Ivan Turner

Biography

A child of the movies, I was always consumed by fantastic stories told by others and translated into adventures to be retold by me through the action figure medium. As I grew older, I put the action figures away and moved into the realm of role playing. Though I never outgrew role playing, I certainly don't have the time for it anymore. Since I was eleven years old, I've been pouring almost every ounce of creative energy I have into writing.

I graduated college in 1993 with a degree in computer science. I tried my hand at programming for a couple of years and found it pretty unsatisfying. I later became a partner at a comic book store, where I spent several years. Though it wasn't a financial success, the experience I gained from running the store and the people that I met (many of whom I'm still in touch with today) was priceless. After leaving the store, I settled into a career of teaching. I still teach at a public high school in New York. Ironically, I've picked up computer programming again, which is what I mostly teach.

I've been writing the whole time.

I released my first book electronically in 2010. Forty Leap was a turning point for me in both style and story building. The Book of Revelations, which was written earlier but released later, was sort of a midway point between the writer I was and the writer I've become. I experimented with a very odd style and a story that employed diverse characters and controversial situations.

In September 2010, I released the first installment of Zombies! Zombies! has been a tremendous success for me that came very close to being made into a television series. Since Zombies!, I have written a five part miniseries called Castes and have been working on developing tabletops games, the first of which, ApocalypZe, was published in early 2014. A couple of free stories about some of the characters in ApocalypZe have been released. I have written others and am working on putting them together into a novel.

