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Spotlight Saturday: INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair

INSPIRE! Toronto’s new International Book Fair rolled into town on November 13th and will be ending tomorrow November 16th. It’s being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

While I’ve missed a few of the days and some good time judging by the photographs, I will be in attendance tomorrow—Sunday, November 16th—from 10am to 6pm at the Horror Writers Association booth (It’s #121 if you’re planning on stopping by to say hello!). I’ll be volunteering my time and spreading the word of great horror! I’ll also have a limited number of print books available for sale including Days with the Undead: Book One and Glimpses of the Undead.

If you’re looking for a great read or something special for the horror/zombie lover in your life, come on down and get your copy—I’ll even autograph it free of charge ;)

Hope to see you there! Tickets are only $15 and there is lots to see and do—if you’re a reader or a writer, this is an event you’re not going to want to miss!

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Zombie Film Fridays: My Fair Zombie

I picked up this film while scoping out the booths at Horror-Rama in Toronto at the beginning of the month. I was there with the Horror Writers Association, spreading the news about the organization and sharing my books with the masses. I will admit the cover drew my attention and after talking to the director, Brent Kelly and Paige from Alternative Cinema/Camp Motion Pictures, I knew I’d be back before the day was over to buy a copy. And I have to say I’m glad that I did. The movie is funny and fresh (no pun intended – it is about zombies after all), and chock full of original songs I find myself humming or singing at the oddest of times. But those snippets of song have resulted in a few conversations with random people and the promise to look for the film – not a bad thing in my book at all. So if you’re looking for a Zombie flick that sits just a little to the left of normal, that’s ultimately entertaining and will have you humming for days to come, I’d suggest finding a copy of this film and giving it a whirl. You won’t be disappointed.

MV5BMTg4MjQ1ODkyMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzc2Mjg1MjE@._V1_SY317_CR17,0,214,317_AL_In an alternate Edwardian England infested by zombies, a professor of phonetics attempts to teach a zombie woman to be a proper English lady – with hilarious and gore-soaked results! Based on the play by George Bernard Shaw.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: I’ve got none for you this time :(

And now it’s time for the trailer…

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: Alternative Uses!

Good old talcum powder—possibly just baby powder to you—but who knew it had so many other uses??

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Now I don’t think it matters much which brand you choose, but when the dead rise, you’re going to want to have this versatile item in your survival gear! So what else can you use it for?

  • dry shampoo
  • removing sand – just spread it where you have sand and see how easily it slides off with a little swipe of the hand
  • remove grease stains – after the end, clothes are going to be hard to come by and no one wants to look like a slob…
  • prevent chaffing – IMPORTANT!! Chaffing may make you run slower!!
  • freshen shoes – you’re probably only going to have one pair and a little freshness goes a long way…
  • repels ants – if it’s not Zombies. it’s ants. You’re welcome.
  • cools skin – ahhhh!
  • useful as a deodorant substitute – your friends will thank me.
  • soothe dry skin – moisturizer may be in short supply so smooth on a little talc and remain baby soft where it counts

So what other uses for talcum powder do you know of? Tell me in the comments!!

Random Monday Mini: Apocalyptic Toffee

This flash is featured in the 17th issue of The Sirens Call – now available to download for free!!

Apocalyptic Toffee

Hallowe’en Night – 7:30PM

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The first to be infected sat in a circle in the basement rec room of the parent who’d been sucked into the duty of trick-or-treating that year. There were superheroes, a princess, a witch, and even a cat, all of them devouring the small morsels of candy in their bags with reckless abandon. Mixed into the bounty were the small toffee tidbits lovingly handcrafted by the diminutive, elder woman who lived at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Each year the kids would run up the patio-stone walkway to knock loudly on her front door. And she would come out, her white hair always swept up into a tight bun, her arms bearing the bowl with her special treats. Each one would be greeted by name and a special remark made about their chosen costume for the year. Her house was always their favourite stop, and her toffee was the treat many of them saved for last.

But this year, the toffee was a little different. An ingredient had been tainted before it reached the small woman in her sunny kitchen. With each swirl of the wooden spoon around the saucepan, she mixed death into her sweets this year. And the neighbourhood would never be the same again.

It started with a quickening of the pulse, a flush coming over the children as they sat eating too much of their collected candy for one sitting. The stomach pains crept over them next, twisting cramps that doubled them over as they tried to climb the stairs in search of help. None of them made it past the wooden barrier before the change.

