Guest Post: Samantha Gregory #SummerofZombie

Author Interview


What first motivated you to write?

I think when I would read books or watch shows on TV where I didn’t like the ending I would think up my own. I eventually wrote my own short stories in the way I liked.

What is your latest book about?

My latest book After is about a teenage girl called Jenna who is living in a world that was once over run by zombies. A new government has risen that is brutal and cruel and Jenna is pulled into a conspiracy involving her father who she thought was dead.

What helps you to write?

Junk food, a comfortable seat and a pen and paper or my laptop.

Describe your writing schedule?

Very disorganised! I work better to a deadline as it pushes me to finish, but otherwise I write when I can.

Why do you love writing?

I love creating my own worlds and writing the things that I would love to read as a fan of the horror genre.

What technology helps you to write?

I’ll use my laptop to write, but more often than not I will start a story on paper. It’s easier to carry around a notebook than my laptop!

Do you write first and edit later, or do you perfect your writing as you go along?

Definitely write first/edit later. If I keep editing as I go I’d never get it finished.

What has been the best achievement in your writing career?

Being accepted by two different literary agencies and the fact that they believed in my work enough to publish it.

What advice would you give to authors who are struggling to find enough time to write?

We all have ten minutes in the day, whether we realise it or not. Going home on the train or bus, waiting in the doctor’s office – carry a notebook with you and jot down ideas while you wait. It all adds up.

What are your writing goals?

To finish my current series and hopefully to make a moderately successful career out of it.

Have you ever thought of writing non-fiction?

Honestly I find writing non- fiction harder than fiction! I’m more comfortable in my own fantasy world than writing non-fiction.

What do want people to learn from reading your work?

I tend to write characters who aren’t saints. They have flaws, some of them break the law, but that there is good in everyone.

Have you ever had any particularly good and / or particularly bad reviews? How did you feel upon reading them? Did you learn anything?

I have had some really good reviews which I was very pleased with. People have said some lovely things about my work and I appreciate it. I haven’t had a bad review yet – more neutral than anything. One reviewer said that my book was okay, but that they would read the next one in the series. I know that not everyone is going to like my books and that’s fine. I don’t like every book out there. I appreciate constructive criticism because I’m still growing as a writer.

What’s next for Samantha?

I am working on the sequel to After which will be called Before. It is set during the initial outbreak on a subway train in New York.


 I live in Northern Ireland. I have been writing since I was a child and I was officially published in 2012. I write horror and paranormal stories. In my spare time, I am learning to play guitar, watching movies, reading and spending time with family.


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Guest Post: Stevie Kopas #SummerofZombie

All Good Things - Official Cover

Do good things really come to those who wait, and do all good things have to come to an end?

In my third and final book of The Breadwinner Trilogy, I went with the title of “All Good Things.”  The title, from what I’ve heard, has been interpreted in the two different ways, as my opening sentence asks.

For those of you that don’t know, the survivors in my trilogy have been through it all.  Life, death, loss, escaping the deadly clutches of the dead, and fighting even fellow survivors to make sure they make it out alive at the end.  They keep building themselves up, grasping at this hope that they can find and rebuild some semblance of solace or normalcy, only to be knocked back down, one tragic step at a time.

So when considering the phrase “all good things come to those who wait” would the events at the end of the book, All Good Things, make sense?  Certain people meet specific fates, tailored specifically to the type of character that they were.  And even with the ends met in previous books like The Breadwinner and Haven, I always like to make sure that characters come full circle.  The good things come to those who wait for it, and the bad, well, the same can be said for the bad, couldn’t it?  Because perhaps the antagonists aren’t exactly waiting around for good things to happen anyway.

On the other end of things, the phrase “all good things come to an end” does ring true, and on many different levels.  When thinking about real life, it’s true, nothing lasts forever, and all things must have an eventual end.  So when you’re experiencing the zombie apocalypse, you take what good you can, and you have to, because there aren’t a lot of good things left in the world.  And that’s what the characters do, and maybe in some cases, as in the second book, Haven, good things are sometimes taken for granted, and the characters are forced to find the good in a bad situation that has already come to pass in their zombie apocalypse scenario.

In All Good Things, we come to find that the characters grow complacent, just like regular people in everyday life.  With a solid zombie-proof resort, what could possibly go wrong?  Complacency my friends, complacency.

Complacency is a real killer, and so it can be assumed, without giving too much away, that complacency, and, oh yeah, the addition of one evil bitch to the mix of characters, is responsible for an end to all the good things.

Or maybe it’s not…

Maybe you should read the books and find out who truly is responsible, or if anyone is responsible at all!  Or if there’s even anything good to begin with… maybe everybody dies in book one and it’s all just a dream!

Okay, sorry, I’ve gone off course now…

But, as I was saying… just as with everything else, all things have an end, including trilogies.  I found it a perfect name to accompany my final chapter of what has been a fun series for me to write.  I bid farewell to characters that have held important head space of mine for about two years now, and I really made it a point to see that everyone, whether the reader found the outcome good or bad, had things come to an end in a manner that suited their character the best.

Maybe you’ll be the next judge of whether All Good Things did indeed come to an end or not…

Stevie Kopas - Summer of Zombie 2015


Stevie Kopas was born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  She currently resides in sunny Florida and will never turn down a cup of coffee, or, depending on the time of day, a glass of red wine.  She is the author of The Breadwinner Trilogy and other short stories that can be found in the charity horror anthology, At Hell’s Gates.  Stevie is currently working on her next novel, Earth to Millie, and is also the managing editor of the awesome horror and metal site,  She is an avid gamer, obsessed with time travel, and lover of all things apocalypse.  She hopes to come back in her next life as a CL4P-TP, or, Claptrap for short.

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Guest Post: C.A. Verstraete #SummerofZombie

Zombie Girl Character interview

Who’s that Girl? (or is that ghoul? )

By C.A. (Christine) Verstraete


Like any teenager, zombie or not, Becca likes to talk. So I thought I’d give her a chance to share a few things.

About the book:

Becca Herrera Hayes is the 16-year-old protagonist from GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie. She finds her life changed when her cousin comes home, and via an accidental scratch, turns her into a part-zombie. Now she has to cope with a weird diet and changes no teenager wants to go through. As she struggles to cope with her new life, she’s searching for her lost mother with her other cousin/BFF Carm while hoping she’ll find something to stop a full transformation… before it’s too late.


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A Little Q & A:

Q: If it’s not too personal, share how you turned part-zombie?

Becca: My other cousin was changing. He came home and scratched me by accident. I was really angry at first, but I know it wasn’t his fault. He wasn’t himself. I do blame him for making stupid choices. He went to work in a lab doing, as his sister says, “who knows what” as “he’s not the most responsible” of guys.

(Note: see what happened to Spence before he came home in the short story, Changes Details at my website,

Q: What’s it like being half- zombie? Do you feel ostracized because of it?

Becca: Sometimes. A lot of people don’t understand. I tried going back to school. Bad idea. It was the worst, well, the second worst day of my life. Even the adults were mean. Luckily my family and friends are there for me.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

Becca: I’d like to go back to school. College, which should be better, I hope. I wanted to be a TV broadcaster. Maybe I’ll be able to do that yet. My boyfriend, Gabe, says I can do anything. He’s nice that way.

Q: Have you fought a lot of zombies?

Becca: A pretty lot. In my world here in Wisconsin, they call them the full zombies—the Zs—to distinguish from us part- zombies. They’re the nasty ones, the ones who want to bite and attack you. We don’t do that. I’ve had to protect my cousin since she’s not too good at the fighting stuff, but she’s getting better. She’s been there for me so I look out for her, even if we only started out with poisoned paintballs and BB guns. So far it’s worked okay.

And the author answers a few questions, too:

Q: Why zombies?

Christine: I say, why not? What can be worse when you’re 16 then turning into a part-creature and seeing your world turned upside down? Humor, (often more like “gallows humor”) can take the edge off things.

Of course, Becca has her limit, too, as when her would-be boyfriend, Gabe, tries to offer his own lame humor to “lighten” things up with his joke: What do you call a girl on a date who won’t eat?

Answer: A zombie! (of course. Ha-ha. Okay, you can groan now.)

Q: What’s coming up for Becca?

Christine: On the near horizon, I just completed a “long” short story, “Puppy Love and Zombies,” where Becca faces a couple more zombies – and her fear of dogs – as she solves the mystery of why local dogs are disappearing. It will be in the anthology, Young Adventurers: Heroes, Explorers and Swashbucklers, coming out sometime this summer or early fall.

