Why I started this blog
A little rambling historyI'm not a straight-up horror fan. Horror fiction scares me. I'm more of an apocalyptic fiction fan. Or I used to be. Now I'm a zombie fan. Not zombie movies. I love the written word more than moving images. Books. I love books.
Zombie books. I love zombie books. I love zombie authors.
How, then, did this come to be?
I've always loved post-apocalyptic fiction.
Well, always since I was 19 years old. That was a long time ago. We don't know each other quite well enough for me to say exactly how long, but trust me, it was a while.
You know how all the zombie fans can pinpoint exactly when they first experienced one of George Romero's films? Well, I can pinpoint exactly when and where I read The Stand for the first time.
I was 19 and living in a second -floor walkup just off the Green T-line in Boston. It was early June.
Incidentally, I can pinpoint Night of the Living Dead, too. I was eight. It scared the bejeezus out of me.
I didn't like it. Then. To be precisely accurate, I don't really like it now. Movies and TV can scare me spitless.
Books are less intimidating. I can READ almost any gruesome zombie scene-- but I can't WATCH very many of them. That includes those in the ever-so-popular AMC television show that put zombies on the mainstream map.
While we're digressing, let me go on record as a fan of The Walking Dead graphic novel, which I had the good fortune to discover as a result of the television series. In my world, the series has served its purpose- it led me to the real thing. I watch. I like it. But I don't love it. What do I love?
I love the end of the world. Especially when it comes in the form of a disease. MOST especially if that disease takes shape as a lethal, shambling, flesh-eating corpse.
Why? Let's return to that summer when I was 19.
After that summer, I came to love apocalyptic fiction. I read almost everything I could get my hands on. In 1984, it wasn't always easy to find. No Internet. I would go a long time between books. It took several years of patient reading to explore the standard works.
(Yep, I gave you a good hint, there. If you care to do the math, you'll figure out just how old I am.)
Every time I found one, I read it. For quite a while I thought I was the only one with this penchant for post-apocalyptic visions. Enter the computer and the unwieldy but still exciting world of inter-library loans. Those opened up a bunch of new worlds.
So it was that, by 1999, I realized I had a particular fondness for the disease brand of apocalypse. The only problem with that was that it left the only real enemies to be other human beings. With a disease, the fight was over already.
By 2003, I was getting a little bored.
Enter zombies. Disease. Apocalypse. Survival. Actual enemies. Perfect.
25 years after I discovered The Stand, and 36 years after my first experience with zombies, I finally found my way into the perfect storm. And now, there was the Internet to help me.
In 2009, I used the advances in technology to glean nearly every out-of-print zombie book available in my state's public libraries. I read them so fast, I don't actually remember too many of them. But it didn't matter.
I'd found my place.
Thus it was, that over the past few years, I came to particularly appreciate the zombie genre. While I enjoy The Walking Dead in video form, I like the graphic novel better. In fact, I like ALL books better than moving images.
And that, my friends, is how this blog began-- at least in part. There's a big long story about how it became an actual blog, but that is for another time.
Perhaps I'll tell you after three more months. I hope you'll still be right here.
Zombie-Authors has been up for just over two months now.
You've all helped me publish:
17 Zombie Author profilesThank you all for your help and contributions. I enjoy corresponding with you.
18 Zombie Author flashes
and approximately 15 posts about the world of zombie fiction.
It seems, at least a few people read the blog:
January had 62 pageviewsSo it looks to me like I might be on the right track. There's a poll over there to the right. Let me know what you think.
February had 526 pageviews
The first half of March has had 757 pageviews already
My vision for this blog has refined a little bit.
Since the start of the Zombie Authors blog, I have: