give me the impetus I need to knuckle back down at the keyboard again and get to work, both fleshing out the rough ideas I have for The Rise of the Infected, as well as the various short story and blog article ideas that I’ve been carefully filing away over the last 12 months in the hope that I’d eventually get round to turning them into finished pieces. To find out if this is the case, just watch this space!

For those who are interested, the winners in Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2015 will be announced at the end of June 2016, so I’ll be keeping all my fingers crossed until then. If you want to see what other books The Island at the End of the World is up against, you can find the full list of finalists here.

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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 www.forthoseinperil.net 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.

‘The Outbreak’ Has Been Selected As A Finalist In Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards For 2014

13 Mar

The Outbreak, the second book in my For Those In Peril series of post-apocalyptic survival novels, has been selected as a finalist in the horror category of Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2014.

Obviously, I’m delighted by this, but it does put some pressure on the third book in the series, which I’m currently working on and which will be called The Island At The End Of The World, as this second time I’ve been selected as a finalist in this category (the first book in the series, For Those In Peril On The Sea, was a finalist in the 2013 competition).

For those interested in all things zombie, there’s actually quite a strong undead contingent on the finalists list this year, with Christy J. Leppanen’s rather interesting and unique Bulletin of ZOMBIE Research, and Kevin Wayne Williams intriguingly titled Everything I know About Zombies, I learned In Kindergarten also making the list, and I’d recommend checking both of them out when you have the time.

For those who are interested, the winners in Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2014 will be announced on the 26th of June 2015, so I’ll be keeping all my fingers crossed until then (which may make editing the next book in the series a little difficult!).


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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 www.forthoseinperil.net 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.

Win An Advance Copy Of ‘The Outbreak’

29 Jun

The Outbreak Cover DesignWhile my next book, The Outbreak, won’t be officially released until the 21st of July 2014, I have two signed copies to give away on this blog this week. This will give the winners a chance to read the book ahead of anyone else (as long as the postal service manages to deliver it in time!).

If you want to be in with a chance of winning, you’ll need to be quick, though, because the competition will be open for entries until the 3rd of July 2014. After that, I’ll select two winners random from all those who enter with the correct answer, and send out the books as soon as possible.

The books will be mailed from the UK, and because of the vagaries of the various postal systems around the world, I can’t guarantee delivery before the official publication date, but the winners should get the books within 7 – 10 days depending on where the in world they live (so well ahead of the publication date).

So how can you win? It’s nice and simple. Read the description of the book at the end of this post, fill out the form below, including answering the question correctly and click on the submit button. After that all you have to do is keep your fingers crossed until Thursday!





Book Description For The Outbreak:

Starting in Glasgow, The Outbreak weaves its tale of post-apocalyptic survival into the varied landscapes and cultures of western Scotland, ranging from bustling city streets to remote island communities. With its evocative use of real locations on both land and sea, and atmospheric depictions of the trials faced by those trying to survive as their world falls apart around them, The Outbreak expands the new and unusual take on the traditional post-apocalyptic genre first introduced by the same author in his much acclaimed debut novel For Those In Peril On The Sea.

While this is the second book in the For Those In Peril series, it focuses on a different set of characters to those in the first. However, the characters from these two books will be united when their storylines finally collide in the third book in the series. This is currently scheduled for release in the summer of 2015.

From the back of the book:

He was only in the city to meet an old friend, but within hours of his return, Ben’s running for his life …

As the world watches in horror, Miami falls to the infected, and with it America. Britain seals its borders hoping to prevent the newly mutated Haitian Rabies Virus reaching its shores, but it’s too late; somewhere in Glasgow is the man who started it all and coursing through his veins is the virus he accidentally created. When he finally turns, the city doesn’t stand a chance.

Minutes later, a small group of survivors find themselves trapped between the ever-increasing hordes of infected and the soldiers seeking to contain them. The roads are barricaded, the skies patrolled, and the only way out is the river which leads from the heart of the city to the safety of the sea.

Join Ben, Tom, Daz, Claire and Sophie as they flee from the infected, first by land, then by sea. Where will they go? How will they survive? Only time will tell.



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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 www.forthoseinperil.net 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.

And The Winners Of The ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor’ T Shirts Are …

28 Jun

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor T ShirtThanks to all of you who entered the competition I’ve been running over the last week to win one of the two ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor’ t shirts I have to give away.

The winners have now been selected at random from all the entries I received, and they’ve been emailed to get their mailing addresses so I can send their prizes to them.

They are:

1. James Semaj
2. Jc Loh

Well done to both of them, and commiserations to the rest of you who entered, but who weren’t so lucky.

If you didn’t win, and really want one of these t shirts, you can purchase them from the ForThoseInPeril.net online shop, along with t shirts featuring the other designs which I’ve put together. Alternatively, you can go straight to page for this design by clicking here for the US shop, and here for the UK shop.

While I’m on the subject of competitions, I’ll be starting another one tomorrow, this time to win advanced copies of my upcoming book The Outbreak. This will give the opportunity for two of you to read it before its official launch on the 21st of July 2104 (subject to the postal service delivering them in time!).

Interested? Then watch this space because the competition will only be open for entries for a short period of time.


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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 www.forthoseinperil.net 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.

Giveaway: ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor’ T Shirt

22 Jun

Please Note: This competition is now closed. To find out who won, click here.

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor T ShirtThis weekend saw the 7th International T Shirt Day, and to mark this, I’m giving away two t shirts featuring one of the quirky zombie-based designs I’ve been working on over the last couple of months.

These t shirts are black with a white design consisting of a gun sight trained on an approaching zombie (with a head shot lined up, naturally) surrounded by the text ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor’.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these t shirts, simply fill in the form below. There’s no question to answer, and I’ll ship the prizes to anywhere in the world. However, you will have to tell me what size you’d want, and whether you’d want a men’s or women’s t shirt. The competition will be open until the 28th of June 2014, and two winners will be selected at random from all the entries I receive by that date. Once the winners have been selected, I’ll contact them by email to request a mailing address to allow me to send them their prize.

If you want to check out the full range of zombie-based t shirt designs I’ve created, these are now available from the ForThoseInPeril.net shop by clicking here (if you are in the UK/Europe, you can visit the UK version of the shop here). The t shirts are available in men’s and women’s sizes (children’s sizes will be added soon), and there’s also a few other goodies, too, such as hoodies, mugs, tote bags and even baby grows, all featuring my designs.

In addition, as well as the zombie-based designs, this range of merchandise also includes ones with logos for my three books (For Those In Peril On The Sea, Zombies Can’t Swim And Other Tales of The Undead, and the upcoming, The Outbreak), so if you’ve read these books, you can now buy the t shirt!

Anyway, to have a chance of winning a ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor’ t shirt, just fill in the form below and hit the submit button.



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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 www.forthoseinperil.net 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.

Book Giveaway: Signed Copies Of ‘For Those In Peril On The Sea’ and ‘Zombies Can’t Swim And Other Tales Of The Undead’

13 Jan

To mark the start of 2014, I’m giving away three sets of signed copies of For Those In Peril On The Sea and my recently released anthology of short stories Zombies Can’t Swim And Other Tales Of The Undead.

To be in with a chance of winning a set of these two books, just answer (very simple!) provided below:

The competition will be open until the end of January 2014, and is open to anyone aged 16 or older, and resident in any country in the world. Three winners will be randomly selected after the closing date, and they will be contacted by email. After that, the results will be posted here.

In the meantime, having taken a couple of weeks break over Christmas and New Year, I’ll be back to posting on this blog on a regular basis in the near future. You will be glad to know that I’ve been putting this time off to good use and have been working away on the sequel to For Those In Peril On The Sea, and, after a trick start, it’s finally back on track to be published in the summer of 2014!



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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 www.forthoseinperil.net 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.

Reading The Skies – An Essential Post-Apocalyptic Survival Skill

29 Jul

How do you find out what the weather’s going to be like later today, or tomorrow, or even the day after that? Most likely you turn your TV over to the Weather Channel, go to your favourite weather site on the web or fire up a weather app on your smart phone. Yet, if (or should that be when?) civilisation collapses and you’re left fighting for you life against the zombies which now rule the land, none of these options will be available to you, and all you’ll have to rely on is your own weather forecasting skills. I know what you’re thinking: ‘If there’s zombies every where, why the hell am I going to need to know what the weather’s doing? I mean, I’m not exactly going to be throwing a barbecue and inviting the neighbours round, am I?

