Zombie Q&A: R.J. Spears

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With Serial Killer Z on the shelves and The Walking Dead returning to screens this evening, it’s time for another interview with a zombie author (an author of zombie books that is, not a zombie that’s also author). Today, I’m talking to R.J. Spears, author of the Forget the Zombies series. Hi, tell us about yourself… My writing name is R.J. Spears. Google “Randy Spears,” but do it in safe company or alone and you’ll see why I went with R.J. Spears. I wanted to avoid any confusion, if you know what I mean. My trip to horror is a winding one. I was blessed with being introduced to Stephen King with his debut novel, Carrie, and that captivated me. I read a lot of horror and sci-fi in my teens and twenties. Some of it good and some not so good. I’ve always wanted to write. After first wanting to be a paleontologist as a very small child, the next thing I wanted to be was a writer. (Then a baseball player, but I sucked at that.) In high school, I wrote short stories, but most of those were science fiction. Then I got diverted into film making and my fiction … Read More

Zombie Q&A: LC Champlin

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To celebrate the launch of Serial Killer Z, I’ve got a bit of a zombie theme going on for this month and I’ve lined up a series of interviews with a few zombie authors. Today, I’m talking to LC Champlin, author of the first book in the Wolves of the Apocalypse series, Behold Darkness. Hi, tell us about yourself… I started writing when I was old enough to hold a crayon. I’m just as excited about my stories now as back then, but I use multi-syllable words and a word processor now. I write fiction because the characters in my head have too much attitude to stay in my skull, I want to see the world through different eyes, and I need to live life through different souls. My stories are dark and snarky with plenty of action. But don’t think you’re in for a mental junk-food read. The characters force you to answer difficult questions as they negotiate the zompocalypse. Tell us about your book… On a trip to San Francisco, New York businessman Nathan Serebus and his attorney Albin Conrad match wits with the mastermind of a multi-target terrorist attack who unleashes a plague that turns people into mindless cannibals. … Read More

Zombie Q&A: Grivante

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To celebrate the launch of Serial Killer Z, I’ve got a bit of a zombie theme going on for this month and I’ve lined up a series of interviews with a few zombie authors. Today, I’m talking to Grivante, author of The Zee Brothers series. Hi Grivante, tell us about your zombie book… My series is The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators, two brothers trying to keep the zombie apocalypse at bay, one job at a time. Get book 1 at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013Z3K06W/ or the new boxed set including books 1 & 2 and a bonus story at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZVXY5X/ Why do you write about zombies? I’ve loved them since I was a kid and got hooked on the original Dawn of the Dead movie and the Deadworld series of comic books. What would be the most deadly non-human zombie? This could go one of two ways. Something big and powerful like a Zombear or minuscule like Zom-Ants or other tiny insect. We wouldn’t be able to stay away from them and would have to leave the planet in sterile spaceships to escape them. What’s your favourite zombie videogame? Resident Evil 4 and pretty much any COD Zombies game. Do you prefer fast … Read More

Zombie Q&A: Arthur Mongelli

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To celebrate the launch of Serial Killer Z, I’ve got a bit of a zombie theme going on for this month and I’ve lined up a series of interviews with a few zombie authors. First up is Arthur Mongelli, author of Harvest of Ruin.   Hi, please introduce yourself and your writing… Hi everyone! I’m Arthur Mongelli, author of Harvest of Ruin and the sequel, Harvest of Ruin: The Dead of Winter Tell us about your zombie series… Harvest follows a broad array of survivors as they navigate and struggle to stay alive. The bacterial infection that causes reanimation is as a result of industrial food production and strikes everywhere that receives shipments of frozen meat. The causes are of little consequence to the story, however, as the survivors find themselves in daily struggles to stay alive, keep their loved ones, and in Donner, their community alive. Why do you write about zombies? My obsession with the genre started at a young age. For me, the desire to write about them stemmed from my frustration with a lack of realism in the genre, as well as the story in my head. I also think there is a certain romance in … Read More

