Armand Rosamilia – Summer of Zombie Box Set

Summer of Zombie Box Set

What is the Summer of Zombie Box Set?

What authors and books are included?

Meet one of the authors and hear a tidbit about his book below:

 

Name: Armand Rosamilia

Author Armand Rosamilia

What is the title of your book that’s included in the Summer of Zombie Box Set? Dying Days: Origins

Dying Days: Origins by Armand Rosamilia

Who is your favorite character in that book? Definitely the lead, Tosha Shorb. She was already a standout for me and readers from Dying Days 2, and this is her prequel to explain how the zombie apocalypse began for her and her twin sister.

Are there any “author secrets” in your title (things you included or ideas you had that aren’t shared with readers in the title)? Of course! There are several characters who appear in other parts of the Dying Days world, and hints about a few long-term plot twists throughout. For instance, the Lyssa character will appear in Hell’s Bells: Highway To Hell 2, coming in November. It will merge this book with the first Highway To Hell zombie novella to see what happens to a couple of the characters.

Tell us something about your book that will make us want to read it: If you love zombies and especially the Dying Days series, you’ll be interested to see how the zombie apoc began in Pennsylvania. It will also give more insight into the Tosha character. And you’ll want to buy and read all of them so I can buy more M&M’s, too. Win-win.

Is your book part of a series (if so, what are the other titles in the series we should be looking for)? The main series is Dying Days, which currently has 5 books released. There are a few other side stories, such as this one and a follow-up, Dying Days: Origins 2 featuring David Monsour, another character from Dying Days 2. Then there is Still Dying, which are short stories set in the same world. Oh, and Highway To Hell, which started all of this zombie madness for me…

 

Where can readers find you (website, social media, etc.)?

http://dyingdayszombie.com for all of the Dying Days information.

Do you have a website readers might want to check out?

http://armandrosamilia.com for all of my information. Also, sign up for the newsletter so you’ll get free swag and first read on some new releases as they become available in the future.

Bio: Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping.

He’s written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series:

“Dying Days” extreme zombie series
“Keyport Cthulhu” horror series
“Flagler Beach Fiction Series” contemporary fiction
“Metal Queens” non-fiction music series

he also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool. He’s a proud Active member of HWA as well.

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:

armandrosamilia@gmail.com

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Shawn Chesser – Summer of Zombie Box Set

Summer of Zombie Box Set

What is the Summer of Zombie Box Set?

What authors and books are included?

Meet one of the authors and hear a tidbit about his book below:

 

Name: Shawn Chesser

Shawn Chesser

What is the title of your book that’s included in the Summer of Zombie Box Set? TRUDGE: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Trudge: Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Shawn Chesser

Who is your favorite character in that book? I’d have to say Vietnam war veteran Duncan Winters is my favorite character. His sharp wit and inability to apply a filter between his brain and mouth make him a joy to write.

Are there any “author secrets” in your title (things you included or ideas you had that aren’t shared with readers in the title)? Definitely … contrary to my series’ name, not everyone survives the zombie apocalypse. 🙂

Is your book part of a series (if so, what are the other titles in the series we should be looking for)? My STZA series appeals to readers of all ages by combining a military themed romp across post- apocalyptic America, featuring stealth helicopters and exotic weaponry, with an intertwined and ongoing story arc that follows a group of civilian preppers who are also struggling to survive the zombie apocalypse. Furthermore, my characters are easy to identify with because they hail from all walks of life and have vastly different skill sets that are continually on display during this roller-coaster-ride of a series.

 My STZA books in order: Trudge, Soldier On, In Harm’s Way, A Pound of Flesh, Allegiance, Mortal, Warpath, Ghosts, and coming late July … ‘Frayed: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse’ approximately 140K words.

 

Where can readers find you (website, social media, etc.)?

