Chewing Braaiiinns with… Eddie Rotten

Today I’m joined by Eddie Rotten, author and podcast host (among other things). For those of you unfamiliar with the force that is Eddie, let’s take a moment and learn a little bit more about him…

You’re either with us or against us… And you don’t want to be against us! ZOMBIE FIGHTER. SECRET MILITARY and GOVERNMENT RESISTANCE WARRIOR. TRUTH SEEKER. HOUSTON TX ZOMBIE FIGHTER CHAPTER CAPTAIN. Find Eddie at http://eddierotten.com or on Twitter at @EDDIEROTTEN.

Welcome Eddie. So, why Zombies? Is there anything specific that draws you to the genre?

The word ‘zombie’ provokes imagination, fear, and most importantly love. Life usually revolves around one of those three things, and with ‘zombies’, you get all three. I am ultimately drawn to the genre because of my fear to be forced into survival mode. I’ve got the regular amount of food and water storage any other red-blooded American/Canadian, or whomever else reads this, but the fear to actually have to use my reserve resources is what drives me to write about it. And fortunately enough, it’s what drives people to read about it. Everyone loves a good spooky story, but zombies bring an element of love, compassion, humanity, and humbleness to the table.

Tell us about your latest project; published or otherwise.

zombie life-1My latest project can be found at www.eddierotten.com. It started on Twitter, then leaked over to Facebook, then to the Android app store, and now it has created its own podcast… I know. Crazy right? What happened was, I started writing little things on Twitter (as most of us do). When people responded, whether good or bad, I decided to make those people part of my story. So I had people send in their character name, weapon of choice and so on. Before you knew it, I had an army of zombie fighters that interactively wrote their own ideas for my story. I quickly made a blog site for it. The idea went viral and I had zombie fighters and villains filling up my inbox. It was too much for me to ignore. I commissioned my wife (badass graphic artist) and had her design me some zombie images. I then called up my computer whiz and had him create an app for Android (Apple is waaaaay over-priced). The story just took off. Its epic, sad, conspiracy driven, bloody as all hell, and pretty darn scary if I do say so myself. Some of the characters are in the military, so naturally their stories became technical and gave an inside to our government and the state of the world. That’s about the time I got kicked off twitter. They didn’t like every thing I had to say about our current leadership and the worlds’ affairs. So I had to scale back from politics. The story turns out to be a time capsule over the last two years for the world… with zombies. Anyway, all this hype and another character contacted me and decided it was time for the entire world to know about ZOMBIE LIFE (which is the name of the app). We created Jig and Eddie Rotten’s ZOMBIE LIFE PODCAST. It can be found on Stitcher, iTunes, Soundcloud, Spreaker Radio, and all the others. The podcast has been on Switchers coveted MOST SHARED LIST for several months in a row and I am very proud of the interest.

What makes your Zombies different, if anything?

My zombies are different because they are created by government-controlled frequencies. As you read the story, you learn how the government introduces new devices to us each year slowly merging our minds into a new frequency, and their plan to shut the frequency off at some point, ending all humanity. The parallel in the story though isn’t so much that were being attacked by zombies, but that zombies are what our problems are. Things that we have to deal with. The zombies in my story are killers yes, but we still have school, work, go shopping, walk the dog, etc. Well, we have it all for a while. Then things change.

Awesome! What are your 5 favourite Zombie books that you didn’t write?

My 1st favorite zombie book is easy. It’s Days with the Undead: Book One by Julianne Snow. It wasn’t at first, but after reading it a few times, people in my life started reminding me of the stories characters. And the brotherhood and fellowship of the people in that story are honorable. So that’s my first. Second is Simon Neilson’s Kaleb. Just a good, solid book that explains things in perfect order. My imagination clings to the way he writes, and I love it. 3rd is Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. I know, I know. Not exactly a zombie movie. But things come back from the dead! And when I was young, I had a dream about that happening, and then when I came across his book my jaw dropped to the floor. I don’t really have a 4th and 5th. I don’t really read many other zombie stories, as I don’t like to have outside influence on how my writing is. Works for me.

My book? Wow! Thank you for the compliment! Tell us about your top 3 favourite Zombie films?

