Saturday, June 30, 2012

Free Zombie Book Of The Day, Zombiestan by Mainak Dhar

This is a great book and what's even better is that it's free today! George Cook thedeadwarseries.com

It began with stories of undead Taliban rampaging through Afghan villages, and faster than anyone could have anticipated; the darkness spreads through the world.

In a world laid waste by this new terror, four unlikely companions have been thrown together- a seventeen year old boy dealing with the loss of his family, a US Navy SEAL trying to get back home, an aging, lonely writer with nobody to live for, and a young girl trying to keep her three year old brother safe.

When they discover that the smallest amongst them holds the key to removing the scourge that threatens to destroy their world, they begin an epic journey to a rumoured safe zone high in the Himalayas. A journey that will pit them against their own worst fears and the most terrible dangers- both human and undead.

A journey through a wasteland now known as Zombiestan.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Miami "zombie" attacker did NOT have bath salts in his system.

Earlier this momth many blamed bath salts for "zombie" like attack on. Turns out Rudy Eugene didn't have bath salts in his system at all. Wonder how the authorities will explain this now? I say at best it's a rage virus, at worst it's the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. George Cook Thedeadwarseries.com.

The naked Florida man who chewed off the face of another man last month in a zombie-like cannibal attack used marijuana but not "bath salts" as police had suspected, authorities said Wednesday.

Rudy Eugene, 31, was killed by a police officer after Eugene's 18-minute attack on a homeless man. His body didn't show "any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs," according to the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.

"The department has also sought the assistance of an outside forensic toxicology reference laboratory, which has confirmed the absence of 'bath salts,' synthetic marijuana and LSD," the statement said.

Read more: Tests in cannibalism case: Zombie-like attacker used pot, not 'bath salts'

Monday, June 25, 2012

Zombie Book of The Day: Dead: The Geeks



DEAD: The Geeks [Kindle Edition]
TW Brown (Author), Shawn Conn (Illustrator )

This is a compilation of the first three books in the DEAD series: DEAD: The Ugly Beginning, DEAD: Revelations, andDEAD: Fortunes & Failures. Each book also contains close to 10,000 words of additional material requested by YOU...the readers! This special edition allows you to sink into a DEAD world with your favorite people and not be "distracted" by those long absences as other stories intrude and get in the way.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

TDWS Author Interview. Mark Tufo, Zombie Fallout Series

TDWS: Tell us a little about you. Hobbies, schooling, favorite teams , etc.

Mark: Hi George, thank you for having me on your page it is greatly appreciated. Well crap is facebook considered a hobby? Actually I really like to go shooting with my son, we usually set up competitions like Top Shot and have some fun with it. I did graduate college but I went more for an advanced partying degree than anything else. BOSTON RED SOX need I say more?

TDWS: What inspired you to become a writer?

Mark: I've always enjoyed writing but never thought more of it than putting my thoughts down on paper and never ever did I think to put those thoughts out to the world for viewing. It was my wife who sort of 'dared' me to write a book, I had been laid off and I had been reading a lot to help with the stress. After one long night of reading I came downstairs and half kidding said I thought I could write a better book, she told me 'Then why don't you?' I'm not really sure if she thought I would, but if it kept me out of her hair for a few days it was worth it. The rest is history.

TDWS: Why write a zombie book?

Mark: I've loved (and feared) the zombie genre since I was 7 and my cousin who was babysitting thought that Dawn of the Dead was perfect viewing material to pass the night away. I remember how scared I was watching the zombies attack that house in the middle of nowhere, that left an indelible impression. I've been reading and watching zombie related stuff ever since.

TDWS: What is the title of your most current book and what is it about?

Mark: The most current book I am working on at the moment is Zombie Fallout VI, it is the continuation of the Talbot Saga. I'd like to say more than that, but I left a pretty big cliffhanger in ZF5 and I don't want to give anything away!

TDWS: Would you put your book more in the action, comedy, or horror category? Is there another category you would add?

Mark: Definitely horror but I always try to throw some humor in to balance it out, which might even make the scary parts that much more frightening.

TDWS: What sets your book apart from the thousands of zombie books out there?

Mark: The people, the characters in the books, they have dimension, they have hopes and dreams of a future free from zombies. Readers become attached to some of them, they root for some while hoping for the demise of others.

TDWS: What if anything do you want the reader to take from your book?

