Zombie Author Ray WallaceRay Wallace is the author of the One Way Out zombie books:
"The Twenty-Three Second Anomaly" appears in The Zombie Feed: Volume 1
"Showdown in Zombie Town" appears the collection Letting the Demons Out
"Zombie Apocalypse: The Obvious Choice" in Zombie Writing
About Ray WallaceRay Wallace lives in the Tampa, Florida area. He became an avid reader while in his teens. Soon, he developed a love for the horror genre. It wasn't until he was 30 that he began to publish his own stories. He's been taking his writing seriously (as he puts it) for the past ten years.
He's been influenced by many great writers, including Frank Herbert, Stephen King, and H.P. Lovecraft. One author in particular has had a strong influence on Ray Wallace's stories:
"I'd have to say Joe Lansdale (one of my all time favorite writers) has had a large influence on the stories I create. Many of his own stories, though dark, have had a touch of humor to them which I've tried to emulate (in my own unique way, of course) on a number of occasions. I like to have fun while I'm writing and want people to have fun reading my work. Also, I think humor works well with horror, can be used to offset much of the violence and gore and, on occasion, make it that much more effective. What better time to shock shock the reader than right after making him/her laugh?"Ray Wallace has been published by major houses and smaller presses. He's also done some self-publishing. He suggests that new authors should keep things simple, and never lose sight of the enjoyment in writing:
"Keep it fun. Write stories that you would want to read. Don't try to think too much about your audience. Just write the best damn story that you can. And if it's any good it will find an audience."
Keep it fun. Write stories that you would want to read. Don't try to think too much about your audience. Just write the best damn story that you can. And if it's any good it will find an audience. - See more at: http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-conversation-with-ray-wallace.html#sthash.7wjFCNhW.dpufWallace maintains a website at Ray Wallace Fiction. He also writes reviews for chizine.com.
Keep it fun. Write stories that you would want to read. Don't try to think too much about your audience. Just write the best damn story that you can. And if it's any good it will find an audience. - See more at: http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-conversation-with-ray-wallace.html#sthash.7wjFCNhW.dpuf
What Makes Ray Wallace Unique?
"I started with a few short stories, feeling a need to explore the world of the undead like so many other horror writers before me. Then, a few years back, I wanted to write a Choose Your Own Adventure style book that put the reader in the middle of a horror environment. It seemed like a no-brainer, so to speak, to set it during a zombie outbreak. I had an idea where only one ending would lead to the reader's survival. Thus the One Way Out concept was born."At each decision point, readers may make a choice that leads to a gruesome death from zombies or other unsavory characters. Since there's only one way to survive, death is the most likely outcome of any decision. Several readers found the development of story, wit, and ironic humor so amusing, they didn't even mind each negative outcome. One reviewer commented:
"After awhile I got used to dying and looked forward to my next death, and then out of no where, I made it out! Wallace's fast-paced writing style, dry wit and vivid imagination make for a novel that is highly entertaining. And this is not a novel just for horror junkies either. Anyone who has an appreciation for cleverly-crafted, well-told stories will enjoy this book."Wallace is already at work on the third book in the series. It seems likely that many more readers will enjoy the adventures- whether they survive them or not.
Ray Wallace: Five Descriptive Links
- Julianne Snow interviews Ray Wallace
- Ray Wallace converses with Dan O'Brien
- Flames Rising talks with Ray Wallace
- Review of Escape from Zombie City by Shroud Magazine
- Moonlight Gleam has a guest post by Ray Wallace