Top 3 films. Shawn of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, and all ‘B’ movies containing zombies. Shawn of the Dead is an instant classic for the crude comedy alone. NOTLD will always stay close to my heart because…well it’s NOTLD for crying out loud. And all the B movies? I love the effort people put in to production, story and sound on their own time. After school, works, after the kids go down for naps, these people make their dreams come true and as cheesy as they are… They are DOING it. You know?

I love the cheesy B-movies – they’re so much fun! Do you think the popularity of The Walking Dead and its appearance in mainstream media has helped to increase the popularity of the genre, or has there always been such an interest?

As far as The Walking Dead, dare I say it’s as important as Night of the Living Dead? There will never be another show like that. There will only be attempts to be better, but what AMC and the actors have done was totally recreate the imaginary ideas of the graphic comic. And they’re kicking ALL kinds of ass doing it. So, yes. It has definitely made the genre stronger, and also brought families together, taught survival and brotherhood, and compassion to those who don’t have much. TV is different because of The Walking Dead.

Pop Quiz: If the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur right now, 5 things found in the room you are currently sitting will be your weapons – what are they?

5 weapons in the room I’m sitting in? Hmmm. Cell phone (I can call in an airstrike). Pocketknife. Toenail clippers (torture people for answers about the antidote). Steel toe boots. Dirt bike helmet (protection).  Geez, I’m screwed.

You really are screwed Eddie… Especially if you think toenail clippers would get you the secret antidote! I would like to thank Eddie for answering all of my questions and I hope he’ll come back once FrequenZ comes out!

Don’t forget to join me next week when I’ll be joined by D. Alexander Ward!

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Chewing Braaiiinns with… Tim Baker

Today I’m joined by relative newcomer to the Zombie genre, Tim Baker. Tim has recently released a novella alongside Zombie author Armand Rosamilia. For those of you not acquainted with Tim, let’s get to know him a bit better…

shibumiRhode Island native Tim Baker relocated to Palm Coast in 2006 and immediately fell in love with the area. In early 2007 a bizarre dream inspired his first novel, appropriately called Living the Dream, and he has been cranking out books non-stop ever since. Tim writes fast-paced, off-beat crime stories set in Flagler Beach and St. Augustine, full of colorful characters and loaded with unexpected and often humorous twists and turns. You can learn more about Tim’s work and how to contact him on his website at www.blindoggbooks.com.

Welcome Tim! So tell us, why Zombies? Is there anything specific that draws you to the genre?

I have to be honest…ordinarily I am not a zombie author. I was asked by my friend Armand Rosamilia to co-write a zombie novella with him – so here I am. I will say this though…I’m having a lot of fun with it.

Well at least you’re having fun! Tell us about latest project.

My latest release is called Pump It Up. It’s a fast-paced thriller that starts in a back-room silicone pumping party and runs rampant through Flagler Beach via St. Augustine, a water slide and even the bottom of the ocean. It’s a wild ride for sure! (no zombies though)

For those of you looking to take a peek at that novella that was co-written by Tim and Armand, here it is…

European Village in Palm Coast Florida is the last bastion of defense against the unending zombie horde.
Darlene Bobich and John Murphy are fighting for survival, and their feelings for each other.
They are surrounded: The defenders of European Village ahead, mysterious strangers from the rear, and zombies everywhere. But inside European Village, a small band of survivors are doing whatever it takes to stay alive – but are they risking their own survival by keeping the new strangers out?

Dying Days: The Siege of European Village is the latest release in the Dying Days series by Armand Rosamilia, and first with author Tim Baker (Water Hazard, Pump It Up) and combines their favorite characters in one rousing story! Includes an Author interview detailing how the story came about, as well as sample chapters from both authors!

What makes your Zombies different, if anything?

Different from what? I can’t compare them to other zombies – I’m a rookie, remember!!! I can say this though…in the story Armand and I are writing I’ve brought the hero from my other books in. His name is Ike and he is one bad mutha…anyway – the zombies in this book are different from other zombies because no zombie has ever had to deal with the likes of Ike before!

Sounds interesting! What are your 5 favourite Zombie books that you didn’t write?

I could lie and rattle off five zombie books but I won’t. Like I said – until recently I wasn’t into the zombie thing at all. I’ve only read one zombie book and that was Dying Days – by the aforementioned Armand Rosamilia. (I liked it enough to go along with his suggestion to write with him)

Maybe now you’ll read more in the genre 🙂 What are your top 3 favourite Zombie films?

