Ah yeah. The heat is rising and the smell of rotting zombie flesh is in the air. The Summer of Zombie tour has rolled around again and this time I have the pleasure of hosting a guest post from Charles Ingersoll. Check out his post then go buy his book!
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I have loved zombies since the original George Romero ‘Night of the Living Dead’. What I didn’t realize at that tender age is that I loved them because the stories were never about the monsters, but the monsters and heroes within us all. I loved Rod Sterling’s ‘The Twilight Zone’ in much the same way because he wrote stories to convey the same themes of humanity.
The hook of my undead fervor was firmly set by the time the Nazis created their own monstrous versions of the undead, whether by experimentation or by magic and curses. I watched scenes of SS troopers climbing out of the pristine snow and emerging slowly from the murky waters as unstoppable harbingers of death. All scary as hell and brilliant! And how can one have a cross word to say against the undead when you can find a zombie squaring off against a shark? And who would have ever thought that Zack Synder’s use of a much more nimble and lethal zombie in his ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remake would scare us even more than herds of zombies had before?
’28 Days Later’? Check!
‘Shaun of the Dead’? Gotcha!
‘Brain Dead’? Of course!
Serving as background mechanics for drama and action, zombies, zekes and walkers all serve to force the spotlight of storytelling back on the living and breathing man and woman. ‘The Walking Dead’ from Robert Kirkman in the comics and on AMC only solidify the fact that zombies are an important part of popular culture and the current zeitgeist. Now, networks like SyFy and A&E are scrambling to have their own version of the zombie genre produced. It’s all good news for zombie and post-apocalypse lovers such as us.
I am sure I am echoing words that other zombiphiles have thought, spoken or written before me. What is more exciting is that men and women who had previously scoffed or turned their noses up at idea that zombies could be synonymous with good literature (Max Brooks’ ‘World War Z’), good television (AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’) and thought-provoking film (‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Fido’, seriously!) are now slowly converting to the cause. As long as the powers that be continue to develop smart shows, films, and books, zombies can enjoy a long fruitful life unmarred by stigma of glittering skin in the sun or teenage angst. Because though ‘Night of the Living Dead’ is a genre and cult classic, even the Romero name, in my humble opinion, has been diluted by attaching it to the strangeness that was ‘Island of the Dead’. Zombies riding horses instead of eating them?! Yikes! I have my fingers crossed.
I am a lover of most things zombie, although I cannot say that I have watched or read as much as I should. My own development has been a several year labor of love and I have been remiss in keeping up with books from other artists and authors. Maybe I was afraid I would read other people’s work and not have anything original to say. Hell, I still can’t guarantee I am bringing anything epic to the mix. But at least I can say I followed through and produced something I am proud of (in spite of a few scathing reviews – lol). Also the process allowed me to get plenty of weapons training and range time. Points!
I hope the zombie-loving community is kind and allows me to share what I have to offer in storytelling. In the meanwhile, I will add one last epic punctuation to this entry and head to the shooting range. Gunfire and headshots await!
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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
AND so you don't miss any of the posts in June, here's the complete list, updated daily: