Brett Buckley was a normal family man once.
But when he unexpectedly turns undead and starts to crave living flesh, he must reconcile with his suburban family in an attempt to preserve his dwindling humanity, and must balance his horrific cravings against his need to be a good person and a good role model for his children.
More than just another zombie story, the Undad saga is about the challenges of being a good husband, father, and role model, while being (literally) dead inside.
The Undad graphic novel series was shortlisted in the 2015 Australian Shadows Awards and was highly commended in the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.
It's also the most popular of my published work and has struck a chord with readers, who praise its fresh and character-focused take on what many see as a tired genre, and appreciate its use of monster metaphors to represent the challenges of depression, shame, compulsive behaviour, and the trials of juggling those issues against the daily demands of family life.
Undad volumes One and Two have already been produced, and the third is currently being written.
Undad Volume Three will build upon the narrative and critical success of the existing series, by inviting writers and artists to produce brand new Undad stories in this established universe.
The first volume of Undad was written entirely by me, partly to chronicle my personal experience grappling with depression as a parent, the difficulty I faced in asking for help from those closest to me, and the ways that this fractured and divided my most important relationships. But depression - and mental illness in general - takes many forms, and my story is just one among millions.
I'm really excited to be expanding the Undad writing team, and can't wait to share updates with you as they occur!
Undad was a finalist in the 2015 Australian Shadows Award, nominated for best horror graphic novel.
Undad was the first graphic novel ever to be shortlisted in the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.
"I watched some of Santa Clarita Diet earlier and all I could think was 'man, Shane W Smith's Undad did this so much better.'
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