Hallowe’en Night – 8:33PM

“Kids! Your parents are here to pick you up!” The voice called from the front door, falling on deafened ears. Thinking the children were playing in the basement, or perhaps gorging themselves on all their candy, the brown-haired mother made a sweeping gesture to the congregated parents, inviting them in before moving down the hall. Her hand touched the gleaming doorknob and turned it, released the little monsters that waited for her.

They erupted from the basement, their bodies hungry for more than candy now. In a frenzy, amid the panicked screams, they ripped her apart, her blood mingling with the smears of chocolate already on their faces. It didn’t take them long to decimate her body, to infect her with their toffee sickness, her body rising in turn as the other parents came to investigate the source of the screams.

Hallowe’en Night – 11:18PM

The police couldn’t contain them and wound up succumbing like all the rest who’d had the misfortune of crossing their paths. It spread outward from the epicenter of the dead-ended street, a ballooning of bloody corpses in search of the uninfected. It was the start of something big, something that wouldn’t be stopped.

And at the centre of it all, a little old woman sat, scared and alone; unaware of the part she’d played in the end of the world.

All rights reserved © 2014 Julianne Snow

 

#COFFINHOP2014: The Winners Are Announced!!

Another successful Coffin Hop has come to a close and I’m ecstatic that so many came out to share in my Undead Drabbles! There was another theme that ran through them that I’m not sure anyone else picked up on – all of the pieces were inspired by colours! But enough about that – you all want to find out who the winners are!!

The winners of digital version of Glimpses of the Undead and The Dead of Penderghast Manor are:

Shelley Hammond

Ash Krafton

Julia Perucca

Kim Koning

Johanna Pitcairn

And the Grand Prize winner of a signed print copy of Glimpses of the Undead is:

Becky Stephens

Expect emails from me shortly!! Congratulations and thanks for entering!

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Day 8 of #COFFINHOP2014: Carly

Carly

It fluttered on the fence—the small piece of tattered fabric. I would have recognized the pattern from anywhere. Small eggplant coloured dots on a lavender background. It was once her favourite shirt. The shirt she was wearing when it happened.

I remember the day clearly. The sky was blue and the park full of kids, all of them laughing as they played.

But then they came. Their flesh greying, the smell of them making the breath catch in your throat.

Now I track you through the city, looking for bursts of purple among the decaying faces of the dead.

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You can catch up with the other Hoppers by going to CoffinHop.com! Don’t forget the Hop runs from October 24th to October 31st!

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GRAND PRIZE: 1 Print edition of Glimpses of the Undead and Days with the Undead: Book One by Julianne Snow

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Day 7 of #COFFINHOP2014: Undead Candle

Undead Candle

It went up like a Christmas tree starved of water for too long, dried skin easy fuel for the flames.

I stood there watching the colours flicker—orange, red, and yellow—as I cursed what my father had become. I didn’t feel sadness for what had happened—I knew he was in a better place now.

But I should have known that sometimes Murphy’s Law rang true.

As it stumbled around, its body burning without pain, everything it touched caught fire. Now I was watching the house go up, drawing more of them to the blessed inferno.

Burn, fuckers, burn.

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Day 6 of #COFFINHOP2014: Waiting

Waiting

Out of the darkness it called to mean. It moans filling up the black air all around me. I could hear it moving through the room, searching for me, like it knew I was there. Eventually it would find me, my luck wouldn’t hold—there was no way I could be so lucky. It was something I could admit to myself.

Something brushed up against me, almost as startled as I was to make contact. I screamed, scared of what was to follow.

Teeth bit into me as slimy fingers raked the flesh of my arms. The wait was over.

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Day 5 of #COFFINHOP2014: In Hiding

In Hiding

All I can see is the blue sky above me as I lay in hiding. I can hear them all around me, shuffling through the colourful panorama of fallen leaves. I’d been stupid, thinking the gully would keep me safe, hidden. But I began to realize they wouldn’t actively avoid the drop. Instead they’d fall into it, joining me at the bottom should they get too close.

I lay there, hoping to remain hidden. And I’m not above admitting I’ve been praying to any deity listening to keep me safe. I feel hollow, but hopeful.

Until it falls atop me.

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Day 4 of #COFFINHOP2014: The Trap

The Trap

Like a disco ball, the silver pendant hung from the limb, casting dabbled shadows as it spun in the wind. Underneath it, they gathered, faces skyward, arms reaching for the trinket.

The shot ricocheted off the trees, downing one of them. The burst of sound caused them to cock their heads, trying to discern the possibility of prey. But the cascading pinpoints of light dancing across the landscape pulled them back in.

The pair with the guns locked eyes, their smiles wide as they realized their plan had worked. More shots rang out in the silence of the summer morning.

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