Guest Post: Shawn Chesser #WinterofZombie

Shawn Chesser

My Zombie Apocalypse Dream Team

By Shawn Chesser

 

On my Facebook page the other day, I asked the question: What would your zombie apocalypse dream team look like? I put no restrictions on who they could pick for their team. A real person—living or dead, a comic book character, someone from the movies … it did not matter. I only wanted to know who their top ten would be, and why?

Some people picked relatives who had excelled on the field of battle and I think that’s beyond awesome! Way to honor them! Others stacked their team with superheroes. Most had a mix of team members as varied as the folks who read my ‘Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse’ series.

Therefore, without further adieu, here are my top ten picks.

 

  1. After thinking about this for about half a millisecond, I picked my own protagonist Cade ‘Wyatt’ Grayson. He’s former Delta, patriotic, and loyal to a fault.

 

  1. In the second half of that same millisecond I chose Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the late great legendary sniper the enemy took to calling “The Devil of Ramadi” on account of the high body count he racked up on them. With a scoped long gun and an ample supply of ammunition, the Z bodies would pile up very quickly.

 

  1. Marcus Luttrell was a must-have shooter for my team. A Navy SEAL Corpsman, he was the lone survivor of his four-man recon team. Deep in enemy territory in Afghanistan and vastly outnumbered by Taliban fighters, the four warriors fought tooth-and-nail to the bottom of a valley where Luttrell was knocked out by a fall before being spirited away to a friendly Pashtun villager’s home. His medical knowledge and dogged determination to survive against all odds makes him the perfect zompoc teammate.

 

  1. Michonne from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Her skill with the Katana is out of this world. Keeping as pets armless and jawless walkers whose stench masks her scent from other walkers earns her extra cunning points in my book.

 

  1. I could not pass up Wolverine from Marvel’s ‘The X-Men’. His accelerated healing factor should cancel out the possibility of infection from a zombie bite. Adamantium bones and razor sharp claws will allow him to wade through even the largest undead herds with impunity. Is fielding a mutant an unfair advantage? Yep … but I need to hear him call just one Z “Bub.”

 

  1. I would never hear the end of it from my readers if I left out Alice from Resident Evil. She is a master of weapons who just so happens to have telekinetic powers. Five years of fighting zombies and Umbrella Corp has conditioned her nicely for a full-blown zompoc.

 

  1. Han Solo. He flies the Millennium Falcon like a demon. Presumably, those skills will translate to fixed and rotor wing aircraft. I just hope that he won’t lawn dart it into a golf course with everyone aboard.

 

  1. Because I am a huge Punisher fan, Frank Castle makes the cut. With his martial arts training and weapons knowledge, he would round out nicely a four man recon team consisting of Chris Kyle, Marcus Luttrell, and Cade Grayson.

 

  1. Glenn from The Walking Dead would be a stellar addition. He is afraid of nothing. During runs outside the wire—save for the Noah debacle—he has proven he can move amongst the Zs without detection almost at will. Moreover, he always does what is best for the group. If you still need convincing … two words: Well Walker. If you have to ask, you are not a true Walking Dead fan.

 

  1. As one could imagine, a full day of zombie slaying drums up quite an appetite. Therefore, I chose Chef Emeril Lagasse—Bam!—to whip up our post Z-ass-kicking meal.

 

These are my ten.

 

What does your dream team look like?

 

P.S. In my STZA universe, Omega does not affect Wolverine. My imagination = my rules.

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Guest Post: Mike Evans #WinterofZombie

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Are You Ready?

By Mike Evans

How ready are you for the zombie apocalypse? Now be honest to yourself, if you lie who really loses here? If it happened today would you survive? Of course you would, you’ve seen every single episode of The Walking Dead at least twice. George Romero is your personal hero and you have seen Night of the Living Dead more times than you can remember.

