I write and produce an online audio horror series called HG World.
About three years ago, production on the show slowed down for various reasons (we’re an all-volunteer show and the fleet only travels as fast as its slowest vessel) and I set out to fill the gap by writing a story that wove through the main narrative, choosing to cast one actor to voice the story to streamline production.
That story was called The Diary of Jill Woodbine. (Technically, “HG World presents…” but, hey, semantics.)
Jill Woodbine is a young college student who finds herself in the middle of a mass exodus as the walking dead pour out of our decimated cities in search of fresh meat. Her flight takes her to a house and garden warehouse store (HG World) which has been converted into a temporary shelter for refugees.
As that temporary situation grows into something that feels permanent, Jill begins to investigate her surroundings, its leaders, and its growing culture of denial and power struggles. What she finds may uncover some dark secrets leading back to the start of the zombie apocalypse.
Along the way, Jill chronicles the heroism and cruelty of her fellow survivors and explores her obsession with the beautiful and mysterious ‘Red Molly.’
John S Drew writes:“The writing is sharp. The ideas of thought provoking and I found it hard to wait in between releases of chapters of the original audio release. You’ll find it hard to put down your Kindle once you start reading this.”
William R Herr says: “Jay [Smith] has written a book which takes the reader through an emotional slug-fest, and leaves them ready for more. Jill’s observations are opinionated, often crude, and brutally honest; yet her diary is, in its own way, a breath of innocence.”
Voiced by the wonderful, talented, and awesome Veronica Giguere, the original podionovel consists of 27 chapters, and a lot of weird craziness and was a finalist for the 2013 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Story (small cast): Long Form. The series upon which it is based won the 2011 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama.
The Kindle Edition, published in June of this year, spent a week as Amazon’s #1 Kindle book in the Horror>Gay & Lesbian category and frequently appears in the Top 100 of Female Sleuth books.
THIS WEEKEND ONLY, you can have your own copy of the novel The Diary of Jill Woodbine for FREE. The Kindle version, normally priced at $4.99 is FREE this weekend as thanks for making 2014 an awesome year for me.
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