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Day 2 of #COFFINHOP2014: Pom-Poms

Pom-poms

It still held the pom-poms in its undead fingers, the yellow and white strips pocked with darkening blood. It belonged to the once beautiful blonds who’d cheered so loudly for her team—before the opposing team’s quarterback took a chuck out of her throat.

There were only screams after that.

As she fell, the heavily-padded zombie fell with her, consuming her flesh until someone pulled him off. Not that it would matter—she was already dead; the virus now working its way through her system.

It got to its feet, new eyes open to the surrounding world. Then it lunged.

All Rights Reserved. Copyright © 2014 Julianne Snow

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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!

Now let’s talk about this giveaway… Click on the RaffleCopter logo to enter!

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

RANDOM PRIZES: 5 winners will receive digital copies of Glimpses of the Undead and The Dead of Penderghast Manor

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Day 1 of #COFFINHOP2014: Fingers

Fingers

Sally held her breath, knowing it was just around the corner. She could hear it hitting the wall, soft thumps of decaying flesh sure to leave marks on the painted surface.

If it found her, it would be over. She had nowhere to go in the dead-ended hallway she’d boxed herself into.

They inched around the edge, putrescent green fingers testing what had once contained them. It was coming to get her.

Sally screamed, unable to keep her panic contained. As punishment, the rotten face followed its fingers, the cold milky eyes lighting with hunger at the sight of her.

All Rights Reserved. Copyright © 2014 Julianne Snow

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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!

Now let’s talk about this giveaway… Click on the RaffleCopter logo to enter!

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

RANDOM PRIZES: 5 winners will receive digital copies of Glimpses of the Undead and The Dead of Penderghast Manor

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#COFFINHOP2014: It’s Coming to Get You…

As Coffin Hop 2014 approaches, I’ve been madly dashing around trying to get ready for it! This year, I’ll be featuring a different drabble every day and there’s a little bit of a theme which I’m going to see if anyone guesses—and yes it’s more than just zombies!!

Oh and there’s a fantastic giveaway too!

So what could you win?

  • 5 winners will receive digital copies of my short story collection Glimpses of the Undead as well as copies of my short story The Dead of Penderghast Manor
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead and Days with the Undead: Book One

Don’t forget that you can check out all the other Hoppers starting October 24th to the 31st by going to CoffinHop.com!

Zombie Film Fridays: The Returned

On this edition of Zombie Film Friday, we’re going to talk a little bit about The Returned. I was first told of this movie by a friend of mine who hates horror. He’d seen a trailer and decided to look it up on Netflix, then told me about it. I’m still not sure if he watched it, but I did and to be honest, it was a lot better than I’d even hoped. It’s got an interesting story and strays from the typical in a good way. So give it a watch and let me know what you think!

In a world where a deadly zombie virus has infected mankind, a single cure has been found. The cure, a treatment called the “Return Protein” which stays the effects of the virus in its host. With injections every 36 hours, the “Returned” are able to live as though they were never bit, despite the virus still coursing through their veins. When it is discovered that the protein stock is running low, chaos hits the streets. Returned who run out of the protein turn to zombies and wreak havoc, protesters turn to murderers as they try to rid the streets of the returned, and right in the middle of it all are Alex and Kate. Kate a leading doctor in the field of zombie virus’ and Alex a musician with a dark secret, he is a Returned. As death and fear run rampant, Alex’s secret becomes known and his dosage runs low, he and Kate must fight for a chance to live before he becomes a zombie.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The movie was filmed in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; and throughout the entire movie Kate realizes how secretive she needs to be about getting medication, yet when she gets the last remaining doses she leaves the building yelling into her cell phone about it.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

Random Monday Mini: The Cull

Okay so today’s Random Monday Mini wasn’t based on a word, but a photograph…

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The Cull

The first stone pinged off the side of the vehicle with animosity, thrown by a protestor from the crowd. Her angry face shone brightly before being lost among the sea of acrimony the bus travelled through. The passengers could only sit and stare, unsure of what was really going on and what would become of them. Herded up like animals, they’d been forced onto buses, their meagre possessions stripped from them by masked guards. Silently they sat, in a state of collective shock, their powers of comprehension failing them in the face of such secrecy and overwhelming authority.

The children cried and cuddled into their parents, not wanting to witness their fate, not understanding what was going on. All along their route, the people outside hurled their insults along with rocks, the outer casing of the bus only managing to keep out the rocks. As the windows weakened, so did the resolve of the worried inside. The masked and armed guards could see the collective composure slipping away with each barb, their poison spreading and infecting even the most determined. And then the screams of hatred and words of abuse exploded inward as the web expanded across the surface of the glass. The angry roar of the gathered filled the interior of the bus until there was no space for anything else. The air reeked of smoke, stale sweat and fear.

