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 9

By: Tony the zombie

Translated by: Greg P. Ferrell

 

 

So I just had an interesting encounter and it has made me think about my existence. Tony the Zombie here with a reflective moment.

 

I had been chasing a meal for a couple of days and after several failed attempts I finally caught it. This was the first time that I made a kill by myself and I was rather proud. It wasn’t the biggest of captures but that didn’t matter to me as I dove into it. The meal was a moderate sized male who looked a little under nourished but was more than adequate to satiate my hunger temporarily.

 

I hunkered down and proceeded to devour the fallen prey. I was so lost in the moment I never heard the approaching company from behind. I felt a tug and my meal lurched sideways and that was when I realized I wasn’t alone. I looked over and saw one of your four legged companions trying to steal my meal. What followed was a long series of growling and posturing from both us over who owned this carcass. The exchange went on for several minutes until it dawned on me how uncivilized I was acting.

 

Even though it was my take down I realized I was being very selfish to the other creature. I kindly acquiesced to the lesser creature to allow him to feed also. The four legged mongrel started to drag away the former human and I felt a small piece of regret creep into myself that I was losing my meal.

 

Then something happened, I saw the body start to twitch and move about. During the time that we fought with each other the human was allowed to turn and become one of my kind. My new brother kicked at the animal dragging him away and the beast ran off. As the newest zombie stood up and recognized his new life he wandered off to spread our gospel to other humans.

 

That was when I had my epiphany about myself. It filled me with joy that the four legged beast didn’t get to enjoy my capture. Does this make me a bad zombie, hell no that’s what I am and I love it. Now I gotta go find something else to eat since my last meal just shambled off into the distance.

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Guest Post: Eric A. Shelman #WinterofZombie

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The Beginning … Again.

 

As many of you know, I recently released the first in a new series called Scabs: The Gemini Exception.   It’s not exactly zombie fare, but it does involve some heavy feasting on humans, therefore, it does somewhat qualify.   No, they did not rise from their graves, but they were once people, and they sure as hell don’t have any memories of that experience that gives them any pause when moving in for a bite of their sons, daughters or grandparents.

 

But is it still something in which a zombie reader would want to indulge?  I believe so, but what better way to make that call than to offer … let’s see.   A checklist.

 

 Hungry for human flesh … check.

 Not real bright, but capable in fulfilling their cravings … check.

 Scary-looking … check.  (More than zombies.)

 Relentless … check.

 Thorough in their consumption of people … check!  (More than zombies.)

 Their activities end life as we know it … check!!   Apocalypse, here we come!

 

So there you go.  I’m positive that Scabs is the kind of story that would please any zombie story-lover, which, admit it – you know you are.  This has already been proven to a degree, by such comments as these:

 

“This book grabbed me from the first page to the last and I was smiling all the way as I read it. I had the smile I have when reading a book is pure joy.” ~ Tim F., Amazon Reader.

 

“I have no idea where the premise for the story came from other than Eric Shelman’s twisted mind, but it is great and easily the best horror book I’ve read in years.” ~ Amanda F., Amazon Reader.

 

“This book was one of the best, scariest, [most] exciting books I have read in a very long time. Heart-pounding, pulse-racing scary.” ~ Grammyshere, Amazon Reader.

 

So that should be enough for you, huh?   Just enough glorious praise to make you decide that this book may be for you?   I hope so.   I personally love a good creature-feature or monster story that just makes you fear for the characters so much you’re not sure they’ll ever find a way to survive – and I hope I’ve created that here.  I was what I wanted to do, and it’s strange how it all just kind of came to me.   There are some strange elements of this story – currently slated to become at least a trilogy – that I do not believe have ever been combined before.

 

No, I won’t ruin the story for you by delving too deeply in, but suffice it to say the story is being told by identical 27-year-old ginger-haired twins, Scott and Warren Walsh.   They, along with their mother, Melissa, are facing one of the most harrowing situations imaginable.

 

So I do hope this blog post was vague and intriguing enough for you!   The book is available in Kindle (Yes, Kindle Unlimited, too!), Audiobook and in Print.   I narrated it, too!   In that case, if you HATE the audio version of it, I am solely to blame.

 

Enjoy, Rotter Lovers!   You will soon be Scab Lovers!  Count on it.  😉

 

Be sure to friend me on Facebook, and visit my website at www.ericshelman.com

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Guest Post: Duncan P. Bradshaw #WinterofZombie

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The Plan

Duncan P. Bradshaw

 

I’m guessing most of you have at one point in time, had a discussion with friends or colleagues about the zombie apocalypse. Maybe even at one point, when you got the vibe that perhaps these people are as keen on the undead as you, that you’ve even asked the question. THAT one…

‘What’s your plan then?’

And watched as every single face drops, as if they’ve just seen a picture of themselves naked being posted on social media. Bouts of nervous laughter tend to then run around the group, ‘Good one,’ they say, usually whilst wiping tears from the corner of their eyes, ‘why do you?’

You’ve got two options at this point, one is pretend it’s all a big joke, put on your best pretend laugh and take a deep, deep swig of beer and hope that you’re not sweating or going red. The second, or as I call it, the ‘balls to the floor’ approach, is to tell them. You don’t just give them a hint of what you have in mind, you go full on.

Now I’m not saying that for one moment you have to give away your ‘A’ site, that’s madness! But it’s good to sketch out the advantages of consulting a map with proper topographic detail on it. Point out natural advantages and hindrances, points of interest, get them to think about the distance from any semblance of habitation.

Then before you know it, you’re chatting about supplies, bug out bags, survival tips and tricks, your theories on the zombies you could face, the moral dilemmas that you’re going to be overloaded with. At some point someone is going to ask what weapons to use. They are a bit more serious than the others, a number of the group will have turned their backs on you and gone back to talking about Bob at work, and their theory on why he perpetually smells of onions.

In the UK, firearms are illegal, unless you’re in the military or a farmer, so you gotta broach the subject a bit carefully. There are more than enough items you can have which are dual purpose, best to mention the axe in the downstairs cupboard in a jokey manner though, no one wants the image of you outside their front windows, waving an axe and wearing a mask made from the flesh of their neighbours.

The people that are left after you get through that fun little section are the ones that will go home that evening and look at their house in a different way. They’ll likely go rummaging through their toolbox, feeling the weight of the hammer, or practising jabbing with a Phillips head screwdriver. Some will even fire up Google maps and start to have a bit of a nose around the Lake District, or if they’ve got their head on properly, the mountainous parts of Wales and Scotland.

If you choose option two, and I’m sure a lot of you will, feel good with yourself that when you go home that night, because as mad as it is, whether it’s zombies, kaiju or the fall of western society, you’ve opened up someone’s eyes to a bigger world out there.

And probably scared the crap out of a few more.

 

Duncan lives in the south-west of the UK, with his wife Debbie, and their two cats, Rafa and Pepe. Using the felines as hunters, they locate, trap and eat slow moving mammals and insects. They share the spoils via a game of rock, paper, scissors. When he isn’t writing bios, Duncan scribbles down his vision of the zombie apocalypse.

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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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Guest Post: Brice Chandler #WinterofZombie

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Rotten Zatire: The Pros and Cons of Zombie Satire

By now, most everyone is familiar with the idea that zombies are metaphors in many of the stories out there. The zombies represent this or that, or if not a direct metaphor, then they’re a catalyst to bring out the best or worse in the characters. I can’t argue with that. I also don’t believe that’s always the case with every story out there, but there you have it. And then there are those that want to write a fun romp through the zombie filled streets (I count my story Whiskey Jack in this category). For the writer who want to take the former route, consider satire as a platform.

Its not easy to pull off. Romero films have long been known for their social commentary and satire. Likewise, some writers are able to make their characters witty and add just the right mix of humor that their stories are nearly impossible to put down. Those creators make it look easy, irregardless of how contrary that is to the truth.

I wish I could pull it off in my own writing, because I enjoy characters who are witty and humorous even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. I also really enjoy satire.

But are witty and funny enough to make a story satire? Not entirely. It certainly contains these qualities, but it needs more. So what then is satire?

Google search the word and the definition appears as; “the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose people’s vices, particularly in the context of politics or other topical issues.”

It goes on to explain some of the various forms that satire appears as, like parodies, caricatures, and lampoons. Satire also tends to have a certain degree of sharpness, or sting, to it, and that sharpness makes it a powerful and dangerous tool in the writer’s arsenal. Some people might say that modern satire has declined, but I suggest they look no further than The Daily Show, The Onion, and  any number of Tonight Show skits or monologues.

So how does this fit into the zombie genre. Well, there’s no shortage of contemporary issues that need addressed and what better way to point out the absurdities of certain political or social agendas than to personify them as zombies.

I wrote a zombie short story that used satire to address homophobia and religious extremism. In that story, the zombies weren’t even human; instead, birds actually contracted the strain. They were just the catalyst to push peoples positions on the target subject.

Looking back, I might have made that one a little too obvious when I chose to have a same sex couple accidentally start the birdpocalypse by feeding a finch an undercooked chicken bite from a popular restaurant that refused to serve such couples because of the corporation’s religious background.

Which brings me to a list of five reasons why you might want to consider using satire for your next zombie story followed  with five reasons why you might avoid it. These are by no means comprehensive or scientifically vetted lists. Its just my opinion, use at your own risk.

Reasons to consider:

  1. Zombie satire is a great way to vent frustrations or point out the absurdities of a situation. Do you feel like you’re surrounded by mindless zombies as you traverse sidewalks, dodging people with their eyes glued to phone screens? Why not make them actual zombies, oblivious to each other and everything else except for the tiny survivor still holding out against the new norm. There are numerous issues that we deal with on a daily basis that lend themselves well to zombie satire.On many occasions, Satire is used to denounce common practices where the practitioners are oblivious or uncaring of their actions.
  2. Satire is a great way to gain followers if you crank out stories, write commentary often (bloggers, where you at?), or post on a regular schedule. Many people tend to gravitate towards gossip and humor, irregardless if of how mean it is (as long as they’re not the target). I’m a big fan of flash fiction, and I can easily see a series of zombie satire shorts going a long way with this method. A zombified version of The Onion maybe. Undead News Network anyone?
  3. Going along with number 1. Satire often stirs up action. If done well, satire raises questions about current events that can lead to heightened public awareness. This especially true with writers pushing or opposing a political agenda. With the right amount of creativity, zombies could amplify the point depending on who are represented by the undead and the survivors. Zombie satire can add fuel and exposure to the fires of change.
  4. Its lightens the mood. Let’s face it, as much fun as zompoc is to write, it’s still a pretty gloomy scenario with the end of humanity, millions of reanimated dead wanting to devour the living and all. This is often true of apocalyptic writing in general. Satire can add more depth to a comedy about the zombie apocalypse.

Which leads to the last point on this list.

  1. Like any other type of writing, it’s challenging but also fun. I’ve had a lot of fun poking jabs at politicians, high profile figures, and their agendas. The idea of turning them into zombies gives me more incentive to write.

 

All of the above can also lead to problems if the writer has pushed the level of debauchery too far or strayed into the area of libel, which leads to the next list.

Five reasons to stay away… back away slowly, turn, and run from satire:

  1. Writing satire is fun, but it can also land you in hot water if you make personal attacks against nonpublic figures such as your neighbor (assuming your neighbor isn’t a public figure). Most of us have known someone that could use a little zombie makeover. Even some public figures and companies might take action against you. In most cases you might face a simple cease and desist order. Satirists have seen outcomes from full blown lawsuits to extremes such as the attack on French satirical paper, Charlie Hedbo.
  2.  While you might gain followers, you might also lose friends. As policy, some writers never write about people they know because it might cost them more heartache than its worth. The same holds true with the writer of satire. Have a close friend that is running for city council or is serious about their politics. You might not have that friend after you’ve made their political party the culprit of the zompoc or a member of the Mindless Horde party.
  3. Any satire that targets current events can become irrelevant over time. Some jokes don’t age well at all, whether that will hold true for satire that caters to our genre of choice remains to be seen. At best you’re writing what will be considered context for a history essay (unless of course, the issue is still alive and well). Or maybe a future beings will discover these stories and wonder what the hell happened to us. One of the worse outcomes that could happen is that it will be filed away with thousands of other outdated jokes.
  4. “I just don’t get it.” Be prepared to hear that line often. Satire isn’t for everyone and neither is the zombie genre. Once I wrote a satire article targeting an issue in a rural county with the goal of making the story outrageous but still plausible. The effect was that most people believed it until they realized they had been duped. From that point, they were angry and couldn’t understand the reasoning behind the story in the first place.
  5. Satire often dwells on the negative. For me the ultimate goal is to make people laugh, while still showcasing what I felt was absurd. While satire is a great lens to write through, it generally points out the negative of most situations and is often seen as only dwelling on the problem instead of helping to find a solution.
  • As a bonus tip, many satirists use pseudonyms for the reasons listed above and from the fear of backlash.

Satire is not for everyone. It can range from adolescent humor and witty monologues to subtle but realistic news articles that force the reader to research the subject to find out if it’s real. So, if you yearn to unleash that inner smart-ass, want a thought provoking zompoc, or just want to try something different, consider making your next zombie endeavor a satire.

 

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Brice J. Chandler is a US Marine Corp veteran that deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit which responded to the tragic events of Sept. 11th 2001. He later earned The Purple Heart during combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq in 2006/2007.

Since then, he has worked in factories and as a pewter-smith before graduating from the University of Missouri-St.Louis. His military background and work experience are often reflected in his writing. Although he writes in many genres, he considers zombie, apocalyptic, and dystopian stories his true love.

Brice and his wife, Kimberly,  currently reside in a small river town in North Eastern Missouri under the harsh rule of their three daughters: Emilie, Charlotte, and Piper.

 

Check out Brice’s novel, Whiskey Jack, on Amazon:  www.amzn.to/1JorHFv.com

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Other places to find Brice’s writing:

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Guest Post: Jessica Gomez #WinterofZombie

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Beginning to write this post was not an easy task. I continuously racked my brain, what am I going to write about? Well, I FINALLY figured it out. The Apocalypse. Hello! We are all here for not just our love of ALL things zombie, but the apocalypse too. And what better way to cover the subject, than to tell you where the idea for INFECTED came from.

When the idea for INFECTED popped into my head, I was watching a dooms day show about different ways the world would end. Needless to say, fireworks started sparking in my brain. They’d mentioned a cave system that people could survive in. These systems run all over the United States. The reason this interested me so much, was because one of these cave systems actually runs through the state of Oregon. The state I live in. Living inside these caves can provide shelter, warmth, and best of all water. These systems are in our national parks and are common projects for school, which made writing it into the story relatively easy.

A chemical weapon was perfect. Could you imagine a bright light blinding you and then when you can finally see again, everyone around you is dead? Dropped where they stood. INFECTED morphed from there. The story poured out. I created a place that I myself would live. If I could build a cave, what would I have? A pool, hot tub, and kitchen seem unrealistic, but after researching the proficiency of the some of these cave systems, imagine my giddiness when these ideas were actually possibilities(because I really wanted them). Some streams of water in these cave systems are barely warm, while others will boil you in seconds. Using that heat to your advantage would give you the capability of having many luxuries.

While researching for INFECTED, there were bumps and bruises along the way. Arguments with my characters. Some scenes I second guessed writing, but then decided that the end of the world wasn’t going to be soft. It will be unbearable, traitorous, petrifying… inhumane. Nothing will be sacred and everything will be up for grabs, including those you love. I tried to portray all this in the book. Of course, my imagination played against the facts I found about sustaining in these caves, adding to the twists and turns of the story.

I touched base on the extra abilities some of the characters possess. James’s “sight”, Ian’s “sensing”, Lili’s “premonitions”, which will finally come to the forefront next year in book two, IMMUNE. More characters will enter, others with return… and some will die. Three descriptions that scream, YES!

I really hope you enjoyed reading my very first guest post! Thank you so much for taking the time to swing by.

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Jessica Gomez writes in multiple genres such as: New Adult, Apocalyptic, Paranormal, Suspense, Bi-lingual, and Romance. Her debut novel AFTER THE BEFORE was release in September 2014. Followed by her second release in March of 2015 titled, INFECTED. You can find more information about Jessica on her Facebook page, Books by Jessica Gomez: http://bit.ly/JessicaGomezAuthor

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Guest Post: Jamie Friesen #WinterofZombie

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So you think you’re heading north, do you?

