Guest Post: Greg P. Ferrell #WinterofZombie

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In honor of being a part of this year’s Winter of Zombie blog tour, here is a set of short stories written exclusively for the visitors to the tour. These were started back during the Summer of Zombie tour. They’re from the perspective of one Tony the Zombie and his personal gripes against us humans. Typed out by Greg P. Ferrell because really, have you ever seen a zombie use a keyboard? It’s not pretty.

 

A day in my dead life!

Chapter 5

By: Tony the zombie

Translated by: Greg P. Ferrell

 

 

Tony the zombie here, and I want to have an honest open dialogue with you about our feelings. I’ve been talking with some of my fellow undead, and we all have a similar gripe, name calling. Seriously people, this has got to stop. We are zombies and that is what we want to be called. The names you scream out are kinda hurtful and we would like it to stop. What names am I talking about? As much as I hate to say them out loud, I will do it this one time for your learning benefit.

 

First off Undead American, just another example of political correctness gone wrong, we are a global people not just in one region. Slab, zed, infected, turned, walker, lame brain, meat sack, maggot face, stinkers, rot heads, decayed, dead heads(that one I think is trademarked anyway), lurkers, creepers, jerks, geeks, roamers or any of the other creative things you people come up with. Please stop it. Even though our way of life or death, however you look at it, might make you think otherwise I’m here to tell you we do have feelings.

 

Sure I know you look out at us living free with no jobs or responsibilities and you’re jealous of it. You feel you have to say some of those things to make yourself feel superior to us. Well I have a solution for you. Step outside and put down your loud bang sticks and let us bring you into our ranks. Membership drives are constantly going on and we only have to take one bite and you will be one of us lucky ones. Once we are all one people again we can move past all the name-calling and hurtful things we do to one another.

 

So in closing remember, we were once people too but we got better. We want nothing more than to bring you into our way of life and become one again. Now I won’t promise that all of you will be accepted and we might completely eat a few of you in the process, but thats just the chance you will have to take. It’s worth it though if you make it through the hazing and become a full fledged member of our awesome new race of gut eaters, I mean zombies. Damn it! Now you have me doing it.

Now I have to go apologize to a pair of maggot bags that walked by when I said that out loud. See you next time. Oh well, for now this is Tony the Zombie signing off.

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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!

#WinterofZombie is the hashtag for Twitter, too!

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Guest Post: Duncan P. Bradshaw #WinterofZombie

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Top Five Zombie Films

As of now at least anyway.

Duncan P. Bradshaw

 

My current, ‘to watch’ zombie film pile is in danger of collapsing and taking out a decent portion of the street I live in. Both Dead Snow’s are in there, the Living Dead At Manchester Morgue and Dead Rising: Watchtower are also part of the fabric of the tower. But they, and their patiently waiting brethren would have to go some ways to beat my current top five. Without further ado, and in reverse order, to maintain an air of suspense, they are:

 

5 – Zombie Diaries

 

This is in the found footage and anthology camps, and one of two UK films in the list. I loved the way it was shot, and how some of the stories grew and morphed into something sinister. The low budget, for once, actually makes this a better film than it has any right to be. Yes, the dialogue is a bit crappy, but the performances are believable, and it ticks all the right boxes. Shambling zombies – yes, messed up psycho’s – hell yes! The sequel is utterly forgettable, but this is a must see.

 

4 – Wyrmwood

 

The cover boldly proclaims that it’s ‘Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead.’ Pffft, yeah right I thought. Around two minutes in, I was hooked. The camera shots and humour reminded me of Bad Taste, the gore is fantastic, and you have a batshit paramilitary angle going on with a bonafide crazy scientist. Throw in body armour, shotguns, zombies which are used as petrol, and you have a genuinely interesting and unique zombie film. The end tails off a bit, but everything that comes before makes up for it.

 

3 – Shaun of the Dead

 

There is an episode in the TV series, Spaced, where Tim is on the come down after a hectic night, and events merge with his playthrough of Resident Evil 2. Simon Pegg obviously wanted to expand on this and helped create this legendary film. Wonderfully referred to as a rom-zom-com, it is as gory as it is funny. The dawning realisation on the two hapless heroes that the world has gone to pot is brilliant. Snappy dialogue and a very British apocalypse. Anyone curious as to how the zombie uprising would go down in the UK, need only watch the film. Tea, biscuits and the pub. In that order.

 

2 – The Battery

 

Where a lot of zombie films rely on gun-toting square jawed good guys, or busty maidens, The Battery strips it all back to what it actually comes down to. Survival. It’s a film of two halves, the first builds up the story, with the two main leads and their uneasy relationship. You can tell that of all the people they wished to be spending the end days with, neither of them are it. Just when you wonder what is going to happen, they get trapped. The next part is truly harrowing. It epitomises exactly what zombies are about. They will not stop. Ever. Until you have somehow legged it, or they are chewing on your entrails. Forget the guns and explosions, you have to see this film.

 

1 – Dawn of the Dead

 

I’ll relay a typical conversation I have with people, when they find out I write zombie books.

 

THEM: Wow, that’s pretty cool. Hey, I watched Dawn of the Dead the other day, that was sweet, what did you think of it?

ME: Really? That’s so cool! It’s like my favourite zombie film EVER, what’s your favouri….wait a moment. Which one?

THEM: Huh? What do you mean which one? The one with the zombies in it, duuuhhh, thought you liked zombie films?

ME: *vein bulging in forehead, fists clenching*

THEM: They’re in a shopping mall, I really thought you would know it, it’s a pretty famous one apparently.

ME: Simple question, did they walk or run?

THEM: Well run, why would they walk? It reminds me of my other favourite zombie film.

ME: Which is? *picks up shovel and bag of lime*

THEM: 28 Days Later, those zombies were excellent!

ME: 28 Days Later is NOT A FUCKING ZOMBIE FILM. Though it is mighty fine, now if you’ll excuse me.

 

I am of course talking about the 1978 original. This is what got me hooked on the undead. I was eight years old, and the attack on the tenement building has taken a turn for the worse, when one of them starts EATING his missus. Wow. I didn’t know what they were, but I knew that I loved them. Sure, it looks dated now, but I don’t care. It’s got gore, it’s got survivors, morals, crazy raiders and one stupid idiot who wants to get his blood pressure tested in the midst of a horde.

If I could only show one film to someone to demonstrate why I love zombies, and why I write books on the undead, it is Dawn of the Dead. It’s claustrophobic, heartbreaking, but most of all, it was the bedrock for an entire genre. Yes, Night of the Living Dead started it, but Dawn picked up the flag from its dead hands and waved it proudly.

 

A few other films which are just outside the top five, but still highly recommended: Colin, Zombieland (believe me, I wanted to put this in the top five, but just couldn’t), Zombie Flesh Eaters, Juan of the Dead and Return of the Living Dead.

 

Duncan, his wife Debbie and their two cats, Rafa and Pepe, live in the county of Wiltshire in the south-west of England. They idle away the long winter evenings by making miniature wicker men, in which they incarcerate voodoo dolls of their relatives and burn them on the hearth. When not engaged in scaled down pagan rituals, Duncan also writes about the undead and other strange, fantastical tales that are beamed into his head from the mothership.

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Hit him up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/duncanpbradshaw

Or his website right here http://duncanpbradshaw.co.uk/

 

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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!

#WinterofZombie is the hashtag for Twitter, too!

Guest Post: Courtney Rene #WinterofZombie

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Zombies Everywhere

By Courtney Rene

Growing up in the 80’s the only good zombie flicks where the Night of the Living Dead movies.  Then, trying to find a good book with zombies at that time was almost impossible.  You had some good horror stories, but nothing really that stood out as zombie.  Now, thirty some odd years later, you look around and it’s a sea of books and television shows and movies.  I absolutely love it!

