Hello there. I’m John O’Brien and I write the series, A New World. My recent release was A New World: Storm.
What is it about zombie fiction that makes it so popular? I’ve pondered this question over and over. While not yet arriving at a definitive answer, I do have several ideas about it.
First of all, it’s one of the few situations that bring about a downfall of civilization and focuses on a post-apocalyptic world. There are other creatures ─ vampires, werewolves, etc ─ but none of them create quite the same conditions. There is a deep-seated fascination with the post apocalypse that offers the ultimate survival situation. And, it is one of the only ones that is survivable to us ordinary folks. Nuclear devastation and other similar types just aren’t. Each and every one of us can envision themselves in a world filled with roaming hordes of undead and, in that world, we have the capability of surviving.
Zombies don’t have the romantic nature inherent with vampires or werewolves. They are dismal creatures haunting the streets and countryside. I think one of the fascinations is thinking about how terrible it would be to become such a creature. That’s the greatest fear. There is also their relentless nature. They have no conscious, no awareness, no sense of morality. They exist for a single purpose…to feed on the living. And it’s not a one-off situation like with other creatures. They’re an unrelenting mass that takes down everything in their path.
Another aspect deals with our current environment. Every day we deal with the prospect of world-side catastrophes. From financial ruin, to a scarcity of resources, and a seemingly increase in nuclear proliferation. No one really wants to read about these in a fantasy. They’re too real within our consciousness. Thus, zombies allow for an escape into a post-apocalyptic world in a safe manner.
There are a thousand different reasons, put out by an equal number of folks, about why zombies are so popular. To be honest, the reason doesn’t really matter. They’re just fun, and as a writer, they allow for a wide range of scenarios. The slate is almost blank. In a zombie post-apocalypse, if you can envision it, it can be incorporated into a story.
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John O’Brien is a former Air Force fighter instructor pilot who transitioned to Special Operations for the latter part of his career gathering his campaign ribbon for Desert Storm. Immediately following his military service, John became a firefighter/EMT with a local department. Along with becoming a firefighter, he fell into the Information Technology industry in corporate management. Currently, John is writing full-time on the series, A New World.
As a former marathon runner, John lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and can now be found kayaking out in the waters of Puget Sound, mountain biking in the Capital Forest, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, or pedaling his road bike along the many scenic roads.
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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2015, with 30+ of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.
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