5 Questions with Jolie du Pre

Today I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with Jolie du Pre, author of the recently release Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One. If you’re not acquainted with Jolie, let’s take a moment to get to know her…

Jolie_photoJolie du Pre is a full-time, published author, editor, article writer and blogger. She has short stories in over 15 books; she’s the author of a novella, and she’s the editor of three anthologies. Today, Jolie’s focus is on her new adult/romance/zombie apocalypse series – BENTON. Jolie is a married mother of two who loves writing, reading, traveling, cooking, running, pole dance and fitness, and monsters, especially zombies.

Welcome Jolie! Now let’s get to the questions… Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?

My zombies are the traditional slow-moving types.  Yes, you can outrun them, but when you eventually get tired, they’ll keep going.  Unless I have a gun, I don’t stand a chance.  Jennifer Benton is great with a machete, but Jolie is no good with melee weapons.

At least you’re honest! What was your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience was drew into writing the genre?

Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” is my first experience with zombie media, and it was an experience I will never forget.  I watched it when I was a child, and for nights after I couldn’t sleep.  Yes, I thank Romero for drawing me into the zombie genre.

NOTLD was my first exposure as well and it’s still as creepy now as it was then! 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?

The item to my left is a lamp.  So yeah, I’m screwed.

Yes, you just might be! Tell us about five favourite pieces of Zombie media.

Okay, here it goes:

“The Walking Dead” TV series – There is no greater fan of the TWD TV series than me.  One of my greatest moments was getting the opportunity to meet some of the cast members at a Walker Stalker con.  They say celebrities are snobs and unapproachable.  Well, that’s not the case with the cast of TWD.

“Night of The Living Dead” – It is the second scariest movie I’ve ever seen next to “The Exorcist.”

“Dawn of the Dead” the remake – It’s directed by Zack Snyder.  So it’s not a Romero movie.  However, I love it!

“Shaun of the Dead” – You could probably hear me laughing from down the street when I first watched this brilliant British zom com!

“Resident Evil” film series – Seen them all!  Love them all!

Great choices! 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?

You mean, what song would I hate to be playing over and over again in my head?   “Sk8er Boi” by Avril Lavigne.  Zombies, eat me now.

Yes that would likely be awful… Thank you Jolie for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to connect with Jolie, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her Amazon Author Page, her website and her blog Precious Monsters. You can also join her mailing list here!

Now let’s take a look at Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One… Clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon!

coverBENTON_FINAL_smallZombies have killed everyone in the Benton household–all except twenty-something Jennifer. She’s escaped her bedroom, but what now? Waterbank, Illinois is overrun. Where can she go?

A chance encounter with seven other young survivors points her toward Texas. A charismatic, handsome young man named Mark says he can lead them all to his family’s ranch. He’s sure they’ll be safe there. Jennifer wants to trust him, with her life and possibly her heart.

There’s no place else to go, there’s no way to escape the zombies but through, and there’s no telling if Jennifer and Mark will live long enough to act on the emotion building between them.

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5 Questions with Scott Scherr

Today on Days with the Undead we’re featuring something that’s near and dear to our hearts. Days with the Undead started as an online experience, something for readers to enjoy each day as it was released. What you can purchase online and in stores is an expanded version of the story, the stuff I couldn’t write while on the crazy schedule I was keeping. But enough about me… I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with Scott Scherr, author of Don’t Feed the Dark which is an online serial novel featuring zombies. The story started on February 10th, 2014 and new episodes are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So now that we have all that out of the way, let’s get to know Scott a little bit before we begin…

Scott Scherr twoScott Scherr is an aspiring fiction author and poet that currently lives in Northeast Ohio with his wife and five children. His ultimate dream job is to be a screenwriter for “The Lost Chronicles” which he hopes J.J. Abrams will green light one day so that Scott’s favorite television show will return to answer all our mind-boggling questions. But until then… Zombies!

Scott works full time at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant and served in the United States Navy for 5 years.

To date, Scott has written and published four books either under his given name or his alter-ego name, John Ecko.

Scott has written numerous flash fiction and short stories as well as a variety of poems from traditional to free verse. He also lets John Ecko loose on occasion, who dabbles in experimental concrete poetry that can be found at his website, Eckovision.

While Scott is enjoying his journey into the zombie apocalypse, he is also working on a collaborative work with author, Michael J. Raymond, titled, Inn Situ:  A collection of stories centered around a strange bar in the middle of mysterious Sedona, Arizona.

Scott has won a handful of online poetry contests and has been featured on several websites. He has also been published in several anthology collections.

Welcome Scott! Now let’s get these questions…

Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?

The characteristics of the undead in Don’t Feed The Dark manifest themselves in various ways.  At the start, the reader will be introduced to four major types:

There are the classic re-animated dead (a.k.a. slow zombies) that most readers familiar with the genre will immediately recognize.

Next, are the yellow-eyed “Haters” that initially are the result of what survivors later refer to as “The Change”.  At the onset of the mysterious outbreak, men, women and even children are struck at random, turning into blood-craving maniacs with no apparent rhyme or reason as to who “changes” and who is spared.  This is part of the ongoing mystery of DFTD.

Another manifestation of the outbreak appears in the form of animal-human hybrids that are believed to be caused by infected animals preying on humans.  Some distinguishing characteristics are their hideous physical mutations, reddish eyes, and their nocturnal nature.  They are sometimes referred to as “Nightwalkers”.

Lastly, there’s what is sometimes referred to as the “Half-Deads”.  These are survivors that become infected by “Haters” that slowly devolve into monsters over time, retaining parts of their humanity while slowly being eaten away within by their zombie sides that desire to take over.  Half-Deads are generally considered madmen with a hunger for human flesh and their eyes are a metallic grey.  They are despised and hunted by the dead and the living alike because of their dual nature.

I intend to explore this ever-evolving zombie process over the span of the entire book series where much more will be revealed about the outbreak, and its effect on both the dead and the living.

Now, as far as standing a chance if the dead were to rise up, I believe if the initially “panic” doesn’t get me killed and I could keep my wits about me, then yes, I could survive… for at least a few days.  I do know how to shoot a gun and have a working knowledge of the fundamentals required for taking effective “head shots”.  That’s got to count for something…lol.

What was your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience what drew into writing the genre?

My first experience with zombies was the classic “Night of the Living Dead” (still one of the greatest zombie films, in my opinion).   There was just something about each of those characters in that film that struck a chord with me as far as personality types and how different people would react together if forced to fight off the dead, trapped in a secluded farm house.  I always thought that it was their differences that killed them long before the undead got inside.  And of course, let’s not forget the insistent dead that could care less about all those differences as they attacked with more united purpose to take out the living, than the living could muster to stay alive.  I discovered that a lot of my fascination with zombies had more to do with the survivors than the dead.  It makes for compelling drama and great late night “what-if” conversations.  This inevitably drew me into writing a zombie novel of my own.

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?

Okay, if the item to my left is the only weapon I can have during the zombie apocalypse then my answer is:  Someone I can trust (You didn’t say I couldn’t grab a person).  Two heads are better than one and a good companion is the most reliable and sharpest weapon you could have, in my opinion.  All the weapons in the world won’t matter much if you’re outnumbered in a tight space that you can’t flee from.  And honestly, no one can survive alone.  Who’d really want to?   And that goes along with my answer to the second part of the question.  My survival longevity would ultimately depend upon the people I’m with.

List your five favourite pieces of Zombie media:

The Walking Dead (TV show)

Night of the Living Dead (original movie)

World War Z (novel by Max Brooks)

Quarantine (movie)

The Signal (movie)

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?

People are Strange, by the Doors (Don’t ask me why… it just happens)

Thank you Scott! If you’d like to connect with Scott, you can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Don’t forget to check out Don’t Feed The Dark at: http://freezombienovel.wordpress.com/

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5 Questions with Stephen Kozeniewski

Today on Days with the Undead we have author Stephen Kozeniewski. For those of you who haven’t heard of Stephen, let’s take a moment to get to know him…

Kozeniewski photoStephen Kozeniewski lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. He was born to the soothing strains of “Boogie With Stu” even though The Who are far superior to Zep, for reasons that he doesn’t even really want to get into right now.

