November 27, 2013

Feed The Zombies: A Facebook Zombie Fiction Event

Today only!

On Facebook today, there's a zombie fiction "all you can read" event. 

The party is hosted by Timothy L. Long and Angelina Carina Barry. 

All day long, zombie fiction will be available for only 99 cents. Throughout the day, authors will be stopping by the Facebook page to chat with fans.  

If you want to, 
you can 


Today, you can get each of the following books on Amazon for only 99 cents:


By D. A. Wearmouth
By David Moody
By Rhiannon Frater
By Craig DiLouie
By Iain McKinnon
By Michael S Gardner
By Jackie Druga
By Joseph A. Coley
By SB Knight
By Tim W. Long
By Keith Milstead
By Rachel Tsoumbakos
By Eloise J. Knapp
By Katie Cord (Evil Girlfriend Media)
 
Epic Apocalypse – Apocalyptic Box Set (This one is $1.99) James Cook, John O’Brien, Joe McKinney, Armand Rosamilia, Heath Stallcup, Shawn Chesser, and Mark Tufo

November 25, 2013

Tony Baez Milan on Zombie Fiction in Spanish and English

Zombie Fiction: Spanish or English?

I have always written and published in both languages fairly simultaneously and I go back and forth between them, so I have not felt a transition. Moving between English and Spanish has become natural for me. It hasn’t been the same with my movies. Although I have written movies in both languages, the ones which have been produced have all been in English.

The stories choose the language in which they are to be told, and so the language doesn't change the work, but the specific language becomes the more natural form of its expression.

Spanish is my native language. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico.

A Puerto Rican Zombie Apocalypse


The zombie apocalypse would be very different in Puerto Rico.

At first, no one would believe it. People would marvel and wonder at the strange behavior of their neighbors or friends or acquaintances turned into zombies, talking about the bad habits some people may have developed, not being ashamed of anything, not even of biting someone in public. “Something to do with his upbringing,” a passing Puerto Rican might say about a misbehaving zombie, before realizing the severity of the situation.

I think there would be long-winded, one-sided arguments between zombies and Puerto Ricans before there is finally any violence. Plenty of machetes on the island, so when the violence finally starts, it would be extra bloody.

And loud. The zombie apocalypse would be a lot louder in Puerto Rico.

The arguments alone would be deafening. Also, a lot of people just jumping into the Caribbean Sea, hoping that zombies couldn’t swim.

Zombies


I don’t think I became interested in zombies, but rather was scared of them as a child. They chased me in nightmares, the kind of dream where no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to be able to run; you try, but you don’t make much progress and the horrors catch up to you, and then you wake up all screwed up.

I used to go see zombie movies at the local theater, sometimes alone, which was a mistake, because I would have to walk back home and all the while I watched my back!

Later, as a writer, I became more interested in zombies when I discovered they can be metaphors, that you can explore things like identity and prejudice through zombies.

Dead, and Must Travel


I actually published my first zombie novel, DEAD, AND MUST TRAVEL, in English, in the United States. It came out earlier this year. Eventually, there might be a Spanish translation.

I wrote the first paragraph, and the entire novel, in an apartment in Los Angeles. In the living room, I had a small corner where I set up my work space, complete with a dog gate that kept my two small children at bay when I wrote.

I was surrounded by filing cabinets and by books on bookcases and on plastic stackable shelves, and on the wall there was a detail of a painting by Diego Rivera, of people working the land, mounted on a cheap frame. I liked that picture there because it reminded me that, if able, one needs to work. Also, there was an Ansel Adams print, all rocks and mountains and sky.

Language Makes a Difference


An interesting thing about DEAD, AND MUST TRAVEL is that I kept thinking about it in Spanish, trying to figure out the story, but it wasn’t until, in an instant, it occurred to me that it should be in English.

Once I figured out that the novel wanted to be told in English, in the next instant the whole story came rushing into my head, fully formed, like a bolt of lightning! I struggled with the story until the moment I figured out that I was looking at it from the wrong point of view, from the wrong language.


About Tony Baez Milan 

Writer and director TONY BÁEZ MILÁN was born and raised in Puerto Rico. His short stories, in English and Spanish, have been published internationally in numerous magazines.

He has written and directed the films A PIECE OF WOOD, RAY BRADBURY’S CHRYSALIS, EDGAR ALLAN POE’S REQUIEM FOR THE DAMNED (The Pit and the Pendulum segment), and MYTH PROLOGUE.

www.tonybaezmilan.com 

 

More Spanish Zombie Fiction

Juan De Dios Garduno: Y Pese Al Todo

Manel Louriero: Apocalipsis Z

Gareth Wood: El Despertar De Los Muertos

November 4, 2013

Zombie Short Fiction: The Lake at the End of the World by Vincenzo Bilof


The Lake at the Edge of the World 

By

Vincenzo Bilof


The utility van rumbled on, though we were on fumes. The blasted trees in the median stood stark against the slate-colored sky made possible by the perpetual burning of our own monolithic metropolises. Every horizon we sought was stained with ash as if a hateful deity sprinkled the remnants of a burning cigarette upon our tired world.

There wasn't any ammunition left, though all three of us had become proficient with well-sharpened, edged weapons. Civilization's complete surrender haunted our never-ending escape. No matter how much time passed, the relentless dead remained uncountable and undeterred.