You can also find out what happened to her cousin Spence before he gets home in Changes, a GIRL Z short story prequel.

* C.A. (Christine) Verstraete is the author of GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie and several short stories. See details at her website or visit her blog,

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Guest Post: Jack Wallen #SummerofZombie

Was Frankenstein’s Monster a zombie?


It’s alive! It’s alive!

Not really. No. Well, sort of. Depends upon who you ask. Victor? Yes. Igor? Maybe. The townspeople? Oh hell no.

Pardon me if I wax a bit pedantic here.

I am always (and never) shocked when I get asked this question. And I actually have a vested interest in the question from both sides, as I am an established author of zombie fiction who has planned a version of the Frankenstein myth.

Back to the question.

Was Frankenstein’s Monster a zombie? Before we actually come to a conclusion, we have to first examine the sources – the book by Mary Shelley and the original Universal film. The vast majority of people have only one frame of reference – the film. If you’ve read the book (especially the unabridged version), you know the film and the book are two very different beasts – so much so, that you have to wonder where Universal came up with film.

The classic Universal film (one that I adore) portrays the monster as a fairly mindless menace of a giant. Yes, he does display a level of innocence that is quickly derailed by a very unforgiving society, but there’s very little in the way of complex thought creeping behind the eyes. The creature is driven by holdover instincts from a dysfunctional brain (eventually made hilarious by Marty Feldman and “Abbie Something”) and even irrationally terrified by flame.

To the untrained eye, it would be fairly simple to draw the conclusion that Victor Frankenstein’s creation could fall into the category of zombie.

However, we must not ignore the source.

As I said, if you’ve read the book, you fully understand the fundamental and profound difference between the book and movie. Let me give you a prime example. In Mary Shelley’s novel, the creature confronts Victor with the follow monologue:

I expected this reception. All men hate the wretched. How, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. You purpose to kill me. How dare you sport thus with life? Do your duty toward me, and I will do mine toward you and the rest of mankind. If you will comply with my conditions, I will leave them and you at peace, but if you refuse I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends. Have I not suffered enough that you seek to increase my misery? Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it. Remember, thou hast made me more powerful than thyself. My height is superior to thine, my joints more supple. But I will not be tempted to set myself in opposition to thee. I am thy creature and I will be even mild and docile to my natural lord and king, if thou wilt also perform thy part, the which thou owest me. Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice, and even thy clemency and affection, is most due. Remember that I am thy creature, I ought to by thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss from which I alone am irrevocably excluded. The desert mountains and dreary glaciers are my refuge. I have wandered here many days. The caves of ice, which I only do not fear, are a dwelling to me, and the only one which man does not grudge. These bleak skies I hail, for they are kinder to me than your fellow beings. If the multitude of mankind knew of my existence, they would do as you do and arm themselves for my destruction. Shall I not then hate them who abhor me? I will keep no terms with my enemies. I am miserable and they shall share my wretchedness. Yet it is in your power to recompense me, and deliver them from an evil which it only remains for you to make so great that not only you and your family, but thousands of others, shall be swallowed up in the whirlwinds of its rage. Let your compassion be moved and do not disdain me. I was benevolent and good. Misery made me a fiend. Make me happy and I shall again be virtuous. I have wandered through these mountains, I have ranged through their immense recesses, consumed by a burning passion which you alone can gratify. We may not part until you have promised to comply with my request. I am alone and miserable. Man will not associate with me, but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. A female. This being you must create.

That, my dear friends, is not the ramblings of the undead. No. Mary Shelley’s original creature was a beast deeply in touch with his emotional need for companionship. He wanted a mate so badly, he was willing to threaten the life of Victor should he not follow through with his promise.


Not something you would ever associate with a zombie (moaner, screamer, etc.).

By very definition (according to, a zombie is:

noun: the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose

Although I would argue that not all zombies are created for some evil purpose, even by this definition the creature (from both sources) could not be categorized a zombie. Why? First and foremost, Victor Frankenstein did not create the creature for an evil purpose. In fact, his creation was done in order to prove his scientific theories correct (and to advance the science of medicine). Second, the creature was not will-less (though in the film it would seem he is near that state). In both the film and the book, the creature had motive for his actions (though the film his motives were quite rudimentary).