But one thing I have got to ask you, only very important thing, are you read for it? No that is the question, are you ready for it? You know as well as I do that the chance of any advanced knowledge that a immeasurable pile of shit is going to hit one hell of a big fan. When this happens there won’t be warnings, there won’t be a doctor sitting at a desk on the news saying, you know we are pretty sure in the next few weeks that there are going to be people dying and then coming back and wanting to eat you. Would that be nice? Hell yes it would, it’d be downright polite of the nation, but unless you like living in a pipe dream I do not see it happening like that.

Now this article isn’t to scare you, okay so maybe it is. But in my defense it could save you also, it could prepare you and make you think, telling yourself one thing and doing something else makes no sense and in the end who is it that suffers? The smoker that says that they will quit after this pack is done. The drinker that says well I hate to waste beer I need to make sure this twenty four pack is finished. For every vice there is a excuse and I am not above it myself.

Let me ask you a couple questions and if they are no, then you may or may not need to have yourself a come to Jesus meeting. Let us start with something easy. Do you own a gun? It wouldn’t surprise me if you did, one in three Americans do. Do you know how to shoot the gun? If not it is a really expensive paperweight but would not make a zombie who hasn’t the slightest clue what it is afraid. But moving forward, so you have a gun. Do you know how to fix the gun if it breaks? If not again, that is one hell of a paperweight. Now you have a gun, you know how to shoot the gun, and you can fix the gun, these are very useful things to know how to do. Most importantly with guns is their ability to kill zombies. If you were holding this gun, do you know how to aim it effectively so that you can hit one of these zombies at a close or possibly if you are damn lucky, far distance away? Now if you answer is no, then maybe you need to spend just a little more time down at your local gun range. If your answer is yes I have one last important question about the topic. So to recap, you have gun, you know how to shoot it, you know how to fix it. If you have this gun, let me ask you, if every single one of your neighbors turned on you and you were the last person on your block with a heartbeat would you have enough ammunition to take out all of them and all of the ones around it?

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Mike Evans lives in Iowa with his wife and children. He writes for character depth because he wishes for you to love the character, regardless if they are the villain or the hero. He likes to write from a unique perspective, doing things with books that no one has done before. He keeps his characters realistic, there are no superhero like events that will happen. There are no perfect characters in his books, everyone has their flaws much like that of life.

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Guest Post: Michael Robertson #WinterofZombie

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Five Great Zombie / Virus Comics

 

The Walking Dead by Image Comics – It has to be, right? Such a great comic series as well as a television show, I would recommend this to fans of the show who want more of the same but with different twists and turns. Although there’s no Daryl in the comic, it’s still a great read. I think the comic and television show compliment one another perfectly, and both have enough in their own right to enjoy separately.

 

28 Days Later by Boom Studios – This is now available in a lovely paperback edition that collects the entire series for a reasonable price. Set between 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, we see a reporter try to convince Selina to head back to the United Kingdom. Such a great lead character, this series is well worth checking out. The art’s great and the comic maintains the tone of the first film.

 

Crossed by Avatar Press – While not zombies per se, this is a dark dark comic book where the infected end up driven to commit the most brutal and depraved acts on their victims. Not for the faint of heart, Crossed has made me feel as ill as anything I’ve read before. But it’s a well-told story that gets darker with every subsequent story arc. I’ve heard of people stopping reading as the series progresses because of this. So don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

Marvel Zombies by Marvel Comics – Spider-man and Wolverine as zombies… nuff said. In all seriousness, this is a bit of lighthearted fun. The art’s great, and it’s interesting to see such well-known characters zombified.

 

Revival by Image Comics – This is set in a small town in Wisconsin where the dead come back to life for one day. It’s gross, tense, and isolated. Definitely worth a read.

 

…and a bonus recommended read:

 

30 Days of Night by IDW Comics – Okay, so this is vampires. But proper vampires. They’re ugly, brutal, and probably stink. A grimy horror like many zombie stories, rather than the beautiful almost aristocratic approach often seen with vampires. Ben Templesmith is my favourite horror artist, and this is at the top of my list of his work. In the way a great writer can give you enough details to introduce you to a story, but not ram it down your throat, Ben Templesmith does this with his art. Sometimes his images just suggest at what’s happening, and it’s enough to drag you into the story and let your imagination run riot. I can’t recommend this series highly enough.

