Guest Post: Joseph A Coley #WinterofZombie

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What HASN’T been done?

 

Zombie fiction is diverse. Now, that being said, most Z-poc follows a fairly predictable pattern. Guy goes to work, school, cross country trip, etc. and ends up being away from home when the shit hits the fan. Guy goes through hell trying to get home and ends up making it/not making it only after finding himself and what he is all about on a treacherous, life-altering journey.

Sound familiar?

Now, that isn’t a bad thing. Every Z-poc story has something that makes it stand out from the rest. My series – Six Feet From Hell – is different because it follows a group of EMTs as they make said journey. DJ Molles’ The Remaining series is one man representing a military and a government that he may not agree with while trying to save innocent lives. John O’Brien takes on the Night Runners in A New World. Shawn Chesser’s Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse starts with his characters on complete opposite ends of the country, and getting there is half the fun. Then there is Rick Grimes battling the undead from Georgia to Washington D.C. in the critically-acclaimed comic and TV show The Walking Dead. There are limitless ways to get from Point A to Point B and keep the reader interested. Most authors do this quite well, but it begs the question nowadays…

What HASN’T been done?

Good question! Does it really matter? Yes, it does. Although the fountain of zombie goodness seems to be neverending, eventually ideas will start crowding with others and people will start asking if there are any original ideas left. Just like Brian Keene’s The Rising invented zombie fiction, there is yet to be something that has reinvented it. IPs like The Walking Dead, Z-Nation, World War Z and others have put zombies in the mainstream, but again, people will start to get tired of it and they will want something shiny and new.

I’m all for someone taking the zombie genre and turning it on its head, and I may not be the person to do it (I’m a traditional Z-guy – slow and plodding) but someone out there is going to rework the zombie apocalypse into something spectacular and I personally cannot wait for it to happen. If you have an off-the-wall, crazy-assed zombie idea and you’re waiting to unleash it upon the masses, then I just have one question…

What are you waiting for?

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Guest Post: Brice Chandler #WinterofZombie

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Zombies in 25 Words or Less

The idea of writing flash fiction brings out a dangerous mix of emotions in me. My First impulse is to pulverize my computer until the keys spin and dance across the floor. This hatred for the style is balanced by my desire to grab a drink (coffee, energy drinks, or strong alcohol – sometimes all of the above) and knock out lines that are destined to win some kind of award or bring out the most extreme emotions in my readers. I’m always able to hold off the former desire since I can’t afford to hulk out on my pc. As for the latter, I don’t think I’ve ever brought a reader to tears, at least not that I’ve been told.

Those thoughts seem to encompass the struggle and joy I find in writing flash fiction. I find the challenge of this writing style rewarding, but I’ve also experienced the frustration of contemplating for hours how to make the most of a story with less words only to scrap it later.

I’ve had some success with what is often called penny fiction (a story made up of a sentence or two). Since then, I’ve wanted to tell stories of the apocalypse on Twitter in 140 characters or less. I’d rather writer these stories in 25 words or less, but you have to work with what you’re given. Is a story that size even possible?

Best answer I have is: “I’m not sure.” An editor I had once used an example that is often credited to Hemmingway; “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

My goal is to write a piece on Twitter every day. It’s challenging – dangerously frustrating – but rewarding, and I’ve noticed a gain in followers. But what I’d love more than anything is see what others think about zombie flash fiction. Do you think that a zombie or apocalyptic story can be told in such a short amount of time? Can you write one? If so, join in the fun on twitter, so that my #twitterpocalypse isn’t so lonely.

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Brice J. Chandler is a Mutant Zombie advocate and also a US Marine Corp veteran. He 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.

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Guest Post: Jessica Gomez #WinterofZombie

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The other night I was asked that one question that everyone wants to know… What food would I search for in the Zombie Apocalypse? The idea taken from one of my favorite movies, Zombie Land, is a great topic of zombie conversation.

