The Spooky Isles is searching again for contributors to a new horror book.
Following the successful reception of ‘Dracula’s Midnight Snacks’, Spooky Isles and Red Rattle Books are already preparing the next collection in this really rattling spooky series. This time the walking dead will have a go.
“Zombie Bites” will be open to both first time and established horror authors.
The Spooky Isles is sponsoring the competition, and Red Rattle Books will include “Zombie Bites” alongside other exciting horror books in their 2014 collection. We will tell you about their other books early next year.
We asked Howard Jackson, editor at Red Rattle Books, why he agreed to follow “Dracula’s Midnight Snacks” with a zombie collection. Here’s what he said:
“The wandering sickness” which is how H G Wells described the phenomenon is very evocative. It anticipates a listless apocalypse and that is a seductive idea. People are attracted to the gore but the concept is actually subtle and intriguingly remote. Of course, we all have our own favourites and we have views as to what constitutes zombie fiction and appeal. There have been plenty of zombie movies, and ‘The Walking Dead’ has been a huge hit. Zombie literary anthologies, though, are more rare. Our view is that short stories can really demonstrate the zombie possibilities. Modern movies are fundamentally about survival amongst the doomed that carry infection and eat flesh.The zombie is the dark physical alter ego of humans. That is fine but zombies are in danger of being misunderstood. For instance, not only can they beused for scientific research, they are willing,and generally alienation free, manual labour.
“In some mythic tales, the zombie would return to the family and be disruptive. Chekov has never written a zombie play. Today, he would have been unable to resist. Dr Zhivago is a fine novel about resurrection but the zombies were there first. Zombies were also used to enhance the power of the magician that summoned them, and children, too,had special powers that could create the living dead. The myth is not just about horror and cannibalism. Like the vampire tales, there exists the possibility of enchantment. The anthology will be exciting and will have surprises.”
Howard is taking a more hi-brow view of zombies than the folk here at Spooky Isles, so don’t be afraid to send in stories relating to zombie guts and gore, because that’s the way we love our zombies – dead from the neck up and screaming for BRAINS!
How to take part in the competition
Stories can vary in length but should contain no more than 6000 words and no less than 2000 words.