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Matt Hiebert
Book of Days
Matt Hiebert, author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

When his village is overrun by the undead, Jesse must flee into the wilderness armed only with his wits…and an old M-16 assault rifle. After rescuing a woman who is about to give birth at any moment, he learns she is burdened with a secret that could change the world. In a land overrun with zombies, bandits, militiamen, and hideous, fanged creatures called “smilers,” the duo’s greatest threat is the father of the woman’s unborn child: a thinking, speaking zombie known as… Doctor Vampire.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


Plot/Idea: The author has created an intricately detailed, complex world and an exciting and rich plot. The storyline carries the reader along as the plot progresses. In this kill-or-die world, weapons are critical, and the planting of multiple clues throughout the book helps track the worldbuilding.

Prose: The author is an extremely talented writer demonstrating deft skill with description, action, and dialogue.

Originality: Despite the strong "Walking Dead" flavor to this work, the author is able to make this story stand on its own, with a distinctive plot and characters.

Character Development/Execution: The author does a fine job with characterization, particularly with the 13-year-old Jesse, whose narrative informs the work.

Date Submitted: July 04, 2022