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StoryBundle is proud to present the Holiday Gift Bundle, which features eight books in a multitude of flavors. The titles showcased in the bundle represent genres such as traditional fantasy, medical thriller, non-fiction, supernatural horror, murder mystery, urban fantasy, historical adventure and even zombie humor, which makes it the perfect gift for every kind of reader (including yourself)!
The lineup consists of quality indie authors along with some New York Times bestsellers, and includes:
- On the Riverside of Promise by Vasileios Kalampakas
- Unsettling May Have Occurred by The Editors of Damn Interesting
- Hunting in Hell by Maria Violante
- The Select by F. Paul Wilson
- The Hour Before Dark by Douglas Clegg
- The Disciple, Part I by L. Blankenship
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $8, you get two bonus books, which are:
- The Halo Effect by M.J. Rose
- Zombies of the World by Ross Payton
In addition to just getting the digital version of Zombies of the World, people who qualify for the bonus books also get coupons for 20% off a print copy of the book, and 10% off a poster combo pack! We’re also proud to feature the exclusive debut of Damn Interesting’s Unsettling May Have Occurred – Occasionally Uncomfortable Obscure True Stories from History.
Ross Payton’s new book, ZOMBIES OF THE WORLD: A Field Guide to the Undead, was named Best Humor Book in the 24th annual Benjamin Franklin Awards at a ceremony in New York on June 4. Named in honor of America’s most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognize excellence in independent publishing.
Presented by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the largest not-for-profit trade association representing independent book publishers, the awards are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. Awards are given in 54 categories. More than 1,300 entries were submitted to the competition.
“For my book to be named the humor book of the year by seasoned, knowledgeable professionals in all areas of book publishing is a great honor,” Ross Payton said. “I’m very excited and encouraged, as this is a very competitive contest.”
This is not the first or only award for Zombies of the World. Payton’s opus was a finalist in IBPA’s Bill Fisher Awards, Best First Book category. ZOTW also received a silver medal in the Independent Publishers (IPPY) Book Award in the Graphic Novel/Drawn Book–Humor/Cartoon category. In the IPPY competition, out of 3,200 entries from 44 states and 11 countries, only 372 medals were awarded.
Zombies of the World has garnered high praise and excellent reviews for its imaginative concept, sophisticated design and remarkable artwork. Reviewers at The Zed Word described it as sharply written, wonderfully illustrated and designed, mercifully concise, and deeply influenced by zombie culture. And most important of all: it’s really fun to read.
However, just because the book promotes a tongue-in-cheek perspective, doesn’t mean that some pretty nasty pieces of work aren’t touched upon as well like the Talking Zombie, or Mortifera Immortalis Trioxin, who “is considered the most dangerous species of undead in the world” (p. 52). This may be because they “are highly aggressive predators who actively seek to eat the brains of humans, claiming that it eases the pain of being undead” (p. 52).
I’ve written a new short story and released it as an ebook. It’s on Amazon and will be available for sale here and on Smashwords shortly. It focuses on one species of zombie in Afghanistan. Find out more:
“The outbreak of the undead in Afghanistan in 2007 shortly after a skirmish between the U.S. Army and the Taliban caused an international outcry. A village with a secret became the latest battlefield in the War on Terror. No one could predict how that battle would transform the world.
Some charged that the military deliberately weaponized zombies, a war crime. Others thought the Army didn’t do enough to stop the outbreak. Rumors abound of the Taliban trying to make the undead into a new terrorist weapon. Today, hordes of the undead roam the region, threatening to destabilize every government in the region. You be the judge. Find out what really happened in this leaked interview with a eyewitness to the outbreak.” – Buy it now!
I was recently interviewed by blogger Kiona Strickland about Zombies of the World. You can read it at The Examiner or the extended interview on her site. It was a fun interview and as you can tell I can talk about zombies all day long!
Zombies of the World is a relief from everything that’s wrong with most zombie guides. Unlike many other guides that are tedious and dry attempts to cash in on the undead, Zombies of the World is sharply written, wonderfully illustrated and designed, mercifully concise, and deeply influenced by zombie culture. And most important of all: it’s really fun to read.