I am Legend meets Underworld.

Blood Capital (previously referred to by its working title Human Resources) is an action / adventure science-fiction novel being published by Inkshares. It is available for pre-order on Inkshares, Amazon, and Book Depository.

The Blight changed everything. Eighty years later, humanity is almost extinct. They survive only by the grace of the Melior, only so long as they are viable food.


Blood Capital is going to be published by Inkshares in 2018. You can see my post announcing the publication milestone here.

Free Excerpts

There are free excerpts from the draft available to read on the publisher’s site here.


Instagram Prize Competition Announcement

Launch Pad 2016 Scott Free Winner

On 29 November 2016 Blood Capital was named one of two novels picked by Scott Free for their winners in the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition (note: it was named under the submitted working title Human Resources). This means the novel will be optioned by Scott Free for possible film development.


Launch Pad Inkshares Publication Winner

On 16 December PST the Inkshares Launch Pad crowdfunding competition — linked to the main Launch Pad Manuscript Competition — wound up with Blood Capital taking first place. You can read the official announcement here (listed under the working title Human Resources).

Inkshares “The List” 2016

On 18 November 2016 Inkshares announced their “List” for 2016. This is the list of top projects from throughout the year (as nominated by Inkshares staff and authors) that have not yet been confirmed for production. The List will form the basis of the final Inkshares competition of the year.

You can read the Inkshares announcement on The List 2016 here.

Editing Progress

I’ve been tracking my progress with the developmental edits (have to prove I’m working on this somehow). I’ve put it in a Tableau Viz here (static screenshot below).
Progress DashboardHours Dashboard


A truly gripping beginning to a book who’s premise combines the monster-movie elements we all know and love with capitalism personified. Zombies and vampires and mayhem, oh my! I can’t wait to get my hands on the whole book!

Cayla Keenan

Fast-paced and engaging, I can’t wait to see how Human Resources ends! Please check it out!

Chelsea C. Moye

I love how the author places you in the characters’ shoes. This books takes off running.

Cody Pearce

Human Resources is an intriguing mash-up of dystopian setting with the post-apocalyptic madness of a zombie genocide. Add in to that a vampire oligarchy forced out of the shadows in order to defend their food source — that is, humans — from the contamination of the zombie contagion, and you have a wholly original blend…

Dan Levinston, author of the Psionic Earth series

Add this to your reading list. Instantly you are drawn into this world, fighting for your life alongside the characters. Do it, check it out now!

Emily Senft

Wow, a cool twist on an apocalyptic storyline. Vampires and the last of the human race each trying to survive!

Eric H. Heisner

Suspenseful, dark, powerful corporations enslaving the common man, and of course an apocalyptic virus. Everything I love! I’m in!!!

Ferd Crôtte

Really inventive, harrowing stuff. Great story telling — here’s rooting for this one to win!

Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous, authors of Sparked

Of course, at the end of the world corporations not only retain their power, but reign above us all and act with ulterior motives. I highly recommend Batten’s unique take on the zombie apocalypse!

Jacqui Castle

Very cool idea for a story! Very excited to see where Robert Batten takes us with this one!

Jamison Stone, Author of Rune of the Apprentice

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