Slowing to a stop, great wrought-iron gates loomed in the front windscreen; they had arrived. But no one knew where they had been brought to. The gates opened and the bus rolled forward. Fences and makeshift buildings had been erected inside the walls—the space designed to keep those who inhabited it inside, while the others were kept out. But which side of the wall was clear of infection?

All rights reserved. Copyright © 2014 Julianne Snow 

Zombie Film Fridays: State of Emergency

So it’s time for us to get back into the flow of things with another Zombie Film Fridays. The movie I’ve selected for us this week is one of the US called State of Emergency.  It’s scary at times and highly character driven – just the break needed on a Friday night!

Chaos consumes a small town when a chemical facility explodes releasing a deadly toxin. Moments after the leak, the town’s residents show signs of mutation, causing the military to quarantine the area leaving any survivors helpless and trapped inside. The story follows Jim, a young man isolated within the red zone, as he eludes flesh eating zombies in an attempt to win back his freedom.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: The warehouse in which the four survivors are holed up is called ‘Clay’s’, the same surname as the writer/director.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

Zombiephiles Love It When Things Get Freaky!

Zombiephiles Love It When Things Get Freaky

If you’ve ever watched the relatively new animated show from FOX, Bob’s Burgers, it’s likely you’ve fallen in love with the character Tina Belcher. A hopeless romantic and socially awkward 13-year-old, she’s quickly become a fan favorite on the show, even earning the title of “The Best Character on TV” in a poll on Entertainment Weekly.

TinaIt’s her little quirks that make her so great. Not only is she boy-crazy, which is to be expected from most middle school girls, but she also has an interesting attraction that’s a bit… unorthodox, to say the least.

Tina really likes zombies. I mean really, likes zombies. As she says, “I’m not a zombiephile. I have a complicated relationship with zombies. They’re dangerous, but I love their swagger.”

In season 1, Tina explains that her love of zombies manifested itself from a point in her childhood. When she was 8 years old, her father (Bob) let her watch Night of the Living Dead, which gave her night terrors for years. But as she grew up, Tina created a unique way to combat the scary dreams.

“I think my subconscious fears and budding sexuality are getting all mixed up,” she says. “So I think I’m being attacked by zombies and I start screaming, ‘You want to make out?’ and I make out with it.”

Her coping mechanism led to a full-on zombie fetish, and it even inspired her to write “erotic friend fiction” in her downtime. It, of course, includes herself, her friends/crushes, and a zombie or two.

Sounds pretty odd right? Like something that only an animated show aimed at adults would come up with? Well apparently, it’s a more common occurrence than you might think.

Tina isn’t the only one out there who has similar fantasies, as zombies have go full-on porno more times than you may care to know. As can be seen on AdamEve.com, there are numerous erotic/horror-inspired films. These include a Night of the Living Dead parody named Night Of The Giving Head in addition to Creature Feature and the all-zombie sex fest in D2: Deviance. These are all full-length films, ready to go for the world’s zombiephiles whenever the mood catches them right.

There’s no denying that in the last few years, zombies have dominated the horror market. With recent successes like Zombieland, The Walking Dead, World War Z, Warm Bodies, and even hit games like Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, zombies have taken over. However, the availability of undead erotica is a bit of shock.

The spike in interest even inspired an article from PsychologyToday.com, which explains the possible root of a zombie attraction. Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Friedman argues that our fascination with them stems from the fact that zombies lead a “lifeless life.” He says that “we all fear leading a monotonous existence filled with boredom, emptiness, and loneliness” while the consequences of these negative emotions can lead to us being “bored to death.” Friedman explains that in zombie movies, TV shows, and games, we’re attracted to the heroic and exciting life of the characters fighting against a life of boredom (the zombies).

It’s an interesting argument, especially the heroic aspects. But if Friedman’s analysis is correct, the sexual attraction to those he says represents a “lifeless life” (the negative in this case) could be explained in the same wheelhouse of reasoning for why some girls are attracted to “bad boys.” Every project shows zombies as the obvious antagonists who are just, um, a little colder than most.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a zombie flick, show, game, or even a good zombie crawl as much as the next person. However, it’s in a strictly platonic way. (Sorry zombies!). At least we can all agree that sexualized or not, I’d rather have the popularity of zombies inspiring fetishes than other supernatural creatures. I think we’ve all had our fill of vampires for a while.

FanExpo Canada – August 28th to August 31st, 2014

Well my lovelies, the time has come – FanExpo Canada runs this weekend (August 28th to August 31st) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada!