Mark: I want my readers to come away with a connection to the characters. I obviously want them to enjoy the story and feel that the time and money they invested in me was well worth it.

Just wanted to say thank you again for having me on your page.

TDWS: Where is your book available?

Books

Zombie Fallout http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003A022YO/

Zombie Fallout 2 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0045UABFA/

Zombie Fallout The End… http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S2L21C/

Zombie Fallout 3.5 http://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Fallout-Hugh-Prequel-ebook/dp/B005710Q7O/

Zombie Fallout 4 -- The End has Come and Gone http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005R2NR1U

Zombie Fallout 5 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007FJF2GQ/

Indian Hill http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HWSLVO/

Indian Hill 2 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006TQV6PW/

Indian Hill Conquest http://www.amazon.com/Conquest-Indian-Michael-Adventure-ebook/dp/B0082PXS9K/

Timothy http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006POAS2U/

TDWS: Where can you be contacted?

Web Site www.marktufo.com

Facebook Profile http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Tufo/133954330009843

Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/ZombieFallout

Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_tc_2_0? rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3AMark+Tufo&keywords=Mark+Tufo&ie=UTF8&qid=133 8680351&sr=8-2-ent&field-contributor_id=B002I7PJ68

Goodreads www.goodreads.com/author/show/2990843.Mark_Tufo

Thompson: A free Dead War Short Story

Here is a short story based on my book The Dead War Series which tells the story of the US Army's fight to save America after a zombie apocalypse. Buy for $1.50 at Amazon here: The Dead War Series Book 1 Use the button in the bottom right corner to enlarge to full size.

A Dead War Series Short Story THOMPSON

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Are there too many zombie books out there?

Now this question may seem blasphemous to those of us that love the zombie genre. But even we have to admit that there is an extremely large amount of zombie books with the rise of the Kindle and the Nook as well as other e-readers out there.

At the time of this posting a search of Amazon for zombies will bring up 56,602 choices. At Barnes and Noble the amount is much smaller at 1274.

That's over 56,000 zombie books for sale out there on sale for the 2 biggest e-readers alone. Some have started to complain that there is a glut of zombie books out there and they all basically tell the same story.

There are now reviewers that although they review horror don't want to read another zombie book. On many horror message boards it seems as if everyone is as tired of zombies as they were of vampires last year.

I believe that while the genre can be limiting it can also lead to some great and exciting stories. I also believe that every book including my own opus The Dead War Series: Book 1 ( yes that's a shameless plug ) doesn't have to be a literary masterpiece to be a fun read.

I think there are always more room for zombie books and my Kindle is full of them. What do you think? Are there too many zombie books out there?

TDWS Zombie Book of The Day: Dead Meat by Patrick Williams and Chris Williams

The city of River’s Edge has been quarantined due to a rodent borne rabies outbreak. But it quickly becomes clear to the citizens that the infection is something much, much worse than rabies...

The townsfolk are attacked and fed upon by packs of the living dead. Labeling the infected residents “bees” for their tendency to travel in swarms, Gavin and Benny attempt to survive the chaos in River’s Edge while making their way north in search of sanctuary. No one knows what waits outside the quarantined zone, but Gavin and Benny know that to survive, they must escape.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Walking Dead: Who do you hate more Lori or Carl?


Every TV show has characters you love and others you hope get hit by a truck. The Walking Dead is no exception. In my opinion it happens to feature two of the most annoying characters on television.

One would be Rick's son Carl. He has got to be the dumbest kid on television since Jack Bauer's daughter, Kim on 24. Carl just wont stay the fu** in the house and gets into all kinds of trouble as well as gets others in trouble.

Lori on the other hand is a very confused individual. She basically get's all Machiavellian and tells Rick to get rid of Shane and then freaks out when she finds out Rick killed Shane.WTF! Make up your damned mind.

So which one do you find more annoying and want to see "zombified"? Lori or Carl?


Sunday, June 17, 2012

TDWS: Author Interview of The week. Todd Brown: Dead Winter

TDWS: Tell us a little about you. Hobbies, schooling, favorite teams , etc.

Todd: I am an avid football fan and support my Seattle Seahawks no matter how abysmal they may be each year. Football is a religion in my house, and that means about a dozen fantasy football leagues each year in addition to watching games all day on Sunday and supplementing it with a handful of college games during the week. I play guitar and have been in a few bands (although I am a much more talented lead singer than I am a guitarist). I like working with my Border Collie...teaching her little tricks or just taking a walk to clear my head.

