Zombie Horror Novel Written on BlackBerry by CrackBerry member sees release (stars me as the Michaluk virus...woohoo!)

The Becoming: OUTBREAK
By Kevin Michaluk on 27 Jan 2011 12:28 pm EST

Writing a novel is no easy task. For most people it's too daunting to even think about starting, never mind finishing. But how about writing a novel on your BlackBerry? Pure craziness in my opinion, but that's exactly what CrackBerry member Jessica Meigs (a_silent_song) did. She recently released her first novella in a five-part series, called The Becoming: Outbreak. 

The novel features a group of friends as they fight to survive the outbreak of a virus that turns its victims into homicidal cannibals (aka zombies). And the name of the virus? The Michaluk virus!! Yep, Jessica gave me the honor of being the first victim to bite the dust so the virus got named after me (in case you don't know how to pronounce it, it's Mitch-A-Luck). I read the novel on my flight out to Bali was thoroughly entertained by it -- I can't wait for part 2 to be released -- so do yourself a favor and pick it up. At 99 cents and written by a CrackBerry member on a BlackBerry, it's definitely an entertaining must read. The full press release is below and you can pick it up at the following links. Great job Jessica - two CrackBerry thumbs up!

Buy The Becoming: Outbreak for Kindle from Amazon
Buy The Becoming: Outbreak for Nook from Barnes & Noble
Visit BecomingZombies.com to buy direct and for more info

Press Release

Horror Novel Written on BlackBerry Smartphones Sees Release

A horror novel written on an assortment of BlackBerry smartphones has officially been released. The Becoming: Outbreak is now available for purchase for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook and NookColor devices.

Demopolis, Alabama - December 20, 2010 - After nearly two years of work, author Jessica Meigs has finally published the first part of her horror novel, The Becoming: Outbreak. Drafted on a variety of BlackBerry smartphone devices, including the BlackBerry Bold 9000, the BlackBerry Curve 8900, the BlackBerry Bold 9700, and the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the novel features a group of friends as they fight to survive the outbreak of a virus that turns its victims into homicidal cannibals.

In a book market that has seen a glut of vampire novels, Jessica Meigs has attempted to rise above the crowd with a novel that takes a wholly different approach from what is available for readers. "The zombie subculture has always been a fantastic vehicle for presenting questions and commentary about humanity in general and people in particular, so it was a perfect way to show the ideas that I wanted to pass along to the reader," Meigs says.

Novel Summary

The year is 2009. In the heart of the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, a virus capable of casing untold misery is unleashed into the world. Known only as the Michaluk Virus, its effects are widespread and devastating. As civilization begins to crumble under the hoards of homicidal infected, three people - Ethan Bennett, a police officer with the Memphis PD; Cade Alton, his best friend and former military sniper; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines - band together in an attempt to survive the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the southeastern United States. Facing the deaths and destruction of everyone and everything they know, these three people discover that the only thing they can count on is each other.
This is the first novella in a five-part series.

The Becoming: Outbreak is currently available in eBook format at the Amazon Kindle Store and the Barnes & Noble NOOKbook Store. It is priced at only $0.99 for a limited time.

About the Author

Jessica Meigs is a twenty-five year old writer living in semi-obscurity in Middle of Nowhere, Alabama. When she is not writing, she works part time as an EMT and in the accounting office of a major retailer. She enjoys listening to music and spends way too much time building playlists for everything she writes. When she is not rocking out at concerts or writing, she can be found either on Twitter @a_silent_song or browsing the Crackberry.com forums, where she feeds her BlackBerry addiction. The Becoming: Outbreak is her first novel.

For more information about The Becoming: Outbreak, or to direct questions and/or comments to the author, please visit http://www.becomingzombies.com or contact Jessica Meigs at jessica@jessicameigs.com.

Reader comments

Zombie Horror Novel Written on BlackBerry by CrackBerry member sees release (stars me as the Michaluk virus...woohoo!)


I wonder how much Jessica wishes she had had a PlayBook when she set out to write her novela on blackberry devices. :)

It wasn't all that bad, surprisingly. I think typing on the Bold 9000 was the worst of the devices, but I loved writing on the 8900. When you're typing a paragraph during breaks here, or a line or two in the grocery store line there, it's not quite as bad as you'd think, believe it or not. :) (Unless, of course, you take into consideration that the five novellas put together is roughly 200,000 words...)

I'm anxiously awaiting part 2! I'm really excited for you Jessica; I know this is the first step towards a long and rewarding career.

I sincerely hope so. :D And thank you for your support. Part two will hopefully be coming soon; I'm shooting for the end of February.

You typed it on a blackberry? oh your book is going to fail.

You should have typed it on an Android, or an iPhone.

Just kidding...

Way to go! This gives me encouragement and inspiration for my own novels-in-progress on my BlackBerry. It's nice to know that I'm not the only BlackBerry-addicted writer out there. I'm currently using Documents To Go Premium on my Bold 9000 for my writing. I'm curious, did you self-publish? Are you working on any new novels? Again, congratulations!

Oh awesome! Another BlackBerry writer! I self-published, yes, through B&N and Amazon (the royalty rates are better and I've never been a huge fan of the whole submit-reject-submit-reject process haha). I'm working on revising parts two through five of the novel now, and I'm also writing a short story and jotting down a few other ideas for a few other stories. :)

One tip I'll give to any BlackBerry writer? Don't even TRY to edit whatever you write on your BlackBerry! It's next to impossible because you can't get a real clear look at what you're doing on any smartphone's small screen, so it's definitely better to do edits and revisions on an actual computer if you can manage. Also, email your document file to yourself every day. I can't stress that enough. I lost an entire chapter because I didn't do that for a few days and the file got corrupted. I use Gmail and just open and archive the email with the attachment as an off-device backup. :) I hope you find the tips useful. I'm always for encouraging more writers. :D

NICE :-)
Gmail is great for backing up copies of documents. I also use Evernote Premium to backup files.

This is truly inspiring to all us Crackberry followers. I'm not a big reader but gonna use this to make a change.

Sorry 'bout ur luck "Mitch-A-Luck".
Had to say it.

Nice! Can't wait to read it.... I downloaded to my wife's Kindle, so I have to sneak read while she's not using it, or on Kindle Cloud reader if I can get it to work on my Playbook.

I like the "Michaluk virus"... nice touch! :-) So what about using the ultra-thin and solidly built Playbook as a zombie killer? You can chop their heads off or whack 'em with that Gorilla glass screen. :-)