 

Yes, part of it is the gross gore, but actually for me the main draw is the survival issue.  Take the Walking Dead series.  There are always parts within each episode that is zombie lead.  The killing and biting and dying keeps the show exciting.  However, the actual story is about how the people are surviving within all the chaos.  How they continue on and lead as normal a life as they possible can manage. They are surviving for themselves and for their children and their family and friends. Some do it better alone, while others need and crave the family environment.  Some become the leaders and others the followers, but again, they are alive. Maybe not so much thriving, but they are getting there.

 

I am a character person.  I want to know who each character is.  Why they are the way they are.  What caused them to be the way they appear and do what they do?  I want to fall in love with them or hate them with a real and tangible passion.  I believe that is what makes the current zombie shows so wonderfully good.  We get to know the people, the good, the bad, and the unbelievable about them.  We ache when they ache and we get mad when they get mad.  The writing of the shows I have to say is fantastic.  Without the character involvement, it would just be about zombie munching, blood dripping chaos.  That type of production wouldn’t last.  A show or two and we would all lose interest.

 

That is how I came to write my short story:  A Day in the New World.  I wondered how one woman, without family or friends would survive out in the wild of what was left of civilization.  Would she cower before the dead?  Would she fight back to survive?

 

I grew up camping, and canoeing, and learning to shoot firearms and bows.  I learned how to fish and trap.  I like to think that I would survive and be just fine on my own.  I know I can take care of myself without any real problems.  I would know how to keep myself safe.  I would rely on no one.  I would keep alone and probably not join in with any other groups.  Trust would be very hard in that world.  I know I could make it though.  I’m not sure that type of life would be worth it though.  Surviving, but alone.  Humans after all are pack animals.  We don’t do well mentally by ourselves.  We thrive in family groups.

 

However…if you add in my family and my children, it would be very hard, if not impossible to keep us all alive.  I would be afraid all the time.  Every waking moment and most likely even in my sleep I would be afraid of what could or would or may happen.  I would work to keep them safe most likely to my own peril.  I would be forced to have to rely more on others to hold up their end of things or simply keep up.  There would be more food to find and more shelter to create to house and feed the bigger numbers.  Noise would be an issue, wherein as a single person on my own, it wouldn’t.  The group aspect would be comforting as we would be together, but in the end I believe it would be a detriment as well.  Worrying about others while trying to stay alive causes mistakes to be made and emotions to get in the way.

 

Then you come to the boy girl issue.  If the world falls, how many people become animalist and base with it?  How many people that were good and honest and safe would become mean, abusive, and controlling if the world fell apart?  How many teen girls and women would be abused and raped and made slaves?  People don’t like to think about that, and yet it plays out even in this day in other countries.  So it’s not that it isn’t possible.  Add in fear and you have a very dangerous concoction for some people.

 

I’m not saying it is only men.  No.  I know for a fact that if the zombie apocalypse happened right this moment, the life my children were leading would be over.  You would see jailer and control freak mom take over.  They would have no freedom in my bid to keep them safe.  They would be virtually Velcroed to my side. What kind of life is that?  I don’t know.  Is it even a real life?  No freedom to learn and grow and be a kid?  Not really, but they would be alive and safe.  Are the consequences too much though?  I don’t know, maybe.  Would it change my mind?  Nope.

 

There is a lot to think about, but that’s part of the fun of being a writer.  I can sit and think about all this crap and know it doesn’t matter right this second.  It’s all fiction and ideas and most likely wont happen.  Never say never, after all, right? I do like seeing all the new ideas out today.  There are books galore to enjoy now, where there never was in the past.  It seems to have sparked its own genre, which I find absolutely fantastic.  New authors are popping up like daisies to write their own stories.  You can now find zombie love stories, zombie space sagas, time travel, and yes, the time true horror.  Anything you want, I’m sure you can find it today in the zombie world.

 

Enjoy it while it lasts.  I know that I will.

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The stench of frozen flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2015, with 40+ of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

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: Rebecca Besser #WinterofZombie

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Shut the Damn Door

By Rebecca Besser

Recently, while watching Fear the Walking Dead, I found myself completely annoyed with the stupidity of humanity. In situations where people don’t know what’s going on or what to do, they tend to make the stupidest of decisions. Like leaving the damn doors open behind themselves when they leave the house and, by doing so, allow a zombie to get into their house.

