post by Barry Napier, winner of the Write a Dead Man Novella contest. Part horror and part action, the short novels in The Dead Man series
follow Matt Cahill, an everyday man, as he battles people infected by a
mysterious, violent evil.
If I’m being honest, I
had only read one and a half Dead Manbooks before
entering the contest. But that first book, Face of Evil,
is a great kick-off for the series and gives a clear idea of where the series
is headed. A sucker for a good series
(as both a reader and a writer), I drafted up my sample chapter, strung a
synopsis together, and entered the Write A Dead Man Novel contest.
The concept of books
that have the interconnectivity of a good drama TV show has always appealed to
me, so needless to say, when I got a phone call delivering the staggering news
that I had won the contest, I was floored.
I was stopped at a red
light on a Thursday afternoon at a busy intersection with my family. As a
mini-meltdown from my son in the back seat rose to a thundering level, my phone
“Hi,” comes an unfamiliar voice on the other
end. “This is Lee Goldberg and I’m calling to let you know that you’ve won the
Write a Dead Man contest!”
I paused for a minute.
My son kept screaming. With the look of shock on my face, I think my wife must
have thought there was bad news on the other end.
“Oh, hi,” I said rather
For the next thirty
seconds, Lee went through some details, most of which I only caught fragments
of. Feeling like an idiot, I could
hardly speak when he was done. The light turned green. A
good thing, too; it’s likely the only thing that unfroze me from the amazing
news that I had yet to digest.
Even now, as I tinker
with a tentative outline, it hasn’t sunk in yet. There is something that I’m
drawn to in the episodic layout of the Dead Manbooks. They have
quick gut punch plot points that promise something much larger in scale while
also delivering extensive character development and fresh ideas.
As I plan out this
book, I am trying to not only respect and follow the mythology that has already
been developed, but to build upon it with my own twists. I am honored to be a
part of this great series and look forward to placing Matt Cahill in some