With this being said, I think the question that Frankenstein’s Monster was not a zombie can finally be put to rest.

Where do you stand on this life-changing issue?

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Guest Post: Julianne Snow #SummerofZombie

Zombies: Why I Dig the Undead!

Julianne Snow


Many people don’t care for Zombies and I can understand that opinion in some cases. Many think that the genre has been overdone. However, there has been such an evolution in the genre lately that there are some definite new and fresh (forgive the pun!) perspectives that breathe new life into the Undead.

Let me go back to my first experience with the Undead. I was six years old and that takes us all the way back to [date redacted to protect the innocent]. I turned on our family television to find something to watch; it was one of those days that I was at home from school with a cold. I probably should have been in bed resting but sometimes vegging out in front of the television is highly warranted. What I found on the screen held my attention rapt for the entirety of it. Before my eyes was George A. Romero’s 1968 black and white masterpiece Night of the Living Dead. It was my first introduction to the idea of the Zombie and it was amazing. There were scenes that scared me (the My Little Pony comforter from my bed acting as a shield for my eyes) but more often than not, I found myself getting engrossed in the story. Even at six, I was hooked.

Not like it was a hard sell. I had been a horror junkie since the moment that my parents accidentally introduced me to Alien at the age of four. Let’s just say that my education in horror started young…

You should all bear in mind that my exposure to horror was somewhat limited for many of my younger years. I had access to my eldest brother’s Stephen King novels for a period of time (until he found out and banned me!) and my mother’s Robin Cook paperback medical thrillers, but that was about it until I got my first library card at the age of nine.

Oh, the freedom of a library card to call my own! What that little card did was to open up a world of literature I hadn’t had access to before.

At first I had to sign out the same normal books the normal kids were reading. However, I admit that once in a while I would sneak in something a little more mature. My first act of literary espionage was H.P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West – Reanimator. Well technically it was a collection of Lovecraft’s short stories but the name of the tome escapes me now. I read it from cover to cover but the story that stuck with me the most was Herbert West – Reanimator. I digress but notice the subtle use of Zombie lit there.

The Zombie genre as a whole opened up new doors within my imagination. Once I started to read about them and saw more movies that contained all of their gory, flesh eating goodness, there really was no turning back. You may wonder why they still appeal to me so much – the answer is simple. Zombies are the direct antithesis of ourselves. That’s right, they represent all that’s bad about our species. It’s definitely a trumped up view of ourselves but that’s what makes it so compelling. You can look into the face a Zombie and what is it that you see? A reflection of humanity just on the other side of death; it’s not completely dead but there is no saving it. As a monster, that makes them utterly terrifying; more terrifying than vampires and werewolves and all of the other supernatural creatures that skulk the pages of literature these days.

Some of you might have chuckled at that and that’s okay, it’s your right to do so. Zombies might not tip the scales of terror for you. Heck, even I find some of the current offerings cheesy, but that just makes me love them all the more. They have so many façades, just like the rest of humanity. See how the mirroring effect works there? Just thought I’d point it out in case you missed it.

My love for the genre is deep and it’s not bound to dry up anytime soon, I assure you. Sure, I like other monsters but none of them evoke as passionate a response as the humble, shambling Zombie. I would say “Rest in Peace” but that’s just not the Zombie way.


Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and Glimpses of the Undead. She is the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous and the Co-Founder and Publicist at Sirens Call Publications. Writing in the realms of speculative fiction, Julianne has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. With pieces of short fiction in various publications, Julianne always has a few surprises up her sleeves. Be sure to check out The Carnival 13, a collaborative round-robin novella for charity which she contributed to and helped to spearhead which was released in October 2013.

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Guest Post: Luke Ahearn #SummerofZombie

A Few Thoughts On Escaping From Zombies

Luke Ahearn

Sure zombies are dangerous, and gross, but there are many other hazards during an apocalypse, even in the non-apocalyptic world, that you need to be aware of. First off keep an eye forward when trying to escape from them as you could trip. Here are a few things to look out for that can save your life. Some are obvious and require only a sentence or two. Some dangers aren’t the zombies but the environment and, as is often the case, the living.

More Zombies

Seems like a no brainer (pun intended), but you’d be surprised how many folks take off running, looking back over their shoulder, just to run right into another swarm. They may be brainless, slow moving, and silent but the zees have a way of getting the jump on you. So avoid the blind flight.

