Dar ren Shan re­acts!

The Writ­ing Dead judge shares his thoughts on the in­au­gu­ral com­pe­ti­tion’s en­tries...

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“I wasn’t look­ing for­ward to read­ing the win­ning en­tries the last time we did this. I was wor­ried that the stan­dard might be low, and that I’d have to fake en­thu­si­asm. So I sat down to read the five short­listed en­trants with a heavy heart… but it was much lighter by the time I’d fin­ished! All five were ex­cel­lent short sto­ries, any one of which would have been a wor­thy win­ner. I ac­tu­ally had a tough time choos­ing, and had to read them all through a cou­ple of times be­fore I could trim them down to a sin­gle cham­pion. In the end, I was glad I got to read the sto­ries, and hon­estly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence, so I had no hes­i­ta­tion in agree­ing to be a judge again. I can’t wait to see what wickedly twisted treats you guys come up with this time! You can go com­pletely over the top if you wish – many great zom­bie tales do – but you might want to bear in mind that the most mem­o­rable sto­ries are those that add a lit­tle some­thing new and un­ex­pected to the genre, not just bucket- loads of gore and de- skulled brains…”

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