During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. The depiction of addiction in his fiction is strongly informed by the three years he spent working at a substance abuse clinic, an experience which also ensures that he employs strict moderation when enjoying the occasional highball of Old Crow.

He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s degree is in German.

Welcome Stephen! Now let’s get to the questions… Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?

Ah, good fortune for me!  The deadheads of BRAINEATER JONES are not only intelligent and generally on the wagon with their flesh-eating habits, but I would also have something they wanted: booze.  You see, Jones and his ilk need alcohol to keep their brains pickled and, thus, functioning.  Bonus luck for me: the dead are all consigned to the ghetto known as The Welcome Mat, so for the most part I wouldn’t even encounter them unless I went down there.  Wow, I may just have written the most human-friendly zombie novel ever!

What was your first experience with zombie media (movie, book, comic, etc)? Was that experience what drew you into writing the genre?

My first experience?  You know what that was?  ‘Round about ’97 or so my dad had Starz…or, no, I don’t think he did.  I think it was like a free Starz weekend or something.  Anyway, this batpoop movie came on and I was just, like, absorbed watching it.  Couldn’t look away.  And this being the ‘90s, before our TVs just told us what we were watching, the only way to find out the title would have been for me to switch over to the TV Guide channel and wait for the scroll, but I couldn’t without missing a big chunk of the movie because it was on a premium channel and there were no commercials.  Anyway, I stepped into this zombie movie about halfway through, so I missed the beginning, but I definitely caught the ending where the main character suddenly was revealed to be the actual mute, and his mute gravedigger friend was revealed to actually be the main character and I was like, “What?”  And that movie’s name was…”Cemetery Man.”  And now you know the rest of the story.

Now it’s time for the 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?

A jar of Vaseline?  (Sorry, the computer I’m writing this on also contains the internet.)  Hmm, well, maybe I could slick up the ground a little bit and maybe one or two of them would trip.  Overall chances of survival: .072%.

Yeah… I think you’re SoL! List your five favourite pieces of Zombie media:

All right, then, let’s go for the trifecta (or pentafecta in this case): “Dead Alive,” THE RISING, The Walking Dead, Season 1 only of The Walking Dead, and…All Flesh Must Be Eaten.  Splamf!  Nailed all five mediums.  (Sorry, I’ve never listened to a podcast.)

You technically didn’t need to list one in each category… But it’s good that you did! 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?

Oh, this just happened to me!  That cup-banging song by that girl from Up in the Air.

Thank you Stephen for taking the time to answer my questions!

If you’d like to connect with Stephen you can find him on Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, his website and his blog.

Now let’s take a quick look at Braineater Jones… Don’t forget to click on the cover to be taken to Amazon!

BRAINEATER JONES coverBraineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder.

But Jones’s investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his Mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd.

As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.

Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.

5 Questions with Jack Wallen

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…

jackJack 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:

    • Moaners
    • Screamers
    • Berzerkers
    • Boners
    • 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.

Thank you Jack for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to connect with jack, you can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Amazon, his website and Zombie Radio.

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!

The Last CasketWhen flesh-melting rock faces off against the undead horde, who will be left standing?

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.

5 Questions with Rachel Aukes

Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Rachel Aukes, author of the Deadland Saga. For those of you unacquainted with Rachel, let’s take a moment to get to know her a little better…

RachelAukes_sunglasses (B&W)Rachel Aukes is the bestselling author of 100 Days in Deadland, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Suspense Magazine and one of the best zombie books by the Huffington Post.Rachel lives in Iowa with her husband and an incredibly spoiled sixty-pound lap dog.When not writing, she can be found flying old airplanes and trying (not so successfully) to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

Welcome Rachel! Let’s get into the question shall we? Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?

If the outbreak happened at a time I could get to one of my staging sites, then I think I’d stand a pretty good chance at riding out the zombie apocalypse (ZA) and fending off small hordes. If the outbreak happened when I was at my day job, many miles from home, it’d take a miracle to survive. (Note to self: start working on a day job bug-out plan).

Interesting answer – location does play a huge part doesn’t it? What was your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience what drew into writing the genre?

