About two years ago I wrote a short essay called “Zombies and Their Haunts” for Tor.com. After reading extensively in the zombie genre, and watching nearly every movie I could find, I kept coming back to the idea that there was a real connection between the zombies wandering the ruins of an apocalyptic America and the ruins themselves. The abandoned buildings in the background seemed intimately connected to the zombie hordes doing most of the action. In fact, the connection, to me at least, seemed far more intimate than in any other sub-genre. “Zombies and Their Haunts” was my attempt to flesh out that theory. The editors at Tor.com liked it enough to publish it, and you can see a version of the essay here.
It was a fun little piece, but one that I didn’t really see a future for outside of the original post at Tor.com. Then came a query from Armand Rosamilia of Rymfire Books. Armand told me he was putting together a book of zombie-related essays geared toward the aspiring zombie writer, and when he asked me if I had anything I’d like to send him for the book I immediately thought of “Zombies and Their Haunts.”
Well, I’m happy to say that Armand picked up the essay, and 43 others from authors such as David Moody, Craig DiLouie, Jason Hornsby, Eric S. Brown, Tony Monchinski, David Dunwoody, W.D. Gagliani, and Tim Waggoner. The book, Zombie Writing, just came out today. It’s available in both a print edition and as an ebook. And as a special bonus, the ebook is free until Saturday.
Here’s a look at the table of contents:
Neil Kloster – I’ll Have a Zombie With a Twist
Mark Clodi – On Zombies
Richard Lee Beyers – Anywhere Left to Stumble, Anything left to Groan?
Joe McKinney – Zombies and Their Haunts
Jason S. Hornsby – Death of the Undead
Rie Sheridan Rose – The Lighter Side of Zombies
Christian Jensen – Am I Fucked Up Because I Love Zombies?
Mainak Dhar – Breathing new Life Into the Undead
JD Gillam – Zombie Writing
Mark Justice – Flesh Eaters and beer Drinkers
Michael D. Griffiths – The Modern Menace
Dane Hatchell – Why Zombies?
T.S. Charles – Creating Dead: Bringing Realism to Flesh Eaters
David Moody – De-Individualization
Todd Brown – The State of the Zombie Genre
Craig DiLouie – Writing the Zombie Novel: Lessons On Craft
Lee Pletzers – Why I Write About Zombies
Andy Taylor – The Zombie Inside Me
Kevin Coryell – My Zombie Holiday
Brent Abell – Zombies on the Brain
Sharon M. White – So, You Want to Write About Zombies?
Kelly M. Hudson – The Primal Nerve
Chantal Boudreau – Zomedy: Dark Humour of the Undead Kind
Carole Gill – Zombies: Way to Go!
Marissa Farrar – Keeping Science in Science Fiction
Tim Waggoner – I Dream of Zombies
W.D. Gagliani – The Zombie State
David Lee Summers – Expect the Unexpected
Lou Antonelli – The Z Word
Shawn M. Riddle – Writing in the Zombie Genre
Keith Gouveia – Current Flavor of the Genre: Rotten
Ian DG Sandusky – Lurching Back to Life
Tony Monchinski – The Undead and Me
David Dunwoody – New Flesh
DA Chaney – Why I Write About Zombies
Adam Millard – Gore and More: Writing Zombies
Thomas Scopel – Zombies…The Monsters That Ate a Genre!
Jeremiah Coe – Just as Dead as the Reanimated Corpses We Write About
Jasper Bark – Over-Drawn of the Dead
Ray Wallace – Zombie Apocalypse: The Obvious Choice
Eric S. Brown – Zombies
Blaze McRob – Writers Delving Into Zombies
Kate Madison – Forget Pretty Vampires, Dirty Zombies Rock!
Armand Rosamilia – Why I Write About Zombies
There’s some good stuff in here. Hope you enjoy!