In the movie their choice was a Twinkie, which is a great choice, but not for me. When I was young I ate an entire box with my girlfriend and then spent about nine hours on a boat in the hot sun. Needless to say, I threw up Twinkie for about twelve hours. Ever since then, not a huge fan.

Now there are a few ways we can take this. Are we talking food, food, like dinner plates? For this I would have to go with ANYTHING pasta. I love me some noodles. Which is great for me, because I feel like this is one of the foods that would not expire for a while. However, if we are talking desserts, I may be a little SOL. My favorite dessert, the one I would LOVE to search for, would be cheesecake.  I know, I know, I know what you are thinking… You are soooo screwed. Not only would it be difficult to find, but then finding it intact and not molded and rotten are slim to none. Which I’m pretty depressed over. I mean, what kind of world would we live in if there were no cheesecake? I don’t even want to contemplate that at the moment.

So now this is my questions to you… What would you search for if every food you loved died out?

 

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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. Her up and coming release, Slipped Away, will release by the end of 2015. 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: Thad David #WinterofZombie

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ZOMPOC Weapons – My Top Five

Thad David

 

Following the head of a rotting, running zombie with the crossbars inside of my scope, I notice one is moving much faster than the others.  I move my lead over a mil dot and slowly exhale for my shot.  Depressing the trigger the last little bit that’s needed, a round explodes from my M40A1 sniper rifle.  The recoil knocks my Unertl scope off slightly so I quickly adjust to see a blackish red mist in the air just before the corpse hits the ground. How many of these things have I killed now?  I think to myself as I reach down in front of me. I grab another box of 7.62 rounds.  The piles of ammo behind me let me know I won’t run out anytime soon.  It’s a good thing I raided the ammo factory before this whole debacle.  Ripping off the top of another box, I dump the 20 rounds out in my boonie cover that’s lying on the ground in front of me and toss the empty box over to a large pile of more empty boxes, grabbing some rounds as I quickly load them in the internal magazine of my rifle.  Sending the bolt carrying a fresh round home, I drop back into a comfortable resting position with my eye a few inches behind the scope.  It’s been at least 12 hours of non-stop shooting.  I can’t remember when I started and I can’t seem to make a dent in the seemingly endless horde of zombies that are coming for my position.  I find the leader of the next horde and sight in.  Slowly pulling the trigger back I hear an extremely loud BANG right behind me. BANG BANG!  The noise jolts me awake and I look out from around my desk to see a construction worker hammering away at the building next store.

 

Another daydream of me killing zombies.  When will the daydreams end? I hope never.  I see those little stickers all the time, “Secretly I cant wait for the Zombie Apocalypse”, yet for me it’s no secret. I can’t wait for the day that I get to sit back on a rooftop and pick off as many of these undeads as I can handle.  Which gets me really thinking, what would be the best weapon?  As a Marine Recon Sniper I am sure you can already guess my go-to weapon would be the M40A1 I was trained on or the Remington 700 Police Sniper rifle that would be a very similar weapon.  I wanted to take this time to write about my top 5 weapons and why I believe they would be the most effective tools for the ZOMPOC.

 

It’s important to note that weapon choice is based primarily on the objective at hand.  Find your objective, and then find your weapon.

 

My objective during the ZOMPOC is to kill as many zombies as I possibly can.

 

One of my favorite quotes:

 

“I go where the sound of thunder is.”

– Alfred Grey

 

 

  • M40A1 Marine Corps issue sniper rifle – Image

 

A thing of beauty, light weight and deadly accurate out to 1,000 yards.  Sure you can shoot further but consistently hitting your target is another thing.  In my dream world I would find out exactly how far out I could shoot.  If this were my only weapon I would hollow out the upper portion of one of those large water towers.  Cut a hole in the side wall and BAM instant elevated shelter.  Shelter from the weather and elements, other animals and people.  Try to sneak up on me in this fortress…good luck.  Most of all it provides shelter from the roaming undead below me that would like for nothing more than to find me while I sleep.  A few simple adjustments to the side railings and nothing would be getting up here without my permission.