My two female companions were professional survivors. They wouldn't risk their lives for any man; men had made women scarce in the midst of our society's dissolution. I was their captive. Raven-haired Selena, our driver, provided the perfect balance with the pleasant and always-smiling Fiona, the natural blonde who stayed with me in the back of the van.

We arrived at the harbor, where a thick fog hovered over the black, oily water. As Selena had envisioned, a narrow riverboat with oars waited, as if we'd arrived at the end of a sprawling dreamscape. We knew how to run, and here we were, at the edge of our nightmare.

There wasn't enough room in the boat for all of us. Selena and Fiona argued over my fate; I would likely turn on them and become a sexual predator like the others. I was a man, after all.

I knew they were going to leave me behind; Selena always won. When they filed into the boat, I watched them with my hands behind my back. I was very excited when one of the living dead emerged out of the black water. Clumps of wet hair clung to its face like seaweed, and long fingernails curled over its fingers like horrendous talons. The wrinkled flesh on its face seemed more of a rubber mask pulled tightly over a child's face. Sexless and terrible, it could have belonged to an alien race.

I leapt into the water as the girls grabbed for their weapons. I tipped their boat while more shapes emerged in the fog.

The girls should have known there was no escape. We'd been running for so long…

Fiona scrambled back to the shore, while their machetes floated in the water. I grabbed Selena from behind and whispered sweet words into her ear.

When the creature bit down into her throat, warm blood splashed my face. She didn't scream. The dead beast reared back with a chunk of her flesh in its mouth. Selena's legs kicked in the shallow water. I shoved her into the creature, delivering her unto the embrace of the painful death that had been inevitable all along. Months (years?) of running had terminated at this point.

Selena reached back to claw at my face. The monstrous corpse leaned in and bit down into her chest, filling the disturbed water with inky crimson.

I let her go, and found that Fiona had extended her hand to me. I pulled her into the water. We wrestled for a floating machete. Selena screamed while more corpses causally joined the feast. Violent splashes disturbed the apocalyptic silence, but soon it would be all over, and the land's newly-ordered peace would be restored.

I pulled Fiona close and joined my lips to hers. Her dry, cracked lips were still soft, and the blade in my hand entered her stomach easily, and it reminded me of cutting into warm butter. Her blood filled the water. I let her go. She grabbed the blade in her stomach and looked at me with wide, blue eyes. A clawed hand reached over the top of her head and pulled her backward into the embrace of the damned. Lovely, blonde-haired Fiona didn't scream.

I waded in the water for a moment as the silent, purposeful dead filled the lake with their red-rimmed eyes and sagging jowls. A stray eyeball floated in the bloody miasma.

At any moment, I would awaken.

November 1, 2013

Sean Liebling Discusses Zombie Fiction

Sean Liebling, author of the Blood, Brains, and Bullets series, discusses why he's fascinated with the zombie genre.


The Apocalypse Reading Group

I developed my love for the apocalyptic genre quite early. I've seen almost every zombie/ apocalyptic movie out there, and in the last decade have read most of the books. My extensive Marine Corps background and outdoors nature allowed me to empathize with a great many of the movies and books I read. 

Then when I retired in my forties, I read even more, spent time with my family, and started a reading group of apocalypse-based books.

Our reading group members include an M.D., a psychologist, a police sergeant, and several retired military officers. We get together once a month, have a few drinks and discuss the latest books we've read. There are a few main topics we always agree upon. 

Our main complaints? The lack of research on an author's part regarding locations or weapons, and main characters turned into superhuman heroes. We brainstorm different scenarios and nomenclature.


Questioning Mainstream Standards

For the most part, until very recently it used to be quite common for zombie authors and authors of apocalyptic books to write a certain way, using certain old themes. None of this makes any sense, and lacks any form of historical or psychological accuracy.

If 97% or more of the human race dies off within a few days or a couple of weeks at the most, why is there never any food available? Why is the survival make-up of refugees always a large group of men and a few women that half the men fight over? (Caveat: recently some authors have started putting the token child in their books and movies.) 

Why do most authors have their zombies burn like dried pine kindling? Why doesn't any zombie slash apocalypse author— with very few exceptions—put any form of sex in their books?

This is where I, along with a very few others, broke the barriers.

Thinking Outside the Box

I took a large step outside the mainstream box and wrote a very different apocalyptic concept. With the help of my colleague, a medical doctor, I dreamed up a virus that could actually be created today. With the help of a licensed psychologist, I created a typical survivor group demographic, which is also based on all known history of crises. With my own Marine Corp training and service, and with the help of others in the service, I did my best to create accuracy in weapons and weapons systems.


Blood, Brains, and Bullets

'Blood, Brains, and Bullets' has been wildly successful; despite several intriguing offers I have decided to remain self-published for now. I will not get into publishing pros and cons here, but suffice to say, I can do equally well if not better on my own, with a much higher royalty. I’ve sold over 17,000 copies of Book One, have received over 1,000 fan emails, and consistently rank high in science fiction and horror.

I enjoy what I do and I am having an awesome time. The fans and support from fellow Indie authors has made it all worthwhile. I enjoy writing and especially enjoy the fan email, of which I receive a plethora. 

I recently self-published Book Two in the series, entitled Legacy of the Living and have heard great positive feedback so far. I am currently writing the third book of the series, which is called Sacrifice of the Damned.





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