However, you couldn’t be more wrong. Sudden storms can bring down your defences if you’re not prepared for them, while high winds, heavy rain and unexpected frosts can damaged crops and food supplies. Lightening strikes can start bush fires and tornadoes destroy buildings. Snow storms and flash floods can trap you out in the open if they catch you unawares, while hurricanes can level whole cities (or whatever’s left of them!). All of this is on top of having to face the daily struggles to find enough food and avoid being eaten by the rampaging dead. Yet, the weather needn’t be a problem for you if you know what’s coming and can prepare for it ahead of time. It’s only when it catches you with your guard down that it’s dangerous.

So how can you tell what’s coming your way? The secret here is being able to read the skies and unlock the information they holds. Mostly this is about knowing what different cloud formations (or lack there of) mean.

Lenticular clouds, like these ones, can appear dramatic and can indicate that a weather front is coming.

Lenticular clouds, like these ones, can appear dramatic and can indicate that a weather front is coming. Photo copyright: C.M. Drysdale.

For example, dramatic cloud formations on the horizon can mean bad weather’s coming your way. In particular, keep an eye out for clouds, such as lenticular ones, which can indicate turbulence up in the sky and can indicated a front is coming, bringing with it rain, winds and cooler temperatures.

Small fluffy Stratus clouds high in the sky usually mean good settled weather.

Small fluffy Stratus clouds high in the sky usually mean good settled weather. Photo copyright: C.M. Drysdale.

While lenticular clouds indicate a turbulent atmosphere above your head, the high fluffy Stratus clouds indicate stability, and so mean good weather. When you see these clouds you know there is little you need to worry about, well apart from the fact the world has come to an end … the zombies of course!

Cumulus clouds develop as hot air rises and given enough time can develop into cumulonimbus, or thunder, clouds.

Cumulus clouds develop as hot air rises and given enough time can develop into cumulonimbus, or thunder, clouds. Photo copyright: C.M. Drysdale.

Then there’s the convection clouds. These are isolated cloud formations created by warm air rising up into the sky. They start out as little puffy balls, but given time, they can build, first into Cumulus and then Cumulonimbus clouds which can bring sudden, torrential rain, strong winds, thunder and lightning.

Tendrils of cloud reaching down from the base of thunder clouds towards the ground are the first signs that a tornado is one its way.

Tendrils of cloud reaching down from the base of thunderclouds towards the ground are the first signs that a tornado is one its way. Photo copyright: C.M. Drysdale.

If you see Cumulonimbus clouds forming in your vicinity, you’ll want to find shelter fast, but you still need to keep an eye on them. Why? Because given the right conditions, thunder clouds can turn into tornadoes, and given the damage tornadoes can do, you need to be able to tell if one is forming in the skies nearby. The key is to keep an eye out for little tendrils of cloud reaching down from the base of the cloud towards the ground. These are the first signs that a twister might be on its way. The next sign is when they start to develop into funnel clouds. If they do, that’s the time to get out of the way, and fast, because you don’t want to be anywhere near it when it touches down.

Vultures circling in the sky means death on the ground, and in a post-apocalyptic world, that can mean zombies too!

Vultures circling in the sky means death on the ground, and in a post-apocalyptic world, that can mean zombies too! Photo copyright: C.M. Drysdale.

Of course, there can be more information in the skies than just the weather. Vultures or other scavenging birds circling in the sky can indicate something’s wrong up ahead because there must be something dead to draw them together. And where there’s dead things, there’s probably zombies feasting, meaning the area is best avoided. Birds can also tell you other things too. Swallows fly closer to the ground when rain is on its way, while a flock of birds suddenly bursting into the air en masse means something’s startled them, and that may well mean undead are approaching.

Contrails streaking across blue cloudless skies can give hope because it means someone somewhere is doing better than you are, and that help might one day be on its way.

Contrails streaking across blue cloudless skies can give hope because it means someone somewhere is doing better than you are, and that help might one day be on its way. Photo copyright: C.M. Drysdale.

