September 6, 2013

Flash Fiction From Jonathan Kane

The zombie fiction blog now welcomes all forms of  flash fiction from 55- 500 words. 

Send your submissions to Jule: juleromans (at) gmail (dot) com.

Days Like These
Jonathan Kane

We were all under the impression the sun would shine again.  

They told us to hold on, to maintain hope; things would get better.  

They lied.  

Although we have light to carry out our waking lives, the world will never be as bright as it once was under the chilling, discomforting shadow of the Dead.

Jonathon Kane is a software developer who lives in Michigan.

Aside from writing stories, he finds creative outlet as a guitarist in an alternative band.

In addition to Corpse Days and The Calm Before (CD Part II), he has a short story called Good Boy published in the Kindle collection - Murder, Madness and Mystery.

Visit Jonathon's webpage

September 3, 2013

Zombie Week at Tor Books

Tor Books- Zombie Week

The Zombie Series at Tor Books has at least as much zombie author information as many complete websites.  Joe McKinney has a post there. So does John Joseph Adams, who introduces us to David Wellington's short story "Good People." This section of the Tor website is a wealth of  zombie author information. Plus, there are quite a few free stories.

The series was completed in September of 2010, so it's more of an archival reference than a current one.

Article topics range from zombie art  to zombie humor.

Several thoughtful articles examine the  metaphorical  and social implications of the zombie world.

A couple of articles are more analytical in nature:

Paula Stiles offers a literary and restrospective look at zombies in  "Historical Zombies: Mummies, The Odyssey and Beyond."

Revenants are a much more varied and much more vaguely-defined group of monsters than either Romero or Stoker has given us.  Romero’s cannibalistic zombies are more like medieval European vampires (but without the religious undertones; I’ll get to that in a bit) while Stoker’s vampires are more like traditional, Caribbean-style zombies who are slaves to their “maker.” There’s a lot more overlap than fans think.

Bob Fingerman discusses the regular guy in "Zombies: The Regular Schmuck of the Monster World."
What’s the appeal? I think it all boils down to the fact that they’re the underdog of the monster world. They play into our neuroses and self-doubt. There’s nothing sexy or appealing about them. Lots of people fantasize about being other horror mainstays: vampires, of course. Werewolves. But zombies? No. I’ve never met anyone who said, “Yeah, man, a zombie is what I’d like to be. They’re so cool.”
Some of the articles have a Q&A format, where zombie authors and experts weigh in with their opinions.

It may take a little digging, but these articles are worth the time. In a future post, I'll index the articles by theme, so you can find them a little more easily.

September 2, 2013

Zombie Fiction Serials

Scheherazade did it to save her life.

Dickens did it prolifically.

King did it and brought it back.

Atwood and Alderman are doing it right now.

Zombie authors do it, too, mostly on the web.

What is it? Serial fiction, that's what.

Serial fiction has a long, long history.

The "Tales of the Arabian Nights" are a kind of serial fiction because Scheherezade added a new story every night, to keep the king from killing her. It worked, too.

Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, and most of his other novels were released in monthly serial installments in popular magazines of his time. Dickens' brand of serial fiction is classic and legen ("wait for it") dary.  Pun on "wait for it" intended.

I'm a fan of Stephen King's The Green Mile. It was originally released in 1996 in six monthly installments. I like it a LOT better than his Dark Tower series. That series could maybe be considered serial, but...a serial novel usually takes shape in smaller chunks, building to a single volume.

All these authors have done it...and now, zombie authors are doing it, too.

Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman

Over on Wattpad, two very distinguished authors are creating a serial zombie novel together. Serial fiction is a large part of why Wattpad works. The serial is called The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home. Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman are a mentor/protege team who write alternate chapters of the narrative.

Travis Adkins

Travis Adkins has his serial version of Twilight of the Dead on his website. Click the red "Read For Free!" link.

A.J. Brown

AJ Brown has a serial called Dredging up Memories posted at Tales of the Zombie War. There's more about AJ Brown on Days with the Undead

David Wellington

 David Wellington has his novel Plague Zone available in chapters at his website. It's also available complete on Kindle.