September in October

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Wow, it’s almost the middle of October and I haven’t posted an update. I’m going to blame the fact I was at a writing retreat in Colorado at the end of September. And my book release, yes, that too. The Colorado trip was excellent. Great company, some drinking, good food, good conversation and a big chunk of writing. And this guy: Apart from the writing retreat, it was a pretty light month – 12,412 words in total. Most of my time was spent revising the third zombie book. It’s now going through a second pass with my editor and should be wrapped up pretty quickly. Now I’m working on what was supposed to be a prequel novella for my next series. However, I’m already 17,000 words in which should be around the halfway point. It’s more like a quarter of the way through the story. I may have to rethink this plan. I’m really enjoying writing it though, it’s got the same sort of geeky humour I sprinkled throughout Unseen Planet which makes it a lot of fun to write (and hopefully read). My September reading was mostly dominated by one book – Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon and I still … Read More

Out Now – Serial Killer Z

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I’ve been looking forward to this day for months – the first book in my new series, Serial Killer Z, is finally available from Amazon. Serial Killer Z is my big project for 2017, and I’ve got the next two books ready to go. Book Two, Sanctuary, will be released in about a month’s time, and the preorder will go up soon. I’ve just wrapped up some edits on the third book and it’s lined up for an early December launch. For a limited time, Serial Killer Z, is just 99c Click here to get your copy or read or free through Kindle Unlimited. For some, the zombies are a good thing. The man who calls himself Marcus Black was a killer. He stalked the city, hunting those he deemed guilty and executing them for their imagined crimes. Now he’s just trying to survive in a zombie infested world. With the dead a constant threat, Marcus is forced to suppress his true self and fight against the shadow that lives inside him. Losing that fight will leave him exposed and could cost him his life. When he discovers an abandoned camp deep in the forest Marcus believes he’s finally found a home. A place … Read More

Out Now – Immersion Therapy

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I’m pleased to announce that my creepy horror story, Immersion Therapy, is now available on the Dead Oaks Podcast and they’ve done a phenomenal job. This is the first audio version of one of my stories, and I’m really impressed with how much care and attention when into producing it. Edward Whalen’s narration was excellent and the music (Creepy,” written and performed by Nicholas Critney and “Haunted,” courtesy of Purple-Planet) was perfect for this particular story. A HUGE thank you to Christopher Waltz and the rest of the Dead Oaks team for first accepting the story and then doing such a fantastic job on the audio. Draw the curtains, turn off the lights and give it a listen. Click here to listen My new series, Serial Killer Z, launches at the beginning of October but you can get a head start on Marcus Black’s story. I’m giving away a free prequel novella that tells the story of how the zombie apocalypse started, and Marcus’ part in it. It’s called Serial Killer Z : Infection, and all you need to do to get it is sign up for my newsletter here. As well as the prequel, you’ll get four other free books, plus a copy of … Read More

Massive Science Fiction Giveaway

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Against my better judgement, I tend to write in all sorts of genres. My upcoming series, Serial Killer Z, is horror, but I’ve also written a lot of science fiction including Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet – my homage to the old Flash Gordon serials. Unseen Planet is currently part of this amazing Signed Book Giveaway from Sci-Fi Bridge. Subscribe to Sci-Fi Bridge for a chance to win a package of signed paperbacks from an amazing collection of bestselling and emerging Sci-Fi authors! Everyone who enters will receive 6 FREE ebooks. 1 Winner will receive 25+ Signed Space Opera/Exploration/First Contact Books. 1 Winner will receive 25+ Signed Dystopian/Post Apolcayptic/Time-Travel Books 1 Winner will receive 15+ Signed Military Sci-fi/Space Marine Books 1 Winner will receive a Brand New Kindle Fire 7 2 Winners will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card Click Here to Sign Up [Massive Science Fiction Giveaway by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 14th September 2017]  

For some, the zombies are a good thing

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It’s been a long time coming but I’m finally ready to announce my new horror series – Serial Killer Z. I’ve always had a soft spot for zombies. Return of the Living Dead is one of my favorite movies, and The Walking Dead is one of the few TV shows on my “must see” list. But other than a couple of very short stories, I’d always shied away from writing about them. Zombies are extraordinarily popular, but it’s hard to bring something new to the genre without losing the elements that make zombies so much fun. Even when the idea of throwing a serial killer into the zombie apocalypse came to me (in the gym of all places), I resisted. But the idea just wouldn’t let go. Pretty quickly that basic premise had grown into a series of books and, eventually, I gave in. I’m glad I did. It turns out writing about a serial killer and zombies is a lot of fun. I’m four books into the series so far, and I’m really enjoying putting my serial killer through hell. Of course, writing a book is only the first step in the journey to publication. It’s been three and a … Read More