 

What are your favourite zombie or virus comics?

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Author Bio

 

Michael Robertson is a writer of dark post-apocalyptic fiction, horror, and science fiction. He’s been writing for over fifteen years and has been published in several anthologies and magazines, as well as being published by HarperCollins.

 

His series of books entitled The Alpha Plague is a post-apocalyptic world inspired by 28 Days Later.

 

He has plans for several science fiction books and is currently writing the first draft of New Reality 3: Fear, which will finish off his New Reality series.

 

As a father of two young children, he writes when he can, which is mostly before they get up and after they’ve gone to bed.

 

He loves reading, writing, watching movies and spending time with his family.

 

To see more of Michael’s work, go to his website at:

http://www.michaelrobertson.com

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Guest Post: John O’Brien #WinterofZombie

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Why Zombies?

 

Hello there. I’m John O’Brien and I write the series, A New World. My recent release was A New World: Untold Stories 2.

First of all, I should mention that the creatures in the series aren’t technically zombies. They aren’t the reanimated dead. They are infected who are genetically altered; faster, stronger, and more agile. However, their higher brain functions have been limited to a large degree, so they aren’t able to fathom weapons, vehicles, and sometimes doors. Instead of opening them, they go through them. They have a pack-like mentality and are also limited to the nighttime hours as exposure to the sun’s rays is extremely harmful to them. During the day, they hunker within darkened buildings, the very place survivors need to tread in order to gather supplies. There are a scant few who are able to reason on a higher level, and those become pack leaders. So, we’re left with a handful of survivors watching with fear as the sun sinks below the horizon. In the dark of the night, the streets are filled with the shrieks of hunting night runners.

I know that I wouldn’t want to have to survive in this world. Survival in a post-apocalyptic world would be hard enough without having to deal with millions of infected or, in the case of zombies, the undead. So, why are zombies and these kinds of stories so popular? It began with a niche creature genre in horror and quickly expanded into a worldwide fascination. Vampires, werewolves, and other such creatures didn’t quite have that affect. I believe it has to do in part with the fascination with a post-apocalyptic world. Vampires and werewolves only terrorize local areas. Only zombies bring about the end of the world as we know it. And that creates a world where one is pitted against the odds using their own skillset and brain power to get out of and solve situations. It’s the well-trained/mind over masses scenario.

Sure, I often fantasize about going through such a post-apocalyptic situation. I mean, that’s my job. J And I’m always running survival scenarios through my head, inserting random events and working my way through them. I throw a wrench into it to visualize how I would deal with it. But, actually live through it? Nah, I’m good. There would be bands of marauders to have to worry about. And, the family who has starving children who will do anything to see them fed. Most won’t ask, they’ll do what they need to do to keep their family alive for a day longer. If that means going through you, they won’t hesitate. There would be difficult decisions to face on your own. Hard choices that you won’t have time to think about. You’ll just have to do them. So, no thanks, I’m good with my running water and electricity. Although…

Just remember, there is no sanctuary!

Thanks for putting up with my chicken scratches, and thank you all for all of your support. I hope your year is a prosperous one!

 

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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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Guest Post: Jay Wilburn #WinterofZombie

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Winter of Zombie 2015

Sophomore Effort

by Jay Wilburn

 

I have not written a lot of sequels for my own work. Most of my characters and stories have been one night stands. It’s not them; it’s me. I just want to write about other monsters, baby. I have incomplete sequels and prequels in the computer. I have also written a number of series and sequels in the universes of others for ghostwriting. That’s a bit different. There is an art to calling back to the past stories and building on that history in a meaningful way. There is also an important challenge to build a story that stands on its own as a great work of fiction within and apart from its context in the series.