Surviving cold weather in a Zombie Apocalypse

By Jamie Friesen

 

It seems to be a fairly popular idea to head north in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

 

The hero in the truly awful Land of the Dead thought it was a great idea. Millions of people in Max Brooks’ novel World War Z, millions of North Americans flee to Canada’s North to escape the undead hordes.

 

So some people think, “Hey, I’ll just head up to Canada where there are more cows than people!”

 

If you’re thinking that, let me throw some cold water on the idea right now.

 

Winter’s in Canada are COLD.

 

I don’t mean, oh, I need a sweater cold either. Or put on a winter jacket cold.

 

Winters up here are often instantly freeze boiling water cold…just like a couple years ago during the Polar Vortex.

 

Basically, they are freeze your fucking balls off cold.

 

And if civilization collapses, you won’t be able to crank up the furnace like most of us do now when winter hits.

 

Newsflash – people like you are going to die if you aren’t prepared – and let’s face it, most aren’t prepared for a real winter. Instead they freak out because of a snowstorm in Atlanta or a cold front from the Arctic.

 

Okay, now that the reality check is over, let’s get to some helpful tips in case I haven’t scared you off yet.

 

The first thing one must know about dealing with extreme cold is that the COLD acronym – used by both the Canadian and American armies to teach soldiers how to properly deal with the cold.

 

C – Keep all clothing CLEAN

O – Avoid OVERHEATING

L – Wear clothes LOOSE and in LAYERS

D – Keep clothing DRY

 

All four items should be self-explanatory, but keep your clothes as clean as possible, work at a moderate pace when working outdoors, wear several light jackets/sweaters instead of one thick, heavy jacket, and if your clothing gets wet (say from sweating) it freezes and begins to sap heat from your body very quickly. It is imperative to change immediately to something dry.

 

The reason experts suggest layering is that you can remove/add layers as you move. A good layering system might be a polypropene undergarment, two pairs of socks, a pair of fleece pants and sweater, with a gortex shell on top. If it is extremely cold – minus 30 degrees Celsius or lower – a gortex parka can be used. A warm hat, like a toque or balaclava, as well as appropriate gloves and winter boots (mukluks are even better) round out the minimum gear needed.

 

It is also important to remember that the wind is also your enemy. A moderately cold day – like minus 10 Celsius – is relatively easy to endure if one is properly equipped. However, a strong wind on the same day creates a wind chill effect in which the wind strips away your body heat faster than your body can produce it, inducing hypothermia and/frostbite very quickly – in a matter of minutes depending on the temperature and the wind speed.

 

Winter shelter depends on how far north you go. If you stay below the tree line, trees will break up the wind and lighter gear will suffice. If you plan on going past the tree line out into the open Arctic, you’ll need heavier gear. Most RVs, camping trailers, etc will NOT be warm enough to use in the North – nor are there many roads on which to use them. Likewise, most tents, sleeping bags, etc are not designed for such extreme temperatures. Make sure to buy equipment rated for use in extreme cold. At night, do not sleep in damp clothing – hang them in your shelter to dry and sleep in something else.

 

Finding sources of food in the North can be a challenge.

 

The Inuit, however, hunted year round in the Arctic for thousands of years with Stone Age tools.

 

Below the tree line, there are numerous types of animals – both large and small – that can be hunted or trapped. The Arctic abounds with game from Arctic Hare to caribou (deer) to musk oxen (like a woolly buffalo). Above the tree line, sea mammals will be your preferred game, as seal, walruses and whales had large amounts of meat, fat and skin to consume, although that will mean travelling onto the ice or open sea. Ice fishing is yet another method of finding food in the Arctic.

 

The key thing to remember is that in the Arctic you must consume the entire animal, not just the parts of the animal most city dwellers are used to. Organs provide much needed vitamins, fat can be used as both food or heating fuel, bones can be turned into spearheads and other tools, and the skins can used for clothing, shelter construction, shoes, even material for a kayak.

 

So, the real question is can you eat whale blubber? If you can, you might just make it up north.

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