The good news is that I will be attending, listed as a professional guest!! How cool is that?? Oh and have I mentioned my name sits sandwiched between Matt Smith and Ian Somerhalder?? Further sandwiched by two Star Fleet Captains?? I think I might be in fangirl heaven!

My table is L63 outside the entrance to Hall G in the South Building, and I will have copies of Days with the Undead: Book One and Glimpses of the Undead available for sale. In addition, I’ll have a few anthologies my stories appear in for sale but they’re limited. If you purchase a book, I’ll sign it for #FREE!!

To help celebrate FanExpo weekend, Phrenic Press has reduced my short story The Dead of Penderghast Manor on Amazon to #FREE! Go and download it!!

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SUMMER OF ZOMBIE 2014: The Human VS The Humane

How have you enjoyed the series?? For the last question, I wanted to test the authors – really make them ponder their answer… So I asked them:

If faced with leaving a loved one behind in the interest of surviving the oncoming hordes, what would you choose to do?

As you read their answers, remember to ask yourself whether or not you think they’re being honest… Would they really sacrifice their own survival in an unguaranteed attempt to save their loved ones??

Armand Rosamilia, author of Dying Days 4

Not even a thought. I’d push them down or use their body as a shield… um, I mean, I’d totally sacrifice myself for them. Wait… which of my kids would it be?

Julianne Snow, author of Glimpses of the Undead

Dead weight is dead weight is dead weight. I’d like to think I’d stay and try to save them, but I know my family well enough to say they’d want to give other survivors the best chance possible in making it to the other side of the apocalypse.

Thomas M. Malafarina, author of Ridge of Dead (Dead Kill Book 1)

Go out fighting. There’s no point in surviving when you can’t live with yourself.

Charles Ingersoll, author of Day Zero

I would stand and fight. You never know your chances. You may actually prevail.

Stephen Kozeniewski, author of The Ghoul Archipelago

Oh, my wife and I have had this discussion.  If stuff gets real, we’ve both agreed we’re not, like, coming for one another like Rick Grimes.  And no, “Oh, Johnny, it’s Johnny, my brother!” stuff either.  Zombification = deadification.

Sarah Lyons Fleming, author of Until the End of the World

That depends on who it was. If it were one of my kids, not zombified, I’d be fighting to my dying breath. If I had my kids, then so long, sucker!

Stevie Kopas, author of Haven

If they were injured, infected or dying, I’d either leave them with a weapon to finish the job or kill them myself before I took off.  Anybody that loves me wouldn’t expect me to die for them.

TS Alan, author of The Romero Strain: A Zombie Novel

Leave but make sure the person I had to leave behind is left with provisions and weapons.

John O’Brien, author of A New World: Untold Stories

I’d live, only because it’s what I’d want them to do.

Ian McClellan, author of One Undead Step: A Zombie Novel

That’s tough. I don’t have a lot of loved ones, so it would be hard to leave one behind. If it was certain death, and there was no way I could save them, I think I would make the reasonable choice. There’s no point in dying just to die.

T.W. Piperbrook, author of Contamination 5: Survival

It depends on which one it was.  Just kidding.  I’d do my best to protect them, even if it meant going down myself.

Shana Festa, author of Time of Death: Induction

Oh, would you look at the time? Gotta run…

Bryan Cassiday, author of Poxland

“Bang Bang”…

Robert Chazz Chute, author of The Plague of Days Season One

I’m the least important person in my home. I stay and make my stand. The kids and She Who Must Be Obeyed get to go to Baskin Robbins.

Rhonda Parrish, author of Waste Not

Depends on the loved one. That’s the wrong answer isn’t it? LOL But some people are more ‘loved’ than others. If we’re talking my immediate family, well I guess we’re all dying together, but if it’s like my great aunt Bertha twice removed… well, I’ll probably feel bad for leaving her but I’ll be alive to do it.

Rebecca Besser, author of Cursed Bounty

I wouldn’t leave someone behind if there was any choice to it. Being forced to, I guess I would. But I would try like hell until I was absolutely sure there was no other option.

Now, if it were someone I didn’t love… he he he

Claire Riley, author of Odium II: The Dead Saga

What? like a sick aunt that couldn’t run or because my husband was bitten or something? That’s a hard question. I guess each circumstance is different. I couldn’t ever leave any of my kids behind, and I wouldn’t fair to well without my husband, so ‘surviving an oncoming horde’ wouldn’t really be an issue since I highly doubt I’d survive without him. I have no sense of direction, so it’s more than likely if I did run, I’d end up back in the same spot twenty minutes later anyway.

