Guest Post: Dion Winton-Polak #WinterofZombie

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Adapt To Survive

It’s a funny old thing when you find something you really love. You want More, but more of the Same. The trouble is, if you get too much more of the Same it becomes a bit, well… samey. Pardon my vagueness but the crux of this post could be applied to pretty much any genre in any medium – from period drama on television to first-person shooters on a games console. However, as we’re building up to the Winter of Zombie let’s talk turkey. Rotten, shambling, Bernard Matthews’ Night of the Living turkey.

Turkey might be a little ugly to look at but get under the skin and there’s a lot of meat there. It’s cheap to rear, easy to prepare and goes down a treat with a little extra, um, grave-y. [Sorry.] Serve it up night after night though and it will start to get a little bland. For the longest time it seemed, to the untrained eye, that every zombie story was pretty much the same. The end of days began with the rising of the dead – often after some taboo had been broken – and all would suffer the consequences, whether innocent or guilty. Mass slaughter would happen quickly, leaving small groups of survivors to be whittled away in entertainingly nihilistic ways until they all died [sigh] or a miraculous cure was found [No. Just No.]

Of course, that’s brutally unfair, but then so are most preconceptions held by the masses – particularly when they spot a chance to act morally superior. Nevertheless, zombies were seen as a nasty little niche in pop culture for decades, then suddenly they seemed to be everywhere. I’m not going to try to pin down all of the wheres, whats and whos because you could probably write a whole damned book about them. Who knows, maybe you did. I’m sure you know plenty of the touchstones anyway or you probably wouldn’t be here reading this bit of fluff. What interests me here are the hows and the whys of this self-resurrected subgenre.

Part of it comes down to money because, let’s face it, it always does. Bottom line, zombies are easy and zombies are cheap. Put down the noose, pal and let me qualify that: from a creative standpoint it really doesn’t take much to make a zombie. Artists, writers, film-makers and programmers deal with people all the time. They just have to kind of kill them. Now, obviously the quality of work there will have a significant impact on the product, but the point is your base figure comes right off the shelf. You’ve a massive head start in any medium. Then there’s the audience’s perspective: Zombies slot easily into our imagination. They’re practically tailor-made. 1. We’re all terrified of death, 2. most of us are racked with guilt over those we’ve lost, and 3. we’d all secretly love to start blowing ‘people’ away with shotguns at the drop of a hat.[ No? That’s just me, then.]

ANYway, add a few bona fide hits like Shaun of the Dead to the zeitgeist and your industrial turkey starts laying golden eggs all over the place. After all, it’s not just your niche group anymore; everyone wants a taste. So how did we get to the hits? Why didn’t the turkey die when it was just a chick? I mean look at it. It’s kind of hideous. In part, I think it’s that we don’t let go of our toys any more. We hold them in our hearts, carry them with us into the working world. 1970’sand’80’s kids who creeped themselves out with late night Living Dead; who grossed each other out with Flesh Eaters and Cannibal Holocausts (hell, even those who thrilled to Thriller) wanted to keep the flame alive. Some of them became new zombie masters in theirvarious entertainment industries,while the rest of the hordes kept on consuming.

How could the rising stars maintain our interest? Like anything, zombies had to adapt to survive. Too slow? Make ’em run. Too tame? Up the gore. Too weak? Beef them up. As generations passed, the graveyard shamblers gave way to city-wide hordes, supernatural mysteries gave way to anvironmental and pathogenic horrors, but the biggest change was still yet to come. You see, it wasn’t just the zombies that had to evolve, it was the creators and the audiences. It doesn’t matter how well you roast a turkey, you’re gonna get royally sick of it if it’s served up night after night. But if you learn to do something different with it – if you put it in a creamy pie, or curry the living fuck out of it – well NOW we’re talking. Mash up the genres a bit! Go wild! You don’t have to drop your Walking Dead comics, but let’s have a laugh with Cockneys vs Zombies; let’s get our teeth into a mystery like Cursed Mountain; let’s get wrapped up in an emotional drama like Maggie or try any number of fresh takes on this magnificently foul fowl.

Some of the most interesting stuff I’ve seen of late has come from actually moving things on past the apocalyptic stuff to finding a new kind of normality. TV shows like In the Flesh and Humans (a recent SF analogue) posit a world in which we have started to come to terms with these Others. A place where humanity has begun to seek a new mode of existence which includes the monsters, rather than fighting to keep them back. If you can’t beat them, join them, right?

It’s a sweet spot for creators and audience alike now, where the whole world has opened up to us and the possibilities seem endless. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Guest Blogger: Dion Winton-Polak

Dion is the Editor of Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies (pub. KnightWatch Press, 2015)

There’s not enough time in the day to read, watch and play with all the fun things in this life – but Dion gives it a good shot. He balances his dedication to Geekdom with life as a family man, working a full-time day job, wrangling a nascent career as a freelance editor into existence, and writing reviews in his ‘spare’ time. He has been accused of being a sentimental old sod. Guilty as charged. He claims to be aging backwards, but we reckon he cooked that story up so he could get away with acting like a big kid.

He can be found on Twitter, Facebook and periodically reviewing stuff at Geek Syndicate. While you’re there you may like to browse through the back catalogue of his old podcast Scrolls.

His latest project is a shared world anthology called This Twisted Earth – a pulpy bit of fun in a world where Time has gone very, very wrong. If you fancy helping the creative team out with building the world, or even trying your arm at a submission, then let him know. Make sure you mention #WinterOfZombie so he knows where you’ve come from.

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Guest Post: Gerald Rice #WinterofZombie

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Leverage Your Library

 

If you’re an independent author like me, you keep your eyes open for any avenue to promote yourself or your work. If you read my blog before, then you may have seen where I talked about I’ve spoken at my local library. About two years ago I began speaking at libraries about self-publishing and I put on one such class for the library in Troy, Michigan. Because of this association other doors have opened up to me.

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This is something that every independent author should be doing. Not necessarily putting on self-publishing workshops, but some sort of work at your local library. Just about every library system wants to get patrons through the door and programs are one way of doing that. Whether or not yours in particular would work may be one thing, but considering you will be giving your services to them for free should be enticing enough for them to take interest in you.

That’s right, you’re giving away your service for free.

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‘Why would I do that?’ you might ask. One very simple answer: association. If this is the first time you’ve ever put on an event like this then you want to become known for it. You can’t expect to get paid for something that isn’t proven in this situation. I got lucky in that the first time I put on a self-publishing workshop at the Clinton-Macomb Library they did pay me an honorarium. But I didn’t get that at every library where I spoke, including the one in my own city. But because the one I did here was so popular, they approached me about doing another. Circumstances prevented me from doing it as soon as we both would have liked, but this year I have begun again and this time they are paying me an honorarium in addition to another library not far from me that wants me to put on a workshop for them.

 

This couldn’t have happened if I pitched my idea to every library expecting to be paid. And free is not necessarily free. If you offer your services to a library for free then you have no tax write off except for your mileage and any materials that you have to produce. But if you get the program director interested first and then say I charge $100 but I would be willing to waive my fee for the library and have them draw up paperwork or you draft a contract to that effect you can use that as a tax write off.

 

And once you have put on the program they liked, regardless of turnout (meaning they liked you because ultimately that’s what you’re selling) you can use your contact to grow more contacts with the library because guess what else libraries have: books.

Books

Because I have been communicating with my library on a regular basis now whenever I have a new release all I have to do is tell them about it and they will order it. And the person who orders e-books for my library manages a system of cooperating libraries—meaning when she orders a book for one, she orders a book for all of them at the same time. I have had two major releases this year, Vamp-Hire and Anything but Zombies, both e-books, and my local library has them in their electronic catalog.

 

There are also unexpected benefits to having a relationship with your library as an independent author. I had not heard of the Michigan Notable Books Award, but when my library forwarded that information to me I submitted both of the books I’ve had published this year to be considered for it. I don’t know what will come of it, but maybe I get a little more promotion for my work.

 

Also, because they know me as a local author, my library invited me to speak at a managers’ meeting at City Hall. They want to know about my experiences with publishing and have thrown the door pretty much wide open for me to speak about anything I want. I placed one condition—I wanted the library to purchase my Halloween e-book, The Best Night of the Year for each of the attendees. At 99₵ per copy they leapt at the opportunity to spend less than $50 to get what they wanted and at 15-20 minutes of speaking time, there was value in it for me too. Plus I’m using this speaking opportunity to knock the rust off before I do my next official workshop.

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This type of networking has not cost me a dime. It certainly has been time-consuming, but time-consuming in a way that has had a positive effect. This is a partnership I intend to continue and grow and hopefully build into a network with other libraries. I would suggest every independent author who does not have a current relationship with his or her library to begin fostering one. Even if you don’t have a workshop idea, perhaps you have extra time and could volunteer or maybe you could just call your library and explain to them that you’re an independent author and that you’d be interested in getting your book on their shelves. I said in a prior post how people really like talking to authors. That includes people who work at libraries. Perhaps by introducing yourself to your library they may have programs they’re looking to put on that you could helm or they may be interested in hosting a book signing. There is a myriad of potential with your library that will go untapped if you never make contact.