 

With a few ammo runs, me and my sniper rifle would hold  up nicely in a cozy little spot free to test out the max range all day long.  You might be asking, “Now Thad, every Tom, Dick, and Harry will be rushing to Cabela’s and Wal-Mart for Ammo.”  Which is why you don’t go to these places.  Follow the sheep and get eaten like a sheep.  Find out where the district supply houses are for these locations and now you have a big pay out.  You’re bound to have at least one near by and this way you will have enough ammo to kill as many zombies as you want.

 

Pros – Long range zombie-hunting fun

High caliber weapon capable of putting down even the biggest of undead

 

Con – Ammo will become harder and harder to find as the ZOMPOC rolls on

 

  • AR-15 with Thunderbird Suppressor – ACOG scope on top with side mounted Iron Sites on the side

 

The only way I would be leaving my water tower fortress is if I run out of zombies to kill.  If I were to make my way to these greener pastures the best weapon to carry would be an AR.

 

Nothing will get you through a horde of 100’s of Zombies better than a nice AR.  You can easily mow down the undead with this on your side.  I would want an AR to carry with me cross-country or even down to my local resupply house.  Let’s face it, during ZOMPOC day one while everyone is running from the gruesome and bloody zombies I will be running around collecting supplies.  I can’t take them all with me at once, but this is only a secure and hide mission.  I don’t need 100 cans of beans right now.  As long as I can stash them where only I can find them they will be there when I need them.  Securing a perimeter of secret safe houses, food supplies, and lots and lots of ammo would be one of my must-do early missions.  Being equipped with a solid AR would be the only way to survive in the early days of the ZOMPOC.

 

Pros – Mid range and Close range shooting

Fast rate of fire

CQB at its best for clearing rooms of undead (Close Quarters Combat)

 

Cons – Ammo, I can hear all of you saying Ammo – Stick to the gathering ammo plan

Early and you will come out on top here.

 

  • Sig Sauer MK-25 with a Silencer

 

So you’re standing there blasting away at this horde of undead with your AR-15, pop, pop, pop.Blood and guts are flying everywhere.  You start to lose count of your rounds in the mag because you’re distracted watching zombie parts fly everywhere when you hear the infamous click, click, click. You’re out of rounds and 3 more are running right for you. Don’t think about grabbing a new mag.  Sure, you could probably get it in, rack it back, and start shooting again but think this one through.  What if you have a jam in the process?  What if one of them is faster than you think they are? Don’t risk it.  Drop your AR and before the sling has time to catch it you’ve already sent two into the head of the first zombie with your Sig you just pulled from your drop down leg.

 

Pros – Swift, Silent, and Deadly

Easy to conceal in the event some other survivor is giving you some slack

Very durable

 

Cons – Ammo – Always the ammo.  Stick to the plan and get your ammo early.  Hide it all over the place.  You can’t afford to put all of your eggs in one basket here.

 

  • ChanceInHell by CRKT – Long Blade Survival Knife

 

When dealing with any situation you need a knife, a good knife.  When dealing with the undead I would imagine longer is better.  Plus who hasn’t dreamed of chopping the head off of a Zombie that’s running your way.  I know I have several times.  The ChanceInHell by CRKT has an awesome blade length of 12 inches; just long enough to do some serious damage yet short enough to carry around easily without feeling like a Samurai Sword is on your side.  Which would be badass, but I just don’t have training with it so I can’t recommend you carry one unless you know how to use it.

 

  • TI MonoLock Family – Benchmade

 

Two is one and one in none: Learn it, Live it, Love it.

 

Carry two knives, always.  You don’t have to carry this one but nothing makes up for a quality made knife.

 

 

Other items you should probably consider:

 

Leatherman – many tools for anything you need, and another knife.

550 Para-chord – The bracelet doesn’t count.

Compass

Maps – At least have one Atlas of US highways

 

 

My Crossbow loving friends:

 

I hate to break it to you guys but what this has in cool factor it completely loses in practicality.  I hear people say all the time “Unlimited Ammo” How many bolts (crossbow arrows) do you have?  And how many times can you run in and pull your bolts out of an undead’s head to reload in battle?  Have you ever reloaded a crossbow?  Not an easy task especially when a horde is running your way.  Sure, they do make a reload assist tool that may get your reload time down a little faster but how much time do you think you will have in a Zombie attack? Have you ever shot a crossbow and missed your target?  Good luck finding your bolt in the grass/dirt because it’s gone.  Have you seen how powerful crossbows are?  They will blow right through a bag of undead flesh and into the ground behind it: see searching for lost bolts.

 

I am sure I didn’t touch on everything and I am sure you have another opinion on these items.  I’d love to hear some of your feedback on the weapons you would take into the ZOMPOC.

Thad

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Guest Post: Jay Wilburn #WinterofZombie

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Winter of Zombie 2015

How to Quit Your Job and Write about Zombies for a Living

by Jay Wilburn

Don’t do it! It is a terrible idea. Go do something else. Anything else.

Now that I have given you the proper level of discouragement, you are ready to consider a lucrative future in zombie fiction. Money flying everywhere!

I taught public school for many years before breaking away to write full-time. It was a combination of disillusionment with the futility of the system versus ideals and also dealing with family needs that gave me an excuse to step away. I believe we originally embarked on me staying home with my younger son and his health needs while writing with the caveat that we would see how it went for a year. A part of me knew I had no intention of ever going back.

There is something dizzying about making the leap. I remember the unfettered feeling of driving away from my school after I had gone through the process of breaking my teaching contract. I remember the song that was playing on the radio which still represents that moment for me. I remember the first mornings of trying to figure out what I was supposed to write next that was going to change the world. I had to also figure out how to motivate myself to produce wordcounts with equal parts fear of starvation and paralyzing fear of failure at play.

I recently responded to some successful writers that gave advice at a panel at a convention that you should wait until you have a couple best sellers under your belt before you think about quitting your day job. I say now what I said in the conclusion of that response. If you are waiting on that, you might as well plan to never do it because that’s not how leaps of faith work. You will be surrounded by people who tell you it won’t work. They will tell you that you are not ready even though we are never truly ready before something begins. Once I started paying my rent through writing, they were the same people that came to me for advice. “Well, first, I didn’t listen to you …”

No one knows what works. Even successful people have no real idea for exactly why it worked for them and not others. From a position of survival bias, they can see some of the things they did. They probably know a lot that we can learn from, but they will not be able to tell you what steps worked for them. And it might not work for them now, if they had to rise from nothing at this moment in time.

“So, step two, don’t take any advice from anyone …”

Here’s some advice then. Writing full-time among the bottom feeders like me probably benefits from the same advice people give about finances. A balanced portfolio has more potential than counting on one book or one mode of writing income to make it long term.

Publishing money is slow and irregular. Even now where I make enough to pay my rent on time each month, I still don’t know sometimes a week before the due date where the money will come from. Jobs and payments come in at the last minute and then I start all over again the next month. Sometimes what I make in a month can vary by thousands of dollars.

I met Tim Waggoneer on a panel we were both on at the first Imaginarium Convention. We were discussing writing for existing series and franchises. Tim does so in his own name and I do so as a ghostwriter. He had discussed with me about talking to his students about multiple sources and creative approaches to making full-time writing work.

Armand Rosamilia referred to it as “the other thing.” We have mutual friends that want to reach a point that they can make the leap to full-time. The thing they are missing is that other thing. While you work toward your own success as a writer, you find that thing that supplies an underlying support whether it is freelance writing, ghostwriting, writing niche erotica under a pen name, or whatever else you can create for yourself.

