Monday, December 31, 2012

Spotlight on...Swords of the Dead
Synopsis: A rogue fight club brawler and his band of misfit martial artists are hired by a beautiful mystery woman to destroy Ninja Zombies that have invaded her small town.

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Check out these reviews!

"Swords of the Dead is an action-packed zombie story. I think fans of the genre will find the author’s take on the topic to be very unique. At the same time, frequent doses of humor give Swords of the Dead a distinctive mirth I’ve not often seen in this genre."

-- Scott Harper Author of: Winter’s Rite, Well Wishes, Gauntlet, Predators or Prey?, Necromancer, Vindicated

"Kaus brings a legendary twist to the Zombie genre.. ...a wild ride of quick-witted humor, fantastic weaponry and blood-spilling surprises from start to finish. A must read for any lover of Action-Horror!"

Gowrie Heather Hayden - Mixed Martial Artist, Stage Combat Weapons Specialist: Fantasy Women Battles, Warrior Showdown


"Swords of the Dead is a great ride. It has sword-wielding zombies, martial arts, humor, razor-sharp dialogue and beautiful mystery woman. It takes the Zombie genre to the cutting edge."

-- Amber Dawn Lee, Producer, Writer, Actress and star of the upcoming film Lot Lizards


"Author/screenwriter Danek S. Kaus has a way with words, a style that truly works for this comedy-zombie/horror genre. I was enticed from the beginning, as I am sure anybody who reads this novella will be."

-- Russ Emanuel, Award-Winning Producer, Director, of the upcoming feature film The Legends of Nethiah

"Swords of the Dead is an action packed, exciting, and quite humorous zombie tale. What is more deadly then zombies? The answer Kaus provides is Ninja Zombies!"

-- Daniel Simmonds, The Rotting Zombie blog


"What can I say that hasn't already been said? This is one of those rare books that is a must read and once you start, you won't be able to turn the pages fast enough! And the fact that it's soon to be a major motion picture? Be still my undead heart!

--Zombob, Zombob's Zombie News and Reviews blog


The name's Bond. James Bond.


Synopsis: Breanne Murphy may seem like the average high school student, but she keeps her extreme intelligence hidden from most of her teachers. After an experiment that she is conducting with one of her teachers goes horribly wrong, Breanne is faced with a horde of zombie teenagers that still seem to have their intelligence. These zombie students are the people she knows and sees every day. She can’t bring herself to start killing her former peers. Her vast intelligence may be their only hope of being saved. Now she is in a race to cure her classmates before they can breakout and infect the world.

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Synopsis: An average day. A demented prisoner in the drunk tank, who happens to be subject zero, is brought before a judge to have his case reviewed. He breaks away, the and violence soon spills outside of the courtroom.

White Ash on Bone follows groups of citizens who band together for survival as society breaks apart around them. This is not a story about living in a post-apocalyptic world that is already overrun by the undead. This is a story about trying to survive in the first days of the collapse.

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Synopsis: Samuel Todd is a regular guy: ...Failed husband... ...Loving father... ...Dutiful worker... ...Aspiring rockstar. He had no idea if anyone would care, or take the time, to read his daily blog entries about his late night observations. But what started as an open monologue of his day-to-day life became a running journal of the firsthand account detailing the rising of the dead and the downfall and degradation of mankind...

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Synopsis: In the wastelands of America silent predators stalk their victim. For a survivor in these ruins they must learn to run and hide. Except for one lone man who would rather be found. Armed to the teeth he finds it easier when people don't know his name. For one lone survivor, she will learn to become his voice.

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Synopsis: Val was bitten by a zombie and now she’s scheduled for lethal injection. Breaking all the rules, Dean Walters snags vials of an experimental serum. But it can’t be tested until Val turns into a zombie: something authorities won’t allow. Her execution is scheduled to happen before transformation is complete, giving Dean only hours to break her out. 

When their helicopter crashes straight into the heart of Zombie Land, his rescue mission becomes a fight for survival…and giving up on Val is NOT an option.

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Synopsis: Reuters - Estimates say that nearly three thousand people nationwide, and fifteen thousand people worldwide have died of the H1N1 virus or Swine flu and nearly eighty thousand cases have been confirmed in hospitals and clinics across the United States and the world, the World Heath Organization reported. The influenza pandemic of 2010, while not nearly as prolific as the one that raged in 1918 still has citizens around the world in a near state of panic. 