My first experience with zombie media was likely Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. I love his stuff, but it didn’t draw me into writing the genre. I think because we have such very different styles. Romero’s movies have a shock-horror feel to them (lots of screaming, a zombie ready to jump out from behind every corner), and I prefer my horror to be less “in your face.” Through the years, I’ve had some ideas for a ZA tale that focused on the human element, e.g., how far would we go to survive in a zombie apocalypse. But, it wasn’t until Dante’s “Inferno” popped into my brainpan that all the pieces finally came together. And so 100 Days in Deadland was born. With that said, Romero is still lord of the modern zombie, and as homage, the zombies in my tales are very similar to Romero’s in both their abilities and behaviour.

Now it’s time for the 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?

A stack of paper. So, unless I can finish a zombie with a “death by a thousand cuts”, I’m screwed.

Yes, you are definitely screwed… List your five favourite pieces of Zombie media:

Limiting to just 5 faves is really tough! But I’ll try…

Zombieland: Just an awesome, fun movie.

The First Days by Rhiannon Frater: the first ZA book I read where women were more than helpless, screaming bimbos.

The Walking Dead tv show: I have a love/hate relationship with this show. They do great at building up characters (even if only to kill them), but the writers’ lazy use of obvious plot devices drives me nuts.

Joe McKinney’s books: Yup, pretty much any of Joe’s ZA books. He knows how to blend ZA with badass action heroes (both male and female, yay!) in a way that each book stands out on its own.

Comes the Dark by Patrick D’Orazio: The beginning pages of this book are so freaking intense and visual that I still have flashbacks months later.

Great choices! 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?

I listen to rock like Volbeat, Avenged Sevenfold, and Rise Against. With my luck, the last song on the radio that I’d hear before the ZA would be something by Jason Bieber. If a pop song got stuck in my head, dying early in the ZA wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Oh god, that would be awful… Thank you Rachel for taking the time to answer my questions.

If you’d like to connect with Rachel, you can find her on her Website, Amazon, Facebook, or Twitter.

Now let’s take a look at 100 Days in Deadland… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon!

100DaysInDeadland-1563x2500The world ended on a Thursday.

In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering zombies with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government. No shelter. No hope.

Still in her twenties, Cash has watched her friends die, only to walk again. An office worker with few survival skills, she joins up with Clutch, a grizzled Army veteran with PTSD. Together, they flee the city and struggle through the nine circles of hell, with nothing but Clutch’s military experience and Cash’s determination to live. As they fight to survive in the zombie inferno, they quickly discover that nowhere is safe from the undead…or the living.

5 Questions with K. R. Chin

Today I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with author K. R. Chin. For those of you unacquainted with K. R., let’s take a moment to introduce him…

K. R. Chin, known as “Storm” to his friends and associates, is a long time outdoorsman who got his start in much the same manner as many of us, as a member of the Boy Scouts accompanied by a heavy dose of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.

The Scout leaders were former Marines with histories. They and his father “Jack” Chin, thoroughly ruined him by teaching him basic skills from first aid to firearms handling and beyond. His mother, Beverly, made certain he could perform any domestic chore capably. Both of his parents believed that their children should be as self-reliant as possible, as soon as possible.

In part due to their beliefs and perhaps equally much from personal inclination he has a history of tinkering with machines and electronic equipment which has persisted to this day. This gift was further augmented by his training as a Radiotelegraph/teletype operator and automotive mechanic. These talents have served him well throughout his life as he has been able to modify or construct equipage to fit his specific needs.

Storm’s martial arts education began along similar lines; having been started by his father and uncles. However, in this case he didn’t just receive training in hand to hand combat from men who’d been there, he also received instruction from Sensei Frank F Kovacs, the soke of Minna-jitsu.

In the midst of all this, sometime around the eighth grade, it was discovered that Storm had a gift for writing. His initial offerings were tech based science fiction and blank verse poetry as well as attempts at other writing forms. During his tour of duty he wasn’t able to find the time to write and after his retirement his spouses discouraged any attempt to return to writing.

Because of his own tour of duty he was allowed to practice his complete skill set in diverse settings. After returning home to Ohio he became involved with a back country rescue group in a National Wilderness Area and furthered his education in Search and Rescue at the Cuyahoga Community College. He later obtained his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at ITT Technical Institute.