For my portfolio of writing income, freelance writing and ghostwriting is my “other thing.” It is the faster money in my portfolio. It is the work where the effort to the output of money is direct. The more I work the more money I see right away. For me, it works because I was able to build a reputation for producing fast and at quality. I also proved I could keep my client list secret, so I took on more and more work from more sources. Clients came back to use me again. In time, I was able to catch up on back rent, pay my bills each month, pay for art and editing for my own work, pay for conventions, etc. Money is still tight, but it is making a living at full-time writing.

Self-publishing is medium money in the portfolio. It is very unsure. The burden for professionalism in art and editing is on the author. It is very easy to do this badly and successful promotion of the work is not easy. The truth is that is not easy anywhere with any kind of publishing though. It is a heavy effort with unsure return.

You control the product though. Publishers fold and promises are sometimes not kept. That is a risk we take, but if you are a full-time writer, it may be bad to have all your eggs in one basket that suddenly drops. It is good to have at least some work that is completely under your control.

Some people look down on self-publishing. They see it as the domain of hobbiests that are playing writer and can’t get their work accepted by real publishers. I have no problem with people who turn their back on self-publishing. Plenty of them have expressed problems with me. I have been to conventions where self-published authors were outright mocked to their faces and scolded for taking the “easy way.” After the convention, some of those real authors went back to their day jobs and I went back to my computer after getting the kids off to school to earn money writing.

I had steered away from self-publishing for a while because I benefited from having publishers handle the art, editing, and uploads. As I paid attention though, I came to realize that most of the people I knew that wrote full-time had self-published work as one part of their portfolio of work.

Small press is a little slower money, but it takes some of the burden of publication off the writer. Presses can be hit or miss, but there are a lot of good ones. It takes time to move through the process to publication.

There is a benefit to gatekeepers. They can give you a better idea of the quality of your work and where to improve. You can learn a lot from submitting and being rejected. It toughens up the author and sharpens the skills. This is a necessary refining process to moving into semi-pro rate markets (one cent to four plus cents per word) and pro rate markets (five cents or higher per word for horror and six cents or higher per word for sci fi). These markets can be a big part of a writing income once one learns how to produce work that these markets will accept. Getting rejected and trying again is vital to achieving this and it is worth working toward even for the indie author.

Strive upward. Going through the grinder with submissions will help you improve to refine work to submit to agents, larger publishers, and pro markets. There is always room to improve and to look for bigger accomplishments and each of these serve to allow you to reach a bit higher.

When submitting to these top markets, send your best work. Follow their rules for formatting and style as a sign of professionalism and to give your work the best reading. They are judging heavily on your first sentence, your first paragraph, and your first page. Read what they say they want. Send them work that matches what they are looking for. This is not to say that you write specifically for their market because that is likely to lead to contrived work, but don’t send them a zombie story if they say no zombies. Wait until you have something that matches. Send your zombie story to someone who wants to see it.

Collaborate, but choose those projects carefully. You will never run out of things to fill up the calendar. Being full is not the ultimate goal. Producing your best work is. Choose collaborations that expand your work and your reach.

Say “no” when you have to. A good “no” goes a long way to making room for doing your best on opportunities you say “yes” to.

That being said, say “yes” even when you are afraid. Reach for things that might seem out of your ability to grasp knowing that failing and starting over is probably the worst that can happen.

Write what you know only works if you never write about alien spaceships or unimaginable monsters. Write what you know works better in choosing what town the monster attacks. Write what you love is probably better advice.

Still, step outside of your genre. Do so as often as you are able. It will improve and expand your toolbox. Even if your first steampunk story sucks and if you never master bizarro or high fantasy, the process will make the stuff you love writing even richer. People will notice.

I was invited back to do Career Day at my old school where I used to teach. What I summed up with them after going through the nuts and bolts of being a full-time writer was the following. You do not have to follow every crazy idea that enters your head, but sometimes you can. Every once in a while, you can take a gamble on yourself and follow a dream. The worst that could happen is that you fail miserably and have to start over. People do it all the time even when they don’t follow their dreams. More people regret never trying than regret trying and failing. Every once in a while, take a gamble on you.