As with the previous question – I’ve only seen one…Night of the Living Dead when I was in high school. I loved it though and whenever it comes on TV I watch it.

Well at least you have watched what I humbly consider to be the best one! Do you think the popularity of The Walking Dead and its appearance in mainstream media has helped to increase the popularity of the genre, or has there always been such an interest?

I think the zombie genre has had a cult-like existence for years and it was always an inch away from boiling into the mainstream. The Walking Dead gave it the extra heat it needed to get there, now the popularity is increasing exponentially which is driving more attention to the show, which increases the popularity…it’s becoming a perpetual motion machine.

Pop Quiz: If the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur right now, 5 things found in the room you are currently sitting will be your weapons – what are they?

The first two would be my feet…I’d use them to get my ass further away to a place that has a better selection of weapons! After that I’d probably take a sharpie…the ink could give them a nasty infection. I have a couple of knives within arm’s reach, I suppose they would come in handy. And finally, I have a small wooden souvenir baseball bat from a Boston Red Sox game…it would make an excellent skull basher!

You may well survive Tim. Maybe… Thank you for answering my questions! If you’d like to connect with Tim, check out his website. If you’d like to take a sneak peek at Tim’s latest solo release Pump it Up, here it is...

Pump CoverWhat begins as a quiet walk along scenic A1A in Flagler Beach, Florida quickly becomes a near death experience for vacationing Dave Ryan after he witnesses something very bizarre.

Ex-Navy SEAL Ike is enjoying a quiet evening with friends, drifting peacefully off the Florida coast. Things take a turn toward surreal when Ike suddenly has to rescue a man thrown from a nearby boat and left to drown.

Ernie Boudreaux makes his living preying on people’s vanity and insecurity by offering back room cosmetic procedures. He will also go to great lengths to protect his operation…up to and including murder.

And then there’s Saffire…the mysterious link to Ernie’s past returned to settle an overdue debt.

Ike will do whatever it takes to protect his friends…Ernie will not forfeit his cash without a fight and Saffire wants a pound of flesh – preferably Ernie’s.

The result is a high stakes free-for-all with several lives and a lot of cash on the line.

Don’t forget to join my next week when Eddie Rotten joins me!

Chewing Braaiiinns with… Katie Cord

Today I’m joined by Katie Cord, Zombie author. If you have yet to meet Katie, let’s take a moment to get to know her.

Katie CordKatie Cord is a writer, business woman, nurse, graduate student, wife, and mother to 3 dogs and 1 cat. She lives in the suburbs of Seattle, WA. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and check out her page at www.katiecord.com. On January 1, 2013 Evil Girlfriend Media will begin accepting manuscripts and submissions for three anthologies: Roms, Bombs and Zoms; Witches, Stitches and Bitches; and Stamps, Tramps, and Vamps. Check the website for more information at www.evilgirlfriendmedia.com.

Welcome Katie, tell us – why Zombies?

I blame my southern Baptist raising. I had a Sunday school teacher who believed literally that the body would rise from the grave when Jesus came back and would give these really graphic descriptions of what that would look like. At age seven, my parents left me home alone and I happened upon the original Night of the Living Dead. I couldn’t stop thinking about them!  Then I found Night of the Comet and it just went crazy from there.

Is there anything specific that draws you to the genre?

Zombies are a metaphor for humans in my opinion. When you really strip us down, we are shambling around this world eating up resources mindlessly and searching for something that makes us feel alive. Zombies are sort of doing the same thing.

If I gave you the opportunity to tell me about your latest project, what would you say?

He Left Her at the Altar, She Left Him to the Zombies is a collection of short stories about women and the zombie apocalypse. I’ve arranged the stories in a way that you see women dealing with everything from puberty, to prom, to a middle aged woman with a zombie STD. I’m also currently developing my own company, Evil Girlfriend Media.

What makes your Zombies different, if anything?

I don’t think my zombies are too different, but I think the issues and characters I write about our a little different than your average man with boobs female militant character.

Tell me about your 5 favourite Zombie books that you didn’t write?

This is a tough question! I’m going with the first five that come to me because I just have so many that I’ve enjoyed. World War Z by Max Brooks, Patient Zero by Jonathan Mayberry, Among the Living by Timothy Long, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, and Zombocalypse Now by Matt Youngmark.

Great choices! What are your top 3 favourite Zombie films?

Night of the Comet, Sean of the Dead, and Dawn of the Dead.

Those are also great choices! It’s been ages since I saw Night of the Comets! Do you think the popularity of The Walking Dead and its appearance in mainstream media has helped to increase the popularity of the genre, or has there always been such an interest?

I think The Walking Dead helped the general population see that there is something in the zombie genre that they can enjoy. I’ve had so many women tell me, “I don’t do zombies.” Now, I’m talking shop with them on different zombie theories and scenarios over lunch. I’m all for the increase in popularity.

Pop Quiz: If the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur right now, 5 things found in the room you are currently sitting will be your weapons – what are they?

Crow bar, hammer, screw driver, chair, and large three hole punch. Just in case you are wondering… we’re renovating my office.

Sure, sure Katie – we’ll all believe you don’t have an arsenal at the ready… No problem *wink, wink*

Okay now it’s time for a little book fun! Let’s take a sneak peek at He Left Her at the Altar, She Left Him to the Zombies

Voracious, malevolent, crazy, cruel, predatory, relentless… And those are just the survivors.

Inside you’ll find ten horrifying, touching, and humorous stories of strong women whose fates are crossed with those of the undead. Within these pages you’ll meet:

*Max, an awkward misfit whose life is about to change in ways she never imagined.
*Liv, an amoral researcher determined to cure the love of her life, no matter what the consequences.
*Maddison, a bubbly blonde sociopath who decides to settle some old(and new) scores.
*Misty, the world’s least competent voodoo priestess.

*Joelynn, a woman with a viral death sentence who’s about to light the delta on fire.
*Ebony, daughter turned destroyer.

When the dead walk the earth, who lives and who dies? And if anyone survives, what comes next?

Thank you Katie for answering my questions!

Don’t forget to come back next week when I interview Tim Baker!

Special Report: Zombies in Artificial Evil: Book 1 of The Techxorcist!

Colin Barnes has recently released Artificial Evil: Book 1 of The Techxorcist and I am super excited to bring you news of its relation to Zombies!! First off, let’s meet Colin first…

Colin F. Barnes is a writer of dark and daring fiction. He takes his influence from everyday life, and the weird happenings that go on in the shadowy locales of Essex in the UK.

Growing up, Colin was always obsessed with story and often wrote short stories based on various dubious 80s and 90s TV shows. Despite taking a detour in school into the arts and graphic design, he always maintained his love of fiction and general geekery. Now, as a slightly weathered adult, Colin draws on his experiences to blend genres and create edgy, but entertaining stories.

He is currently working on a Cyberpunk/Techno thriller serial ‘The Techxorcist.’ which combines elements of Sci-Fi, Thriller, and Horror.

Like many writers, he has an insatiable appetite for reading, with his favourite authors being: Stephen King, William Gibson, Ray Bradbury, James Herbert, Albert Camus,  H.P Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith,  and a vast array of unknown authors who he has had the privilege of beta reading for. If you would like to connect with Colin, you can find him on Twitter or his website.

Now let’s take a quick peek at the book! (I know, I know – I’m teasing you with mentions of Zombies, but I promise they are coming!!)

ArtificialEvilBookCover-Web2153. Post-cataclysm. The last city exists beneath a dome where the mysterious benefactors ‘The Family’ tightly control the population with a death lottery and a semi-autonomous network.

All is well until the day family man Gerry Cardle, head of the death lottery, inexplicably finds himself the No.1 target of a malicious Artificial Intelligence. Gerry’s numbers are up, and he has just 7 days to save himself,  find the source of the AI, and keep the last stronghold of humanity safe.

Gerry finds help in the shadows of the city from two rogue hackers: Petal – a teenage girl with a penchant for violence, hacking systems and general anarchy, and: Gabriel – a burnt-out programmer-turned-priest with highly augmented cybernetics.

With his new team, Gerry discovers there is more beyond the dome than The Family had let on, and his journey to find the source of the AI leads him through a world of violence, danger, and startling revelations.

Everything is not as it seems.

Gerry is not who he thinks he is.

Evil can be coded…. can Gerry and his friends stop it before it destroys humanity?

Artificial Evil is book 1 of 3 of The Techxorcist series. The larger-than-life offspring of Blade Runner, Mad Max, and The Exorcist.