I was literally screaming at the TV, calling the people idiots for not shutting the door to their house when they left.

My husband said, “You would do the same thing.”

I responded with, “No, I wouldn’t.”

Why wouldn’t I? Because I’m not stupid enough to leave everything open to someone or something that might harm me or my family. Hell, I’m allergic to cats so I shut the door every time I step outside so that one doesn’t sneak in while I’m not looking. I even shut the door so as not to allow bugs in because mosquitoes love me! I sure as hell wouldn’t leave the door to my house open if I thought anything even remotely close to zombies were running around outside. In that case, I wouldn’t leave the house unarmed. And I’d damn well shut the damn door.

Smart people don’t leave their secure, safe place open to just anyone or anything. That’s how people get hurt and die.

Yes, I’m aware people would be in denial, just like the characters of the show I just mentioned. But, they stared the dangers in the face (at least a couple of them did) prior to the incident. They made the mistake of not telling the third person in their party (who hadn’t witnessed what was going on) blind to the entire situation, hence the door being left open by that person. Hence the risk to all their lives.

Luckily they all managed to survive, even though that third person I mentioned finally came face to face with the danger no one would tell her about at the risk of her life. She managed to escape…barely.

You’re probably wondering why the writers would make their characters so naïve. Frankly, it’s because writers want a reaction from you. Example: Me screaming at the TV. They want you to feel something for the characters or about the characters. That’s how they get readership/watchers. Writers want the characters to be relatable in some way.

Even if you’re not stupid enough to leave the door to your house open during the Z-poc, I’m sure you know someone who is dumb enough to do so. Human beings will always be in denial of the biggest threats that face them. Those that survive in the hard times will be the people who are strong, decisive, and cautious (or the people who are protected by such a person). All the others will find their demise one way or another.

So, shut the damn door and survive. Protect yourself and your own. Be a strong survivor whatever the danger that’s staring you in the face.

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The stench of frozen flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2015, with 40+ of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

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: Peter Meredith #WinterofZombie

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Why I write Zombie “Literature”

Easily the number one reason I write about zombies is because I’m a whore. Yes, I want the new BMW i8, there it’s out there and I’m not embarrassed to say it: I AM A WHORE!

I wrote horror, no one cared. I wrote fantasy, yawn. I wrote drama, double yawn. I wrote political thrillers, but no one was thrilled. I even wrote the “Great American Novel”, my mom has a box of them in her garage so that I could point to having some sales. We both pretend the box doesn’t exist.

Honestly, I wrote eleven full length novels and took myself out to lunch at McDonalds once a week on the profits.

Then one day my son says: “You should write about zombies. They’re really big.” This is the same son who has only read the cliff notes of my books.

I smirked and with a practiced note of condescension, answered: “Please, I am an author.” I might have also struck a pose that spoke of worldly wisdom and undiscovered genius. How could he even suggest that I write such pedestrian poppycock? The smirk turned into a dismissive laugh and I patted the lad on his head and he went to play his Xbox instead of reading my latest work of art.

I held that smirk for the better part of the day until I happened to see my Visa bill for that month—so many numbers. It was like looking at the doomsday clock in reverse. I still get the chills thinking about that moment. And so later, when everyone was asleep I snuck down to my computer and for once, I used that expensive contraption for more than just downloading increasingly shameful pornography.

With the lights low and the door closed, I typed z.o.m.b.i.e.s—“Mark Tofu is number eleven on Amazon’s horror list!” I cried, outraged. “How’s that possible? And what kind of name is Tofu? He sounds too squishy to write about zombies.”

“His name is Mark Tufo,” my soon-to-be-disinherited son said from the doorway. “He’s what some people call successful. You should try reading his stuff sometime.”

“Precisely,” I replied and then looked up Iocane powder, thinking I would add some to his morning bowl of gruel or whatever it is the maid feeds him. Well, it turns out that Iocane powder isn’t even a real poison, thank you Princess Bride for that lie!