February from Vicksburg to Cherokee is the second book in The Dead Song Legend Dodecology. That is a twelve book epic I am attempting to write about a zombie infested version of America. That’s got to be the kind of project you tell people drunk at a party and the next day you go around calling people to tell them you were kidding.

In a way, the first book was itself the continuation of something that had already started. “Dead Song” was a short story that looked back from the Recovery Era at Dead Era America and explored the cultural shifts in music that occurred due to disparate groups of survivors coming together and blending their tastes in ways that were never meant to mix naturally. The novelized series fleshes out the legends discussed in that story.

I did not begin with the intention to write twelve books. I thought it was one novel, then I thought a trilogy, and then when I outlined out the entire course of the history and legend, I realized it would take twelve books. I took a short moment to take a gut check to see if I was up to this challenge. Like with most ideas in writing, I made the leap and we’ll see where we land later.

I assembled the team of editors, layout, cover and interior artist, and even a producer to make mock-ups of some of the songs. Book one came together and went into people’s hands at conventions and then in the mail from Amazon around the world.

With two of the main characters being gay males, some of the marketing steered in the direction of LGBT readers and I built a little bit of an audience from genre readers out of the LGBT community. I take that as a great honor and a bit of a heavy responsibility in how I represent those characters in a realistic, multi-dimensional way.

The story explores American history, character, diversity, culture, regional differences, religion, politics, prejudice, and the quirky nature of place through the lens of the unraveling and rebuilding of an apocalypse. That is a lot to juggle as I constructed the second book.

The story picks up with the aftermath of a major event that ended book one. It also opens a major conflict that will sweep through much of the rest of the series in various forms. It felt like I had done it, but I never can shake the nagging feeling that any story I write is far less than I intended it to be. In addition to that mental hurdle, it was also the second installment of a very long series.

It wasn’t until I heard back from beta readers and the artist that I started to feel like that it was better than my negative mind wanted to grant. These were people connected to the project, but still they benefit by helping me make it better than what it is. They were giving the book stellar feedback. It threw me off a little.

I reached out past my usual circles and engaged others with just book two and then some with both book one and two. I wanted to get reactions from people with no concern about me as a person. It turned out I might have struck that balance where it worked in both situations as part two of a series and as its own story. The “book two only” group asked if they could go ahead a get hold of book one also. Maybe I should have made them buy it, but I felt like I owed them for the confirmation they gave me.

I’m not certain this will be all that easier with books three, four, or eleven. In a way, they all have elements of those sophomore problems and demand the very best storytelling for myself and for readers. There will never be another second book to this particular series though. This is it. This is that book. It was a fun milestone to reach with many more to come.

Check it out along with book one and see what you think of the world and characters I created.

 

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

Start the series here è http://amzn.to/1CvxbST

Dead Song Legend Dodecology Book 2: February from Vicksburg to Cherokee

Continue the series here è http://jaywilburn.com/book-2/

Check out the first soundtrack to the series, The Sound May Suffer: Music from the Dead Song  here è http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thesoundmaysuffer6

or on Spotify. The hard CD is also available on Amazon.

 

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Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in Conway, South Carolina near the Atlantic coast of the southern United States. He has a Masters Degree in education and he taught public school for sixteen years before becoming a full time writer. He is the author of many short stories including work in Best Horror of the Year volume 5, Zombies More Recent Dead, Shadows Over Mainstreet, and Truth or Dare. He is the author of the Dead Song Legend Dodecology and the music of the five song soundtrack recorded as if by the characters within the world of the novel The Sound May Suffer. He also wrote the novels Loose Ends and Time Eaters. He is one of the four authors behind the Hellmouth trilogy. Jay Wilburn is a regular columnist with Dark Moon Digest. Follow his many dark thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope as @AmongTheZombies, his Facebook author page, and at JayWilburn.com

Loose Ends and Time Eaters. He is one of the four authors behind the Hellmouth trilogy. Jay Wilburn is a regular columnist with Dark Moon Digest. Follow his many dark thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope as @AmongTheZombies, his Facebook author page, and at JayWilburn.com

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Guest Post: PM Barnes #WinterofZombie

Zombie Seed Conception Revised

I dream of Zombies

 

All authors have someone that they hold out there, up into the light like a beacon of inspiration. Placed just so, providing the beat that makes up the cadence in their head that pushes them forward into literary greatness. For me that person is Mark Clodi.