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Purchase Artificial Evil: Book 1 of The Techxorcist:

Print – Anachron Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Digital – Anachron Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Kobo

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And now I give you an excerpt!

Gerry’s escort stopped him in front of a rough wooden door.

Gabe waved his hand over the lock. It chirped, and a small clunk sounded. The door swung open, casting a wide beam of golden light onto the dull street.

A pair of brass goggles with darkened lenses appeared in the gap. They gave the fragile girl wearing them the countenance of a nervous lemur. She wore her hair in a bright pink Mohican with complicated, almost filigree style tattoos on the side of her head.

“Petal, I found him,” Gabe said.

The goggled girl checked both sides of the street and then stood aside to let them enter.

She was young and twitchy in her synthetic leather trousers and a fitted faux biker jacket. Her lips were tattooed bright purple. It always amazed Gerry how these young girls could put up with the pain. There were few counter-cultures in City Earth; most were tame. He’d never seen a girl like this before. She screamed rebellion, danger. He was quickly getting out of his comfort zone.

As he passed her she cocked her head to one side, assessing him. He wondered what was behind the goggles; intrigued and scared in equal measure to find out.

“Go through to the back, Gez,” she said quietly. “Don’t fucking touch a thing.”

“Language, Petal—he’s a guest.”

Gabe touched the girl on her shoulder.

She stood a foot shorter than Gabe, who in turn stood a half-foot taller than Gerry.

“Sorry, Gabe.”

The room was far grander than what Gerry had expected from the grim aspect of the exterior. Panelled wood, probably mahogany, lined the walls. Expensive. Wood was so rare, and to use it as wall decoration was so—the words escaped him.

“Careless? Vulgar?” she asked him.

“Wait, you can read my mind—”

“Nah, you’re on the network. Your AIA’s freaking out, spraying like a panicked skunk. Don’t worry; it’s secure here.” Her goggles switched from opaque to clear, revealing glossy black eyes, reflecting Gerry’s face like mirrored spheres. He caught himself staring, falling.

“I can see your code. It’s grim. You’re in a world of shit.” Her head twitched.

Gerry blinked, looked away, and gripped the sides of his throbbing head. He reached into his jacket pocket. Empty.

“Where’s my comm?”

“Smashed to bits. Your security peeps crushed it when they kicked you out.”

“Great. Can I use yours?”

“Off the grid. Don’t have one.”

“Your network? I just need to get word to a friend; he can sort out this D-Lottery nonsense. And then you can let me go. I’ve got family. I’m—”

“Exempt?” Gabe said. “Aye, should be, but a devil got inside ya and messed with ya algorithm. Tricksy as fuck. And ya can’t go transmitting out onto the main network. Too dangerous.”

“How the hell do you know all this? Just tell me straight. Who are you people?”

The girl spoke up, “We’re specialists—of a sort. A li’l bit off the beaten track. We slip through the cracks in the system. We tracked a demon right here in the City. In you, and in your pal, Mike.”

“He’s here? He’s okay?”

“Um… he’s kinda dead,” Petal said with a smirk.

“Mike? Dead? No. This can’t be, you’re bullshitting me… surely!

Petal and Gabe stood watching.

Gerry hoped this was all just a lie, or some kind of big elaborate joke. Mike was like that, always playing pranks, but would he go this far? It was funny, sure, about the D-Lottery numbers, but not for this long, and these freaks? Maybe they killed him, and he was next. A billion thoughts bloomed into life and expired almost instantly. He tried to access the logic portion of Mags, but she didn’t respond. Probably occupied with informing the various official channels of his imminent demise. They’d need cover at work. His daughters would need a new father figure; and then there was his wife, Beth. She would need a new husband.

A part of Gerry knew she wouldn’t be terribly upset; their relationship, for whatever reason, was never particularly intimate. She had a ‘defined role in the family unit’ and was apparently happy with that. Still, it didn’t make it hurt any less.

Turning back to them and trying to focus, Gerry said, “So tell me, what happened to Mike?”

“He’s out back,” Gabe said. “Wanna see?”

Gerry wasn’t sure if he did. All the time there was no physical evidence there was a chance this was all a massive misunderstanding—a nightmare.

“Come through, Gez,” Petal said, “You’ll see.”

“Is it bad?”

“It’s a little fucked up to be honest.”  Her goggles returned to their inky opaqueness.

