Though Space Zombies! did not win in it’s genre category of the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, it scored very, very well and got some terrific notes from the Judge reviewing it! Self-published books are scored according to the criteria below from 1-5 (1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”)
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 5
“As a science fiction B-movie fan, I was excited to read a novel version of a zombie film. Space Zombies! did not disappoint me. Now I want to see the movie. I found Macaulay’s story hilarious. What isn’t campy and over-the-top about it? Everything lives up to what science fiction B-movie aficionados will easily recognize as the glory of the ludicrous. The premise, characters and parts of speech are all genuine ‘camp’: “He withdrew a weird ray-gun thingy from under his long, black cloak” (24). I adored the way the humans never noticed a zombie clumping around, making obvious noise, until it was too late. It is so entertaining that the zombies want to merge with the superior cat species and not even waste time eating human brains, however delectable they may be. Ju-jube has convincing cat thoughts and the pussy jokes are exactly where they should be. I loved the impending end of civilization symbolized in the clash of the giant toad and the giant starfish. From the cover art of the book showing a “12 cents” price and all the wonderful elements of campy art on both back and front, I truly found this book to be brilliant. It should be sold in every joke and trinket shop on America’s coastlines, preferably with an option to buy the DVD at the same time. . .” – Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
The Judge also went on to make some recommendations, mostly regarding formatting.
Such terrific news! I hope I’ll be able to enter Space Zombies! in other similar competitions and maybe start getting it into some of those “joke and trinket shops on America’s (and Canada’s) coastlines”!