Facebook page: https://tinyurl.com/ksr93lg

 Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shawn-Chesser-Author/317987804885854

 Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Shawn-Chesser/e/B005QUZ194

 Twitter: @sdchess

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5095036.Shawn_Chesser

 Do you have a website readers might want to check out? www.ShawnChesser.com

Bio: Shawn Chesser, a practicing father, has been a zombie fanatic for decades. He likes his creatures shambling, trudging and moaning. As for fast, agile, screaming specimens… not so much. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, two kids and three fish.

Jay Wilburn – Summer of Zombie Box Set

Summer of Zombie Box Set

What is the Summer of Zombie Box Set?

What authors and books are included?

Meet one of the authors and hear a tidbit about his book below:

Name: Jay Wilburn

Author Jay Wilburn

What is the title of your book that’s included in the Summer of Zombie Box Set? Loose Ends: A Zombie Novel

Loose Ends: A Zombie Novel by Jay Wilburn

Who is your favorite character in that book? Doc, the cook with the darkest past.

Are there any “author secrets” in your title (things you included or ideas you had that aren’t shared with readers in the title)? The novel focuses on the characters finding unfinished business from their pasts still hiding among the ruins and the dead.

Tell us something about your book that will make us want to read it: The narrator is a mute boy that follows and participates in the action without interjecting himself over the other characters.

Is your book part of a series (if so, what are the other titles in the series we should be looking for)? This one is a standalone.

Where can readers find you (website, social media, etc.)?

JayWilburn.com

The Jay Wilburn Author Page on Facebook

@AmongTheZombies on Twitter

Do you have a website readers might want to check out? JayWilburn.com

Bio: Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in Conway, South Carolina near the Atlantic coast of the southern United States. He taught public school for sixteen years before becoming a full time writer. He is the author of the Dead Song Legend Dodecology and the music of the five song soundtrack recorded as if by the characters within the world of the novel The Sound May Suffer. Follow his many dark thoughts on Twitter @AmongTheZombies, his Facebook author page, and at JayWilburn.com

Craziness by Rebecca Besser

Craziness

By Rebecca Besser

 

Psychological horror is one that has such a broad spectrum that it could be anything from someone who has lost a loved one and simply snapped to someone who has had mental issues all their life that just can’t be controlled.

Slasher horror to serial killers, nervous breakdowns to the mentally ill – what do they all have in common? All stories that fall into the psychological horror genre have something to do with human beings that have gone off the deep end in one way or another, even if they seem sane to themselves.

For this kind of terror, emotions are played up until there are such high stakes that something has to happen in the form of horror relief.

Collateral damage is a guarantee in all psychological horror. Family members of the targeted aren’t safe. Friends of the targeted aren’t safe. No one close to the targeted is safe.

There can be a lot of blood involved with psychological horror, but there doesn’t have to be. Sometimes it’s the buildup of a mystery, such as a kidnapping villain who kills there victims and only the bodies are found later. Or a stalker who just doesn’t understand limits and personal space that ends up killing someone they think they care about accidentally.

Why is this stuff scary? Because we realize it’s most likely the stuff that can actually happen to everyday people. It could happen to us, even if we try to prevent it.

Psychological horror involves that strange guy down the street in a neighborhood where kids are disappearing. It’s where the crazy guy at work snaps and blames his co-workers for all his troubles. It’s anyone. It’s random. It happens every day in the real world.

What’s going to stop it from happening to you or me? There’s no way of knowing. Chances are, at some point in life, something scary and tragic will happen in our lives or of those we know. It’s inevitable.

Psychological horror is real terror. Psychological horror is what plagues your thoughts every time your child is out of your sight, when your family leaves your house in the morning and you wonder if you’ll see them again, and it’s the fear you feel when you’re out after dark and you hear a strange noise behind you. It’s inside you. You are scared something is going to happen, or someone will step into your life and cause your death or the death of someone you care about.

Be safe, my friends, and enjoy horror entertainment while hoping none of it ever happens to you!

©Rebecca Besser, 2015. All rights reserved.

