Today on Days with the Undead is an interview with author Jack Wallen. For those of you unfamiliar with Jack, here’s a little information about him…
Jack Wallen is a seeker of truth and a writer of words. Although he resides in the unlikely city of Louisville, Kentucky, he likes to think of himself more as an interplanetary soul … or so he tells the reflection in the mirror. He is the author of the I Zombie series which is set to release the first-ever spinoff series called The Last Casket staring the psychobilly band Kitty in a Casket.
Welcome Jack! Let’s get into the questions… Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?
At the moment, there are five types of zombies in my series. By name, they are:
- Subject 001
I think, if careful, anyone could survive the Moaners – so long as you didn’t wind up getting caught up in a horde of the bastards. Once you get beyond that, your chances grow ever more slim. Screamers are nasty beasts filled with rage and faster than you might think. Berzerkers are a mutated form of Screamers. Boners… are not what you think and I won’t give either them or Subject 001 away.
What was your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience was drew into writing the genre?
My first experience with zombies was the Romero canon. I’ve been a big fan of the genre since I was a kid. I’ve loved horror since elementary school, when I found a heart full of adoration for Halloween and B-Horror films. I started out writing thrillers, knowing that my goal was horror. Oddly enough, I wanted to begin my career as a horror writer only when I felt like I had the skills to do so. After publishing three thrillers (The Fringe Killer series) and two fantasy books (The Shero series), I knew I was ready and so I embarked on what will be a life-long career of writing horror.
Pop Quiz: The item to your left is your only weapon during the Zombie Apocalypse. What is it and what do you think are your chances at survival?
My mobile phone. If we’re in my universe – I could survive with it, so long as I could download a copy of the Obliterator sound. It wouldn’t kill them, but at least I could repel the undead from me (and, if it were loud enough, get them to smash their own brains out).
Unfortunately, there’s no telling what the world of Zombies is going to look like which would likely mean your cell phone isn’t going to help you… List your five favourite pieces of Zombie media:
Zombies Ate My Neighbors (Old SNES game)
The Groovy Ghoulies album Re-Animation Festival (punk band)
Return of the Living Dead (movie)
Shaun of the Dead (movie)
Rob Zombie (musician/director) (Editor’s Note: I’m not sure Rob Zombie applies as he’s technically not a form of Zombie media, but we’ll go with it 🙂 )
We all know that we sometimes have bad luck. Keeping that in mind, what song do you think would get stuck in your head, playing over and over again on an incessant loop?
In the apocalypse? Oh God. If I were REALLY unlucky, it would be Cher’s “Believe”. If that happened, and I couldn’t get it out of my head, I might just seek out a zombie and beg him to release me from my pain.
Now let’s take a look at Jack’s The Last Casket… Don’t forget to click on the cover to be taken to Amazon!
All hell breaks loose, when rock and the apocalypse collide. In this first spinoff of the popular I Zombie series, psychobilly band Kitty in a Casket kick the undead horde’s ass with their special flavor of rock.
Follow Kitty and her band to a dive bar in the middle of the apocalyptic landscape and raise your fist as they prove themselves worthy destroyers of zombies, cannibalism, and the Mengele Virus.