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Welcome to Purgatory, an arid plain of existence where zombies are the least of your problems. It’s a post-mortem Hunger Games, and Blaze, a newcomer to Purgatory, needs your help to learn the rules of this world and choose the best course of action.
Purgatory is escapable, so aid Blaze to win the favor of the ruling Gatherers by earning this right. But what’s waiting outside Purgatory, is beyond what the human mind can fathom.
His fate. Your choices.
Your six different choices are penned by Joe McKinney, Armand Rosamilia, Tonia Brown, Joe Mynhardt, Aurelio Lopez III, and Alex Laybourne.
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I’ve been doing a lot of signal-boosting for others here lately and not posting much about myself, but that’s because this summer has been…well, “crazy” is putting it mildly. My husband and I bought a house just before Memorial Day. A few weeks later, my sister became critically ill while on vacation in San Diego, so we flew cross-country to be with her. After two weeks there, I accompanied her to her home in Virginia Beach while she recuperated. I was gone for an entire month. Two weeks after I returned home, we adopted two rescue basset hounds (who are the most loving, adorable furbabies ever) from Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue. It has certainly not been a boring summer.
While I was away, however, I managed to finally finish Firebird, the first book in a contemporary romance series featuring my beloved new character, Alex–you can check out the men who helped inspire him on my Pinterest board. I participated in Twitter’s Pit2Pub in July, generated a lot of interest, and ended up selling the trilogy to Limitless Publishing. Branching out into a new genre has been a lot of fun, and the Firebird series will keep me busy for a while, but fear not; I haven’t abandoned horror and dark fantasy! I’m also working on two steampunk novellas, a zombie novella and a novelette, a Weird novella, and a cosmic horror novel.
If you haven’t already, please consider picking up my books at Amazon, and look for Firebird on October 20!
For a while, it looked like the living had won. The war against the walking dead lasted almost a decade, but it’s mostly over. There are only a few straggling zombies left to take care of. Los Angeles has returned to its lattes and long commutes. It’s up to a small Reclamation Crew to clean up the Zoms left behind. But when the undead dry up, their skin turns to dust. Now the hot Santa Ana winds deliver a new threat…because the Zoms were only the beginning of something far worse.
“John Palisano crashes the zombie apocalypse genre into dystopian fiction at high speeds. Clever, brutal and highly entertaining.” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Fall of Night
“Dust of the Dead is a pressure cooker of a thriller, a masterwork of world building, and a genuinely and refreshingly unique spin on the zombie genre, but above all, it is a beautiful dance on the line between life and death.” —Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City
“There’s never been a zombie book like Dust of the Dead. It’s horrifying, blackly funny, rich in pathos, and thoroughly original, and it’s also one of the best L.A.-based horror novels ever written.” —Lisa Morton, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased
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SKIN TRADE is a historical horror about a young girl who journeys into the zombie-ridden west under the guise of a boy to learn the art of the skin trade–trapping and skinning zombies to sell their hides. Along the way she learns what it takes to pass as a man, what she misses about being a woman, and how hard can be to hold onto your humanity.
A coming of age story couched in the Old West, that Bram Stoker Award-winning author Joe McKinney said, “reminded me of Steinbeck and Harper Lee at their best. Skin Trade belongs on the top shelf of zombie fiction. Pay attention folks. This is how it’s done.”
SKIN TRADE, from author Tonia Brown. Get your copy now! http://tinyurl.com/nn5nqx2
The one thing I get asked the most about the novel is if I, like the characters, have ever worked the graveyard shift at a convenience store. The answer is yes, I did indeed work for a year doing the night shift at a 7-11 in a seedy section of Denver. It is, without a doubt, the worst job I’ve ever had. I could tell you stories. But after a certain amount of time passed, I found myself actually growing nostalgic about it. Not because I actually wanted to go back and do it again, but because, unlike most of my jobs since, it was interesting. The idea occurred to me that if vampires, werewolves, and zombies had walked through that door, it wouldn’t have changed anything. That job would have been equally as crazy.
And so I came up with stories of the OneStop and the poor schmucks who worked there. The OneStop was in a special section of the city that tends to attract magical forces once the sun goes down. Most of the monsters that walk through the door are just minding their business like any other customer. They want Twinkies, nachos, doughnuts, Slim Jims, and Froztees. But every so often some mad power-hungry demon might come in for a quick bite on their way to
destroying the world. The crew at the OneStop need to stop them. It’s part of their job, right up there with mopping the floor, keeping the coffee pots full, and ringing up the customers.
The Kickstarter is being run by my publisher, Permuted Press, who happen to have several really talented film students among their staff. The script will be by Ryne Driscoll and it will be directed by David Walker. I recently had the opportunity to talk to them in person and I’m confident that the project is in good hands. This is all around a great opportunity and I’m happy to be a part of it.
For further information about the Kickstarter and how to donate to it, you can go to the site at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/permutedpictures/the-onestop-apocalypse-shop. I really hope that other people will be as excited about this as I am.
Derek J. Goodman is the author of the Apocalypse Shift series, along with the Z7 series (The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, The Contamination of Sandra Wolfe, and The Siege of Seven City) for Permuted Press. When he’s not writing, he works as a librarian in Wisconsin.
