Guest Post: Jay Wilburn #SummerofZombie

Summer of Zombie 2015

“Zombie Religion”

by Jay Wilburn

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Probably better as a story title than a post title. Polite people are supposed to avoid discussion of religion and politics. Or at the very least just rant about them on Facebook. As a teacher, I had a strict rule about giving no parenting advice. In horror, anything goes. Well, except all the things the publisher lists off that they don’t want to see. In self published horror, anything goes. In the story, these topics are not just to be discussed, but to be deeply explored.

The innate topic of resurrection kind of lends itself to discussions of religion among the characters in a zombie story. Questions about an afterlife become more front and center when dead are walking the earth trying to eat the living. The body and blood of communion become darkly symbolic too. Blood symbolism in religion has long been fertile fodder for horror stories of all types. These religious symbols and motifs can be uncomfortable to broach in the context of a zombie story, but it would make sense that the characters would bring up questions of faith. These questions would naturally produce conflict between the characters and possibly within the reader, if written well.

Religious characters in a zombie story can take a few different tracks. Faith is a good question to answer for a character in any story. What do they believe? What do they think they believe? What happens when they are tested? Faith in the spiritual or secular senses of the word are good to define and redefine for characters in a story. Their views toward organized religion are telling. Characters regaining or losing faith in a story can be interesting. Doing this to characters in unexpected ways is also interesting.

Religious zealot, fanaticism, or psychosis are pretty common villainy in zombie stories. Seeing the end drives these characters over the edge and into darker places. They present grave danger to our heroes. Supportive characters of faith are used often too. People of faith put in their place is somewhat common also.

Churches and places of worship become dangerous tombs in the world of zombies. People would go to them in times of crisis as people tend to do. The infected would spread the disease in close quarters punishing the faithful and the recently faithful for their kindness and comfort to the sick and needy.

These types of stories can cut both ways. A well written discussion of any subject can have readers of opposing views draw very different lessons from the same text. A good exploration of religion, even in a zombie story, can do the same thing. A reader can leave feeling that faith has been verified or they can leave seeing it as discounted. It is interesting that in infusing message into a story it can result in not preaching one specific view on a subject. As characters have flaws and virtues, religious ideas, logical conclusions, and political viewpoints can be portrayed in the same way. Even if a reader does not agree with a character’s world view, there is power in writing that view in a way so that it is understandable why the character believes it.

Check out the first book in the Dead Song dodecology and the soundtrack The Sound May Suffer for the story told through words, pictures, and music.

 

 

Check out The Dead Song Legend Dodecology Book 1: January from Milwaukee to Muscle Shoals

 

http://jaywilburn.com/cover-reveal-dead-song-legend-book-1-january-from-milwaukee-to-muscle-shoals/

 

Check out the five song sound track in The Sound May Suffer … Songs from the Dead Song Legend Book 1: January

 

http://jaywilburn.com/cover-reveal-ep-soundtrack-the-sound-may-suffer-songs-from-the-dead-song-legend-book-1/

 

Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in Conway, South Carolina near Myrtle Beach on the Atlantic coast of the southern United States. He was a teacher for sixteen years before leaving to become a full-time writer. He writes in many genre. His Dead Song series book 1 is available now along with the five song soundtrack The Sound May Suffer.

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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!

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Guest Post: Jolie Du Pre #SummerofZombie

What Is Plants v Zombies?

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If you love zombies, then Plants v Zombies is the right game for you. In this game from PopCap, you have to defend your home against wave after wave of the undead. The only weapons that you have at your disposal are the plants in your garden.

Fortunately, these are far from being ordinary plants. Instead, these plants are virtually weapons of mass destruction! They can fire projectiles at the zombies, set them on fire, or even devour them whole. Other plants can provide barriers that slow the zombies down or even blow them up.

As you proceed through the levels of the game, you can earn new plants that are even more powerful. Of course, the zombies become more powerful as well! In the early stages, you only have to defend against the weakest and slowest zombies, but by the end of the game, you will be hard-pressed to fend them off.

You can play the game on your PC, or it is also available for many mobile devices. You can even get a version for the Nintendo DS. If the idea of fighting off wave after wave of shambling zombies appeals to you, this is definitely a game to try.

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Jolie du Pre is a dystopian author, paranormal romance author, article writer, blogger and lover of monsters, especially zombies.  The third book in her zombie series, Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 3, is available now at Amazon.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UACUHBA

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Teaser: Justin Coke #SummerofZombie

Dead Wrangler

Justin Coke

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            He clung to the spire of the Chrysler building. He was wretchedly thin, his ribs jutting out of his shriveled chest.  They were coming.  He could hear them scratching and screaming and moaning.  They were almost through.  The barricades worked too well.  It was easier just to go through the walls.

He looked down.  For miles and miles, dead bodies packed so tightly they could barely lift their arms.  From this height their moans almost sounded like the babbling of some peaceful creek.

He was the last man in New York.  The rest had given up days ago.  There had been nothing to eat except one another for weeks, nothing to drink but piss and rainwater.  And one look at the mass below was enough to know, without a sliver of doubt, that they were really and truly doomed.

He knew that now.  He accepted it.  He was fine with it.  He’d had a good twenty five years to live.  That wasn’t as long as he’d like, but it was longer than many.  And until a few months ago it had been a good life.  Under the circumstances, he felt that the rule against suicide must be temporarily waived. Fate had certainly fucked him, there was no argument there.  But that didn’t mean he was willing to accept the form of immortality on offer if he stayed.  He deserved that much.

The wall caved in and they came poring through below. He knew who had sent them and he’d left them a surprise. He was going to enter the afterlife right after the few thousand zombies he had just detonated, and right before a few thousand more that were going to get crushed by ten thousand tons of debris.  He wondered for a second whether they would be his slaves in the afterlife.

He closed his eyes and kicked out hard. One Mississippi. The wind roared in his ears, so loud he could barely hear the explosion.  He felt it deep in his chest.  Three Mississippi. The top ten floors of the Chrysler building detonated and sent shards of metal and glass flying. Five Mississippi.

The shards were flying nearly as fast as he was.  Seven Mississip.

 

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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!