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Books

Castes Book 5: Trial By Flame
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,950. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
In the 21st Century, the world is filled with industry and technology, and yet still governed by magic. The elves stand in charge of governments, the humans are the masters of technology, and the dwarves are the laborers. Can some rise above the castes? It seems that whatever Owen does, he does at the whim of Konrad Van Esper. But Van Esper is done with him now and the endgame is upon them.
Castes Book 4: Assassin! A Love Story
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,080. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In the 21st Century, the world is filled with industry and technology, and yet still governed by magic. The elves stand in charge of governments, the humans are the masters of technology, and the dwarves are the laborers. Can some rise above the castes? When assassins invade Evelyn Van Deign's home, she calls upon Owen to find out who's behind the attack.
Castes Book 3: S@vior
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,990. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
In the 21st Century, the world is filled with industry and technology, and yet still governed by magic. The elves stand in charge of governments, the humans are the masters of technology, and the dwarves are the laborers. Can some rise above the castes? Owen is asked to investigate an attack on the docks that destroyed a shipment of animals and claimed the life of one dwarf.
Castes Book 2: So Very Dead
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,150. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
In the 21st Century, the world is filled with industry and technology, and yet still governed by magic. The elves stand in charge of governments, the humans are the masters of technology, and the dwarves are the laborers. Can some rise above the castes? When a woman receives a phone call from her late fiance, she hires Owen and Jessica to investigate.
Castes Book 1: The Prestige
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Price: Free! Words: 28,450. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In the 21st Century, the world is filled with industry and technology, and yet still governed by magic. The elves, masters of the magic, stand in charge of governments and industries. The humans, masters of technology, run civil service, film, and hold administrative positions under the elves. The dwarves, steeped in honor and tradition, are the laborers. Can some rise above the castes?
Zombies! Episode 2.9: It's Not the End of the World
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,610. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. New York City, the greatest city in the world, is about to be the victim of a two-pronged attack. First, the zombie Amber Sunsweet has unleashed hordes of zombies into the city's subway system. And the government, aware of the danger, has declared an imminent quarantine for four of the five boroughs.
Zombies! Episode 2.8: Hopeless Cases
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,000. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. With events coming to a critical head, Dr. Luco is faced with an impossible deadline. Abby Benjamin, still, recovering from her disheartening battle with ZCF Incorporated gains a new and unexpected patient.
Zombies! Episode 2.7: The Truth is Stranger Than Fiction
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,020. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. Or is it? Each new clue brings Lance Naughton closer and closer to the truth about the past...and the future. But like a terrible game, each player has some of the vital information but not all of it. Can Naughton gather up all that he needs to know before the zombies come and the world as we know it comes to an end?
Zombies! Episode 2.6: The Many Deaths of John Arrick
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,430. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
If John Arrick was shot and killed during the raid that took down the zombie fights, why is his name popping up in police investigations? This is the tale of John Arrick from his death by the bullet of Marcus to his coincidental meeting with Dillon Waters.
Zombies! Episode 2.5: Homecomings
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,350. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
For Daniel and Deanna Johnson, it's the end of the line. Whether by accident or by design it's time for their alter egos, Lance Naughton and Denise Luco to come out of hiding and face the consequences of their actions. Meanwhile, deep under the City of New York, Dillon Waters reflects on the choices both behind and in front of him.
Zombies! Episode 2.4 Altered States Part 2
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,210. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. In the second part of Altered States, the line between hero and villain is blurred as the zombie hunter, Scanlon, Todd Mayfield, and Rudolph Ludlow experience friends and adversaries, loyalty and betrayal, and the living and the dead.
Zombies! Episode 2.3: Altered States Part 1
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,850. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. This episode sets up a confrontation between the zombie hunter and Jasper Scanlon, who's been selling the zombie flesh in south Florida. Why is Ms. Huang trying to bring down Abby Benjamin?
Zombies! Episode 2.2: The Good Fight
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,000. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. Somewhere in the south of the United States, a local sheriff at his wits' end hires a "zombie hunter" to clean out a campground that has become the grisly scene of an outbreak. But, for the zombie hunter, the job becomes complicated when he discovers a survivor.
Zombies! Episode 2.1: Where in the World is John Arrick
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,210. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
It's not the end of the world. After fighting long and hard, humanity has learned to share its world with the undead. After six long months, Malcolm Arrick has finally made it to the U.S. so that he can begin his investigation into the disappearance of his brother, John. Along the way, he will become acquainted with the people who knew John Arrick in the days leading up to his ultimate fate.
Zombies! Episode 2.0: Knight of the Living Dead
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,940. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
It's not the end of the world. After fighting long and hard, humanity has learned to share its world with the undead. But there is a deeper secret yet uncovered. Todd Mayfield is one of a handful of zombies that have rediscovered their identities. To survive he must battle not only the humans that would see him destroyed but the hunger that threatens to drag him back into the depths of ignorance.
Zombies! Summer Special: Growing Pains
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Price: Free! Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
During a blizzard in New York City, an army of zombies is unleashed on the population. Dillon Waters, a ten year old boy, must grow up quickly and face the threat head on when the zombies infest his Manhattan apartment building. This segment takes place during the events of Zombies! Episode 10: State of Emergency.
Zombies Episode 10: State of Emergency
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,630. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. In this final episode of Zombies! Series 1, the city of New York is besieged by thousands of zombies. For Anthony Heron, Denise Luco, Shawn Rudd, and Abby Benjamin, difficult choices must be made if they are to protect themselves and the ones they love. Zombies! is currently under development as a television series.
Zombies! Episode 9: The Changing of the Guard
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,840. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. In the wake of the disastrous effort to clean out zombie safe houses all over New York City, Homeland Security steps in to take charge. Anthony Heron must continue to face down his own demons. A new zombie threat faces the city. Zombies! is currently under development as a television series.
Zombies! Episode 8: The Good, the Bad, and the Zombie
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,990. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. It's Christmas. While Greg Smith is reunited with his estranged parents, Anthony Heron must battle his demons in order to find his way back to the family that is rapidly slipping away. Zombies! is currently under development as a television series. Find us on facebook for the latest updates on this exciting development!
Zombies! Episode 7: Conflicts of Interest
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,480. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. It's a night at the fights for, well, just about everyone. So place your bets because, though everyone gets to go, not everyone gets to go home. Zombies! is currently under development as a television series. Find us on facebook for the latest updates on this exciting development!
Zombies! Episode 6: Barriers Collapse
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,680. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. The walls that separate the characters of Zombies! begin to collapse. Abby and Peter embark on a crusade to warn people of the threat of zombies while John Arrick discovers that his miraculous recovery from the zombie infection does not come without side effects. Zombies! is currently under development as a television series.
Zombies! Episode 5: Sinners and Saints
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,230. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. Zombies have become a part of society now, the truth of their existence common knowledge. And as policemen like Anthony Heron and Francis Culph must deal with the consequences of fighting them, others have embraced their existence in surprising ways. Their common ground? Lots and lots of zombies! Zombies! is currently under development as a tv series.
Zombies! Episode 4: The Sick and the Dead
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,040. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. Take a tour of the research facility where Dr. Denise Luco combats the zombie infection. Anthony Heron must continuously do battle with his own private demons while trying to keep the public ones at bay. And what's going on with Peter Ventura? Zombies! is currently under development as a tv series.
Zombies! Episode 3: Love Bites
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,300. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 7 reviews)
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. Relationships are hard enough without complications arising from the undead. Follow John Arrick, Shawn Rudd, and Denise Luco as they try to make a go of their personal lives despite the trauma of zombies at their doorsteps. Zombies! is currently under development as a tv series. Find us on facebook for the latest updates on this exciting development.
Zombies! Episode 2: Abby's Bad Day
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,750. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. Abby Benjamin is a typical working mom. But when one of the customers at the gym where she works falls ill, Abby gets a close up look at a completely different world, a world of monsters that is ever creeping into the lives of normal people. It is a very bad day.
Zombies! Episode 1: Shawn of the Dead
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Price: Free! Words: 14,050. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.78 from 9 reviews)
Zombies! It's not the end of the world. Shawn of the Dead is the first of a series of episodes that focuses on the more personal aspects of people as they face their regular lives against the backdrop of a zombie infection.
The Book of Revelations
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Price: Free! Words: 29,570. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
When a psychiatrist discovers a way to see into people’s past lives he becomes judge and jury. Seeking the advice of clergymen, he meets Rabbi Guetterman and discovers that, in his past life, he was of Adolf Hitler. This discovery sparks events that push the limits of society, test the bounds of faith, and put the rabbi in mortal danger. Because when the Jury is after you, there is no escape.
Forty Leap
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,240. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.89 from 9 reviews)
I don't know how long it's been since my story began. It's hard to mark the years when they go by so quickly. I'm an involuntary time traveler. Sometimes I just leap into the future. At first it was a few seconds, then minutes, then days, weeks, and years. Who I was, who I am, and who I am perceived to be by those I've left behind are all very different. And how long have I before time runs out?