Horror-tica, featuring my short story “The World You Made for Me”, is now available in paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon.com. Get your copy today!
You can also pick up one of the last copies of Tales of Obscenity #1, directly from me and featuring my story “In Remembrance”, right here. Reviewers have called “In Remembrance” “absolutely amazing” and “a haunting, heartbreaking tale.” Grab one while they last!
My zombie story, “In Remembrance,” appears in this edition, but I’m really posting because the folks at SST Publications are great to work with, and they deserve your support. Order yours today!
We are very happy to announce that the Special Hardcover Limited Editions of issue #1 are now available to pre-order! The pre-order window will be open for 60 days and will close May 22nd, 2013. The print run for the Special Limited Signed & Numbered Edition will then be set and no more copies can be ordered. So make sure you order your copy today! Don’t leave it in case you forget and miss the pre-order window!
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The Hardcover Special Limited Signed & Lettered Edition is signed & lettered by the editor and available in only 52 copies. This edition will also feature exclusive original artwork by Luke Spooner (different from the numbered edition) on the limitation page created especially just for this lettered edition, and will also never appear anywhere else. These copies are available for only £49.95 with FREE worldwide shipping*!
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I met Max Brooks at the Philadelphia Comic-Con in 2009, having by that time read both The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. Max is a sweetheart, and we chatted briefly as he signed both of my books and threw in a free, also-signed preview of The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks comic. Yeah, I was fan-girling big time.
World War Z was one of my favorite novels before I met Max, and it continues to be to this day. Zombie fiction truly reached its pinnacle with this book. Perfect? What is? But Brooks does so many interesting things with his novel to make it stand out from the rest that you can’t help but think, after reading it, it would be all downhill from here (and with a few exceptions, it pretty much was).
World War Z takes place years after the zombie war, when society has patched itself back together, and presents a collection of “interviews” with various survivors. At its heart this is not a book about zombies. It is a story about people. It is the story of modern sociopolitical and military structures, Brooks’ deep knowledge of which gives his words such authenticity. It is a book about a real world war, the kind that has no border, where every inch of the planet is a battleground, and how our society would respond to a global disaster which, in this case, happens to be the zombie apocalypse. Not all of the survivors are heroes. Some just got lucky; some are psychologically and physically broken. The horrific memories of watching your loved ones die, of society collapsing, is more than most people can bear. Never mind the zombies; millions will die from bureaucracy and the simple inability of governments to put aside their differences. That Brooks abandoned much of the typical “triumph of the human spirit” bullshit upon which post-apocalyptic fiction often relies was a refreshing change of pace. His characters are flawed, fallible, frequently self-centered–just like real people.
A number of texts this semester have forced us to question our perception of the real monster; I Am Legend did this brilliantly. World War Z touches upon the subject as well, most notably (aside from the actions of a number of governments, which is to be expected) during the interview with Jesika Hendricks in Manitoba, Canada. When desperation drives the survivors to cannibalism, does that not render the war–a war against creatures once human themselves, who feast upon human flesh–ultimately meaningless? We are once again fighting a battle against ourselves, this time facing a very ugly natural truth: when confronted with death, we will do whatever we must in order to survive, even if it means consuming the flesh of other people. When one has reached this level of despair and hopelessness, operating purely on base instinct, what separates us from the “enemy?”
World War Z is still my gold standard for zombie fiction. It is a realistic and chilling reminder of what we as a species may face in the event of any global catastrophe. And rest assured that, human hubris being what it is, one is on its way.
A long weekend is nearly upon me (hooray for a day job that follows the federal holiday schedule), to be filled with thesis revisions and progress on the five short stories currently brewing. (One is for a dieselpunk anthology put out by the fine folks at Twit Publishing, but that’s not due until the end of April. Whew.) I’ve got “The Bombay Trash Service” out to reprint anthology Best New Zombie Tales, so fingers are crossed. I plan to squeeze some art in over the weekend, too. Hopefully that section of the blog will be updated soon. Lots of collage work going on, but I really want to get back to my pinup girls.
Some of you already know that last month I started working for Musa Publishing as one of the three editors for their YA imprint, Euterpe. I’m currently editing two manuscripts, and I have no doubt that Musa will do great things, given the quality of the work they’re putting out. They also run a spec-fic webzine, Penumbra, so what are you waiting for? Go submit something.
And finally…my alter ego, DJ Lollidrop, wrote a track that was selected to appear on the digital portion of the upcoming Electronic Saviors Vol. 2 compilation. It’s an amazing comp for a great cause–the fight against cancer. My dear friend Jim Semonik, whom I have known for over 11 years, with whom I have promoted shows and DJ’d, and who is truly the brother I never had, lost a substantial portion of his digestive tract to colon cancer at the age of 32. He’s been cancer-free for three years now, and from his experience the Electronic Saviors concept was born. Entitled “The Waiting Game,” my track is a fairly minimalist reflection of the simple terror in waiting for test results. DJ Lollidrop is trying to find time to put up a new podcast, too.
In reference to the title of this post, I had nosebleeds for five days straight, was given a two-day respite, and woke up this morning to a schnoz full of blood. Allergies? Sinuses? High blood pressure strikes back? We’ll see what happens this weekend, and then off to the doctor.
So, what’s new with you?