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Guest Post: Mike Evans #WinterofZombie

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Deep Options

By Mike Evans

                This idea for this story was brought up by my eight year old son. Well in all fairness to him he had actually just told me a random fact about the world that he learned on one of his animal shows that he watched which after watching the most dangerous seventy two animals, insects, and water dwelling species in Australia no longer has any interest in visiting the down under for fear everything there will kill him.

But it’s little facts like that, that at certain times can change the way you think about something, something that seems so out of the box and then you reassess it and say holy shit how did I never thing about this before. What is this mad man saying and why am I reading this you say? Well stick with me, I’ll get you there, it took me a couple days thinking about zombie topics that would be fun to write about to come up with this little gem.

Have you heard someone say hey I don’t like the water? I think I’d prefer to stay on shore. The chances are that yes you have. If not you’ve never seen Jaws and heard the sheriff that worked on an island, sorry squirrel back to the point, ZOMBIES. The one very important thing that I’ve noticed consistently in all of the movies that I’ve watched. One, zombies, they can’t swim. Two, a even better thing, they can’t float either, those zombies go down and they don’t come back up, instant sinkage which leads me to believe they don’t breath. This is a win for us. Now I am quite aware of the movies where they come back up after walking across the bottom of a lake and come out on the other side. So all of the following will come out to saying use the deep bodies of water! Shallow is bad, they’ll reach up and pull you over the edge.

One other thing that you need to consider in the event of a zombie apocalypse is that there is approximately seventy one percent of the world is covered with water, seventy one percent. Now if you need to carry around ammunition how many rounds could you bring with you? Would your gun melt before you killed all of the zombies? Now think of something and try not to get overly excited but just a little because we are all zompoc fiends here. Water cannon, I know lets say it again, water cannon, god would that be the shit or would it not. Imagine being in a ocean, a river, or a lake and having what looks to be an endless supply of water that you can keep the zombies at bay with, or even better having an endless supply of water to sit atop on a boat with and fish to catch and eat. You could live out the apocalypse being a beach bum moving from shore to shore keeping things safe. How bad would that be? And since almost all of the writers I know live somewhere on the coast just think of having a damn ocean at your disposal. Who makes cannons you say? I don’t know but wouldn’t it be fun to find out. So in closing buy a boat, buy a big boat, and learn to love the water, deep water, very deep!

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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: Anthony Renfro #WinterofZombie

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I do what I like to call Movie Review Haiku for my blog when I write-up movies I have watched. It keeps with the theme of my blog, which is mainly poetry based. Here is my post for The Serpent and the Rainbow.

First: The Haiku.

Strong Voodoo Magic

Humans turned into zombies

Dead come back to life

Second: The Review.

With the passing of Wes Craven back in September I lost one of my favorite writers and directors. A person who gave me my second favorite movie of all time in A Nightmare on Elm Street. I wanted to write-up something from him for this Zombie Guest Post and I thought what better movie to write about than The Serpent and the Rainbow. A powerful movie that centers on the world of voodoo. A movie that captures not only the dark side of this religion, but the good side as well.

Wes delivered a solid movie when he made this one. Each shot works to set the mood and scene, and allows the audience to be absorbed by what we are seeing. His direction helps the movie to move along at a very quick pace that never lags. It also has a very evil villain that is played with perfection by Zakes Mokae – tell me you wouldn’t want to scream when he decides to ask you to do it. The shots of his office with all the torture equipment is enough to make you squirmy. The movie also has a great lead in Bill Pullman, who pulled off the researcher role with relative ease. He made the character believable. The Serpent and the Rainbow also boasts some great practical effects (no CGI thank goodness) that will have you wiggling in your seat, a strong gripping story centered in Haiti, and multiple creepy atmospheric shots of graveyards.

It also has a strong score by Brad Fiedel, who’s worked on movies like The Terminator, Terminator 2, Fright Night, and one of my personal favorite Slasher Movies called “Just Before Dawn.” If you haven’t seen that one, you should seek it out. It has a creepy score (it will stay with you a while after you see it), evil twins, and the deep dark woods. All in all, a classic slasher movie from back in the Eighties when those movies seemed to drop every weekend.