With that disappointment weighing me down I researched all I could about this zombie phenomenon and I learned exactly one thing: you people who read zombies books are bat-crap-crazy!

I suppose it’s poor form to put down my readers but it doesn’t matter because like I said: Bat-crap-crazy! You love everything zombie. You love the Walking Dead and that’s really only just a soap opera(they even had I guy with an eye patch for goodness sakes!) You love the book World War Z( here’s a hint how poor that book really was: when Hollywood made the movie they kept the fact that there were indeed zombies in it and the title, WWZ…and nothing else!)

But the most obvious indictment of all you whack-jobs is that you keep buying my books. That says it all, but hey, like I said, I really want the BMW i8. So, when the nurse comes with the little paper cup with the risperdal, or the seroquel, you just stick that little yellow pill in your cheek and smile big. Or when they say: Who’s ready for their shock treatments? You just tell Nurse Ratched to start with the big Indian and when no one’s looking, download The Apocalypse Crusade 2 because you can’t help it, can you.

You got zombie-fever and the only prescription is more cow-bell…I mean more books by yours truly(and maybe that Tofu guy).

Peter Meredith

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The stench of frozen flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2015, with 40+ of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

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!

#WinterofZombie is the hashtag for Twitter, too!

Guest Post: Mikhail Lerma #WinterofZombie

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Comparing Zombies to Other Monsters

A man hurriedly exits a door and slams it behind him. He then throws his body against it to hold it closed. Breathing heavily he surveyed the moonlit rooftop for an escape. His search, however, was interrupted by the sudden assault on the metal door behind him. Hungry growls called to him from the other side. What was he going to do?  The key to surviving the undead is knowing what kind of undead is being dealt with. There are two major types of undead and knowing the difference could mean life or death. The two types are vampires and zombies. While both prey on the living for food and lack a pulse their differences are very real!

Zombies are typically slow shambling creatures often times in various stages of decomposition. With yellowing skin and blackened teeth gnashing at their victims. While vampires could be considered attractive, charming even. Their pale complexions match the full moon’s glow. Vampires are primarily creatures of the night. That’s when they leave their lairs, a crypt or graveyard to feed. Zombies, however, are active at all hours, making them a constant threat.

Now that feeding times have been established lets discuss the menu. For vampires it’s blood. They are often portrayed as using their fangs to bite humans on the neck. From there they drain their meal dry, whereas zombies aren’t picky about what they eat just as long as it’s flesh. They grab their victims with rotted hands and sink their teeth into any exposed meat.

Defense is the next step. Zombies can be slow, making evasion seem easy, but their relentless nature makes them dangerous. In a one on one encounter defeating these creatures can be easy. Destroy the brain and the ghoul dies. By severing the brain’s connection it renders the body inert. Vampires have a laundry list of weaknesses. First and foremost is sunlight. The rays the sun emits are the bane of their existence. Other weaknesses include allergies to garlic and holy water. It was also said that they couldn’t cross running water. An important thing to know is that a stake to the heart can make short work of these beings.

Armed with this knowledge if one were presented with an undead threat, they could both distinguish which kind and successfully defend themselves. Whether it’s holding up until dawn or going on the offensive with a crowbar, one could easily survive. This being said, only two potential threats are mentioned. What other creatures of the night could be lurking about? Werewolves? Banshees? Succubae? Dealing with them is an entirely different fight.

 

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Mikhail Lerma was raised in the rural town of Holdrege Nebraska. His strong interest in horror and science fiction began at a young age, starting with late night zombie movies and Star Trek. He finished his high school years by joining the army when he was only 17. He is a 10 year U.S. Army veteran. While deployed to Iraq in 2007 he spent missions in a turret as gunner, and began writing in his free time. Storytelling has become a passion of his, and he looks forward to writing more science fiction in the future. He currently lives in Iowa with his wife and three daughters. Balancing his roles between husband, father, writer, and full time steel mill worker.

 

Website: http://www.mikhaillerma.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikhailLermaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZPlanBook

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00919M4MI

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The stench of frozen flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2015, with 40+ of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

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!

#WinterofZombie is the hashtag for Twitter, too!