Guest Jay Wilburn – Writing What Speaks to You

“Writing What Speaks to You”

by Jay Wilburn

 

We’re supposed to write what we know. All my stories would be about being a teacher, stocking shelves at a Wal-Mart, cooking at Waffle House, or watching Internet porn. I’d have no alien or zombie stories unless it was about a teacher being abducted or eaten. In most of my teacher stories, the principal ends up dying. I’m sure there is nothing to that though.

To be fair, that advice mainly refers to using what you know to fill out the believable sections of your story to make the extraordinary seem more grounded. It means to not overlook the stuff you do know as good pieces for story. If you live in a small, Southern town, consider writing your hardboiled crime novel set there instead of a more traditional city setting you’ve never visited. If you don’t know anything about police procedure, you can research, interview, and extrapolate. Or you can pull the story into the lives of the cop’s quirky Southern family which you do have extensive knowledge of. We each have corresponding equivalents to these setting, job, and environment elements that can serve a story in ways that all the outside research in the world may not touch on in the same visceral way. The details you know how to communicate from having your hands and teeth on it for a number of years dig down into a readers heart in a different way.

Better than writing what we know may be writing what we feel. This could still be writing what you know, but I think it goes to a bone level knowledge. Writing about pain, loss, or what you fear is more powerful than extrapolating those feelings from the outside. Those feelings can be overlaid on other situations or lives in a story in a way that convinces the reader that the characters are feeling something real and bigger than the flat page.

This can then be taken to writing what you actually care about. I taught elementary and middle school for a combined sixteen years before taking the leap to being a full time writer. Teaching kids to write is a monumental task. Beyond the nuts and bolts of letters, words, sentences, and paragraphs is getting to any level of content. Then, it was back to words, sentences, and paragraphs formed in any intelligible way. I’d spend forever pulling any level of substance out of them, then we edit, then we revise, and then we rewrite, then we repeat, and then we publish by stapling their one or two paragraphs of contrived writing on the bulletin board. Or I could make them mad about something and they would write me angry volumes that we just had to organize into sentences and paragraphs.

The same is still largely true of adult writers of every stripe. The trick as adult, professional, fiction writers is to write about what we care about in a subtle way that does not come off as preaching a sermon. Unless you are actually writing a sermon, but even then subtlety and the art of building a strong argument serve well too.

I started out writing about zombies. I actually started as a kid writing crappy fantasy and sci fi knock off stories on notebook paper that I seldom finished and never let anyone read. My pro career started with zombies. My first check for writing read in the memo line “PAYMENT FOR ZOMBIES.” Those still may be some of the most beautiful words in the English language. I still rank I Love You very highly, but Payment For Zombies is very special to me on an individual, personal level.

I moved away from zombies as my writing career progressed. I had no shame in them and jumped on writing a story about them every time an opportunity presented itself. I was just looking for other work and other tones to my voice. In the process, I think my zombie stories got better and started getting more attention. I started using tricks from other genre’s tool boxes and created better and more creative stories in every genre I explored.

“Dead Song” came out of that wild exploration. The short story is a weird, little anti story that drew some serious attention. I took another look at it and decided there was a lot of untold story behind it. I very quickly discovered that there were connections in the tale that I had not considered. I started book one of the Dead Song Legend thinking the whole epic tale would be one, stand-alone novel. After the first couple chapters, I thought I was dealing with a trilogy. After a couple more chapters, I stopped again and outlined out the entire span of the Legend, if I were to tell it in its entirety and I came up with twelve books.

I finished and published book one along with the five song soundtrack. Both are linked below.

The book deals with drag queens, zombies, music, family lost, family chosen, and identity. Tiny Jones is a gay man that ends up with multiple identities he chooses for himself or that are partially chosen for him. Almost every character in the story goes by a stage name – an apocalypse name. They all have different reasons for hiding or reinventing their identities. Identity is what we share with people about ourselves, but it is also what we hide.

