The Writing Dead 2
After the phenomenal success of the first Writing Dead zombie short story competition, we’ve teamed up with Simon & Schuster and Zom- B author Darren Shan again for a follow- up. This time we upped the ante a bit – as before, the stories had to be about zombies and couldn’t exceed 1,500 words, but as an extra challenge, every story had to include Christmas tree lights as a prop, and a zombie in a Santa outfit.
Loads of you entered again, with stories ranging from the downright scary to the screwball and weird. The SFX team read them all before handing a shortlist of five over to Darren for the final judging. He picked “The Big Guy” by Emma Woodcock. “All of the stories were well written, but this one tugged at my heartstrings,” says Darren. “It masterfully pulled me in, intriguing me with its mysterious opening, before gradually revealing what is truly happening, and leaving me with a sense of great pity for the main character by the end. It’s very difficult to do all that in such a short story, to pack in true surprise and emotion, so as strong as the other entries were, this was the clear stand- out for me. I’ll never think of the Big Guy in quite the same way again…”
Emma wins a signed set of nine Zom- B books, as published by Simon & Schuster, a freaky
Zom- B Baby statue, and the honour of having her story printed here. The four other shortlisted story writers will each receive a signed set of books. Zom- B: Bride, the latest story in the saga, is on sale now.
Dar ren Shan.