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Guest Blog by Michael Logan - On the Feasibility of Zombie Cows - April 26, 2013


Please welcome Michael Logan to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Apocalypse Cow, Michael's Debut, will be published on May 21, 2013.




Guest Blog by Michael Logan - On the Feasibility of Zombie Cows - April 26, 2013




On the Feasibility of Zombie Cows

Apocalypse Cow, as the title suggests, contains zombie cows. It contains Zombie sheep. Hell, it even has a few zombie squirrels chucked in. Pretty ridiculous, right? Well, yes. But is this any more ridiculous than the concept of a zombie human, which people seem to have no problem swallowing?

Apocalypse Cow is not intended to be particularly serious, as the title and cover may have suggested. However, a few people have assumed that the whole comedy aspect of the book is based on the assumption that sex-crazed zombie animals are intrinsically funny. They aren’t, or at least not beyond a brief initial titter. It’s certainly not enough to sustain a whole book, so I played this aspect pretty straight. The humour in Apocalypse Cow comes from the human reactions to the crisis, both in terms of social interaction and government response.

I do find it noteworthy that some people think my maniacal cows are a dafter idea than zombie humans. I would actually argue that the zombies (more correctly just ‘infected’) in my book are less far-fetched than your typical human undead shuffler.

Let’s take a look at the traditional zombie, which has permeated modern culture to such an extent that people are holding serious debates over whether there could really be a zombie apocalypse in the works:

  • They come back from the dead, where they have often spent decades rotting, so their entire system of movement is compromised, if not entirely broken down. Yet they still manage to shuffle about in search of tasty brains (is there something about becoming a zombie that enhances one's taste for French gastronomy?);
  • They have no apparent fuel source to sustain them, as their digestive systems aren’t working, making it unclear where all that ingested meat actually goes;
  • Their wounds don’t heal, what with them being dead and all;
  • They still have rudimentary brain function, despite all the decomposition, and follow basic instincts or retain vague memories from their previous lives (see the mall scenes in Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, with zombies aping the shopping experience along to ditty Muzak);
  • They can only be killed by destroying the brain, which means that all the other organs that support human life and create movement are defunct. In fact, they can often comprise nothing more than a head, a chunk of torso and maybe an arm or two and continue to crawl around trying to bite people’s ankles like the Black Knight in Monty Python’s The Holy Grail;
  • They will continue to attack a victim until it he or she is ripped to shreds, which may make for some titillating scene of intestines being slurped down like spaghetti, but does not serve the purpose of passing on the virus that infects them.

So, they are driven by a mysterious, never explained, virus that somehow takes a system with the component parts vital to its function utterly decimated, and makes it move and act in systematic way without any apparent source of energy. Sound feasible to you?

Now, take the infected in my book:

  • The dead stay dead, although in all fairness most cow corpses tend to be slathered in ketchup rather than buried in a quiet little graveyard;
  • They continue to eat, shit, breathe as usual, and their bodies are not compromised beyond the sniffles and a few sores;
  • They can be killed in normal ways, although it may take a little longer for them to realize they are dead;
  • Their behavior is driven by a virus with the sole goal of propagating itself, therefore forcing the host to behave in a way that encourages this;
  • They only attack long enough to ensure the virus has been passed on, thus ensuring the survival of the victim as a new host.

In summary, they are normally functioning biological organisms – just with a new agenda driven by the virus. Now, I’m not saying my book is entirely scientifically accurate. However, the basic idea of an organism taking full or partial control of a living host in the interests of survival of the species is based in nature and science. The flu virus, for example, prompts sneezing and coughing as its host tries to expel it. If it didn’t do that, it wouldn’t spread. Animals get colds and flus too. Nature even gives us a perfect example of ‘zombie ants’, which are taken over by a fungus that directs them to die in a cool, moist place where the fungus can flourish. There is no biological reason why such a ‘zombie’ virus could not infect animals rather than humans. We've just never really considered it before.

An idea only seems far-fetched until we’ve had time to get used to it. Let me start my final point with a tangentially related example. Recently, I was editing a huge report written by a non-native English speaker, in which a made-up word featured at least 70 times. At first, I replaced every instance, shaking my head in irritation. Halfway through, I found the word slipping through the editing net, because it started to make sense through repetition. My brain was beginning to amalgamate this ridiculous word into my vocabulary after just a few short hours.

The same thing applies when we are exposed to a concept in popular culture. Give us films, TV shows and books about zombies or vampires or ghosts for long enough, and we begin to accept these ideas as a possibility, no matter how unfounded they are in reality. Human zombies have been around for long enough to become so accepted that their future existence is being taken for granted by some. Witness the articles last year talking about the feasibility of zombies and the CDC having to issue a statement saying the zombie apocalypse is not upon us after a spate of weird incidences of cannibalism.

So, there you have it. In twenty years’ time, after a hundred zombie animal books and films, I fully expect everybody to accept the premise without batting an eyelid. And, of course, I expect to receive the Nobel Prize for outstanding services to zombie animal science, a field that is currently sadly overlooked.





About Apocalypse Cow

Apocalypse Cow
St. Martin's Griffin, May 21, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
(US Debut)

Guest Blog by Michael Logan - On the Feasibility of Zombie Cows - April 26, 2013

If you think you've seen it all -- WORLD WAR Z, THE WALKING DEAD-- you haven't seen anything like this. From the twisted brain of Michael Logan comes Apocalypse Cow, a story about three unlikely heroes who must save Britain . . . from a rampaging horde of ZOMBIE COWS!

Forget the cud. They want blood.

It began with a cow that just wouldn't die. It would become an epidemic that transformed Britain's livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies.