Storm has also been a guest lecturer on diverse subjects in addition to having been a contributor in the development of survival programs taught by privately operated programs who have an emphasis on teaching LEO’s and the military.

Currently he is developing programs to teach people that “survival” is less an expression of what he does than is “self-reliance.” His wife, Jackie, also encouraged him to return to his first love, writing, and combine his affection for zombie apocalypse fiction with the hard science he enjoys learning about; ‘Survivors of the Apocalypse’ Volumes 1 and 2 are the first results of that project with Volume 3 currently in process. Storm also assists Jackie with her highly acclaimed “Zombiepalooza Radio” program on ZTalkRadio.com.

Welcome K. R.! Now let’s get to the questions… Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?

My zombies are the result of a bio-weapons development program conducted by an African nation. They’re designed to be a self-replicating, self-sustaining weapons system for use in foreign nations. The problem? They escaped control ….

Their chief advantage is the level of disbelief people have and the ‘ability’ to coordinate their attack well enough to ‘mob’ their target.

People do stand a chance against them if they can think, process and adapt quickly enough, anything else is going to pretty well get you killed.

What was your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience was drew into writing the genre?

My earliest experience with the zombie genre was with comic books such as ‘Tales from the Crypt’ and other monster/horror comics. Then came the magazine ‘Famous Monsters of Filmland’. By the time I saw ‘The Night of the Living Dead’ I’d been writing techno based science fiction for about two years.

It wasn’t until Jackie began encouraging me to do something with my skill at telling stories and my love of the Zombie Apocalypse genre that I actually wed the two… and I’ve been producing stories on a fairly regular basis since. I draw heavily on what I know about tech and my own past experiences to fashion the stories I write. ilmlandomics. Then came ‘was with comic books such as ‘quickly enough, anything else is going to pretty well.

Now it’s time for a 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?

A porcelain coffee cup? It’s doable, but I’d rather work with the weapon to my right hand, that’s where I usually have my T1 Tracker knife.

Both can be used as a knife (the cup, with some work, obviously) and knives of any sort are the most basic tool for constructing many things.

List your five favourite pieces of Zombie media.

I’d have to say books, movies, television and podcasts. I nearly never play video games.

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?

Probably your easiest question, ‘Hair of the Dog’ by Nazareth. When I was a cooler (Security manager) some of the DJ’s would play that as I walked in before announcing that everyone had better be on their best behavior. It still gets stuck in my head, sometimes.

Thank you K. R. for taking the time to answer my questions.

If you would like to connect with K. R., you can find him on Facebook and his website.

Now let’s take a look at K. R.’s Survivors of the Apocalypse (Volume 2)… Don’t forget to click on the link to be taken to Amazon!

Some stories continue, some stories begin, as with life so it goes in the world of the Zombie Apocalypse.

This edition of the series will continue several of the stories while showing more of the background of other of the characters you met in the first volume. We also introduce additional characters in the Zombie Apocalypse universe.

5 Questions with Scott Baker

Today we’re joined by author Scott Baker. Let’s take a few moments now to get everyone acquainted…

IMG_1368Scott M. Baker was born and raised in Everett, Massachusetts and spent twenty-three years in northern Virginia working for the Central Intelligence Agency. Scott is now retired and lives in Gainesville, Florida as a full-time writer along with his wife and fellow author Alison Beightol and his stepdaughter. He has written The Vampire Hunters trilogy, about humans fighting the undead in Washington D.C., as well as Rotter World, which details the struggle between humans and vampires during a zombie apocalypse. In early 2014, his fifth novel will be published; Yeitso is his homage to the giant monster movies of the 1950s that he loved watching as a kid. Scott is currently working on the next two books in the Rotter World saga and a series of young adult novels set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Scott has also authored several short stories, including “Rednecks Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things,” “Cruise of the Living Dead” (zombies aboard a cruise ship), “Deck the Malls with Bowels of Holly” (an alcoholic mall Santa battles zombie reindeer), “Last Flight of the Bismarck” (steampunk zombies), “The Hunger” (cannibalism during a zombie apocalypse), “Lebenden Toten at the Gate” (Nazis versus zombies in Stalingrad), and the novella Dead Water.

