Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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. GarzaMichael 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 on Wix
- 5 Minutes with Michael Garza at Ginger Nuts of Horror
- Mika Reads Horror Reviews The Hand that Feeds
- An Excerpt from The Hand that Feeds
- Zombie Guide magazine has a short story by Michael W. Garza
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Zombie Author Alden BellAlden Bell is the author of two zombie novels:
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
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?
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
- A review of Exit Kingdom at Tor.com
- An impassioned article in support of Alden Bell
- A Conversation with Alden Bell by Mark Charan Newton (2010)
- Alden Bell's guest post at The Nocturnal Library
- Alden Bell audio interview, with a twist
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Zombie Author Adam BakerAdam Baker is the author of the zombie novels:
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
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?
"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 on Why the Public Loves Zombies
- The Zombie Rules video by Adam Baker
- Kirkus reviews Adam Baker's Juggernaut
- Interview with Adam Baker at Drying Ink
- Adam Baker discusses The Subconscious Attractions of the Zombie Narrative