And if that wasn't bad enough, the fate of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of three unlikely heroes: an abattoir worker whose love life is non-existent thanks to the stench of death that clings to him, a teenage vegan with eczema and a weird crush on his maths teacher, and an inept journalist who wouldn't recognize a scoop if she tripped over one.

As the nation descends into chaos, can they pool their resources, unlock a cure, and save the world?

Three losers.
Overwhelming odds.
One outcome . . .

Yup, we're screwed.





About Michael

Guest Blog by Michael Logan - On the Feasibility of Zombie Cows - April 26, 2013
Michael Logan is a Scottish journalist, whose career has taken him across the globe. He left Scotland in 2003 at the age of 32, has lived in Bosnia, Hungary, Switzerland and Kenya, and reported from many other countries. His experience of riots, refugee camps and other turbulent situations helps fuel his writing.

Apocalypse Cow is his first novel. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals and newspapers such as Chapman and The Telegraph, and his piece We Will Go On Ahead and Wait for You won Fish Publishing’s 2008 international One-Page Fiction Prize.

He currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya and is married with a young daughter and son.

Website  ~   Blog  ~  Twitter @MichaelLogan





Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012

This is Part 2 of the short guide to cookbooks for the genre lover in your life (including you). All of these cookbooks are currently available from a variety of sources. Please note that I did not include self-published cookbooks because there are just so many of them. Happy Shopping!

You may find Part 1 here.


A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!
25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes
CICO Books, August 1,  2012
Hardcover, 64 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
Lily Vanilli shows how you can take inspiration from the macabre and grotesque to create some really evil-looking cakes that taste divine. Using natural ingredients and edible decorating materials, such as edible lustre dusts, gum paste and glazes, Lily shows you how to turn basic cupcakes into amazingly realistic - and delicious - sculptures, from Eerie Eyeballs to Ghastly Ghouls. For really gory desserts, why not make Dracula's Bite red velvet cupcakes, or some Bleeding Hearts, which are moulded with deep red fondant into human hearts and covered with a cherry 'blood' sauce? You can also go for heavenly Fallen Angel Cakes, made with a divine honey-flavoured icing, or indulgent, truly dark chocolate Devil's Food Cupcakes, with ganache icing and chocolate devil's horns. With 25 brilliant recipes and tips and tricks throughout, this is the perfect introduction into the world of alternative cake decoration.


You may also find A Zombie Ate My Cupcake! with one of these older covers:

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012


And there is a kit:

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!
25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes
CICO Books, July 2011
Hardcover, 64 pages
2 Cookie Cutters and Sculpting Tools

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
After being banished for so long to the land of the pretty and identical, the domestic and the twee, cupcakes are biting back–like the killer cupcakes you can make with this fantastic cupcake-decorating kit. Including a book of 25 recipes, a coffin cookie cutter, a cross cookie cutter, and two sculpting tools, the kit provides an introduction to making cakes that look weird, ugly, and even grotesque–but that always taste divine! Lily Vanilli shows you how to work with natural ingredients and cake-decorating tools to create amazing edible decorations, such as a cupcake graveyard with gingerbread tombstones. Why not give guests a shock with the revoltingly realistic Marzipan Beetles, or add a crunch to your desserts with the Morbid Meringue Bones, dipped in raspberry blood sauce?





Ghoulish Goodies
Monster Eyeballs, Fudge Fingers, Spidery Cupcakes, and Other Frightful Treats
Storey Publishing, July 15, 2009
Paperback, 160 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
Scare up some frightful fun! Add a ghoulish thrill to Halloween parties, kids’ birthdays, and horror-movie nights with more than 70 recipes for terrifying treats, wicked brews, and scary savories. The irresistible ickiness of Monster Eyeballs, Swamp Creature Toes, Ghost Lollipops, Wormy Cupcakes, Choco-Bats, Bandaged Fingers, and many more deliciously ghoulish goodies will delight partygoers of all ages.





Zombie Cupcakes
From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses
Andrews McMeel, March 1, 2011
Paperback, 80 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
Conjuring up her inner George A. Romero, professional cake designer Zilly Rosen focuses her creative attention on crafting a legion of edible undead inside Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses. With a nod to Romero's zombie franchise, Rosen offers instructions for crafting 16 terrifying treats, including:
  • Toxic Bite
  • Zombie Rising
  • Keep an Eye Out
  • Destroy the Brain
and more!

Readers can raise their own macabre multitude of Zombie Cupcakes creations from the undead with an average creation time of less than one hour. Each Zombie Cupcakes design includes a full-color photograph of the zombie creation at hand, as well as an illustrated instructional overview and a convenient sidebar list of every item you will need to complete the cupcake.






Last but not least the Unofficial cookbooks:


The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook
Adams Media, April 18, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
An Epic Culinary Journey to the Heart of Westeros!

Eat like a Lannister. Brew spirits to warm you in the coming winter. Treat guests to exotic sweets and alchemy-inspired cocktails. With this collection of hearty meals inspired by George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, it's all possible! Every dish finds its roots in the pages that brought Westeros to life, including:
  • Arbor Red Wine--the finest spirit in the Seven Kingdoms
  • The House of Stark's Venison, Apple, Cheddar Plaits--savory meat pies, fit for any Warden of the North
  • The Imp's Wild Strawberry Fool--a dessert light enough to make Tyrion smile
  • Wilding Grilled Pork Chops with Stir-Grilled Apples--the meal of choice at Craster's Keep
  • Tears of Lys--the concoction of choice for bartenders and assassins alike
Feast your imagination on entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks that will make your fantasies a reality!





The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
Adams Media, September 18, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
Bangers and mash with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hogwarts dining hall.

A proper cuppa tea and rock cakes in Hagrid's hut.
Cauldron cakes and pumpkin juice on the Hogwarts Express.

With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie! With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories, such as:
  • Treacle Tart--Harry's favorite dessert
  • Molly's Meat Pies--Mrs. Weasley's classic dish
  • Kreacher's French Onion Soup
  • Pumpkin Pasties--a staple on the Hogwarts Express cart
With a dash of magic and a drop of creativity, you'll conjure up the entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks you need to transform ordinary Muggle meals into magical culinary masterpieces, sure make even Mrs. Weasley proud!





(Am I the only person who finds a Hunger Games cookbook a bit ironic? )

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook
Adams Media, December 1, 2011
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
"Here's some advice. Stay alive."--Haymitch Abernathy

When it comes to The Hunger Games, staying alive means finding food any way possible. Katniss and Gale hunt live game, Peeta's family survives on the bread they make, and the inhabitants of the Seam work twelve-hour days for a few handfuls of grain--all while the residents of the Capitol gorge themselves on delicacies and desserts to the heart's desire.

For the first time, you will be able to create delicious recipes from the humble District 12 to the extravagant Capital, including:
  • French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery
  • Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums
  • Rue's Roasted Parsnips
  • Gale's Bone-Pickin' Big Game Soup
  • Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake
If you're starving for more from Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, this cookbook is sure to whet your appetite!





The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, November 1, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages

Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012
Bring the Majesty of Narnia to Your Table!

Have you ever wished you could travel through the wardrobe with Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, simply to taste some of the wondrous food they eat? Ever tried tucking a piece of toffee in the ground, hoping a toffee tree would grow so you could eat sweets for breakfast?

Now you can recreate the delicious meals from Narnia in the comfort of your own home without worrying about the White Witch or epic battles. Menus include more than 150 easy-to-make recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and of course dessert.

Relive the magical and glorious world of Narnia as you cook your way through foods so good you'll think Aslan delivered them himself.
  • Breakfast with Trumpkin the Dwarf — Fire roasted pavenders
  • Tea with Tumnus the Faun-soft — Boiled eggs and sugar-dusted tea cake
  • Snack with the White Witch — Turkish Delight
  • Dinner with the Beavers — Fried trout and homemade sandwich bread
  • Dessert from Father Christmas — Plum pudding and Christmas biscuits

"Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably."—C.S. Lewis




The Sundance Channel - Love Lust: The Undead

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 10:00 PM ET/PT, the Sundance Channel will be airing an episode of its original series "Love Lust" that I'm particularly interested in watching, both because it's about the UNDEAD and because I'm interested in hearing the theories that will be discussed.


THE UNDEAD
Tuesday, June 28th at 10pm
The Undead have risen, and they’ve taken over popular culture. Far from being a recent phenomenon, vampires and zombies have haunted us for centuries, evolving to fit the challenges of each culture and era. Simultaneously bewitching, repelling, seductive, and terrifying, these blood-suckers and brain-eaters embody both society’s greatest fears and its secret, carnal desires. LOVE LUST: THE UNDEAD looks at how every generation defines itself with monsters, from Dracula to “Twilight” and from Vlad the Impaler to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” From the Press Release (full release below)


Here's a clip:




You can see more about Love Lust at the Sundance Channel by clicking here. Upcoming episodes include "Secret Societies" on July 5 and "The Paranormal"on July 12th. Love Lust is rated TV-14. Love Lust episodes air at multiple times so if you miss the show check the schedule at for additional broadcast times.


PRESS RELEASE


MORE REASONS TO “LOVE LUST”
SUNDANCE CHANNEL’S SERIES CHRONICLING THE HISTORY OF POP CULTURE PHENOMENA: SIX NEW EPISODES BEGINNING JUNE 7TH AT 10 PM

Six New Episodes Range from ‘Street Eats’ to “Sex Symbols” to "The Undead”

New York –May 10, 2011 – From the foods we love to eat to the mythical creatures that love to eat us, Sundance Channel’s “Love Lust” will take on our guiltiest pleasures this summer, including the undead (vampires, zombies, etc.), social networks, sex symbols and secret societies. Airing Tuesdays nights, beginning June 7th at 10 pm ET/PT, each hour-long episode of “Love Lust” provides a definitive and entertaining account of how life’s cultural innovations progress from novelty to ubiquity.

The series kicks off the first of six new episodes on June 7th at 10pm et/pt with ‘Street Eats,’ a delicious account of the world’s oldest and most beloved way to dine: on the street. Our experts chew on the savory history of the food trucks and sophisticated finger foods that have helped build communities and bring people together of every ethnicity and viewers will meet the surprising people that helped cook up the our cultural melting pot and the modern day pioneers that are elevating street food from grunge to gourmet.

The first installment of “Love Lust” debuted on Sundance Channel in February 2011, kicking off fashion week with stories of iconic sartorial staples like the ‘Bikini,’ and ‘The Little Black Dress.’ Four hour-long episodes unraveled the origin, and stitched together the evolution of various fashion must-haves.

The schedule for LOVE LUST is as follows:

“STREET EATS”
Tuesday, June 7th at 10pm
Whether it’s an early morning fix, lunch on the go, or a drunken midnight meal, street food is the world’s oldest and most beloved way to dine out. From sophisticated finger food to down and dirty pig-outs, street food is a global phenomenon that builds communities and brings people together. Now, street food has become an American obsession. All over the country, a new generation of gastronomic food trucks is bringing bold, inventive flavors to the people. LOVE LUST: STREET EATS explores this phenomenon’s delicious history and looks at where it’s headed.

“SEX SYMBOLS”
Tuesday, June 14th at 10pm
They’re the people we fantasize about, the faces that stir up passion and the bodies that define hot. They’re sex symbols – those icons of sensuality that captivate, titillate, and allow us to project our most intimate desires. From the curvaceous Marilyn Monroe to the androgynous idols of the 1970s, what makes a sex symbol is more than pure beauty. It’s the ability to tap into and represent the social and cultural politics of the time. LOVE LUST: SEX SYMBOLS delves into how these unforgettable objects of desire personify generations, reflect popular tastes, and drive social change.

“THE SOCIAL NETWORK”
Tuesday, June 21st at 10pm
Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and Friendster … Social networks are the technological way we come together now, but they’ve been part of our lives since cavemen first gathered around a campfire. LOVE LUST: THE SOCIAL NETWORK explores not just the modern day roots of social networking, but also the surprising connections to social networking in the past, like the fashionable 17th century salons of Paris where every bon mot could be either a compliment or a dagger in the heart. As technology makes connecting with more and more friends easier, faster, and cheaper, the raw human element of touching another person’s life may be sacrificed in the process. Is it better to have lots of friends at your fingertips or to run around outside with just a few? Sundance Channel’s plugged-in experts break down the sites we love and take a fun look at our love affair with the social network.

“THE UNDEAD”
Tuesday, June 28th at 10pm
The Undead have risen, and they’ve taken over popular culture. Far from being a recent phenomenon, vampires and zombies have haunted us for centuries, evolving to fit the challenges of each culture and era. Simultaneously bewitching, repelling, seductive, and terrifying, these blood-suckers and brain-eaters embody both society’s greatest fears and its secret, carnal desires. LOVE LUST: THE UNDEAD looks at how every generation defines itself with monsters, from Dracula to “Twilight” and from Vlad the Impaler to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

“SECRET SOCIETIES”
Tuesday, July 5th at 10pm
It takes more than a secret handshake to crack the world’s most secret societies. Shrouded in mystery and cloaked by riddles, these hidden groups fascinate us, making our imaginations run wild with conspiracy theories both far-fetched and tantalizingly real. From their cryptic origins to their secluded initiation ceremonies, our thirst for information about secret societies is a witch hunt to last the ages. And just why are they so secretive anyway ... is their goal a fun diversion or total world domination? Whether it's "The Da Vinci Code", "The Godfather", or an episode of “The Simpsons,” the media has stoked the fires so much that now it's hard to tell fact from fiction. LOVE LUST: SECRET SOCIETIES separates truth from rumor and give viewers an insider's look at the most captivating mysteries of past and present.

“THE PARANORMAL”
Tuesday, July 12th at 10pm
From sightings of UFOs to mysterious ghostly apparitions and unexplained psychic phenomena, all over the world, regardless of the country, culture, or era, the paranormal has always had some degree of prominence in the public psyche. Sundance Channel's LOVE LUST: THE PARANORMAL explores the deepest hopes, fears, and desires fueling our fascination with the paranormal. Our experts look through history to find a wide range of strange phenomena, revealing the people behind the stories and examine how UFOs, ghosts, and the occult have found their way from underground subcultures to the mainstream as well as where the future of the paranormal might be headed.


About Sundance Channel
Sundance Channel is the destination for What’s Next, Now. Showcasing both today’s creative icons and the emerging talent of tomorrow, Sundance Channel tells credible, authentic, and emotionally immersive stories of Invention, Fashion, Film, Travel, Design, and Enterprise. Launched in 1996 and owned and operated by Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC, Sundance Channel provides perspectives dedicated to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity. sundancechannel.com

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media owns and operates some of the world’s most popular and award-winning entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, Wedding Central and Sundance Selects/IFC Entertainment (Sundance Selects, IFC Films, IFC Midnight, IFC Productions, IFC Center and SundanceNow). Additional information about Rainbow Media’s multiplatform brands is available at http://www.rainbow-media.com/ .

Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011

Please welcome Jesse Petersen to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jesse:  I'm not sure I have any interesting writing quirks. Maybe it's just not something I can identify in myself since I have my system and it works for me. I'm sure if someone came in to my office and looked at me write for 24 hours they'd figure I was a big weirdo. :)

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Jesse:  It's hard for me to name a favorites since I read very widely and it's all dependent on mood. I'm probably more influenced by zombie movies and TV shows since Dave and Sarah use their own knowledge of those kinds of things in order to survive the apocalypse.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jesse:  I'm a plotter, though I pantsed my way through MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES because I originally wrote it just to entertain myself. But I am, by nature, a planner and I continue to plan my books since then.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Living With The Dead series?

Jesse:  My husband and I went with some friends to see "Zombieland" and late that night I kept having this very clear picture of Dave and Sarah going to their therapist's office and discovering she had been turned into a zombie and then having to use her marital advice to escape the zombie apocalypse. And hence, MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES was born.

TQ:  Who would play Sarah and David in a movie of the books?

Jesse:  I think Nathan Fillion for Dave. Sarah is harder. I still like Alyson Hannigan (from "How I Met Your Mother" and "Buffy" , but thusfar no one from Hollywood is making a movie of it. Maybe some day.

TQ:  Describe Shambling With The Dead in 140 characters or less.

Jesse:  TV Producer Avery puts together telethons after tragedies, but the Zombie Outbreak isn't your average tragedy. And then the zombies come.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the Shambling With The Dead?

Jesse:  It's a short story, so there aren't really scenes. I do like when the Ryan Seacrest type host gets it, though.

TQ:  In your Living With The Dead series, who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Jesse:  As a writer, I'm very lucky that both Dave and Sarah were really easy to write, they felt very real to me. I guess The Kid in Book 2 was a little harder since I don't have kids, myself and my nephews are much younger than him.

TQ:  How many books, novellas, etc. are planned for the Living With The Dead series?

Jesse:  My publisher doesn't want any more Living With the Dead books, but now that I'm self-publishing the limits are sort of dropped. The last book is officially EAT SLAY LOVE out in July, but I'll be putting out a short story collection set in the same universe. It's called IN THE DEAD and will be out in August (you can't pre-order indie pubbed books, but it will be up the last week of July). And there may be room for more Living With the Dead books and other zombie stories in the future.

TQ:  What's next?

Jesse:  My upcoming releases are EAT SLAY LOVE (July), IN THE DEAD: Volume 1 (August) and I'm planning another IN THE DEAD volume probably late 2011 or early 2012 as long as the first one sells well and I feel there's still demand for it. I'm also working on some other projects for 2012. The best place to follow what's coming when is my website: http://www.jessepetersen.net/ , my Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jesse-Petersen/246153580904 and my Twitter where you can follow me @jessepet. I update there very regularly.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Jesse:  Thanks so much for having me!


About Jesse's Books

Married with Zombies
Living With The Dead 1
(Orbit, September 1, 2010)
Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011
A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders
 

Flip This Zombie
Living With The Dead 2
(Orbit, January 1, 2011)
Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011
The Zombie Apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they're starting a business. ZombieBusters-for all your zombie extermination needs.
 
There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers...Except one of them doesn't want the zombies dead, he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients and this time, Sarah and David might have bitten off more than they can chew.

 
Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders





Shambling with the Stars
A Living With The Dead Short Story
(Orbit, June 15, 2011)
Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011
Avery Andrews is her name and directing celebrity telethons after tragedies is her game. But the Northwestern Zombie Outbreak isn't your average tragedy... and once the infection spreads to the studio, Avery and her crew will have to worry about staying alive, not ratings.




Amazon : B&N : Kobo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Eat Slay Love
Living With The Dead 3
(Orbit, July 1, 2011)
Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011
Sarah and David have survived the zombie apocalypse. They stood side by side and fought the undead, mad scientists, and even bionic monsters until the unthinkable happened. A zombie bite. But not even that could stop them. Now, with a possible cure in hand, they're headed east, looking for a safe zone behind the rumored "Wall." They're feeling pretty optimistic.
 
That is until Dave stops sleeping and starts lifting huge objects.
 
Eat. Slay. Love.
 
Because they haven't got a prayer.

 
Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders


 


About Jesse
 
Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011
A Facebook quiz once told Jesse that she would only last a few weeks in a zombie apocalypse. She does not believe this because she's a good shot and has an aversion to bodily fluids. She currently lives in the Midwest with her hero husband (who is also a good shot) and two cats (who cannot be trusted).
 
Jesse's Links
 
Website
Facebook
Twitter
 

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Married with Zombies (Living With The Dead 1) from Jesse and a copy of Flip This Zombie (Living With The Dead 2) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What weapon would you have to have during a zombie apocalypse?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

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Interview with James Knapp and Giveaway - April 22, 2011

Please welcome James Knapp to The Qwillery. James is at Norwescon this weekend so if you see him tell him The Qwillery sent you!

TQ:  What is your most interesting writing quirk?

James:  I don't know if it counts as a quirk but I write my first drafts entirely in Notepad.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

James:  Some of my favorite writers include Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Octavia Butler, Nancy Kress and Christopher Moore. Isaac Asimov made me fall in love with science fiction early on, and Frank Herbert definitely contributed to my love of the weird.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

James:  A plotter. In a lot of other aspects of life I'm a panster, but when it comes to writing I'm a plotter. I spend a great deal of time plotting a story (or series) in advance and I typically write a lot of world building material before starting a book just to kind of flesh things out in my head. That said, I won't reject new ideas that crop up mid-stream if I think they're good enough and logically fit (if it doesn't fit, I'll scrap it no matter how much I like it). Sometimes that means backtracking but if I think it works well enough I'll do it. On one occasion that meant a complete rewrite. Does that make me a closet panster?

TQ:  Describe the Revivors series in 140 characters or less.

James:  The technologically reanimated dead emerge as humanity's possible saviors from a slavery no one knew existed, but at an impossible cost.

TQ:  Tell us about Element Zero (Revivors 3).

James:  Without getting too spoiler-y, the series goes basically like this: State of Decay was about uncovering an unpleasant truth, The Silent Army was about choosing sides, and Element Zero is about fighting for what you believe in. In Element Zero we learn what Samuel Fawkes' endgame is, and what his actions in the previous two installments have been leading toward. These ‘real world’ events converge with those seen in Zoe's visions, though not entirely as she might have expected.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Revivors series?

James:  I wanted to tell a science-fiction adventure story and also a story about social dynamics and I feel like the revivors series has elements of both. The society the story takes place in is, in many ways, an exaggerated version of the one we live in now...not necessarily from a technological standpoint, but a from social one with a small but powerful top tier, a middle class just big enough and content enough to keep things stable, and then 'everyone else'. I'm also fascinated by the idea of perception vs. reality and the difference between them (if any). I’m getting into that in my next project too, though in a very different way.

TQ:  What sorts of research did you do for the Revivors series?

James:  It was more taking current trends and trying to imagine how they might play out if we were to flash forward a little ways. Not the revivor technology per se...I don't see anything on the map currently that might eventually result in our jump-starting the dead back to life, but for the other aspects of the world the story takes place in I tried to make things as 'real' as possible. The 'JZI' technology many of the characters use (the implants that allow them to communicate with others, alter their visual perception, link to remote computers, etc) has its roots in the here and now. The technology to allow a blind person to see different shades of light is being worked on today, and the idea of controlling an interface using thoughts is also in its infancy. I think if we jump forward far enough, we'll see something like the JZI.

TQ:  Which character in the series was the most difficult for you to write and why? Easiest?

James:  I realize this is a weirdly specific answer, but the most difficult characters to write were Calliope in the first book, and Faye in the second and third. The reason for that is because in both cases I decided to give the narrative for those characters a set of rules that I made myself stick to. For the first draft I just kind of let things flow, but during rewrites I tried to make sure that Calliope (in the first book, before she expands her horizons) used a narrative that was monosyllabic. Unless there was just no other way, everything she said or thought was in single syllables. As she grew, I relaxed that, but for book one I wanted a primal feel for her. I used a similar idea for Faye after the first book (I won't give away why). When her narrative changed, I came up with a 'cadence' for her, a set of syllabic rules that I think worked but it made writing her hard at times.

The easiest to write was Zoe, largely because Zoe thinks and acts in almost a stream of consciousness. Both in her narrative and her dialogue, she tends to blurt out in raw form whatever she is thinking or feeling.

TQ:  Are there any other genres in which you'd like to write?

James:  I would like to do a horror novel at some point. I've got something written which kind of qualifies I think, so we'll see. It's a standalone novel though, and I think those are a harder sell (to publishers, not readers). I've got a very black comedy (though sci-fi flavored) on a back, back burner.

TQ:  What's next?

James:  The project I'm working on now is a science fiction series which takes place in a world quite a bit different from the Revivors series. It has similarities in that both are somewhat 'near-future Earth-based' but the worlds are completely different. Nothing has been finalized yet but if things work out, then you can expect to see a much more futuristic world with a much more 'far out' mystery and adventure ride than Revivors. No zombies this go around, for good or ill.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

James:  Thank you for having me.


About James' Books

State of Decay
Revivors 1
(February 2, 2010)
Interview with James Knapp and Giveaway - April 22, 2011
Just because you're dead doesn't mean you're useless...

A thrilling debut novel of a dystopian future populated by a new breed of zombie

They call them revivors-technologically reanimated corpses-and away from the public eye they do humanity's dirtiest work. But FBI agent Nico Wachalowski has stumbled upon a conspiracy involving revivors being custom made to kill-and a startling truth about the existence of these undead slaves.



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The Silent Army
Revivors 2
(October 5, 2010)
Interview with James Knapp and Giveaway - April 22, 2011
The pulse-pounding sequel to State of Decay
 
Federal agent Nico Wachalowski must stop Samuel Fawkes from awakening his own private army of zombies even if it means killing the woman he loves-now resurrected as a "Revivor"-permanently.



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Element Zero
Revivors 3
(April 5, 2011)
Interview with James Knapp and Giveaway - April 22, 2011Technologically reanimated corpses are frontline soldiers engaged in a neverending war. Agent Nico Wachalowski uncovered a conspiracy that allowed Samuel Fawkes, the scientist who created them, to control them beyond the grave. And now Fawkes has infected untold thousands with new technology, creating an undetectable army that will obey his every command-a living army that just might represent the future of humanity...



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About James

Interview with James Knapp and Giveaway - April 22, 2011
My name is James Knapp. Back in 1995, I used my table-waiting skills to get a job in the high-tech industry (you could do that back then) where I’ve been ever since. In my spare time, I joined the legions of hopefuls that one day my work would see print.

To that end, I began the long road of rejection, criticism (some constructive, some not so much), learning and honing that eventually brought me to the point where I can say the work paid off. I managed to acquire an agent (rockstar Jack Byrne, of the Sternig & Byrne Literary Agency), who managed to acquire me a three book deal with Penguin (Roc imprint).

I now live in MA with my wife Kim, who lends a keen eye to my work during the earlier drafts, and our four gluttonous feline murderers whose antics I not-so-secretly enjoy.

James' Links

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Element Zero.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite zombie movie?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, April 29, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

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Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After - 4 Qwills

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After
Author: Steve Hockensmith
Series: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 3
Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (March 22, 2011)
Price: $12.95
Language: English
Genre: Mash Up
ISBN: 9781594745027
Review Copy: Provided by Quirk Books

Cover and Description:

Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After - 4 QwillsWhen we last saw Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy—at the end of the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—they were preparing for a lifetime of wedded bliss. Yet the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the only acceptable course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote being developed in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.

Complete with romance, heartbreak, martial arts, cannibalism, and an army of shambling corpses, Dreadfully Ever After brings the story of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to a thrilling conclusion.

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My thoughts:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After is the 3rd and concluding book in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (PPZ) series. The first book in the series (the 2nd book chronologically) is a mash up of the original Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and was written by Seth Grahame-Smith. It added the Dreadfuls or zombies, among other things, to the story set in Regency England. Steve Hockensmith has written both the prequel and the sequel in this series.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After is the continuing story of Elizabeth Darcy (nee Bennet) and Fitzwilliam Darcy. As a married woman Elizabeth is no longer allowed to fight zombies. It's just not done in polite society despite the continuing zombie threat. While strolling with Elizabeth, Darcy is bitten by a Dreadful and infected. This is the catalyst for the what follows.

Elizabeth is being directed in her quest to aid Darcy by Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Darcy's Aunt. Elizabeth has contacted her enemy because she knows that Lady Catherine may be able to help Darcy. Lady Catherine does have a serum to slow the infection. It will give Elizabeth some time to find the rumoured cure before Darcy is completely turned, but only if she follows Lady Catherine's instructions. Elizabeth must go to London to find the cure. Elizabeth is joined there by her father and her sister Kitty who have also been maneuvered to London by Lady Catherine. Mary Bennet, another sister, also makes her way to London.
 
There are stories within stories in this rousing conclusion to the PPZ series. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After is a fun and quick read with an intricate plot. Regency England and its social mores continue to make a wonderful backdrop to the zombie mayhem. The scenes switch back and forth from Darcy at his Aunt's estate and Elizabeth in London. I liked seeing what was happening with both Darcy and Elizabeth.

Darcy has to deal with both his odd cousin Anne, who is full of surprises, and his physical and mental reactions to the zombie bite. The pacing is slower in these chapters of the book. The London scenes are much more lively in contrast. The London in the story is not quite the London we know from history. It's fascinating to see what has happened to London as the city and its citizens try to cope with the zombie menace. Elizabeth and her family face a number of different threats in London. Elizabeth is not the center of attention throughout the London scenes. Her sisters, Kitty and Mary, get their own entertaining plot lines.

There is plenty of action in the book as well as a great deal of humor and some romance. There are some wonderful new characters introduced. Despite switching back and forth between London and the countryside, I thought the pacing was very good. Mr. Hockensmith does a great job of wrapping up some lose ends from the PPZ series. Surprisingly, I found the story somewhat uplifting in its sentiment at the end.

One minor complaint that has nothing to do with the story itself: the overuse of "r" that put me more in mind of a pirate than a Scot in an attempt to make the dialogue of one of the characters reflect a heavy Scottish brogue:  "Afterrr speaking to my son -- forrr that is what young Bunny is to me -- I rrrealized that some explanation is due to you." It does not detract from the overall story.

If you want a fun read with zombies, ninjas, dire circumstances, evil machinations, humor and a bit of romance I would recommend Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After. You don't have to be a Regency England or Austen fan to enjoy the story.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After can be read as a standalone since Mr. Hockensmith gives you enough information to understand this story on its own.

I give Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After 4 Qwills.

Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After - 4 Qwills

What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

I was perusing online bookstores in my never ending hunt for mash-ups, etc. when I came across a series of books that caught my eye: The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained. This is a series for Grade 3 - 9 (ages 8 - 14) written by Jen Jones. They will be published in early January 2011 by Capstone Press.

The series description:
Mythical creatures are hotter than ever, but much of what’s out there is inappropriate for young girls. This age-appropriate series has everything girls want to know about popular unexplained phenomena, including: origins, key characteristics, special powers, and much more! Quizzes, creature profiles, and yearbook awards round out these high-interest books.
Here are the covers:

What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

The back cover copy for the books:

Is your crush a vampire? Do you know how to stop an attacking werewolf in its tracks? Can you tell the difference between a zombie and your math teacher? Fun features like quizzes, creature profiles, and yearbook awards will help you learn everything you need to know about these mythical creatures.
Here's a peek at the inside of The Girl's Guide to Vampires: Everything Enchanting About These Immortal Creatures.
What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

These are just the sort of books I would have loved when I was growing up. I hope to take a more in depth look at the books when they are published next year.

Mash Ups and More Update - November 9, 2010

I must have Zombies on the brain lately, which is much better than Zombies eating my brains. I was checking to see if there were more holiday Zombie books and discoverd this instead:

Pat the Zombie: A Cruel (Adult) Spoof
by Aaron Ximm and Kaveh Soofi (Illustrator)
Trade Paperback, 20 pages
(April 26, 2011)

Mash Ups and More Update - November 9, 2010


Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt, of which this book is a spoof, is a touch and feel book that has been around for about 60 years. I'm wondering if this is a touch and feel book also?

Zombies and Christmas? A Holiday Trend? - November 7, 2010

I was looking around book sites today for more mash-ups and twisted histories when I noticed what may be a trend - zombie Christmas stories. I've no idea why zombies and Christmas go together. Perhaps after all the shopping, wrapping, unwrapping, celebrating, and eating folks feel a bit zombie-ish? Is it that zombies just want to enjoy the holidays also? Or is it simply funny? What do you think?


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!
A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols
by Michael P. Spradlin

Zombies and Christmas? A Holiday Trend? - November 7, 2010
Fresh brains roasting on an open fire . . .

Outside the temperature's dropping. The snow is falling, blanketing the world in white. Sleigh bells are jingling. Soon it will be that most wondrous time of the year!

That time of flesh-devouring zombie horror!

Yes, Christmas is on its way—and all the little boys and ghouls are dreaming of stockings filled with candied eyes and bleeding body parts. You'd better watch out! Santa Claws is coming to town—and he knows who's been naughty, who's been naughtier . . . and who'll taste best with a nice glass of Chianti!

In celebration of this merry macabre season, we present a peerless compendium of more than two dozen of the most soul-stirring, brain-boiling carols composed specifically for the decomposing. Holiday favorites such as “I Saw Mommy Chewing Santa Claus,” “Deck the Halls with Parts of Wally,” and “We Three Spleens” are guaranteed to lift the spirits of the lumbering, shuffling undead and their temporarily still breathing meals-to-be. So put down your gore-splattered baseball bats and raise your voices in song! And sing loudly—to drown out all the screaming.


The Zombie Night Before Christmas
by Clement C. Moore and H. Parker Kelley, Dominic Mylroie (Illustrator)

Zombies and Christmas? A Holiday Trend? - November 7, 2010

Why worry about the Grinch when you've got ZOMBIES on the attack! Their prey? America's best-loved Christmas poem. Get ready to have a holly jolly zombie holiday with this monstrously funny mash-up that subverts all that tiresomely good Christmas cheer. Clement C. Moore's verses are tweaked and twisted, turning a once-cozy fireside read-aloud on its (now brainless) head. To complete the sacrilege: hilarious renderings of zombie stockings (undead legs!) hung by the chimney with care, and St. Nick attempting to repel a full-out, flesh-devouring zombie attack. One thing's for sure—Santa and his eight tiny reindeer will never be the same!


I am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas
by Adam Roberts

Zombies and Christmas? A Holiday Trend? - November 7, 2010
Marley was dead. Again.

The legendary Ebenezeer Scrooge sits in his house counting money. The boards that he has nailed up over the doors and the windows shudder and shake under the blows from the endless zombie hordes that crowd the streets hungering for his flesh and his miserly braaaaiiiiiinns!

Just how did the happiest day of the year slip into a welter of blood, innards and shambling, ravenous undead on the snowy streets of old London town?

Will the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future be able to stop the world from drowning under a top-hatted and crinolined zombie horde?

Was Tiny Tim's illness something infinitely more sinister than mere rickets and consumption? Can Scrooge be persuaded to go back to his evil ways, travel back to Christmas past and destroy the brain stem of the tiny, irritatingly cheery Patient Zero?

It's the Dickensian Zombie Apocalypse - God Bless us, one and all!


Christmas is Dead: A Zombie Anthology
Anthony Giangregorio (Editor)

Zombies and Christmas? A Holiday Trend? - November 7, 2010
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a . . . zombie?

That's right; this anthology explores what would happen at Christmas time if there was a full blown zombie outbreak.

Reanimated turkeys, zombie Santas, and demon reindeer that turn people to flesh-eating ghouls are just some of the tales you will find in this merry undead book.

So, curl up under the Christmas tree with a cup of hot chocolate, and as the fireplace crackles with warmth, get ready to have your heart filled with holiday cheer.

But, of course, then it will be ripped from your heaving chest and fed upon by bloodthirsty elves with a craving for human flesh!

For you see, Christmas is Dead!

And you will never look at the holiday season the same way again.


Christmas is Dead...Again: A Zombie Anthology
Anthony Giangregorio (Editor)

Zombies and Christmas? A Holiday Trend? - November 7, 2010
Christmas is upon us and the dead are walking!

Zombie Santas, undead elves and living dead reindeer are just a few of the holiday characters you will find in this merry anthology.

Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Well, that's up to Santa Claus to decide.

Just pray he leaves you a stocking full of coal and doesn't gut you and eat your insides instead!

For you see, Christmas is Dead. . .again!

And the holiday season will never be the same again.


The Undead That Saved Christmas
Lyle Perez-Tinics (Editor)
Zombies and Christmas? A Holiday Trend? - November 7, 2010
The Undead That Saved Christmas is the heart-chilling anthology with stories across the spectrum of holiday mythology. The perfect stocking stuffer that doesn't include a box of shotgun shells or a macheté, The Undead That Saved Christmas brings together various talented authors and artists from Great Britain, the United States and Ireland.

Stories include The Magic of Christmas, by Rebecca Besser; Santa Claws is Coming to Town, by Calvin A.L. Miller II; Night of the Frozen Elf, by Richard S. Crawford; And to All a Good Fright by Stacey Graham; and many others. The anthology also includes rich illustrations by David Naughton-Shires, Jason Tudor, Chris Williams and more. Another thing to expect in this anthology is a fun collection of holiday zombie-themed poems and carols. And to wrap things up there is an awesome assortment of original comics, from Mike Schneider, Nate Call, and many others.

Proceeds from the sales of The Undead That Saved Christmas benefit the Hugs Foster Family Agency (hugsffa.org) and will help them give their foster children gifts this holiday season.

The Undead That Saved Christmas has a Facebook page here.

Werewolves and Shapeshifters and a Vlog

It's all explained in the vlog except the bits that aren't:




What: 1 copy of Werewolves and Shapeshifters: Encounters with the Beasts Within,  edited by John Skipp.

Werewolves and shapeshifters have morphed into the latest pop culture stars. This mind-bending collection includes thirty-two new and classic stories from the best writers in the genre.

Werewolves and shapeshifters are the latest literary craze following vampires and zombies. The phenomenal success of the Twilight series, and the blockbuster movies that followed, has spawned a new obsession with these supernatural beings. From John Skipp, the master of horror, comes this definitive collection of thirty-two classic and new stories, written by favorites of the genre including George R.R. Martin, Charlaine Harris, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft, Joe R. Lansdale, Angela Carter, David J. Schow, Kathe Koja, Bentley Little, and more. Skipp provides fascinating insight and details, through two nonfiction essays, into the history and presence of shape shifting in popular culture. Resources at the end of the book include lists of the genre's best long-form fiction, as well as movies, websites, and writers.

How: Leave a comment telling The Qwillery if you prefer to read about werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, zombies, or something else. Recommend some books if you like.

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2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

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Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.
Guest Blog by Michael Logan - On the Feasibility of Zombie Cows - April 26, 2013Cookbooks for Genre Lovers, Part 2 - December 8, 2012The Sundance Channel - Love Lust: The UndeadInterview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011Interview with James Knapp and Giveaway - April 22, 2011Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After - 4 QwillsWhat I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010Mash Ups and More Update - November 9, 2010Zombies and Christmas? A Holiday Trend? - November 7, 2010Werewolves and Shapeshifters and a Vlog

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