I would give The Serpent and the Rainbow three and a half stars out of five. It delivers when it comes to horror movies and I would say if you haven’t seen it, you should. This movie does not disappoint.

As a sidebar:

This isn’t a traditional zombie flick. You know the norm when it comes to zombie movies – dead people get up and walk around while we humans try to survive against them. This movie goes beyond that by capturing a terrifying look at turning people into human zombies. Real or not, once in this trance like state there is nothing you can do but hope someone realizes you are not truly dead. If they don’t then you might just wind up six feet under struggling to find those final last breaths.

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Anthony Renfro lives in North Carolina. He is a reader, writer, music lover (Jimmy Buffett and Heavy Metal mostly), husband, father, and stay at home dad-one of the toughest jobs anyone could ever do. He was born in Bristol, Tennessee, and is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro. You can find him blogging away on his website: awrenfro.com. His email door is always open and you can contact him there: atothewr@gmail.com.

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Guest Post: Jay Wilburn #WinterofZombie

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Winter of Zombie 2015

New Ways to be Bad

by Jay Wilburn

 

Our favorite stories have some of the best villains. Sometimes the villains or monsters are written so well that we root for them or like them. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on the story. We’ve also entered an era in movies and television where anti-heroes are all the rage. This reversal gives us a visceral feel for the world of those operating outside accepted rules. Some of these are done well and as with all stories, there are examples that are clumsy and poorly executed. Maybe everything has been done at least once by now, but there has to be new ways to be bad.

One of the modern concepts in writing a villain is that he or she is supposed to be the hero of the story from his or her point of view. There are a lot of interesting stories from this standpoint. This is a way to add layers to the antagonist and make the conflict with the heroes more complex and interesting.

Likewise, the hero can be viewed as the villain from a different perspective. They are the antagonist from the monster’s standpoint. The hero might literally be the antagonist from a literary analysis depending on the structure of the story. Sometimes the hero is written having to do some less than heroic or far from good things in order to achieve the goals or in order to approach some greater good that seems to require bending the rules. These are the actions and justifications of the villain. This can make a great story until we start giving readers what they have already seen enough times.

There have to be new ways to be bad. All the classic conflict structures have been set and developed. We have man versus everything you can imagine in every way we could imagine. Finding new ways to present the bad in the story does not and maybe really cannot mean completely reinventing story. It could, I suppose, but it is unlikely that every time we sit down to type a zombie tale or a heroic fantasy, we are going to completely throw out all the rules of story structure or genre. Some of the rules actually help anchor the story for readers and give them a language in the action that they can follow. Writing a story with no characters successfully might be a brilliant breakthrough at some point, but the character-free genre would get very old very fast.

We have to do something new with our monsters, our bad guys, and our characters’ struggles. Sometimes the villain does not consider himself the hero of his own story. He does need a motivation. There needs to be something that they want that is a bit more creative than watching the world burn or a million dollars in exchange for going away quietly. Finding that logically believable driving force behind the bad that can be accepted as plausible by the reader if not condoned as acceptable morally can be magic for the story. It is so common for the hero to not have a heroic self view. The villain might benefit from focusing more on the drive than on the self view. People tend to justify their actions with all manner of cognitive dissonance, but they don’t always go so far as to map out their place in the story structure between hero and villain.

Monsters are constantly being remade. Joe McKinney has given some of the best commentary on what makes a monster work or fail for a story. He states that the monster must have an internally consistent motivation and set of operating rules even if the reader does not agree with the choices. They have to at least agree that the monster’s choices make sense to him, her, or it. The monster also needs some sort of connection to the target or hero. If the conflict is random because the target is randomly selected that detracts from the horror.

This might be a little tougher with zombies. Though they have rules of operation within the story, those of them that are mindless have very primal connections to why they pursue their targets. It may not be entirely random, but their basic drive is hunger and their motive is a hunger for living flesh. This can be toyed with some, but as long as zombies are attacking the living, this will be the basic structure.

Zombies can be used to reflect the struggles going on within the characters. This gives them some purpose in the story beyond constant harassment and threat. The real villains can also be other people surviving the zombies in their own way while adding threat to the lives and story of the heroes. Still, this has been done too, so there needs to be some new take on these formulas.

The greatest potential may be within the conflicts themselves. For all the depth we need to give characters and the monsters, we need to add layers and depth to the struggles. The action within the conflicts and fights needs to feel fresh. The struggles to survive need to take the characters to places that the reader has not seen or expected before. In the end, this is the most likely course to find the bad that has not been seen exactly that way before. Also, it is likely to bring things out of the characters and stories which are new too.

