Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Zombie Author Michael W. Garza

Zombie Author Mike Garza



Mike Garza is the author of the zombie novel:


The Hand That Feeds




Michael W. Garza on the Web
Website: Michael W. Garza
Social Media: Michael W.  Garza on Twitter
Author Page: Michael W. Garza on GoodReads



About Michael W. Garza

Michael W. Garza works in the aerospace industry. He and his wife have three children.
"I spend a majority of my time being a father to three children and a husband trying not to watch too much sports. My work week revolves around my job in the aerospace industry and my weekends around my kids."
With an active family life, Garza finds quiet time to write when others are sleeping:
"I fit my reading and writing in where I can get it. I've spent many late night quiet times typing away after the rest of the house is asleep. I've found it's during those dark and quiet times that I write my most terrifying material."

What Makes Michael W. Garza Unique?


Garza began writing zombie novels because he wanted to add some new ideas to the genre
"I started a zombie book and I found it predictable. I did some research and discovered a little originality in the field. I started The Hand That Feeds with the idea that I wanted to make it unique. I wanted to make the plot and the characters matter."
Garza enjoys reading science fiction and biographies more than horror novels. His love of horror comes from films. He says: "I've always thought that my lack of attachment to written horror has been the reason for my writing style which produces out of the ordinary stories."

Michael W. Garza: Five Descriptive Links




MICHAEL W. GARZA
 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Zombie Author Alden Bell

Zombie Author Alden Bell

Alden Bell is the author of two zombie novels:

The Reapers Are the Angels

Exit Kingdom
Alden Bell is a pseudonym for author Joshua Gaylord

Alden Bell on the Web
Website: Joshua Gaylord AKA Alden Bell
Author Page: Alden Bell at Amazon

About Alden Bell

Alden Bell lives in New York, where he teaches English at a prep school on the Upper East Side.  He has taught at this modern orthodox co-ed Yeshiva since 2000.

Mr. Bell grew up in California and graduated from Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. from NYU. As an adjunct professor at the New School and NYU, Bell has also taught literature and cultural studies.

Bell's alternate author name is Joshua Gaylord. As Gaylord, he writes about prep school girls who live and play in Manhattan.  In stark contrast, The Reapers are the Angels reverses many of our assumptions about teenage girls. Temple is the book's protagonist fighting to survive in a destroyed world:

"God is a slick god. Temple knows. She knows because of all the crackerjack miracles still to be seen on this ruined globe.

Like those fish all disco-lit in the shallows. That was something, a marvel with no compare that she's been witness to. It was deep night when she saw it, but the moon was so bright it cast hard shadows everywhere on the island. So bright it was almost brighter than daytime because she could see things clearer, as if the sun were criminal to the truth, as if her eyes were eyes of night. She left the lighthouse and went down to the beach to look at the moon."
 Bell came up with the character of Temple, first, then wrote the opening lines:
I knew I wanted that line to reflect the personality of the protagonist I had in mind (a tough, deeply faithful girl wandering the desolation of the zombie apocalypse).  I wondered what such a girl, whose name I had decided would be Temple, would think about God.  And then I realized, well, she would be pretty impressed by him--a nodding approval like you might give to a magician who pulls off a pretty neat trick before your eyes.  And there was my first line: "God is a slick god."

What Makes Alden Bell Unique?

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Alden Bell can articulate a unique feature of zombies in literature. He considers them more a part of the setting than as specific adversaries. He explains:
One of the things I like most about them is their facelessness.  It’s very difficult to give zombies personality (though some have tried—unsuccessfully, to my way of thinking).  Unlike vampires or werewolves or other monsters, zombies are only really effective in quantity.  You have a horde of zombies or you have nothing.  That leaves all the personality to the other characters.  
 The question in a zombie story is never “What will the zombie be like?”  The question is always, “How will the character respond to the zombies?”  I guess for me, liking zombie stories is the same as liking postapocalyptic fiction.  Zombies aren’t so much characters are they are settings.  And who wouldn’t want to put on a play in front of a lumbering, oozing, carnivorous backdrop as that?"
It may be this focus on character that enables Bell to move smoothly between two very different genres.

Alden Bell: Five Descriptive Links



Alden Bell


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Zombie Author Adam Baker

Zombie Author Adam Baker 

Adam Baker is the author of the zombie novels:
Outpost

Terminus

Juggernaut

Impact (available in US- Spring, 2014)

Adam Baker on the Web
Blog: Dark Outpost
Author Page: Adam Baker's Facebook Author Page
Social Media: Adam Baker on Twitter

About Adam Baker

Adam Baker is an author and screenwriter from the UK.  Baker grew up as the son of a  priest in Gloucestershire.  He attended the King's School of Gloucester. Baker has lived in New York, London, and Atlantic City. 

Mr. Baker has some insightful views about the attractiveness of zombie fiction. He has articulated these in blog entries, interviews, and video appearances.
"We all wonder how we will react when the end comes. We might not directly address this anxiety by reading memoirs written by people battling terminal illness. But fantasy fiction, particularly horror fiction with its trademark preoccupation with physical decay, acts as a collective subconscious. Worries suppressed in our waking hours emerge in our dreams.
Zombie stories confront us with mortality, but also offer a route to transcendence."
In his zombie novels, Baker extends this idea. He also uses the theme of self-sacrifice for the good of the group. 

In his  published reflections, Baker also considers the anxieties present in everyday life. He's able to weave those together with some of the themes and recurrent plot points in contemporary zombie fiction. This intelligent discourse combines with insight, but never slows down the action of his novels.

What Makes Adam Baker Unique?

Adam Baker worked as a gravedigger when he was a young man.
"My dad was the vicar of a small country parish in the Cotswolds. Most of these ancient graveyards are no longer used for burials. However a gravedigger is still required because these churchyards are, quite frankly, awash with human remains.
So whenever work is done in an ancient churchyard, whenever anyone digs a drainage trench or uproots a tree, they inevitably unearth a mass of skeletal remains. These have to be reburied with appropriate ceremony.
That was my pocket-money job as a kid"
It makes sense, then, that as an author he might choose to focus on the undead. Read more about Baker's grave digging experiences in this interview.


Adam Baker: Five Descriptive Links


Adam Baker