When not writing, Scott can usually be found doting on the two boxers, one house rabbits, and one cat that kindly allow him to live with them.

Welcome Scott! Now let’s delve into the questions… Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?

My zombies, for the most part, are the traditional Romero-style shufflers.  What makes mine menacing are the numbers.  I think having hundreds of the living dead converging on you in a massive horde is far more terrifying than being chased by a handful of fast zombies. However, in some circumstances fast zombies can be frightening.  In my novel Rotter World, I introduce swarmers, which are recently-turned zombies whose muscles have not yet decayed, so they maintain the speed and strength of a human. It is only after a few days when the body begins to rot that swarmers lose their agility and become the more traditional, staggering zombies.  I’ve also dabbled with zombie vampires – just imagine the living dead with the same strength and ferocity as the undead.

Would I stand a chance of surviving a zombie apocalypse?  Probably not because I live in a fairly large city, so unless I could pack up the family and head for the countryside within the first few hours after the outbreak, I’d probably wind up in the middle of a traffic jam that would eventually become a zombie buffet bar.  On the plus side, we live in an old cinderblock house in the suburbs, so it is possible we could ride out the initial outbreak, but in that scenario I’d be more worried about survivors attempting to take what we have.

Living in the city would be a detriment, but you never know, you may be able to get out in time. What was your first experience with zombie media (movie, book, comic, etc)? Was that experience was drew into writing the genre?

The first zombie movie I remember watching was Bob Clark’s Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things.  The movie is horribly campy and the acting is amateurish, but there are two scenes that always give me a chill.  The first is when the living dead rise out of the cemetery.  One of the soon-to-be-victims is backing away from a group of zombies when a hand beaks through the ground behind him and clutches his leg.  A female zombie pulls herself out of the ground, climbing up the victim hand over hand and dragging him to the ground to be eaten.  That scene still sends a shiver down my spine.

The second is during the zombie attack on the cottage.  Terry is standing by the doors to the kitchen when two zombies appear behind her, grab her, and drag her away.  The camera focuses on Terry being dragged screaming outside into the dark.  For some reason, that scene freaked the living hell out of me, and from that point on I was hooked on the living dead.

Now it’s time for the 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?

I wouldn’t survive ten seconds.  It’s a figurine of Count Dooku from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith with the box autographed by Christopher Lee.

You are screwed… Tell us about your five favourite pieces of Zombie media.

In no particular order:

Dawn of the Dead (2005)

Resident Evil

World War Z (the novel)

Dead Island (the video game)

The Walking Dead (TV series)

Great choices! 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?

Tone Loc’s Wild Thing.  I don’t know why, but there’s something about the beat that makes me want to go out and kill the living dead.  It’s one of the songs on my iPod playlist “Music To Hunt Zombies By.”

Thank you Scott for taking the time to answer my questions!

If you’d like to connect with Scott, you can find him on Facebook on his personal page and his author page, Twitter, or his blog.

Not let’s take a look at Rotter World… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover takes you to Amazon!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00005]Eight months ago vampires released the Revenant Virus on humanity. Both species were nearly wiped out.

For Mike Robson, the situation could be far worse. He’s joined up with a small band of humans and the last coven of vampires who are riding out the zombie apocalypse in an old fort along the coast of southern Maine.

The group’s uneasy alliance is strained by the arrival of the creator of the Revenant Virus. He claims there is a vaccine that will make them immune to the virus, but it’s located in a secure underground facility five hundred miles away.

To retrieve the vaccine, Robson leads a raiding party of humans and vampires down the devastated East Coast. Yet none of the horrors Robson has faced match what awaits in the underground facility…

5 Questions with Lisa Morton

Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Bram Stoker Award-winning author Lisa Morton. Let’s take a minute to acquaint everyone before we begin…

LisaMortonLisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, Bram Stoker Award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” Her most recent books are the novels Netherworld (JournalStone) and Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased (Constable & Robinson), and forthcoming (from Reaktion Books) is a non-fiction history of ghosts. She lives in North Hollywood, California.

Welcome Lisa. Now let’s get to the questions… Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?

Probably not. In the Zombie Apocalypse books, the zombie virus can be spread by a bite or even just a scratch. I’m a klutz and always the first one to get whatever flu’s going around, so I’d probably be toast early on.

What was your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience was drew into writing the genre?

It was a midnight showing on opening night of Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead; I was in film school, and I tagged along with some of the other students who urged me to go because they knew I liked horror. Oddly enough, I had absolutely no idea what I was in for, and it haunted me for…well, years, really. And yes, from that point on I was dying (no pun intended) to write zombie stories.

Puns are always welcome! Now it’s time for the 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?

There’s nothing to my left but a door going out to my balcony, but to my right is a nice screwdriver. Remembering the amazing screwdriver scene from Dawn – yeah, I might stand a chance with it, but it’ll get messy.

If you have an exit to your left, that just might be a good thing. You could think of it as a never-ending escape hatch. Oh, that gives me a story idea… List your five favourite pieces of Zombie media.

#1 must be Romero’s Dawn of the Dead

#2: The Book of the Dead, the original zombie anthology edited by John Skipp and Craig Spector

3: Romero’s Day of the Dead, a movie that I think is massively underrated

#4: The anthology Mondo Zombie, edited by John Skipp – this is largely a sentimental favorite because my first piece of zombie fiction (“Sparks Fly Upward”) appeared here

#5: Dan O’Bannon’s Return of the Living Dead, which is still one of the best horror comedies ever made.

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?

The theme song from The Blob has been an earworm for me. That one’s especially embarrassing, because you start unconsciously mouthing the ludicrous words: “It creeps, and crawls, and slides and glides across the floor, right through the door…” Oh God, yeah – it’s stuck again.

You know, I’ve heard worse Lisa… LOL! Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

If you’d like to connect with Lisa, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her Amazon Author Page, her website, and her blog.

Now let’s take a look at Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased which is available for pre-order… Click on the cover to be taken to Amazon!

LisaMorton_BookA novel set within the Zombie Apocalypse! mythos created by Stephen Jones for his bestselling trilogy, Washington DC is sent during the second half of Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback, when the zombies’ intelligence is increasing and they have formed themselves into a society, and an army. New York and Los Angeles have fallen to the walking dead and there has been no news out of Chicago, but Washington DC is still holding out and the South is still free. Time is running out, though, for the battalions defending Capitol Hill …As the most powerful symbols of American democracy begin to fall, the President and her advisors must be protected at all costs. But what if there are people in her own government who are prepared to do a deal with the living-dead invaders to retain power at any cost? Meanwhile, ‘Zombie King’ Thomas Moreby is making his own plans to rule the United States as his control increases across the country. Moreby claims to have ‘foreseen’ his victory, but there are emerging factions in his own ranks who are starting to question their role in the war between zombies and humans. And how does the mysterious New World Pharmaceuticals fit into the New Zombie Order?

 

5 Questions with Owen Baillie

Today I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with author Owen Baillie. Let’s take a moment while Owen introduces himself to the rapt audience…

profileI live in Melbourne, Australia with my wife and three children.  I grew up reading Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Robert McCammon and Jean Auel.  I love hearing a good story, particularly with a fantastic element, but my bookcases hold an eclectic mix of authors.  My writing is the first priority of the day before I head off to my full time job.

Welcome Owen! Now 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?

My zombies are classified in stages. I’d be okay with the type one and two, which are fairly harmless, unless they get hold of you, but the type three are aggressive, and intelligent. I don’t think I’d last long against more than one or two of them. However, if I had a couple of my friends along, some of which are highly trained in combat, I might survive!

Interesting! What was your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience was drew into writing the genre?

Probably the Thriller video clip was the first thing I can recall. The Walking Dead drew me in to writing about zombies! Inspiring stuff.

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 iPhone. Not going to help much at all, unless Apple have created an app that can shoot laser bullets from it… if Steve Jobs were still alive, I’d believe that was possible…

You’re doomed Owen… But before you go, why don’t you list your five favourite pieces of Zombie media for us.

28 Days later

The Walking Dead

The Remaining Series

World War Z

Night of the Living Dead

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?

