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Blair Lindsay, a Respiratory Therapy and Emergency Medical Technology instructor at SAIT, has written and self-published a trilogy of zombie-horror novels in his spare-time. (Photo by Rebecca Hardcastle)

Blair Lindsay, a Respiratory Therapy and Emergency Medical Technology instructor at SAIT, has written and self-published a trilogy of zombie-horror novels in his spare-time. (Photo by Rebecca Hardcastle)

Blair Lindsay, veteran firefighter and paramedic-turned-SAIT instructor of paramedic and respiratory therapy, recently completed his self-published sci-fi horror trilogy with the release of his third novel, Armageddon Machine.

The series has been the object of Lindsay’s attention in his spare time since he began writing in 2010.

“I write horror because I’m attracted to things that might scare me, like that scene in Aliens where Bill Paxton said, ‘Game over man! Game over!’”

Lindsay said that he has always been a “horror aficionado” and began writing his trilogy in 2010. Using his spare time in the summer, he was able to finish Hunting the Dead, and was eager to complete and release the novel.

“I wrote whenever I got the chance, even if for only 15 minutes at a time,” said Lindsay.

Lindsay decided to self-publish after finding it difficult to find a publisher willing to print horror.

Lindsay said he has a home office dedicated to focusing on his writing. He enjoys listening to classic rock while creating his nightmares and dreams. 

Lindsay graduated from SAIT in 1985 and was a firefighter/paramedic for 20 years with the City of Airdrie, before returning to SAIT as an instructor.

Prior to his trilogy, Lindsay had wrote for Paramedic Magazine, and released a series of podcasts titled, Pharmacology on Film. Lindsay’s zombie-horror series The Solenne Trilogy is his first fictitious publication.

The first novel in the trilogy, Hunting the Dead, follows heroine Solenne, the lone survivor of a tribe massacred by reapers; rabid cannibals infected with a disease that causes those bitten or injured to rise from the dead and hunger for human flesh.

As she embarks on her quest to purge the world of the undead, Solenne is being hunted by a Confederate Colonel, for she holds the key to preventing his horrifying plans of conquest. The series takes place in the American southwest during the Civil War.

The second book in the trilogy, Reaper, is set in the depths of the Amazon rainforest, all the way to Utah. Solenne returns to once again quell the armies of the rising dead. At the same time a mad scientist experiments with the virus and he creates something much worse than your average zombie.

Finally, in Armageddon Machine, whilst continuing to combat the growing numbers of the infected and undead, Solenne must find a way to kill the monsters created by humans meddling with the original virus. If she fails, the monsters will rule a “world made into hell.”

“Often in horror, people are under a lot of pressure and they reveal their true selves,” Lindsay said. 

After a few of his colleagues, as well as a few students read the books, he received all positive reviews. However, he wonders whether some of his students’ comments were truthful or if they were worried about their grades.

Currently, Lindsay said he has begun working on another sci-fi/horror series in which a Mayan God buried beneath a temple revives and readies to “let loose” upon the world. 

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