Every few weeks or months along the way, I reached a point where I thought I should give up. The money wasn’t working and I didn’t see the way forward. Everyone told me to quit. I considered it, but moved on and survived. Each of those moments of pushing past where I should have quit is the difference between being a full-time writer or not. The ones that do it full-time are the ones that just refuse to listen to reason and refuse to quit for their own good.

 

 

 

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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

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Reblog: Armand Rosamilia #WinterofZombie

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Armand Rosamilia chats about Highway To Hell 2

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Guest Post: Larry Weiner #WinterofZombie

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When I set out to write “Paradise Rot,” I had a few things in mind. First, I wanted to play around with the zombie genre ala “Shaun of the Dead,” and I wanted to create an island escape – much like you’d find in a Jimmy Buffett song. But that wasn’t enough. No, I wanted to take a character and put him through hell. I wanted this character, our hapless protagonist, to feel the burn of hitting rock bottom. Why?

Because it’s only from that position in life that you’d be game for anything.

So that’s when I started thinking about the movie, “The Firm.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s basically about a lawyer who gets his first gig and as it turns out, it’s working for the mob and the only way out is by death. I thought to myself, what if the lawyers were zombies and you provided a service for them only to discover to your dismay that the better you do your job, the worse the moral implication (like working for the mob).

So what would create a moral dilemma working for say, zombies? High functioning zombies who ran a resort in the Caribbean? That’s when I got the idea that if you had zombies on an island there were only a finite number of brains to eat. What to do? How about hire a marketing team to sell cheap vacations to lure people to the island to become dinner?

Ooh. I liked that premise.

Zombies in paradise. Then I started thinking about the practical considerations of zombies in a tropical climate. There was the rot factor to consider. What if these zombies had to, as those involved in the plastic surgery arts would say, have “work” done to them to keep up appearances? Dental implants, cosmetics, foam injections and polymers to reconstruct body parts. Fake tans. Wigs. All that good stuff morticians use.

What if you were a guy who hit rock bottom, with a background in advertising, were to suddenly get a job offer that was too good to be true? You’re in the bottomless pit of despair – best not to ask too many questions. So what if our protagonist, who by this point has had a nervous breakdown and resided in a psych ward, were to catch wind of a cool resort in the Caribbean looking for marketing pros.

If you heard that, you’d assume it was drugs or guns but who cares? It’s the Caribbean. Why not search for that lost shaker of salt? Why not get paid to live a Jimmy Buffett song in exchange for marketing help? But what if once you get there and put together a kick-ass advertising campaign that brings in a shit ton of tourists, you realize you’re ringing the dinner bell for zombies?

That’s about when your moral compass kicks in and you’ve got to figure out a way to stop this madness. You’ll need help.

Here’s the blurb for Paradise Rot:

Kyle Brightman—late of the advertising industry and soon-to-be-late of the 5th floor psych ward—has a job offer he can’t refuse. A new resort in the Caribbean is looking for an art director. Kyle soon finds himself on the Isle of St. Agrippina working alongside a beautiful copywriter with an icy handshake. Questions arise: Why does the resort management team sport spray-on tans in the Bahamas? How can the resort offer such cheap vacation packages? What does one do with vats of Astroglide? To get the answers, Kyle must first navigate a series of wildly unpredictable events with a cast of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including a seductress jungle assassin, her partially paralyzed talking Chihuahua, an Ivy League Rastafarian seaplane captain, Kyle’s ex-psych ward roommate, a former Haliburton mercenary, and a French tavern owner with a fondness for goats, all set to the greatest hits of the 70’s. Pablo Cruise never felt so right.

            If you’re thinking I had too much fun writing this novel. You’d be right. In fact, it was such fun that I took the same cast of characters and put them up against vampires (Once Again, With Blood – out now) with the same feeding idea and eventually aliens who don’t want to eat humans – just mate with them to get more alien offspring (Hindu Sex Aliens – coming out in Ocotber).

Subverting a genre can be a blast.

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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!

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