"Rabid Heart" Named Next Generation Book Awards Finalist

Author JEREMY WAGNER's Latest Novel, "Rabid Heart", Named Finalist in Two Next Generation Indie Books Awards Categories

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"Rabid Heart maintains a sharp, persistently moving narrative of the protagonist’s personal quandary and eventual flight. It’s immensely fun, and Rhonda Driscoll dishes out one-liners with panache…an endlessly entertaining zombie tale that checks off genre conventions with style."

— Kirkus Reviews


"Rabid Heart evokes a mix of Misfits lyrics and grainy VHS horror classics.
The plot draws parallels to Cormac McCarthy's The Road..."

— Publishers Weekly

Author Jeremy Wagner's latest novel, Rabid Heart, is an official finalist in two categories of the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA). Rabid Heart earned a finalist medal for the best “Horror” category and a finalist medal for “Best Overall Book Design”.

Jeremy Wagner says: Rabid Heart continues to have an amazing ride. This is so cool. I'm really honored to come in as a finalist in both the Horror novel category and Best Overall Book Design. I want to say, credit for Rabid Heart's book design really goes to artist Claudio Bergamin who designed my much-revered book cover along with my publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books/Afraid Books who did the whole layout. Being recognized for writing a horror novel really makes my day because I fly the 'horror fiction flag' as high as possible at all times and I'm extremely proud of Rabid Heart. Hail horror fiction and horror writers!”

The 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards gala will take place in Washington, DC at the Mayflower Hotel on June 21.

Rabid Heart, a post-apocalyptic zombie novel about the depth of undying love in a world of horror, was released internationally in hardcover, trade paperback, digital, and audio formats last fall via the AFRAID Horror Imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books. Rabid Heart is now available via the links below.


Order Rabid Heart editions here:

PAPERBACK: – Amazon | Barnes and Noble

HARDCOVER: – Amazon | Barnes and Noble

DIGITAL: – Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Google Play | Smashwords | Riverdale Avenue Books

AUDIOBOOK: Amazon | Audible

About the Next Generation Indie Book Awards:

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. In its thirteenth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in over 70 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com) in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.