Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2013, starring some of the coolest zombie authors around! You thought last year was amazing? Here’s the lineup for this year… NINE authors!
Bryan Smith is the author of numerous horror novels and novellas. Some of his most popular titles are Depraved, The Freakshow, and The Killing Kind. His work within the zombie subgenre includes Deathbringer, Rock and Roll Reform School Zombies, and The Late Night Horror Show. The latter is a tale of alternate realities featuring parallel plotlines about zombies, vampires, and backwoods maniacs. The zombie segment is set in the immediate aftermath of a cinematic zombie apocalypse brought to life. In the works is yet another zombie novel, Slowly We Rot, envisioned as a more traditionally Romero-esque tale of the living dead. Bryan lives in Tennessee, where he hangs out with his dogs and drinks a lot of beer while watching cheap horror movies. Visit his home on the web at www.bryansmith.info
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It began in a dark theater.
In the Seventies, a movie changed my life forever: Dawn of the Dead. I have been fascinated by not just zombies, but the entire apocalyptic genre. The first book I read that had as much of an effect as Dawn was The Stand. Still, in my mind, I just did not think I had anything to add to what I considered to be perfection.
Fast-forward to 2009 and a college creative writing course where the teacher told us to just write something “for fun”. She said that the grade was not going to be based on mechanic, but instead, she wanted to see us enjoy writing. I had just finished reading Monster Island by David Wellington and decided “What the heck!” The teacher asked me to stay after class the day after we had turned in our project. She went on at length about how obvious it was that I loved the zombie genre, and then she posed the big question: “Why aren’t you writing this stuff?”
Four years and over a dozen book later, my Zomblog series and DEAD series have allowed me to quit my “day job” and focus solely on writing. Zomblog, which was extended to a six-book series due to reader requests (book five, Zomblog: Snoe’s War comes out in June) and is told in a journal format (minor spoiler here) that changes hands a few times. And don’t get me wrong, I owe my career as it stands to that series, but the DEAD series has always been my dream.
The series begins with Dead: The Ugly Beginning and sets up a three chapter rotational format. You get Steve’s Story, a first person account of things as the world spirals into chaos; The Geeks, four friends who believed that a zombie apocalypse would be the coolest thing ever…and quickly discover to the contrary; and Vignettes, this was initially supposed to just be snapshots from all over the globe. However, some of the stories took on a life of their own and have actually become reader favorites.
I am thrilled that book six, Dead: Confrontation is about to release and that I am actually hearing from readers anxious to get their hands on it. This marks the halfway mark in what I plan to be a twelve book series (although Zomblog was only supposed to be three books…so we shall see).
Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer, a disaster mitigation specialist, a homicide detective, a patrol commander, and an award-winning novelist and short story writer. His zombie novel Dead City came out in 2006. Since then he’s expanded that opening shot in the zombie apocalypse to include three more novels, including Flesh Eaters, which won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. Several of his stories have been adapted for graphic novels, and his novel Dead City is currently in production for a movie. You can learn more about Joe McKinney and his books at http://joemckinney.wordpress.com. Also, here’s the cover for my upcoming novel THE SAVAGE DEAD, due out September 3, 2013.
Hi my name is Mark Tufo and this is my small bio slash zombie homage. First off trying to boil your life down to a few paragraphs is like trying to get out of the house with a newborn in under 5 minutes. Those of you with kids will understand the reference. Speaking of which I have three, thankfully they are mostly grown at this point which has allowed me to pursue a writing career. I grew up a blue collar man in a blue collar family, after a stint in the Marines and then the more dangerous Post Office, I decided to educate myself and get one of those cushy white collar jobs. Well I got a few, damned thing was though I couldn’t hold on to them. Kept getting laid off. It was during these down times that I began to write, it was a way to cope with the stress of having a family that was becoming more and more difficult to support.
My wife and I put out the first Zombie Fallout book in February of 09, there was huge fan-fare, ticker tape parades and maybe even some hyperventilating from the one fan that bought the book that month. Didn’t matter much that wasn’t why I had written it in the first place. I wrote a zombie book because I’ve always been fascinated with the genre. Ever since I was 7 years old and my cousin who was babysitting thought watching Night of the Living Dead would be a good way to while away the time. I’d never been so scared and enthralled at the same time in my entire life. I devoured all things zombies, movies, books, comics. Didn’t matter much. And then during one of my lay-off periods, my wife dared me to write one. (Mostly so I’d leave her alone) And I haven’t looked back.
