December 20, 2013

Zombies Can't Swim

A Short Story Collection: Zombies Can't Swim

A flash fiction story from this blog is now included in a complete zombie fiction collection. Zombies Can't Swim is a new story collection by Colin M. Drysdale.

Drysdale is the author of For Those in Peril on the Sea and the originator of the Maths With Zombies website.

His 55-word story  "Leaving" first appeared on this blog in March of 2013.  It was always one of my favorites.

Zombie Flash Fiction: "Leaving"


I move from the barricaded windows back towards our bed and kiss her as she sleeps.
I’ve loved her for as long as I can remember but now I’m abandoning her when she needs me most.
I look down again at the now-festering bite mark on my arm. How could I have been so careless?

Zombies Can't Swim

Now that flash fiction piece has become a part of a new collection of short stories called  Zombies Can't Swim. As the book-blurb explains:
Zombies Can’t Swim is a collection of stories written by Colin M. Drysdale whose debut novel, For Those In Peril On The Sea, was released in 2013 to much acclaim. 
In this anthology, he explores a variety of zombie and post-apocalyptic related themes in tales ranging from ones short enough to fit in a Twitter posting, through flash fiction to full length short stories. 
Not all the stories in Zombies Can't Swim take place in the water. Drysdale says
"They take their inspiration from subjects as disparate as the real life mystery of Flannan Isle through dilemmas you may face in a zombie apocalypse to why you shouldn’t try waiting up for Santa Claus."

Maths With Zombies

As a sideline, Colin M. Drysdale also maintains a website called Maths With Zombies. The site uses zombie -based scenarios to create story problems with a more interesting background than those often found in textbooks. It's possible that site will grow into a book. In the meantime, readers can view the story problems as they are added to the Maths With Zombies blog.

Colin M. Drysdale

Drysdale is a marine biologist whose zombie fiction links the traditional zombie stories with the sea. Zombie fiction isn't his only line of work.
"Colin M. Drysdale is a marine biologist and author. Under his real name, he has published numerous academic papers and articles, as well as writing a number of technical books. However, when writing fiction, he has chosen to write under the pseudonym Colin M. Drysdale to distinguish between these two very different areas of his written work."
Drysdale has also contributed an article for this blog about the advantages of living on the water in a zombie apocalypse "When Zombies Rule the Land, Take to the Water."

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