New York Post (Headlines October 31st) - Beware! Children Carry Germs! - Halloween Canceled!

New York Times - (Headlines November 3rd) - Swine flu claims latest victim - Vice President surrounded by family and friends at the end. 

Boston Globe - (Headlines November 28th) - Swine Flu Vaccinations Coming!

Boston Herald - (Headlines December 6th) - Shots in Short Supply - Lines Long!

National Enquirer - (Headlines December 7th) - The Dead Walk!

There would be no more headlines. 

It started in a lab at the CDC (Center for Disease Control), virologists were so relieved to finally have an effective vaccination against the virulent swine flu. Pressure to come up with something had come from the highest office in the land. In an attempt at speed the virologists had made two mistakes, first they used a live virus and second they didn't properly test for side effects. Within days hundreds of thousands of vaccinations shipped across the US and the world. People lined up for the shots, like they were waiting in line for concert tickets. Fights broke out in drugstores as fearful throngs tried their best to get one of the limited shots. Within days the CDC knew something was wrong. Between 4 and 7 hours of receiving the shot roughly 95% succumbed to the active H1N1 virus in the vaccination. More unfortunate than the death of the infected was the added side effect of reanimation, it would be a decade before scientists were able to ascertain how that happened. The panic that followed couldn't be measured. Loved ones did what loved ones always do, they tried to comfort, their kids or their spouses or their siblings, but what came back was not human not even remotely. Those people that survived their first encounter with these monstrosities usually did not come through unscathed, if bitten they had fewer than 6 hours of humanity left, the clock was ticking. During the first few hysteria ridden days of The Coming as it has become known, many thought the virus was airborne, luckily that was not the case or nobody would have survived. It was a dark time in human history. One from which we may never be able to pull ourselves out of the ashes from.

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Synopsis: Kent stopped at an abandoned bar in the hopes of finding a bottle so that he could drink away the haunting nightmares of his brother's recent death. Not too much to ask for in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

But when he finds a young boy and his mother inside the bar, he'll discover that sometimes the ones we love are the hardest ones to kill.

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Synopsis: "This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies. 

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There have been many parodies of classic children's books, but The Very Hungry Zombie, based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is one of the funniest, cleverest, and most colorful I've seen.
However, if your child is young enough for The Very Hungry Caterpillar don't give him or her The Very Hungry Zombie. You should wait until around age 8 or so, when the child is old enough to get the joke.
Of course, for older kids, say between 20 and 80, this is an excellent idea for gift giving or for buying for yourself!
Everybody is interested in zombies these days, and everybody knows they eat brains. But if that was all they ever ate, that would be boring. So as you turn the pages of this book, you can count the other things the very hungry zombie eats on every day of the week, including fingers and other body parts, as well as different sorts of people, like clowns, rock stars and astronauts, which all affect his tummy in different ways. Brains are the dessert, of course!
The book even has the little holes to put your fingers as you count, just like the classic board book for little ones.
The illustrations here are more humorous than scary, and are charming in a dark sort of way, the bright colors being a brilliant choice for the subject matter. The pictures and the clever words will certainly make any zombie fan laugh!
This is a book that the reader will pick up and enjoy over and over again, and which will ensure many laughs. It may well become a family favorite. If you buy it for an older child or teenager, they may even pass it down to their children or teenagers one day.
Assuming, of course, that we don't end up as dinner!



Available early 2013!


Synopsis: In the aftermath of an alien invasion, an orphan boy braves the disease-ridden landscape to help a young girl find her way home and hide from the ruthless corporation that is chasing her.

Spotlight on...Kings of the Dead
Synopsis: When the H1N1 “Swine Flu” virus mutates it begins to not only kill those who have received the vaccination, but also bring on the unthinkable: the dead reanimate.

Cole Helman and his friends are not only survival experts, they’ve spent hours discussing and preparing for just this event and quickly head to the hills before the cities become clogged with looting and riots. But the group knows all too well that the living dead are just the beginning of their problems, and they’ll eventually have to deal with the worst qualities of the living—desperation, greed, selfishness, and cruelty—in this new post-apocalyptic world. And a chance encounter at a secret military installation may reveal a conspiracy bigger than any of them had imagined…

Straight out of the apocalypse comes the chronicle of one small group and their experiences with life and death, survival and loss. In a world of the living dead, is one man capable of maintaining not only his community, but his own sanity?