 

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

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

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Author Jay Wilburn

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

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Guest Post: Phillip Tomasso #WinterofZombie

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What Will You Do When The ZA Hits?

Phillip Tomasso

I have lived in Rochester, NY f0r over forty-five years. People rarely know where this is. I usually have to say we sit between Buffalo and Syracuse; or if you said, “Where Kodak is.” That helped at one time. Of course, that was back when Kodak employed some 65,000 people. That isn’t the case anymore. I actually believe they are down to around 1,500 employees. Regardless, Rochester is still the third largest city in state of New York. While we have nearly a quarter of a million residents, there are over one million around the metropolitan area. The city and surrounding suburbia that is Monroe County, is pretty congested. Trust me, traffic hour on the drive in and home from work is often bumper-to-bumper, and all kinds of stop and go crazy.

My first zombie novel, VACCINATION, tells the story of a 9-1-1 dispatcher who travels from work to his ex-wife’s house (some fifteen miles away) in an attempt to save his two children. The entire book spans covering roughly fifteen miles. The novel is set in Rochester. And this got me thinking . . .

If a time came when there was an actual zombie apocalypse, would I really want to be in Rochester, NY for the outbreak?

I’ve talked to my own kids about how we would handle a national or state emergency. (I picture something like RED DAWN. Cubans [original movie] or South Koreans [remake] parachuting onto U.S. soil for my example). I consider it like a Fire Drill. “Hey, if the country goes to hell overnight, here’s what we will do. . .” It was easier a few years back, before two of them went off to college. I simply said (then), “I will pick you up, and we’re out of here.” The way I saw it as long as we were all together was what really mattered. Now my youngest is off at this school, my middle child is away on another campus, and my oldest, well, he is only a few miles away.

The point being: When the Zombie Apocalypse hits—and we all know it will—Rochester is going to get messed up. Fast.

I needed to come up with a new plan to save my family. I’m family oriented that way. Saving them will always be my first and main priority. So like any good father, I tried to figure out how I can accomplish this feat realistically. (I am not going to get into Zombie Survival supplies. Just assume proper bugout bags are packed full and loaded into the back of my Jeep Patriot, along with an array of weapons, okay? Okay).

First thing I am going to do is drive down the road and pick up my oldest son. He is a survivalist, and carries a bugout bag in his trunk. Very proud of him! [Please note: I am not concerned about the well-being of my ex-wife. As good a mother as she is to my children, I have no desire to leave them in her care during an apocalypse of any kind. Just saying]. The two of us will speed toward when my daughter goes to college (should the apocalypse strike during the school year. I hope it happens during a school break, or summer. With my luck, it will be during the school year though. I’ve resolved to the fact if it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all). She knows when the outbreak comes to be ready. It’s an hour and a half drive from Rochester.

The fear is disabled and abandoned vehicles clogging the roads. Unlike the Walking Dead, and Z-Nation, I don’t figure roads will be as clear. They could be. It would be nice if they were. Somehow, I doubt that will be the case. The route I plan to take should allow us options for getting around most traffic jams, if necessary.

Once we have her, we will have a long drive in order to reach my middle child. His campus is also about an hour and a half from Rochester, but south. We’ll be faced with a three hour drive from one university to the next. There is no other way around it. Three lane highways might prove the quickest and most direct route. It will be more of a Point A to Point B, the shortest distance.

The reason I planned the “rescue” in this particular order is simple. My middle son goes to school in the Appalachian Mountain chain. The actual town where his campus sits has a population of just over five-thousand people. The campus itself might prove the most densely populated in the area. The way I see it, once we reach him, we’ve reached our hideaway. We get him into the Jeep and then head toward a nearby state park. There will be secure shelter, a gorge with plenty of fresh water, wildlife for hunting, and very few people, if any at all.

It is a plan. I am sure it is far from perfect. Like any plan, I believe we are flexible to react when wrenches are tossed in to mess with flow of the itinerary. Believe it or not, it actually makes me feel a little relieved to at the very least have an evacuation strategy in place.

My question is: Do you have some kind of plan in place for the eventual apocalypse bound to plague your country?

Phillip Tomasso is the award winning author of over seventeen novels. He works full time as a Fire / EMS Dispatcher for 911. He lives in Rochester, NY, and is always at work on his next story. You can get more information from his website: http://www.philliptomasso.com/

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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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