Dead Ends

Another pun! Just as bad as coming face to face with another swarm is running into a dead end where escape is impossible.

Don’t Attract Them In The First Place

I don’t want to be a killjoy, but the apocalypse isn’t the time for joking and laughing. Don’t have spontaneous singalongs no matter how low your spirits are. Keep gun shots, yelling, and all noise to a minimum. And for Pete’s sake don’t have gladiatorial combat no matter how bored you are. Injured people scream, crowds cheer and boo. It gets out of hand real quick. Next thing you know the guy nudging you for a better view of the action is taking a bite out of your neck.


Save your energy for when you really need it. Avoid running full tilt at all times. Nothing’s worse than finally seeing that fence you can climb to leave the zed heads behind and losing steam. Seeing the dead heads closing in all around because you can’t sprint ten yards is not only disappointing but deadly.

Weapons Safety

How many times have I seen a survivor blow a foot off or kill a pal because they run around with their finger on the trigger and the safety off? More than I care to count (okay three times). There’s a reason you were told as a youngster, don’t run with scissors. Same holds true for knifes, guns, and other dangerous items. And while we are on the topic of tripping, don’t do it. It can get you killed.

Safe But Trapped

Yep, we have all made that mistake. Sure it’s better to be alive and trapped on a roof or in a car, but unless you are prepared and lucky you will run out of provisions, and possibly life and sanity, long before the dead get tired of waiting to eat you. They can stand in one place for days, even weeks, just a slapping and a moaning, a moaning and a slapping. If no one comes along you may die in the car or die fighting your way out. And trust me, after a few days in a car you won’t be at your best for zombie fighting. While we are speaking cars, don’t forget to make sure there are no living dead inside the car before you jump in, remember to try the ignition as you may be able to drive away, and you can even try putting the vehicle in neutral. Maybe you’ll get lucky and roll far and fast and make your get away. And if you are trapped in a car don’t scream and beat on the windows. Try and get out of sight and sit perfectly still, there’s a chance they will wander away, but not if you’re panicking and pounding and reminding them there’s food in the big metal box.

Drainage Pipes and the Like

The sewer system can make for a quick getaway but there are dangers that sometimes can’t be avoided. Zombies can make their way into the sewer systems too. Dangerous gasses fill these subterranean spaces. Wild animals are often in the pipes too. Bears have been known to seek refuge in drainage pipes as well as raccoons, dogs, and of course rats. All diseased biters. Sewer pipes are pitch black and it is easy to get lost. Careful you don’t pop out of the sewer, blinded by the sun, in the middle of a swarm. Stop, look, and listen.

The Living

And of course one of the biggest dangers during an apocalypse are other (living) humans. The basic rule of thumb is trust no one. The apocalypse tends to bring the best and the worst out of people so you can take no chances. If someone goes by the name Viper, Blood, Snake, Knife, Sicko, or Turd Ferguson there’s a chance they aren’t good folk. And if they are too nice and clean and go by names like Suzy and Jimmy, they are even more suspect. Don’t hang out with folks that like to look at each other sideways and smile creepily when you talk. Don’t eat or drink anything offered by anyone that’s not factory sealed, especially if they repeatedly insist that you eat or drink it. Instead pretend to imbibe and if you see an evil glint in their eyes, or they smile creepily at each other, throw it down and yell, “Psych!” and run away. Keep an eye out for signs of cannibalism like large slabs of butchered meat hanging from hooks everywhere. If everyone is wearing a bloody apron that’s a bad sign too. For some reason I always find that people who make armor out of old tires and random garbage are a bit off and almost always bad news. If you see a barrel of zombie heads, bad. If you see a pit with zombies chained up, run. If you are asked to turn over your weapons, run. And finally, when in doubt, run but look where you are going!

Luke Ahearn was born in New Orleans, LA. In addition to several fiction books he’s most recently completed Transformation, the second book in the Euphoria Z Series. He has over 20 years of professional game development experience in lead positions; designer, producer, and art director. He’s also authored several bestselling nonfiction books on computer game development. He owns a small prop studio and specializes in pirate art and props for theme parks, resorts, and other clients. He can be reached at


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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.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser…and pick up some great swag as well!

Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them!

#SummerofZombie is the hashtag for Twitter, too!