The Space Cantina – A thank you to DGS and creating a zombie horror world of my own?

SpaceCantina_HeaderOver the past few months I’ve had a lot of fun creating Dark Winter, a novel set in the world of H1Z1. H1Z1, as you know, is owned and run by Daybreak Game Studios (formerly Sony Online Entertainment). Daybreak has been very good to me, going so far as to write an article about my story. I was flattered and amazed that this company, a company who I’ve followed and enjoyed since my days as a struggling wizard in EverQuest 1, would pay this little project any kind of attention. It was simply phenomenal. A dream come true.

And then you guys started reading it too.

Book One saw a couple hundred viewers each time a new chapter went up, a number I was blown away by. Hundreds of people wanted to read my stories. Wow. Holy shit. I had readers!

I’ve always wanted to be an author. I’ve been working on several novels and have had several short stories published in the past. I currently have a steampunk novella out for publication and if that sees any fruit, I’ll be sharing that news here.

But all of this got me thinking about doing a zombie apocalypse novel of my own. If a couple hundred people really enjoy Dark Winter, maybe they’d like to read about another world as well?


It’s safe to say a good deal of my readers come because they like H1Z1 but I also like to think they enjoy my writing. I have so many stories yet to tell long after Katie and Lindsay’s journey comes to an end. And it will come to an end in Book 2.

So what happens then? Well I could go back to working on other things, lurk about on the H1Z1 reddit like I always do (that will never change), or start telling some of those stories.

I have a few ideas about other worlds I’d like to write about. The most obvious is a very H1Z1-ish world where a virus has taken hold and destroyed civilization. Those stories are very common, and also very popular. I love them and have read many, many versions. Despite their shared concept, each story is unique, each apocalypse different.

Another concept I had was putting an apocalypse into a medieval setting. What happens when the walking dead, when the whole world, begins to die where your most advanced weaponry is a bow or longsword? Communication is very poor and a plague like that could spread unchecked for years. It opens up a great deal of ideas. What if the black death was a zombie plague? The End of Days feels a lot more powerful to people of that time period when men and women still feared the darkness.

Or perhaps there are other fantasy concepts out there? There is a setting I’ve mulled about in my mind for years. It has a little magic, a little deception and a whole lot of epic adventure against a dying world. Storms ravage the skies, the dead walk in the dark places and a dreaded queen holds the whole world in her grasp. They call her the Witch Queen in whispered conversation for she lives long past when a mortal should die.

And still others. What if a plague broke out on Europa, a far reaching colony in space? What if they were abandoned by Earth to their fate, not even worth a nuke for a quick death?

I have a lot of ideas and I’d love to tell them all. If anyone has any thoughts or want to voice an interest, let me know in the comments.

Don’t worry, Dark Winter will go on until its done. I have no plans to stop it before the end.


2 responses to “The Space Cantina – A thank you to DGS and creating a zombie horror world of my own?

  1. I’ll admit, I only found this blog due to the H1Z1 link. But the strength of your character writing keeps bringing me back. Katie and Lindsay feel like real people, and we are lucky enough to see what they’re going through – specifically, how they react to trying times, which is what makes the best fiction (IMO).

    As to your own worlds, all I can say is – go for it. It may not be everyone’s taste, but it’s better to have it out there than to wonder later “Maybe I should have done X”. I don’t know how much ‘research’ you’ve done on this story, but most of the details you mention are spot on (nitpicky exception I’ve seen being the FN-SCAR – the 16S and 17S are legal for civilian ownership, the H and L are select-fire). I’d love to see how you treat an apocalypse of your own, whether modern or medieval.

    I also really enjoyed the Star Wars short story you’ve got in the sidebar – but if you want to get into fantasy stuff, I think the market is a bit oversaturated, and most examples seem to be spending too much time distinguishing themselves from others.

    • You bring up some good points about the Fantasy Genre, though it is the largest by far, SciFi and fantasy trade off every few decades.

      I don’t have any solid plans yet but I’d like to for sure. The Zombie Survival genre is pretty saturated too, yet it seems to keep going strong. It’s the idea of having a good, solid idea, marrying it with a genre and running.

      I do a lot of research actually. The fact I’ve missed the details about the SCAR annoy me, but that is literally the ONE gun I did only a cursory glance at. That’ll show me.

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