Jack Wallen, author of The Last Casket

It all depends upon the circumstances and the loved one. If it were my wife, I’d have a hell of a time leaving her behind. If I absolutely had to, I’d make sure she was prepared for anything and everything. This would also depend upon my chances of helping mankind to overcome the onslaught. What good is my survival without those I love – unless it is for a greater good. Even then…that’s a tough one.

I’ll keep flip flopping on that one until I’m actually faced with the decision. ;-)

Jay Wilburn, author of Zombies Believe In You

I would put them away quietly and tell everyone else they went to live on a farm where there was lots of room to run around, but we don’t have time to visit.

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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.

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! #SummerZombie

Summer of Zombie 2014 Blog Tour

AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in June, here’s the complete list, updated daily:

Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author

SUMMER OF ZOMBIE 2014: The Unexpected…

So what do the authors on the Summer of Zombie tour think about this question:

What is the one thing people won’t expect from your book?

Jump in to find out what makes their stories unique…

Armand Rosamilia, author of Dying Days 4

The amount of humour I weave in between all the blood and gore.

Julianne Snow, author of Glimpses of the Undead

That sometimes the scare is better left to your own imagination! Oh and my zombies aren’t limited to humans…

Thomas M. Malafarina, author of Ridge of Dead (Dead Kill Book 1)

The fact that it has an interesting story with real characters and a cool twist. It  isn’t simply a slash, shoot and stab zombie book.

Charles Ingersoll, author of Day Zero

I don’t think they will expect the added mystery element that coincides with the rising of the undead or the rise of marauding humans.

Stephen Kozeniewski, author of The Ghoul Archipelago

I’m just going to come right out and say it: the puppet scene.  I love puppets.  Puppets are the greatest.

Sarah Lyons Fleming, author of Until the End of the World

The love between the characters, whether romantic or platonic.

Stevie Kopas, author of Haven

Now if I told you that, I’d just be ruining all the surprises!

TS Alan, author of The Romero Strain: A Zombie Novel

Having resolution to a few point plots and character developments. There are unanswered questions… for the moment.

John O’Brien, author of A New World: Untold Stories

There’s a fan fiction section at the end.

Ian McClellan, author of One Undead Step: A Zombie Novel 

Probably the humor. I’ve gotten some great feedback, both from regular reviewers and bloggers. They’ve all said that there’s a lot of laughs in the book, but they work well in the story. It wasn’t really what I was going for. My first book was very snarky. I wanted One Undead Step to be a strictly serious zombie read, but I guess that’s just not how I write. My dear friend Jillian Cornell Michel, who writes at Zombie Guide Magazine with me and has a few of her own zombie books out there, beta read the book and told me that humor just comes naturally in my writing. She’s pretty smart, so I’ll take her word for it.

T.W. Piperbrook, author of Contamination 5: Survival 

The ending.  It might surprise some people.

Shana Festa, author of Time of Death: Induction

To be scared, laugh, and cry…all in one sitting. And the dog…never underestimate a girls love for her pooch.

Bryan Cassiday, author of Poxland

The selfishness and arrogance of the politicians in it.

Robert Chazz Chute, author of The Plague of Days Season One

The chapter of metaphysics makes the reader a character in the story and will make you think I’m on acid. I’d call that a spoiler, but no one will get it until they read it, so that’s fine.

Rhonda Parrish, author of Waste Not 

Author chose not to answer…

Rebecca Besser, author of Cursed Bounty

Like most of my zombie books, it’s different. Cursed Bounty isn’t the normal zombie apocalyptic tale that has hordes of zombies and the world is consumed. The zombie (and later zombies) are a concentrated and controlled effort by one man who is seeking political power.

Claire Riley, author of Odium II: The Dead Saga

I’ve no idea. It’s a very character driven plot with a backdrop of a zombie apocalypse. It’s a couple of years after everything has gone to hell and there are small pockets of survivors. The main MC is just a normal person, she has no skills, she has no plan, she’s a bitch at times. She’s just human.

You’ll either love her or hate her, but she’s very real.

Jack Wallen, author of The Last Casket

A standard zombie story. The Last Casket is about fun and rock and roll. That doesn’t mean it lacks the standard monstrous bits and pieces, it just doesn’t take them as seriously as my other novels. This book is the first entry to a new series that is a spin off of my I Zombie series…but don’t expect Bethany and company to show up and save the day (at least not yet – Muhaha!)

Jay Wilburn, author of Zombies Believe In You

I believe the stories carry the high tone of fantasy, but the raw horror of zombies.

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SummerZombie Shirt Front

The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.

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! #SummerZombie

Summer of Zombie 2014 Blog Tour

AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in June, here’s the complete list, updated daily:

Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author

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