The Zombie Fallout series is 6 novels and 1 novella long, with Zombie Fallout 7 due in October. I have the Timothy series which is written through the eyes of a zombie (not for the faint of heart – and don’t eat and read it – you’ve been warned). And there is also the continuing saga of The Book of Riley, a zombie tale told through the eyes of Riley an American Bulldog. I don’t always write about the quasi-dead, but they’re never far from my brain! (Horrible pun but fitting – Thank you for taking a few moments to learn a little about me)
Armand Rosamilia has been an astronaut, physicist, maker of fine Swiss watches and created the game of football (all kinds) in his spare time, when not writing lots and lots of stories, some of which even make sense. His Dying Days 3 zombie novella has just been released and he will destroy the world (and Mars) unless you buy a copy. That is all. http://armandrosamilia.com
It was while watching Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of 6 which solidified Julianne’s respect for the Undead. Since that day, she has been preparing herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in all of the ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead. As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others which only fostered the vibrancy of her own.
Days with the Undead: Book One is her first full-length book, the basis of which can be found in her popular web serial of the same name. Along with many zombie shorts published on her blog, she has a story in Women of the Living Dead as well as two zombie pieces; a standalone short and a collection releasing the summer of 2013. Julianne’s second novel in her Days with the Undead series will also be released in 2013. Stay tuned!
James N. Cook (who prefers to be called Jim, even though his wife insists on calling him James) is a martial arts enthusiast, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a former cubicle dweller, and the author of the “Surviving the Dead” series. He hikes, he goes camping, he travels a lot, and he has trouble staying in one spot for very long. Even though he is a grown man, he enjoys video games, graphic novels, and gratuitous violence. He lives in North Carolina (for now) with his wife, son, two vicious attack dogs, and a cat that is scarcely aware of his existence.
John O’Brien is a former Air Force fighter instructor pilot who transitioned to Special Operations for the latter part of his career gathering his campaign ribbon for Desert Storm. Immediately following his military service, John became a firefighter/EMT with a local department. Along with becoming a firefighter, he fell into the Information Technology industry starting two large casinos in Washington as the Information Technology Manager and becoming the Network Manager for the Washington State Legislature, the Northwest Information Technology Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Network Systems Manager for Hollywood Video.
Currently, John is writing time on the series, A New World. As a former marathon runner, John lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and can now be found kayaking out in the waters of Puget Sound, mountain biking in the CapitalForest, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, or pedaling his road bike along the many scenic roads.
Kirk Allmond takes on all aspects of zombies. This isn’t just a vocation, it’s a passion. In 2006, The Zombie Preparedness Initiative was formed as a global project to prepare the world for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Or, whatever disaster may occur. The Zombie Preparedness Initiative, or ZPI, is unique in that it connects zombie literature, survivalism, and a dash of humor. The site provides a useful service with wit and wisdom.
On the site, there’s an article about creating a zombie plan. The articleis a thoughtful and thorough discussion of what an ordinary person should learn about being prepared for any emergency or disaster, not just a plan for when the dead walk the earth. Alongside this article are postings about gardening and food preservation, including the all-important topic “How to Make Bacon Post Apocalypse”, weaponry and supplies.
Kirk didn’t write all the articles, and gives the majority of the credit to his Advisory Board, a group of writers, survivalists, and zombie enthusiasts who oversee the content of the site. Many ideas are contributed by members of the large community of readers, who also participate in the discussion forums.
Allmond’s novels, the “What Zombies Fear” series are co-authored with Laura Bretz. What Zombies Fear: A Father’s Quest has reached the number one spot on Amazon’s Horror, Paranormal, and Superhero best seller lists.
The series follows Victor Tookes in his quest to keep his son safe. It’s different than most zombie novels in that these zombies are caused by a parasitic alien, which hitchhiked to earth aboard a meteor. These aliens invade the brain of the host, taking control of the body. In the case of a weaker infection, the corpse becomes the traditional Romero style zombie. But in cases of severe infection, the parasites can control more areas of the brain, allowing for zombies that can pass as human. In rare cases of the strongest infection, those zombies are able to access areas of the brain that normal humans did not, giving them heightened abilities.
Their latest novel, Declaration of War was published April, 2013, and reached the number 1 spot on Amazon’s Best Seller list in the Horror category.
There are currently five novels published in the series, and the final novel being written right now.
What Zombies Fear: A Father’s Quest
What Zombies Fear: The Maxists
What Zombies Fear: The Gathering
What Zombies Fear: Fracture
What Zombies Fear: Declaration of War
What Zombies Fear: The Incarnation (Due Fall 2013)
In addition to the books in the WZF universe, Allmond and Bretz also publish a serial called “Will of the Dead”, a completely different, much darker take on the Zombie Apocalypse.