The relationship between Tiny and Satch in the story represents every relationship from family to friends to more. They reveal and hide. They push and pull. They are stronger and weaker together. Their lives and relationship impact the lives and relationships around them. They deal with a world that in some cases has stripped away problems around race and sexual orientation because of a focus on survival. In other cases, the thin, social parameters that held some of those prejudices in check have been stripped away and they are more raw and less confined. Through it all, they find life between the music people still write, play, sing, and perform when they want to do more than just survive.

All of these issues speak to me as a writer, as a reader, and just as a person. The Dead Song Legend is the story that speaks to me. It is the story that sings to me.

 

Check out the latest book and music from a new series by Jay Wilburn:

Dead Song Book 1 final cover

The Dead Song Legend Dodecology Book 1: January from Milwaukee to Muscle Shoals

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00YDZKXCI/jaywil0d-20

Dead song book 1 CD Cover Idea-001

The Sound May Suffer – Songs from the Dead Song Legend Book 1: January

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/amazing-circle-of-suffering/id996569862?i=996569871&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Author Jay Wilburn

Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in Conway, South Carolina near the Atlantic coast of the southern United States. He taught public school for sixteen years before becoming a full time writer. He is the author of the Dead Song Legend Dodecology and the music of the five song soundtrack recorded as if by the characters within the world of the novel The Sound May Suffer. Follow his many dark thoughts on Twitter @AmongTheZombies, his Facebook author page, and at JayWilburn.com

© Jay Wilburn. All rights reserved.

Bloody Hell by Rebecca Besser

Bloody Hell

By Rebecca Besser

 

Supernatural evil is a prominent element in a lot of horror entertainment. Demons and disgruntled ghosts are unsettling, and they’re great for building the tension of terror before the horror really kicks in and the collateral damage begins. There’s something intimately frightening about something that can literally possess one’s body and displace their soul.

It would be like being dead without really dying. And, if that’s not bad enough, you’ll usually end up dead. (Again, it’s all about death.)

Even if you don’t believe in the supernatural, Hell, Satan/Lucifer, or even God, there is always the implication that you can be possessed by strong evil spirits. This is brought about in many tragic and simplistic ways. From early supernatural horror, we know not to play with Quija boards; that’s almost always how the possessions or unsettling of evil spirts happened back in the day.

Now it’s getting raped by strange plants or looking at writing on a wall that allows the takeover of one’s body.

Sometimes the exercising of the demon(s) is farfetched and complex. Sometimes it’s simple and straight forward.

Ghosts that can control their surroundings, such as haunted houses are equally as creepy as personal possession. There’s no escape because it’s in your personal space. There’s nowhere to go, and often there are few you can turn to for help, and even then, dispelling the entity from your life can be complex.

The supernatural/demon elements are costly to the lives and emotions of their victims. They are elements far beyond control and understanding that can wreak havoc on anyone and everything they touch.

They are intense beyond words in terror and horror. There’s nothing scarier that something reaching from beyond the grave to mess with the living, is there? They make death that much scary, knowing there are dark things there we might have to face in the afterlife.

©Rebecca Besser, 2015. All rights reserved.

Summer of Zombie Box Set Ebook – $1.99

13 of the authors from the Summer of Zombie event

join forces to bring you one, massive, zombie book box set!

Summer of Zombie Box Set
^^ Look at me! Aren’t I sexy?! You KNOW you want me. ^^

This amazingly affordable book contains:

A Shrouded World Whistlers by Mark Tufo & John O’Brien

Bob the Spy by Jaime Johnesee

Loose Ends by Jay Wilburn

Undead Drive-Thru by Rebecca Besser

Trudge: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse by Shawn Chesser

T-Minus Zero by Jack Wallen

Humanity’s Hope: Camp H by Greg P. Ferrell

Benton: A Zombie Novel by Jolie du Pre’

The Orphans: Origins by Mike Evans

Dead Hunger II by Eric A. Shelman

Dying Days: Origins by Armand Rosamilia

Odium: The Dead Saga by Claire C. Riley

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