Hmmm… I’d have to say, Who Lets the Dogs Out?

Ohhh that’s horrible! I feel for you on that one… Thank you Owen for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to connect with Owen, you can find him on Facebook or via his Amazon Author Page.

Now let’s take a look at Owen’s book Aftermath…

aftermath5Australia … a huge, sprawling land filled with danger … but nothing as dangerous as this …

Deep beneath defence headquarters in the Australian Capital Territory, the last ranking Army chief considers the collapse of his country, and the contingency plan to win it back.

One hundred and fifty miles away, five twenty-something friends returning from a month-long camping trip slowly discover that the world has turned horribly wrong, that a virus has ravaged the entire east coast of Australia. The dead now walk the land, seeking flesh and blood. Armed with dwindling ammunition, the friends must overcome their differences, utilize their individual skills, and face horrors they never imagined … but not all zombies are the same …

What will they find if they can all reach their hometown? Will their families or friends have survived? What twists and turns will the group encounter, and what life-threatening decisions will they face?

Their personalities and agendas will conflict, as each fights for their place in this new world, a world unlike anything they could have imagined…

5 Questions with Phillip Tomasso

Today I am pleased to feature to an interview with Phillip Tomasso, author of Evacuation. Welcome Phillip, tell us a little bit about yourself…

Phillip Tomasso PhotoI am the author of numerous novels, and over 100 published short stories and articles, but I’ll never forget selling my first short story in 1995. I was paid a penny a word. It was an 8,000 word western. However, it being a Canadian publication—and at the time, when the U.S. dollar was worth more—my check was for just under $40.00. It was a great starting point, and I have been selling regularly since then.

I am not a full-time writer. I work a full-time job as well. After 19 years at Kodak as an employment law paralegal, I’ve spent the last three and a half as a Fire / EMS Dispatcher for 9-1-1. I work the midnight shift. I have found these hours to be creatively murder-some.

I live in Rochester, NY with my 3 amazing kids. I prefer to spend all my time with them. Being divorced, it’s not always possible. We have a lap dog my daughter picked out and named Fettuccine (Fetta), a cat, Luca and an aquarium full of semi-aggressive fish, including a fresh water shark named Bruce. I play guitar, am a horrible singer, but you know what, that doesn’t stop me from bellowing while I strum.

Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?

My zombies are fast. And slow. Either way, they’re deadly. Everyone gets the Flu Shots come winter time. Imagine the batches of inoculations were infected prior to being shipped across the country? One might not get sick, but the side effects from the vaccination are worse. You become a zombie!

I like to think I’d survive. Similar to the character in my story, my main focus would not be so much about saving myself, as saving my kids. Without saying anything to alert NSA, I believe I would fair okay. Perhaps better than most. Hope we never have to find out.

What was your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience was drew into writing the genre?

George Romero’s The Night of the Living Dead. Saw it in the 80’s. When I heard it was in black and white, my interest teetered. Still gave it a shot. Easy to say from that day forward, I was hooked on anything and everything zombies!

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?

I have a brown Contigo spill 12 oz. cup. Has hot Apple Cider in it. Half full. I think if this were my one and only weapon, I might not live long enough to get thirsty.

Yeah, it doesn’t look good… List your three favourite pieces of Zombie media.

  • My collection of Joe McKinney novels
  • My Romero zombie DVDs: Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead
  • My machetes

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?

“Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da,” by the Beatles is the last song I’d want playing over and over in my head. Ever.

Thank you Phillip! If you’d like to connect with Phillip, you can find him on Twitter, Facebook and his website.

Now let’s take a look at Evacuation…

Evacuation_ebook_cover_resized_1-187x300911 dispatcher, Chase McKinney, finds himself in the midst of an apocalypse. Contaminated vials of swine flu vaccination infected millions country-wide. Side effects turned those inoculated into zombies. Some fast. Some slow. Both deadly.

The military escorts Chase, his children and a small band of survivors to a re-opened internment camp. The purpose is to test non-infected humans with the hope of developing a cure for the diseased population.

What they find when they arrive at the camp is worse than their darkest fears…

Don’s forget to click on the cover to be taken to Amazon!