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  • Don't trust anyone... not even little girls
    This should be simple enough to figure out. In dire times, like zombie apocalypses, it's best not to trust anyone. This isn't even a new concept. Doesn't anyone remember the beginning of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake? Once again, another creepy little girl.

  • Don't go to the city
    Just like with terrorists, people who want to hurt others are going to turn up where there's the largest amount of people. Plus, once someone in that city is bitten, it's only a matter of time before zombie cooties spread like wildfire around town. Ick.He's totally banging your wife
  • Never trust your partner with your wife
    This seems like common sense. If you've got a partner and you've got a wife... inevitably the two will start sleeping together. This may seem unrelated to zombies, but here's the thing: You need to have as many people on your side as possible. Having an awkward or angry riff between you and your buddy or your wife isn't going to help you survive.
  • Don't use your gun unless you must, but when you do, shoot twice
    There are multiple layers to this rule. First, as you may know from watching The Walking Dead (if you're brave enough), zombies are attracted to sound. Unless you've got a silencer, your gun is going to make a lot of noise. Also, in a post-apocalyptic setting, it's only a matter of time before you run out of bullets. If you can escape without dwindling your stock, that's better. However, if you must use your gun, shoot 'em twice. Those zombies are tricky bastards.
  • Don't wear fancy perfume
    Leave your Burberry Brit and Chanel No. 5 on your dresser back home. If you're ever swarmed by zombies the only way to escape might be to convince them that you, too, are a zombie. Smelling pretty may help you get lucky in the woods with your hubby's partner, but it's not going to fend off the zombies. Try to smell as awful as possible. Don't be afraid to wipe zombie blood on your clothing... just don't get it on you.

Most importantly...

  • Don't forget your banjo
    Remember that scene in Zombieland when Woody Harrelson takes out a zombie with a banjo smack in the face? Yeah. Banjos are for more than just pickin' and grinnin'. (Though, that would certainly be nice, too. Once you're out of other entertainment options.)

Good luck out there! And remember: Zombies are faster than they seem.



Spotlight on...The Zombie Archives: The Butterman Cometh

Synopsis: Mankind has just been knocked off his perch atop the food chain. The zombie apocalypse is here. But it didn't come alone. Sure, there are legions of hungry mouths, tearing hands, and soulless eyes, but the apocalypse brought a friend. A distant memory that terrified you as a child- remember that creepy cereal mascot in the one commercial with the kids and how he used to chase them around until they found conspicuously placed breakfast bowls in the middle of nowhere? Turns out that guy is really real. And this time, the kids don't get away. Nobody does.

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"If anything, the zombie releases of 2012 showed me just how limitless
the narrative potential is for the walking dead." – Paul Goat Allen

By the Blood of Heroes by Joseph Nassise was an undeniably cool fusion of WWI alternate history, zombie fiction, and steampunk – and I included Paula Brandon’s The Wanderers on the list for the fascinating way she in which utilized zombies in a storyline that was predominantly aimed at fantasy and romance readers.

If anything, the zombie releases of 2012 showed me just how limitless the narrative potential is for the walking dead. I know so many mainstream fiction readers who utterly detest zombie fiction – although they have never read one zombie novel! There is an entrenched prejudice here that all zombie fiction novels will be like a George Romero gore fest – and that’s just patently ridiculous. The titles below run the gamut from horror to mainstream fiction to fantasy romance to science fiction.

Just like the undead characters in these novels, zombie fiction is exceedingly hard to eradicate. Although it certainly has its detractors, zombie fiction will be around long after they have passed away.  It’s continuously evolving – and although some significant series ended this year (Littlefield’s Aftertime, Grant’s Newsflesh, Frater’s As the World Dies, etc.), I’m hopeful that 2013 will bring exciting new zombie-powered storylines that will continue to reinvigorate and redefine the genre...

So, without further ado, here are my top zombie fiction releass of 2012!

Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can follow him on Twitter at @paulgoatallen and get all the latest Barnes & Noble book news from @BNBuzz.

Spotlight on...Dead Bastards

Synopsis: A ballsy couple’s cozy lives are upended when the zombie apocalypse strikes Glasgow, and every day becomes a battle for survival as they team up with a band of misfits in hopes of starting civilization anew.

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