Then there’s the signs of hope that can be up there in the skies above our heads. Think about one of the key moments in 28 Days Later, where Jim spots a plane leaving its characteristic contrail streaking across the sky above the trees. Whenever I see this now, I always think post-apocalyptic thoughts and wonder how I’d cope if the rage virus really did exist.

So hopefully this has shown you that being able to read the skies is an important skill to have in your post-apocalyptic survival tool kit and, with that in mind, here’s a challenge for you. Below is a photo of a real sky where something dramatic has clearly happened. I took in the 1990s on Tilloo Cay in the Bahamas, looking west towards Florida.

I’ll give a free, signed copy of my book For Those In Peril On The Sea and a limited edition For Those In Peril On The Sea promotional coffee mug to one person who correctly identifies what the photo below tells you about what happened here. If I get more than one right answer, I’ll randomly select a winner from all those who get it right. This competition will be open until next Monday (the 5th of August 2013) and I’ll post the winner, and more importantly the answer, as soon as I can after that. To enter, just fill out the form below the picture itself.

What's going on in the sky  here? If you think you know, fill in the form below and you could win a signed copy of 'For Those In Peril On The Sea'.

What’s going on in the sky here? If you think you know, fill in the form below and you could win a signed copy of ‘For Those In Peril On The Sea’. Photo copyright: C.M. Drysdale.

All pictures in this post are copyright Colin M. Drysdale. Please do not use them for any purpose without express written permission.


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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 www.forthoseinperil.net 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.

May Book Giveaway: Winners Announced

11 May

To mark the 5,000th visitor to this blog since I started it at the end of 2012 as well as my 100th post, I ran a competition to win five signed coped of the first edition of my post-apocalyptic thriller For Those In Peril On The Sea.

Having been running for two weeks, this competition ended today. The correct answer to the question ‘Where is For Those In Peril On The Sea primarily set?’ was ‘the Northern Bahamas’. One hundred and ninety-two of the people who entered got this answer right.

I’m pleased to say that the five randomly selected winners are:

1. Tracey Peach
2. Mark Palmer
3. Karen Barrett
4. Michelle Williams
5. Sarah Parker

I’ve emailed the winners with details of how they can collect their prize.

So congratulations to the five winners and thanks to everyone who entered. If you weren’t lucky enough to be a winner, you can purchase For Those In Peril On The Sea from Amazon as either a paperback or as a Kindle ebook using the links on the right-hand side of this page.

For Those In Peril On The Sea

For Those In Peril On The Sea available from http://www.amazon.com/For-Those-Peril-The-ebook/dp/B00BRLF8PS/

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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 www.forthoseinperil.net 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.

Book Giveaway: Win A Signed Copy Of ‘For Those In Peril On The Sea’

27 Apr

***UPDATE 11th May 2013: This competition has now closed. You can find details of the winners here***

To mark the 5,000th visitor to this blog since I started it at the end of 2012 as well as my 100th post (two landmarks that passed this week), I’m giving away five signed copies of the first edition of my post-apocalyptic thriller For Those In Peril On The Sea in a contest I’m running over the next two weeks. There’s no restrictions on where you live (although since the prizes will be mailed from the UK it may take some time to reach you) and if you wish you can choose to have your prize as a Kindle ebook rather than the first edition – but obviously ebooks will not be signed.

Apologies to any younger readers of this blog but have to be 16 or over to enter. Only one entry per person is allowed. While you’re required to enter your email address, this is only so I can get in touch with you if you win. You will receive no other emails and I’ll not store you email address anywhere once the competition is over.

To enter, simply visit the Amazon listing page of For Those In Peril On The Sea and answer the question below (only entries submitted using the form provided will be accepted).

Five names will be randomly selected from all the correct answers that reach me by the 15:00 BST on the 10th of May 2013 – that’s two weeks today (any entries received after that will be deleted). I’ll contact the winners by email to arrange delivery as soon as they are selected and will post the names of the winners here shortly after.

So here’s the question:



For Those In Peril On The Sea

For Those In Peril On The Sea available from http://www.amazon.com/For-Those-Peril-The-ebook/dp/B00BRLF8PS/




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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 www.forthoseinperil.net 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.