Petal took Gerry by the hand and led him through an open doorway into a clinical kitchen: compact and barely large enough for four people. The cabinets and worktops were the usual self-clean white alloy.

As he ducked under the low doorframe he noticed masses of wire mesh running through the ceiling from room to room. Shielding perhaps? Or a Faraday cage of sorts? That probably explained the security of their internal network.

The kitchen smelled of alcohol. Numerous antique glass bottles lined up on a wooden table. Next to them was an alloy container—about a foot square—filled with a writhing black liquid.

Petal must have seen his confusion. “NanoStem solution. Similar to the stuff that Gabe used to heal your facial wound. This one we’ve impregnated with defence nodes. It’s liquid virus protection. Cool, huh?”

Gerry didn’t know what to think. He just worked with numbers, factors, and probabilities.

Underneath the stench of booze something rotten hung in the air; a putrefied sweet smell that tingled his nose hairs and stuck in the back of his throat.

Petal walked to a nook and opened a curtain. Sitting on his ass was Mike Welling. His skin had mulched to a grey-green mottled colour, as if it had rotted from the inside out. It sagged in disgusting black and purple lumps. He sat in a pool of black viscous liquid that dripped from every orifice—the NanoStem solution.

“You can see we’ve been trying to help him. For two days we managed to keep it out, but last night the demon breached the stem defence, and … well, you can see the results. It’s a particularly brutal one.”

Waves of grief flashed through Gerry’s guts; his legs felt like rubber. He grabbed the edge of the table to support himself.  “You’re mad, you’re all fucking mad.”

“That’s possible, my friend, but ya need us,” Gabe said from the doorway. “That thing there is ya pal Mike. That’s what’s gonna happen to ya. It hacked Mike’s AI first, changed the exemption list, and has chosen ya for poezession. Y’ain’t got long, man.”

“I don’t feel … Mags hasn’t changed, nothing’s bypassed my security.”

“Not yet,” Petal said. “But you feel those bastard shakes?”

Gerry nodded. “That’s just Mags doing her thing with the D-Lottery reg.”

“No. That’s the demon screwing the bejesus out of your Mags’s backdoor; trying to impregnate it like it’s done with your pal Mike. Here, watch.”

Petal pushed Gerry closer to the zombified creature that barely resembled his old friend and boss. They’d known each other since they were toddlers. Came out of the same breeding programme. Selected for the same career path. Gerry had always looked up to him, and here he was, a shell. A rotting shell.

He blinked the tears from his eyes, breathed deeply—and then regretted it. He gagged on the stench of bad eggs and rotting meat.

Petal took a micro-thin HackSlate from her breast pocket and swiped a three-fingered gesture across its neon-blue surface. She was connecting to their internal network. Gerry had heard about these devices. A few of his colleagues had worked on defence systems against them. They had the ability to bypass most front-line security systems. He’d have to ask her where they got them from, but now wasn’t the time.

Petal smiled at Gerry. Her full lips stretched wide, exposing sharp canines. She looked like a wolf pup on the edge of adulthood.

“Time to wake him up.” She drew yet more complex gestures across the slate until a few seconds later the body twitched. “Hey, Mike—your old pal’s here to say hi.”

Zombie Mike lifted its head, focused a milky eye on Gerry. A flash of recognition slithered across its vision. Its swollen lips parted and it spoke.

“Kill. Me. Kill me now …” And then the thing started to thrash against the restraints before a different voice spoke. “Ahhh, Mr Cardle, just the man I was sent to get—what treasures you’ll give to me … what secrets you’ll reveal. Now, come here!” The thing lurched towards Gerry, trying to claw at him, but the restraints held it back.

Gerry jumped back. “Oh, no. Mike… Mike!” Gerry screamed, shocked, unable to comprehend the horror of the situation. The thing moaned then whined, seemingly in pain.

“Can’t you put him out of his misery?”

“We’re tryin’, man.” Gabe pointed to the NanoStem solution. “The demon has royally screwed with his AIA. Got into his brain, neural pathways, nervous system; the lot. It’s like a living virus—an artificial evil. You guys, with ya goddamned brain-mods, are clueless as to what ya’ve done. It’s using him to get to get to the algorithm in ya head, in ya damned AIA.” 