TDWS: What inspired you to become a writer?

Todd: I've just always loved it. I enjoy telling a story, and if I can make people feel real emotions for characters who only live on paper...that is the ultimate rush.

TDWS: Why write a zombie book?

Todd: Actually, I had my mind set on something more mainstream until a college writing instructor pulled me up after class. I'd done a zombie short for fun...just to see if I could get away with it. She told me that I had to pursue the genre because my love for it showed in the writing.

TDWS: What is the title of your most current book and what is it about?

Todd: Dead: Winter just released on May 30th. It is the fourth book in the DEAD series and starts a new story arc in the saga. (The series is scheduled to be 12 books long.) It picks up a few weeks after where Dead: Fortunes & Failures leaves off. The first winter is settling in and the survivors are finding out that zombies may be the least of their worries. I do introduce a few new characters, including a young lady named Valarie who has Down's Syndrome and a man in Egypt who declares himself the new pharaoh. It is bleak, dreary, and not full of too much in the way of happiness.

TDWS: Would you put your book more in the action, comedy, or horror category? Is there another category you would add?

Todd: My DEAD series and Zomblog series are both in the horror/action realm. However, I do have something in the works titled That Ghoul Ava which will be more of a horror/comedy.

TDWS: What sets your book apart from the thousands of zombie books out there?

I believe that the DEAD series is very heavy on characters. It is more about the human experience. While it certainly has plenty of the zombie action, it focuses on how the survivors deal with survival. Not everybody plays nice and a lot of people take advantage of the sudden lack of law and order. Also, the DEAD books are presented in a rotating chapter format. There is Steve's story; told in first person, it follows one man and his slowly growing band of survivors -- The Geeks; four guys who thought that a zombie apocalypse would be cool, and they quickly discover that it is not. -- The Vignettes; these are a series of snapshots and shorter peeks into some stories that give an idea how bad things are all over the world. There are around 40 characters in the DEAD series making it very character heavy. Also, with 12 books scheduled, it is one of the longer series.

TDWS: What if anything do you want the reader to take from your book?

Todd: I just want them to be entertained. If I can make them laugh or cry...or get mad...(at the events, not my writing) then I call that a success.

TDWS: Where is your book available?

Todd: All of my stuff is available on Amazon. The best place to check out what I have, as well as any anthologies that I have edited is my Amazon Author's page. http://www.amazon.com/TW-Brown/e/B00363NQI6

TDWS: Where can you be contacted?

twbrown.maydecpub@gmail.com

twbrown@maydecemberpublications.com

@maydecpub on Twitter or May December Publications on Facebook

My new blog: http://twbrown.blogspot.com/

TDWS Zombie Book Of The Day. The Infection by Craig DiLouie

Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world.

A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

In one American city, a small group struggles to survive. Sarge, a tank commander hardened by years of fighting in Afghanistan. Wendy, a cop still fighting for law and order in a lawless land. Ethan, a teacher searching for his lost family. Todd, a high school student who sees second chances in the end of the world. Paul, a minister who wonders why God has forsaken his children. And Anne, their mysterious leader, who holds an almost fanatical hatred for the Infected.

Together, they fight their way to a massive refugee camp where thousands have made a stand. There, what's left of the government will ask them to accept a mission that will determine the survival of them all--a dangerous journey back onto the open road and into the very heart of Infection.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

TDWS: Zombie Book Of The Day TOOTH AND NAIL by Craig DiLouie

This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, not with a whimper, but a slaughter.

As a new plague related to the rabies virus infects millions, America recalls its military forces from around the world to safeguard hospitals and other vital buildings. Many of the victims become rabid and violent but are easily controlled--that is, until so many are infected that they begin to run amok, spreading slaughter and disease. Lieutenant Todd Bowman got his unit through the horrors of combat in Iraq. Now he must lead his men across New York through a storm of violence to secure a research facility that may hold a cure. To succeed in this mission to help save what's left, the men of Charlie Company will face a terrifying battle of survival against the very people they have sworn to protect--people turned into a fearless, endless horde armed solely with tooth and nail.

For the boys of Charlie Company, the zombie apocalypse will give a whole new meaning to the proverb WAR IS HELL.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Interview with The Dead War Series author George Cook




The US Army doesn't run from any enemy, living......or dead!

In the year 2053 the dead walked. Mankind was caught off guard at first but within six years mounted a massive military assault on the dead.

These are the stories of some of those men and women that fought back. These are the stories of some trying to find a "cure". These are the stories of those that are just trying to survive the nightmare of the walking dead. These are the stories of those that caused The Dead War. Buy here: The Dead War Series

Sunday, June 10, 2012

TDWS Author Interview: John Obrien New World Order: Taken



TDWS: Tell us a little about you. Hobbies, schooling, favorite teams , etc.

John: There's not really much to tell.  I enjoy the outdoors tremendously so when there's not too much of the liquid sunshine coming down, that's where I like to be.  When the sun is out, I have a difficult time staying at the keyboard and writing.  When it's nice out, I enjoy throwing the kayak in the water and exploring the islands in the Puget Sound, taking my road bike out and pedaling down the scenic roads, or taking the mountain bikes out with my son.  There's also just cruising around in the Jeep with the top down and the music up.

I graduated from Oregon State seemingly a lifetime ago with a Bachelor's in Business Management and proceeded to do everything except business - Air Force, Firefighter/EMT, IT executive, writer.  Yep, that degree came in handy.  I mostly only follow the NFL and, get ready folks, I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.  Yeah, I probably lost quite a few of you right there.  Probably should have put this question at the end.  I've been a Cowboy fan since I was five.

Again, there's not really much to tell.  I am currently settled out in the country close to the south end if the Puget Sound in the state of Washington.  The scenic views here just cannot be beat.

TDWS: What inspired you to become a writer?

John: I have had this story running in my head in different version for a number of years.  I felt it was just wanting to get out and be told so I sat down at the keyboard one day and haven't left it.  I enjoy writing and the story just takes off when my fingers start poking around on the keyboard.  I am an avid reader and it's nice to be on the other side as well.

TDWS:  Why write a zombie book?

John: I am very much into the survival aspect and daydream from time to time about different survival situations.  Throwing zombies into the mix ups the ante to a considerable degree and takes the survival of a post-apocalyptic world to an extreme; it's no longer just about shelter, food, and water.

TDWS:  What is the title of your most current book and what is it about?

John: A New World: Taken

Its the fourth book in the series, A New World, which is a post-apocalyptic horror/thriller survival series.  Written in the first person perspective, it takes you into a world of survival through the eyes of Jack Walker.  The first moments and dawning recognition that something isn't right.  The reader learns what is happening at the same time Jack does.  It's a realistic look at surviving in the aftermath of a world-wide traumatic event, at least in my opinion.

TDWS:  Would you put your book more in the action, comedy, or horror category? Is there another category you would add?

John: I would say it is more in the action/thriller genre.

TDWS:  What sets your book apart from the thousands of zombie books out there?

John: The series is written in the first person present tense.  I think the timeline of the books is one of the things that sets it apart.  The first four books take you only about three months into the apocalyptic event.  Also, the zombies aren't really zombies but more of a genetically altered/mutated species.

TDWS:  What if anything do you want the reader to take from your book?

John: I just want the reader to walk away having enjoyed the story and for it to have allowed a moment of relaxation away from the day-to-day stresses of the world.

TDWS:  Where is your book available?

John: The series is available on Amazon, B&N, Sony, iTunes, and Smashwords

A New World: Chaos
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W0CL2Y

A New World: Return
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005OSXDE8

A New World: Sanctuary
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006PY6ZAY

A New World: Taken
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007NP3XUE


TDWS:  Where can you be contacted?

John: Facebook
 http://www.facebook.com/JohnWBOBrien

Twitter
 http://twitter.com/A_NewWorld

Web site
 http://anewworldseries.com/

Email
john@anewworldseries.com

John O'Brien
Author of A New World: Chaos, A New World: Return, A New World: Sanctuary and
A New World: Taken
Web site:  http://anewworldseries.com/
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/A_NewWorld
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JohnWBOBrien

Saturday, June 9, 2012

TDWS Zombie Book Of The Day: I Zombie Collection by Jack Wallen

The apocalypse is upon us and there's only one route to survival -- I Zombie! If you've not read the series, then you are meat for the beasts. Never fear, the entire I Zombie trilogy is now entombed in one volume, easy enough to carry with you as you run from the zombie horde. Keep this book close as the ensuing chaos battles to take you down.

Within this tome you will find:

I Zombie I: In a moment of pure chaos, the majority of the Earth's population became the walking dead. One man promises to unveil the truth.

