What is it about the undead we love so much? Since George Romero wrote the rules for zombification, we have had a love affair with the shamblers, the running mad men, and the decaying dudes.
Romero always indicated that his movies were about far more than a bunch of zombies and indeed, he explored racial situations, crowd behavior, and social tension. Infamously the message "they are us. We are them" has been the underlying theme. We wonder what it is like to lose the familial connections, our sense of morality, and sense of self. That scares us. We don't want to be "like that" and yet, as much as we fear it and fear it happening to those we love, we are also drawn to it.
I think we love to watch zombies because they are the ultimate in adversaries. They look like us, but they are the enemy. Zombies can't think, and yet, they are a worthy opponent. They have weight, they have no fear, they feel no pain, and they feel no remorse or sympathy. They are us, but without the human parts. They are the antithesis of what people are and yet...they look like us, with a little rot and ruin for fun.
Try R J Spears and begin the saga...or read Sam Gregory's version of a zombie filled world. Dan Williams chills with 4 novels featuring Mace, a man determined to save everyone he loves and to serve a little justice.
The Freaks come out at night!
Smooth...a watery world filled with flesh eaters...and a "must have" zombie book for children and adults both. ABCs of Zombie Friendship.
I have taken a side about small presses (and Indie writers) vs. the Big 5, and my side is clear right? But the reasons may not be. I keep saying this and people don't get it unless they have been there. Okay. Hilary RC was paid millions in advance for her book of memoirs. The book tanked. If the Big 5 signed me,I would get nothing or a tiny advance and tank as well...because I am a nobody. Unless a celeb reads me and it goes viral, I am forgotten. (If the above happens, I may be laughed at even if I make a fortune. Go figure) Why? Guess what? All BIG book deals do not equal a good read.
I like some. I read S. King and a few others, but more and more, I read small press and Indie books. Why? quality. Heart. Because they are good stories that entertain me. I make enough with a small press and as an Indie to write full time. I could not eat, let alone survive long if I waited for a Big 5 to take me. Meanwhile, I entertain, disturb, and affect people.
Below is my review of a reader with JEA Press. Her name is Amanda Lyons.
Give her a try, or try one of the many other authors we believe in. See if you think that small press authors rock. I think you'll agree. I feel one day, we will all be reading Amanda's books and yelling for more. Take that big companies!
Maybe one of these will entertain you, Reader-Friend? Many readers have found these to be great entertainment.
Oh? A novella is more your taste for .99? One of these might give you a quick read, and they are not what you might expect. Yes they are chilling, well written, and fresh. Why are they unexpected? Because they are not Big 5 authors. They are...dare I say...even better?
Wendy Won't Go is available alone and with Mark Woods' bonus stories. Amanda Lyons is an unusual writer. I don't mean she looks funny (because she is very lovely), and I don't mean she does strange things. I mean she has a fresh way of writing. Her prose are strong but they are flowing and beautiful and she has a way of making the reader feel safe and as if the story is going one way. Then, Amanda pulls the rug and the story hits home. HARD. Sometimes I feel she needs a warning for her writing. She makes readers uncomfortable. She is real. She scares people because she sneaks up from behind.
Read her novella. Her novel is coming soon.
I don't care for vampire novels. I say that a lot. However, let me make three points. I collaborated on Feral Hearts with Amanda, and several others to include Edward Cardillo. It is a vampire tale with BITE. Second, I like William Bove's story, Once Upon A Grave. (Reason? Because it is very different and the detail is stunning). Third, Amanda's new novel, Eyes Like Blue Fire reminds me of Interview With A Vampire, but it cuts to the quick faster, it's got more back story and heart, and it is very...unusual. There is that word again. Sorry. There is no way to explain. She will hook you, and never let you go. That is what I like.
Two authors and a collaboration resurrected vampires for me. Think on that. A Big 5 made me forsake the sub-genre and swear off the undead biters forever because I feared sparkles. Three books brought me back. Yeah, that's fair.
Meanwhile, I am reading Amanda....
won't return for a while.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the new season. We all want to know how the characters will get out of the latest situation, what the new place is all about, and how will the others favorites catch up to their friends. So much fun! Until then, how about a good zombie book to read?
Beside the still water...the zombies roam.
A slightly different take on the zombie genre,Smooth asks if the world be better if we were all neutral and complacent (without violence, greed, hatred, and yes, love and compassion) in our personalities? The town of Cold Springs is about to receive the gift of full serenity and some people intend to fight it (as well as the zombies) all the way to the end!
So you think you know how the world ends? Think again! With Piercing Undead, T.L.Decay offers an alternative look at a very different apocalypse scenario. Tom and Melisa return from a week long camping trip to discover a world very different from the one they left behind. Narrowly escaping the claws of the undead, they find themselves at a local Race track where they meet fellow survivors. And it is here that they begin to realize that, in order to stay one step ahead of the piercing claws of death, they need to band together in order to survive..
Ed Cardillo's Editorial debut...with a bite!
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