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Ryan Colley - Horror, Zombie, Apocalypse Author

About Ryan Colley

I always enjoyed reading fictional worlds, but creating my own was always my passion. My Year 8 English teacher told me I should pursue writing after a short story I had written for a school project. I don't know where my love of zombies come from, but it just happened, and now it is my life.

Things changed and life moved on, but even while I was graduating from my Bachelors and Masters in Psychology, I still wrote stories and I still loved doing it. Writing is my passion, and everything else I do is a means for me to carry on with that passion.

I'm also prepared to move to a secure location at a zombie's notice ... If you've gotten this far, please leave me a review and message me; I love hearing what people think!

For my website:
www.AmongTheDead.co.uk

Question Time

What Genre do you write it?

Apocalyptic Horror, but I do love writing Lovecraftian Horror

Information about your book

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Among The Dead follows the young, self-proclaimed hero Sam as he leaves his family and the quarantined safety of his city: Bristol. He is searching for the love of his life, Alice, who he lost contact with. He doesn’t even know if she is alive but he has to believe everything will be fine.

The world was barely ending, yet it was already falling apart. The citizens of England are under a martial law, the Government acted like nothing was wrong, violence spread among the cities, and the dead were walking.

This book series will have a lot of content which could be considered "distressing" to some. It will use tropes associated with apocalypse fiction, including violence and abuse on physical and mental level. This will not be the case for every book but, as a series in general, it deals with some very dark themes. Please be aware of this before buying it.

Book title and description?

Among the Dead. A British ZomPoc that follows wannabe hero Sam as he leaves the safety of his quarantined city to find his missing girlfriend. Not all the monsters he faces are undead.

Where did you get the idea for the story?

After reading a few bad novels, I felt I could do better. They started as short stories and just kept growing. When I realised I wouldn't be able to tell my tale in 10 pages, Among the Dead was born.

Where did you get the idea for the characters?

I worked in retail for 9 years. No one is a carbon copy of someone I met, but personality traits are taken from them to build interesting people.

What are you working on next?

I'm going to continue the Among the Dead series, but I also love writing short stories for anthologies.

Plus, I had some Eldritch tales in the future too.

What're your favorite books in the apocalyptic horror genre?

1. Zombie Fallout (Mark Tufo)

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It was a flu season like no other. With fears of contracting the H1N1 virus running rampant throughout the country, people lined up in droves to try an attain one of the coveted vaccines. What was not known, was the effect this largely untested, rushed to market, inoculation was to have on the unsuspecting throngs. Within days, feverish folk throughout the country, convulsed, collapsed and died, only to be re-born. With a taste for brains, blood and bodies, these modern day zombies scoured the lands for their next meal. Overnight the country became a killing ground for the hordes of zombies that ravaged the land.

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family and his friends. This is their story a band of ordinary people just trying to get by in these extra-ordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for.

Review

New York Post (Headlines October 31st) – Beware! Children Carry Germs! – Halloween Canceled!

New York Times – (Headlines November 3rd) – Swine flu claims latest victim – Vice President surrounded by family and friends at the end.

Boston Globe – (Headlines November 28th) – Swine Flu Vaccinations Coming!

Boston Herald – (Headlines December 6th) – Shots in Short Supply – Lines Long!

National Enquirer – (Headlines December 7th) – The Dead Walk!

2. The Undead (R.R. Haywood)

THE UNDEAD SERIES
Gritty, harrowing and a truly page turning experience that will make you laugh out loud and weep tears of sorrow. Become immersed in the incredible detail of society and civilisation falling apart and feel the emotions of the characters as they adapt to this new world.

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My name is Howie. I was named after my father Howard, but it became too confusing to have two Howards, so I became Howie. I am 27 years old and I work as a night's manager in a supermarket.
I will tell you what happened...

The undead have risen. Within hours all communication has gone and a frantic struggle for survival begins.

Day One: Friday: the world falls apart. A zombie infestation is ravaging Europe. Howie is at home and quickly has to learn this new world as he battles through hordes of undead, desperately trying to reach his family...The Undead Day One, a thrilling new series of zombie horror

Review

"5 stars isn't enough! Far and away the best zombie series around!"
"This is a sure-fire, cult hit of a series"
“One of the best series out there and one of the best authors of this genre - totally gripping and will have you at the edge of your seat.”
“each and every book will leave you begging for the next one.”

3. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

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A searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
National Book Critic's Circle Award Finalist

New York Times Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year
The Boston GlobeThe Christian Science MonitorThe Denver PostThe Kansas City StarLos Angeles TimesNew YorkPeopleRocky Mountain NewsTimeThe Village VoiceThe Washington Post

4. Positive (David Wellington)

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In the bestselling vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin, the acclaimed author of Chimera and The Hydra Protocol delivers his spectacular breakout novel—an entertaining page-turning zombie epic that is sure to become a classic.

Anyone can be positive . . .

The tattooed plus sign on Finnegan's hand marks him as a Positive. At any time, the zombie virus could explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster. His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the potential incubation period. If he reaches his twenty-first birthday without an incident, he'll be cleared.

Until then, Finn must go to a special facility for positives, segregated from society to keep the healthy population safe. But when the military caravan transporting him is attacked, Finn becomes separated. To make it to safety, he must embark on a perilous cross-country journey across an America transformed—a dark and dangerous land populated with heroes, villains, madmen, and hordes of zombies. And though the zombies are everywhere, Finn discovers that the real danger may be his fellow humans.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome meets World War Z and I Am Legend in this thrilling tale that has it all: a compelling story, great characters, and explosive action, making Positive the ultimate zombie novel of our time.

5. World War Z (Max Brooks)

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The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

What're your favorite movies in the apocalyptic horror genre?

1. 28 Days Later

2. Dawn of the Dead (1978 and 2004)

3. Shaun of the Dead

4. Threads

5. I Am A Hero

What's your favorite TV show in the apocalyptic horror genre?

1. Black Summer

2. The Walking Dead

3. The Rain

4. Van Helsing

5. Survivors

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The story follows twenty-three-year-old Sam who leaves the safety of his family, and quarantined city of Bristol, to find Alice - the love of his life. On his journey, Sam realises that even self-proclaimed heroes have to commit horrible crimes to do the right thing. The question lingers, what is the right thing?

Check out more about Ryan on his Amazon Author Page.



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