I very rarely fangirl and as someone who reads a shit ton of books, there are very few that I go back and re-read and even fewer authors who I hang with for more than one tale. He is the exception.
I can often be quoted saying that The Zombie Chronicles can be thanked for inspiring me to create a different kind of zombie. Those books were my first glimpse at the incredible change in dynamic that takes place when you make the undead more than just scenery or speed bumps of flesh with gaping mouths.
Mark Clodi taught me that with a little bit of imagination, the undead could be so much more.

Making zombies that think and reason, plot and plan, uplifts the genre out of the box of just horror and turns it into a carefully crafted dramatic battle in the same vein as other classics. Allowing zombies to have dimension means that every run-in becomes a clash of wits, not just a narrated bloodbath for survival. Making the undead more complex, gives the story more meat and value. Which brings a higher emotional investment from the reader and allows you to tell a much more intricate tale.

At some point, all horror writers want to tell a story that transcends the genre and becomes more than just a platform to scare the shit out of people. In my opinion, those of us writing zombie fiction have a great opportunity to do just that. We have the ability to tap into people’s fear of anarchy, over-consumption and the fear of ourselves. The more diverse the zombies we create and the more socially relevant the catalyst to our apocalypses are, the more likely it is that our work will rise out of the category of just entertainment and into thought-provoking, conversation starting material.

I remember witnessing one of those wonderful bar conversations that can only be held by the drunk and very opinionated. Some inebriated, clearly intelligent man was speaking on the current state of politics in the US. A guy in a suit at the end of the bar took offense to something the drunken man said and decided to throw his two cents in. I watched from the sidelines as the suit wearing man began to recite rhetoric like he was reading a teleprompter on a well watched news outlet. The drunken man let him finish speaking, all the while taking heavy pulls from his drink. When the suit finally quieted, the drunk spun toward him on his stool and said “If you don’t have anything new to say, then don’t bother speaking.”
It stuck with me and has influenced my life and my work.

It is my opinion that as writers we have an obligation as artists to continue the conversation, not just regurgitate the same swill over and over again to sell books.
Which brings me back full circle to Mark Clodi.

I’ve been his Facebook friend for well over a year now and I have never seen a book promo post from him…not one. I probably talk more about his work than he does. Yet he is brilliant, plain and simple. And his unique vision on what zombies can be, is what sparked my desire to join the conversation. He made me feel like we can do more, like we should do more and it strengthens my resolve when I see my fellow indie authors out here trying new things, paving the way for a change in how we look at the undead.

I don’t want to publish great zombie books, I want to publish great books and that means producing more profound work that connects with people on higher levels than just acute fear.
In other words, I want to be like Mark.

I can only hope there is a new author out there somewhere reading my work and having parts of their brain previously unused, exploding into life. That readers finish Zombie Seed, covered in sweat and breathing like they just got biblical with the hottie from the coffee shop, panting and coughing because they literally are trying to digest what I just inoculated them with.

WE BE WRITERS FOR FUCKSAKE!
We should care more about our voice than prestige or turning over what people want. We should be stepping into the small speck of light that being published provides and saying something. We have an opportunity to “take it there,” and spur social consciousness.
I sincerely hope that we all take that to heart.

If we’re not trying to ignite a flame in each other or in our readers, then to paraphrase a crazy drunk sage, we should sit the fuck down and not bother speaking.

Side Note: Mark Clodi just released book #5 in The Zombie Chronicles…get your hands on it.

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