Stop what you’re doing, and go and buy this book right now. Buy it, read it, love it.
I hear a few of you asking, “What the hell are you babbling about, Ward?”
It’s possible that a few of you reading this are acquainted with HG World. For those who aren’t: It’s an audio drama series created and written by Jay Smith and chronicling the lives (and deaths, and undeaths) of various people caught up in a zombie apocalypse. Since 2009, Smith and a talented troupe of voice actors and behind-the-scenes folks have created two seasons’ worth of zombie goodness, making the product of their loving labor freely available to anyone who cares to stick it in their ears. For good reason, the series is a winner of the prestigious Parsec Award.
As the saga of HG World continues to unfold, Jay wrote a spinoff audio story, The Diary of Jill Woodbine, read by voice actor Veronica Giguere. The tale centers around young Jill Woodbine, a journalist who has managed to make her way to a “relocation center,” which formerly was a home improvement big box store, HG World, and offers a new perspective on the plotlines unfolding within the episodes of the “main” show.
You know what? The story kicks ass. It’s a great listen. If you’re a fan of zombie apocalypse stories, you know there’s a lot of material out there, of varying quality. Jay’s stories are definitely among the better offerings you’re liable to find, and Jill Woodbine is some of the best material he’s written for his own series.
Jay’s taken Jill’s story and transformed it from its audio roots into a novel. While I enjoy listening to Jay’s scripts come to life through the power of the spoken word, I have to say that I absolutely relished the chance to read his prose. Now you can, too. If you’re of a mind to do so, check out the preview of Jay’s Jill Woodbine novel, and if you like what you read, consider buying the e-Book and supporting a talented author.
Give it a look, zombie fans. You’ll dig it.