Gerry ignored the AIA argument. He’d monitored the anti-AIA groundswell for years, but The Family always handled it. Severe punishments for those who uninstalled them soon quelled the rebellion. And despite his wondering what it’d be like without a modded brain, there wasn’t a single report of anything detrimental to having one.

Looking back at Zombie Mike, Gerry turned to Petal “Have you tried—”

“Almost everything,” she said. “Apart from one thing.”

“And you need me for this one thing?”

“Yes.”

“And it’s dangerous?”

“Fuck yeah.”

So what are you waiting for? Go forth and buy! Now!

A huge thank you goes out to Colin for allowing me the opportunity to bring you news of Zombies! Don’t forget to check out Artificial Evil: Book 1 of The Techxorcist – it’s already got six 5 star reviews on Amazon!

Zombie Blog Hop Winner!

Okay, Okay, I’m a little late – but it’s only Sunday!! And the Zombie Blog Hop was just this past Friday! Surely, I’m allowed one day to pick a winner – right??

Since I had so many responders to my post Zombies Vs. Predators, I have decided to give away three digital copies of my book Days with the Undead: Book One. These are random draws, by the way, so your answer had nothing to do with why you may have won!

And the winners are…

Lisa Mason

Zach Sweets

Kathleen Grieve

Congratulations!! I will be sending out your copy of the book via Smashwords in the next few minutes (I was able to gather your email addresses from the behind-the-scenes comments section. If you do not receive an email from Smashwords, please email me at JulianneMSnow(at)gmail(dot)com and I will look into it for you 🙂 )

Zombie Blog Hop: Zombies Vs. Predators

Today I have a special treat for you all. I am participating in the Zombie Blog Hop (organized by Jolie du Pre and the rest of the participants can be seen if you click on the link for the Zombie Blog Hop) and I have decided to resurrect one of my favourite types of posts from Coffin Hop – the Zombie Vs. Series. I will likely be doing more of these in the future and perchance it will become a regular feature. Don’t forget to comment and tell me who you think would reign victorious! One lucky commenter will win a digital version of Days with the Undead: Book One!

Zombies Vs. Predators

To continue the series of which creature or monster would persevere in a Zombie Apocalypse; let us now consider a battle between Zombies and Predator (as a follow-up to the popular Zombies Vs. Xenomorphs). For those of you not familiar with what a Predator is consider the movie franchise of the same name and you’ll know what I’m talking about. In order to figure out who might be victorious, we must consider each in turn.

The Zombie: The modern archetype of the Zombie is rooted deep within the genre. Zombies are undead; that’s fairly simple to ascertain. With a voracious hunger, they never stop to rest, and they move whether it’s night or day. They have no preference in whom they will kill and they can add to their ranks with a single, infected bite. The Zombie exists with no subtlety, no brains, and absolutely no subterfuge. That makes them pretty formidable, but how will they stack up against a Predator?

The Predator: Predators are generally depicted as large, intelligent humanoid creatures who possess advanced technology. Active camouflage and energy weapons are the norm and they are capable of interstellar travel. Their bodies are resilient to damage, heck the Predator is capable of recovering from multiple gunshot wounds and doses of radiation which would be fatal to humans. They are much stronger than humans, having been portrayed as being easily capable of besting a conditioned adult human male (think of the tough guys from Predator) and shattering solid concrete with their bare hands. They are skilled climbers; able to scale walls; move through the treetops and across rooftops – all in the pursuit of prey. They can easily distinguish heat signatures from the surrounding environment, which would be helpful to them against a living foe, but a dead one? Perhaps, its inherent hunting and tracking methods would be of no help to them in a world of the Undead. Would the Predator be able to persevere over a world ruled by the Zombie?

By all accounts the Predator is a formidable foe. Their only weakness is that they can be killed, but otherwise they are fairly hefty. They have weapons that can decimate their numbers, but will it make a difference. The fact that they can exist above the ground level may in fact help them to survive long-term while they hunt.

Let’s ask the question: would a Zombie bite affect the Predator? I think the answer to that question is yes, but what would the end result actually be? Would the Predator die and become one of the many, or would the virus simply wreak havoc within its body much like the common cold?

What do you think – would the Zombie come out on top or does the Predator have this one?

Chewing Braaiiinns with… Rose Blackthorn

Today I am joined by author Rose Blackthorn. If you haven’t heard about Rose yet, you must be holed up somewhere waiting for the Zombie Apocalypse! Let’s take a moment to get better acquainted with Rose before we dive into the interview.