When journalist Jacob Plummer is bitten by one of the undead he turns to the written word not only to ease the pain of change, but to reveal a truth that could spare the world from extinction.

As Jacob attempts to reveal the conspiracy behind the virus he fights off the undead masses to save the planet from a collision with entropy.

My Zombie My: The City of Lights is crawling with the undead who care nothing for love or wine and are hell-bent on getting the one thing they want - your brains. The living have only one hope – Bethany Nitshimi who carries with her an encrypted file containing the key to the cure. Unfortunately Bethany is battling the undead, the apocalypse, and a group who will stop at nothing to keep her from curing the plague.

My Zombie My picks up where I Zombie I left off and heads into Paris. Bethany’s gang of heroes has picked up a few more strays and mankind is getting dangerously close to the end. As Bethany battles the zombie horde she must crack the file, get the cure, and save the human race, before we are just meat for the beasts.

Die Zombie Die: The final book in the I Zombie trilogy has arrived. The Zero Day Collective holds Bethany Nitshimi prisoner and is closing in on the final phase of the Great Cleansing.

But chaos cannot be contained.

As a rogue biologist works from within to bring down the ZDC, commander Sam Leamy and his small army of misfits plot to storm the gates of the Collective’s Headquarters.

Caught between zombies, the ZDC, and a mysterious new syndicate, Leamy is in a race against the clock to rescue the one woman who could save the planet from complete chaos.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Zombie Ammo? Yes, this actually exist.



A company by the name of Hornady makes ( drum roll please ), Zombie ammo. Now how this would be different from any other ammo I don't know. It's my belief that any old bullet to the head will put down a zombie. But then again who am I to try and stop good old American capitalism even during a zombie apocalypse.

Hornady's web site reads:


Be PREPARED – supply yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse with Zombie Max™ ammunition from Hornady®! Loaded with PROVEN Z-Max™ bullets... yes PROVEN Z-Max™ bullets (have you seen a Zombie?). Make sure your "bug out bag" is ready with nothing but the best!


Hornady® Zombie Max™ ammunition is NOT a toy (IT IS LIVE AMMUNITION), but is intended only to be used on…ZOMBIES, also known as the living dead, undead, etc. No human being, plant, animal, vegetable or mineral should ever be shot with Hornady® Zombie Max™ ammunition. Again, we repeat, Hornady® Zombie Max™ ammunition is for use on ZOMBIES ONLY, and that's not a nickname, phrase or cute way of referring to anybody, place or thing. When we say Zombies, we mean…ZOMBIES!


Each box of zombie ammo contains:

9MM Luger 115 gr. (25-count box)
40 S&W 165 gr. (20-count box)
45 Auto 185 gr.(20-count box)
223 Rem. 55 gr.(20-count box)
7.62×39 123 gr. (20-count box)
308 Win 168 gr. (20-count box)
12 Gauge 00 Buck Shot (10-count box)

Find out more about "zombie ammo" here Hornady.com

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Dead War Series: The Short Stories Volume 1 just 99 cents.

The Dead War Series: The Short Stories Volume 1

Hi this is George Cook author of The Dead war Series. I would like to present to you The Dead War Series: The Short Stories Volume 1. The book is available for 99 cents for your Kindle.

The book features four stories will answer questions readers had after reading the book, The Dead War Series: Book 1

Questions like:

How did Private Smith wind up in the US Army?

How did the dead wind up locked inside the boarded up church?

How did the soldier Thompson wind up being eaten by one of the dead?

The four stories included are:

The Dead War Series: THOMPSON

The Dead War Series: CHURCH

The Dead War Series: ZOMBIE KILLER

The Dead War Series: SAFE ZONE

BONUS:Why I hate fast moving zombies by George L. Cook III

You can buy The Dead War Series: The Short Stories Volume 1 for 99 cents here: The Dead War Series: The Short Stories Volume 1

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Zombie Apocalypse Hits Louisiana, Man Bites Off Neighbor's Face


Take our poll. Do you believe these attacks are caused by drugs or a zombie apocalypse?

A 43-year-old Louisiana man was arrested after biting off part of his neighbor's face over the weekend, and critics fear that the incident could be among the growing list of recent cannibal attacks potentially linked to "bath salt" drugs.

Carl Jacquneaux, who police say was "under the influence of some kind of drug," arrived at Todd Credeur's home where he violently assaulted him "over a domestic issue," according to Gawker.com.

Credeur, who was left with a chunk of flesh torn from below his left eye, was able to escape from further injury after spraying his attacker's face with Wasp spray.

Read more here Zombie Apocalypse Hits Louisiana, Man Bites Off Neighbor's Face

TDWS Zombie Book Of The Day: Dying Days by Armand Rosamilia

Sunny Florida, beautiful beaches, no traffic on A1A... Zombies roaming the dunes in search of the living... Darlene Bobich in a fight to survive, find food, safety and ammo for her Desert Eagle before its too late...

Dying Days are upon us... The Undead Roam the Earth... Searching for the Living... To Eat... To Feast... To Rip Apart... Extreme Violence... Extreme Sexual Situations... Extreme Undead...

Sunday, June 3, 2012

TDWS: Zombie Book Of The Day, Texas Biker Zombies from Outer Space by Etienne Guerin DeForest

“Texas Biker Zombies From Outer Space” is a choose your own adventure style book that takes advantage of the E-Book’s ability to hyperlink. It was intentionally designed to give the reader an interactive experience using the advantages over print that E-Books allow.

“Texas Biker Zombies” revolves around the main character, nicknamed “Camaro Steve” who manages to wake up in the middle of a zombie outbreak. He’s a misogynistic, anti-authority, coked up, ultra violent, sadistic, antihero that gets killed off 95% of the time for being a complete jerk.

The book pokes fun at racism, sexism, socioeconomics, and religion in a casual/offensive way. And if you’re easily offended you will be horrified by this book. So don’t buy it if you’re a whiny bish!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

TDWS interview with William Rose author of The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People




TDWS: Tell us a little about you. Hobbies, schooling, favorite teams , etc.

William Rose: Well, I've always been fascinated by science and am somewhat of an armchair scientist.  Especially, when it comes to astronomy.  I have two telescopes, a reflector and refractor, and steal away to use them any chance I get.  I also enjoy a lot of outdoor activities such as camping and hiking, but have never really been into sports.  The closest I've come is when I was in my die-hard Battlebots phase.  My son and I actually had plan to build our own robot so we could join in on all the destruction and fun but, sadly, that never materialized.

TDWS:  What inspired you to become a writer?

William Rose: It was partly from writing stories when I was a kid.  I've always had a pretty vivid imagination but really got bit by the author bug when I was in elementary school.  Our school library let students write these little mini-books, which would then be placed on the shelves for other kids to check out.  I loved seeing my books on those shelves.  It was like a drug to me.  I definitely had more up there than any other kid in my school and I could tell other people were checking them out by looking at the cards in the back where people had to write their name when the book was borrowed.  After that, I was hooked.  But the fire was really fueled by my English and Creative Writing teachers.  They gave me the encouragement and guidance necessary to ensure this dream never lost steam and for that, if nothing else, I am eternally grateful.

TDWS:  Why write a zombie book?  

William Rose:  I love zombies.  They're unlike any of the other archetypal monsters out there.  All the other ones require a little down time.  Vampires sleep through the day, werewolves turn during the full moon, and serial killers don't strike every day of the week.  But a zombie?  It doesn't matter what time of day it is, what the weather conditions are, or anything like that.  A zombie will just keep coming.  And coming.  And coming.  Which lends itself to another reason I love the undead.  When you take a group of people who have witnessed their entire reality collapse, there's going to be some psychological damage there.  Nearly everyone they've ever known or loved is dead.  Cities are in ruins and the infrastructure is gone.  These people have went from being masters of their world to nothing more than prey.  And, on top of this, the walking dead are a constant reminder.  If they live long enough, they'll eventually become desensitized but the level of detachment and callousness would have to carry over to the living as well.  Every person you meet could potentially become a threat at any given time.  They're living in a constant state of paranoia and fear that never lets up.  And that is a perfect recipe for interesting characters. 

TDWS:  What is the title of your most current book and what is it about?

William Rose: My latest novel is The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People and is published through Permuted Press.  The plot is split between two time lines, the first of which is set in the present and centers on a character named Bosley Coughlin.  Through experimentation with drugs and the occult, Bosley has inadvertently opened a portal called The Eye of Aeons which causes his consciousness to spontaneously travel through time and space.  On one of these trips, he shares the mind of a fourteen year old girl named Ocean who lives in a world that has completely collapsed due to the undead apocalypse and ensuing food wars.  Ocean was born into this environment and has never known any other type of life.  Her story makes up the second time line and is set entirely in the wastelands of the future.  While sharing her mind, however, Bosley forms an emotional connection with the girl and vows to do anything he can to prevent the suffering awaiting her.  Upon returning to the present, Bosley meets Clarice Hudson, a woman who is beginning to display the seven symptoms of the infection that will level the world.  Through Clarice, Bosley realizes that he may very well be able to stop the coming apocalypse, but only if he is willing to challenge every notion he's ever held about right and wrong.

TDWS:  Would you put your book more in the action, science fiction, comedy, or horror category? Is there another category you would add?

William Rose: There's a little bit of all those things in the book, but if I had to classify The Seven Habits I would say it's a blend of horror and science fiction, as is a lot of my work.  The scifi aspect isn't hardcore.  I don't, for example, go into detail about how the Eye of Aeons scientifically enables Bosley's consciousness to travel through time, partly because Bosley doesn't really understand the process himself.  It's just something that happens which he's come to accept.  Most of the science in the book stems from his theories about the emerging disease in his timeline that eventually reanimates the corpses who define Ocean's world.

TDWS:  What sets your book apart from the thousands of zombie books out there?

William Rose: As far as I know there's not any other zombie novels out there featuring drug induced time travel, so there's that.  But there's also not really a lot of zombies in the book.  It's a story about characters who continually have to make some very difficult decisions in the name of survival, so my protagonists might not be what most people would think of as heroes.  They operate in moral gray areas and in essence are very flawed individuals.  Their weaknesses, failings, and justifications put them into some horrific situations and the tale is more about surviving in a zombie infested world rather than surviving wave after wave of undead attacks.  This had led some reviewers to suggest that even people who don't generally enjoy the zombie genre would like The Seven Habits.

TDWS:  What if anything do you want the reader to take from your book?

William Rose: What I want people to take away from the book, and the series as a whole, is that right and wrong are not necessarily always clear cut choices.  Most people don't simply wake up and think, "Hey, I believe I'll commit an atrocity or two today!"; consequences often dictate the course of action and people have their reasons for what they do.  They might not always be good reasons, mind you, but these decisions are usually justified in their own minds in some way.  And that's truly the underlying theme to The Seven Habits

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TDWS:  Where is your book available?  

William Rose: It's available from all major online retailers in both ebook and print versions.  The audio book version is available on Audible.com and, of course, links for buying a copy can be found on the Permuted Press website.

TDWS:  Where can you be contacted?

William rose: More information on my work, including a link to download the free novella Apocalyptic Organ Grinder, can be found atwww.williamtoddrose.com  I am also on Facebook and Google+ and love hearing from my readers, so anyone can feel free to hit me up there as well.

TDWS: Zombie Book of The Day, Zombie Zone Zero by Robert Knight

In this hauntingly savage tale of survival, a group of strangers trapped in a liquor store in Prince George, British Columbia, struggle to stay alive in the first few weeks of the zombie apocalypse during the depths of a bitter Canadian winter in late 2012. Led by store manager, Chris Daniels, and the mysterious, but brutally effective, Arthur Johnson, the ragtag group eventually escapes the city and goes on the run from town to town across a province that has gone from one of the most beautiful places in the world to a frigid landscape of gruesome terror, where the dead desire only to rend the flesh of the living.

However, the hordes of ravenous flesh-eating corpses soon become overshadowed by an even greater danger. Other survivors roam the lonely wastelands of the frozen north and one group is ruthlessly hunting all of the others, cruelly slaughtering every living soul in celebration of the end of the world.

At times darkly amusing, Zombie Zone Zero is both an erotic love story and a gruesome horror tale, but mostly it is a story of redemption. Spanning the towns of Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers, Hazelton and Terrace, before ending in the rugged wilderness of Princess Royal Island, in BC's Great Bear Rainforest, home of the Kermode Spirit bear, Zombie Zone Zero finishes with a final showdown between good and evil that will leave you breathless.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Poll: Do you believe that Florida "zombie" attack was caused by bath salts?


This past week Rudy Eugene attacked a homeless man named Ronald Poppo and began eating his face. It took several shots from a police officer to "kill" him.

The "official" story is that Rudy Eugene was under the influence of drugs commonly called bath salts. We are expected to believe that these drugs gave him incredible strength and allowed him to withstand several gunshots. Do you believe this story or do you believe that this is the beginning of the zombie apocalypse?