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Smashwords book reviews by Ivan Turner

  • Antithesis on Feb. 26, 2010

    I enjoyed Anthithesis. I felt the premise was very interesting (I love stories about ants) although I did think that the main character was a bit flat. The only other criticism I had with the book is that I didn't think the author spent enough time resolving the main plot thread. It was kind of like watching one of those television shows that spends 40 minutes building and 5 minutes resolving. Despite all criticism, though, antithesis is a good story with a valuable theme. There is a nice side-plot that is just as dramatically interesting as the main plot. The story flows nicely and I would definitely recommend it to anyone, like me, who likes stories about ants.
  • Inhuman Salvation on Jan. 20, 2011

    I thoroughly enjoyed Venom of Vipers. It's written with a smooth and quick style that I found hard to put down and hard to stay away from. The characters are well developed, easy to like and dislike for who they are. If I have any criticisms about the Venom of Vipers, it's that parts of it are a bit too predictable. On the whole, though, it's hard to say anything negative about a book that kept me on the hook the entire time I was reading it. Looking forward the the Kinshield Legacy.
  • The Kinshield Legacy on March 23, 2011

    I very much enjoyed the Kinshield Legacy. The characters are well developed and easy to follow. As with The Venom of Vipers, I found KC May's style extremely smooth. It's kind of like eating ice cream; you never get your fill. The ending was kind of abrupt, opening the door for a sequel, which I'll be sure to pick up as soon as it's available.