Blackthorn 08Rose Blackthorn lives in the high mountain desert of Eastern Utah with her boyfriend and two dogs, Boo and Shadow. She spends her time writing, reading, beading and wire-working, and taking photographs.

She has published speculative fiction online and in print and is an affiliate member of the HWA. If you would like to connect with Rose, you can find her on Facebook or at her blog.

Welcome Rose, tell us ‘why Zombies’? Is there anything specific that draws you to the genre?

I’ve liked scary stories and scary movies for as long as I can remember. Part of the attraction with zombies I think is that they’re us. They’re not creatures from outer space or giant bugs or under-the-bed monsters. They’re people and therefore capable of being as clever and nasty and selfish as any of us, and really with no choice in the matter.

Tell us about your latest project.

The zombie flash anthology titled A Quick Bite of Flesh was released by Hazardous Press on September 21, 2012 this year. I actually have three stories in this anthology – Bacon Rapt, which is a sort of tongue-in-cheek fun story on how one group of survivors attempt to destroy the walking dead; The Lost Colony, which explains the disappearance of the settlement on Roanoke Island; and Outside the Locks, which is a futuristic zombie story set on Saturn’s moon Titan.

Let’s take a quick peek at A Quick Bite of Flesh from Hazardous Press…

A Quick Bite of Flesh draftA Quick Bite of Flesh is an outstanding collection of 55 bite-sized tales of zombie goodness. Stories of terror, sadness, adventure, revenge and betrayal. Whether you like your zombie stories terrifying, humorous, or bizarre, you will find plenty to love in this collection.

Stories by Terry Alexander, Jason Andrew, Michael H. Antonio, Mary Ann Back, Rose Blackthorn, H.G. Bleackley, Rebecca L. Brown, Charles Colyott, Alyn Day, Mandy DeGeit, Deborah Drake, T. Fox Dunham, Kris Freestone, Aaron Gudmunson, Tara Fox Hall, Dane Hatchell, Janet Joyce Holden, David James Keaton, Ken MacGregor, John McCarthy, Fi Michell, Joe Mogel, Doug Murano, Paco, Jennifer Paquette, Lucy Pireel, Joseph Polega, Tori L. Ridgewood, Suzanne Robb, Armand Rosamilia, Cinsearae S., Mark Scioneaux, Matthew Smallwood, Rebecca Snow, Tony Southcotte, Cameron Suey, Emily Vater, Edd Vick, Steve Voelker, D. Alexander Ward, L.E. White, Sheri White, William Whorton, Jay Wilburn, Matthew Wilson, Robert S. Wilson, and Wol-vriey.

What makes your Zombies different, if anything?

One of the things I like about writing zombies is you can change them to fit the story you’re writing. They can be dead/resurrected, or just infected, they can be mindless or still holding a bit of their previous memories and humanity. They are very open to interpretation.

What are your 5 favourite Zombie books that you didn’t write?

Dead City by Joe McKinney, Autumn by David Moody, World War Z by Max Brooks, Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth, Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Great choices Rose! What are your top 3 favourite Zombie films?

In no particular order: Resident Evil, Shaun of the Dead, and Zombieland.

Do you think the popularity of The Walking Dead and its appearance in mainstream media has helped to increase the popularity of the genre, or has there always been such an interest?

I think there has always been an interest, but the show has definitely brought it out into the open. Anyone can have a discussion about zombies these days, or how they would handle the Zombie Apocalypse. Even just a few years ago, I think a lot of people would look at you sideways if you casually discussed zombies.

Pop Quiz: If the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur right now, 5 things found in the room you are currently sitting will be your weapons – what are they?

Well, I’d be better off if I was in the bedroom, because that’s where all the guns are (.44, .357, two .22 rifles, a 30.06 and my newest a .380 Ruger) As for my office…

  1. hammer
  2. metal letter opener
  3. a rather heavy desk lamp
  4. a testy and very vocal Yorkshire Terrier named Shadow
  5. my ceramic Zombie Gnome, Legless Larry who sits on my desk

I think I’ll run to my bedroom for the guns!

You may survive Rose, but just barely! Especially if you can’t get to guns!

I would like to thank Rose for taking the time to answer my questions. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for more from her!

Join me next week when I have a special treat from Colin F. Barnes!