Book: Zombie Mage by Jonathan J. Drakecategories: Book, Mage, Magic, Zombie Mage, Fantasy, Horror, Cult, Cosmos, Timetravel, Death, Black Humour, Zombie
Jonathan J. Drakeabout this book: Olligh Selthnik finds himself in a terrible predicament when he wakes up to find himself dumped in a pit of corpses with his mouth stitched together and his memory failing.
Our putrescent hero's immediate goal is to try to find out who he is and what's happened to him whilst also trying to survive encounters in his hideous, gaunt form. The more he finds out about himself, the more desperate and unusual his situation becomes.
Because of the dire situation Olligh is experiencing and the focus to learn more about himself, the beginning of the book was the most difficult part to write. Being whisked by the cosmos from place to place while trying to unravel clues about his past, I wanted the reader to feel some of Olligh's frustrations which I think I've successfully achieved.
Because of the dark nature of the story and the ghastly, noisome surroundings and experiences Olligh faces, I decided to introduce a bit of light relief by reinforcing the back-story between Olligh and his loving wife who is also in a similar situation to himself. This, along with the black humour, offers much-needed relief from the stench of the rotting corpses and the drab scenery of decomposition.
Zombie Mage was my first book branching into the combined horror/fantasy genre. It has just recently (July 2017) won a Silver Literary Titan book award which was a wonderful surprise and has convinced me to begin work on Zombie Mage 2 which continues Olligh's adventures after the unusual ending.
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