Monday, February 29, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Four More Days Until Cruise of the Living Dead: A Zombie Anthology Is Released

Just a reminder that on 3 March Cruise of the Living Dead: A Zombie Anthology will be released (only on Kindle, though; the content is not large enough to allow a print edition). You can pre-order the book here.

The anthology contains the short stories "Cruise of the Living Dead," "Rednecks Shouldn't Play With Dead Things," "The Hunger," "Last Flight of the Bismarck," "Is Anyone Out There?" and the never-before-published "Recognition."

Stayed tune. Around Christmas I'll also be releasing my zombie holiday classic "Deck the Malls With Bowels of Holly" in which an alcoholic mall Santa battles zombie reindeer (picture A Christmas Story meets Army of Darkness.)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cruise of the Living Dead: A Zombie Anthology To Be Released 3 March

As promised, here are the details for the upcoming Cruise of the Living Dead: A Zombie Anthology. It's my birthday present to my fans.

Over the years I've published several zombie-themed short stories that I've now pulled together into a single collection. Cruise of the Living Dead: A Zombie Anthology will be published as an e-book available only on Kindle and will be sold for $0.99. The book is scheduled for release for 3 March, but you can pre-order it here.

The stories included in the anthology are:

"Cruise of the Living Dead" - Carissa Banning, a cruise ship's medical officer, finds herself at ground zero of a zombie outbreak when an infected family aboard ship spreads the virus through the passengers and crew.

"Rednecks Shouldn't Play With Dead "Things" - Sam Grodin and his buddies think they stumbled across the ultimate hunting experience when zombies attack their campsite. However, when these zombies fail to behave the way they do in the movies, Sam and the others realize they have bitten off more than they can chew.

"The Hunger" - Janet Simmons has been roaming an apocalyptic wasteland for months avoiding the living dead and trying to find enough food to stay alive. When she stumbles across another survivor, she suddenly finds herself in a human eat human world.

"Last Flight of the Bismarck" - Victorian adventuress Scarlet and her male companion Chappy thought they were taking a trans-Atlantic flight in Germany's latest airship, the Bismarck. When they discover that the Bismarck is actually being used as a delivery device to infect the Northern United States with steampunk-enhanced zombies, they engage in an epic battle with the living dead in the skies above New York City.

"Is Anyone Out There?" - An isolated survivor of a zombie outbreak uses the Internet to contact family and friends before the world comes to an end.

"Recognition" - A never-before-published short story that follows the turning of a human into one of the living dead from the zombie's point of view.

So if you love spine-chilling, blood-curdling, gut-munching tales of the living dead, you will definitely want to pick up a copy. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

One of the Best Posts I've Ever Read on Marketing

I'm one of those people who sometimes needs an example to fully understand a simple concept, and then it comes to me like a zen poem. That's especially true when it comes to marketing. If you're the same way, read How To Publish 500,000,000 Books and Create a Huge Business by James Altucher, who takes an example of a highly-successful publisher from the early 20th Century and translates it in today's marketing ideas.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Rotting Zombie Review of Rotter Apocalypse

This week The Rotting Zombie posted a review of Rotter Apocalypse, the final book in my Rotter World trilogy, giving the book nine out of ten rotting zombie heads and calling it "another great zombie story." The review notes:

There is a lot of zombie fighting action, the undead described in as much detail as always giving you a visualisation of their condition and the sheer amount of them. Lots of ghouls get dispatched in many ways (death by bull my favourite!) but there also a whole host of humans falling victim to them in different exciting ways such as one poor soldier who is trapped while hiding under a truck, zombies in mass are always more awesome than lone ones and on that front Apocalypse delivers.

The quality of the writing is as good as it has ever been, still riding high on where it got to by the end of World, Baker contains the tradition of short snappy chapters that make Apocalypse so easy to read in short sessions and keep you coming back for just one more chapter. By book three you have come to know some of these characters, this doesn't stop Baker from being as ruthless with their lives as he always has been, by the end key characters are no more, a lot not even getting heroic deaths. This all leads up to a tightly wound up ending that was maybe slightly too optimistic but bizarrely not one that many zombie novels I have read go down.

You can read the entire review here, as well as The Rotting Zombie's reviews of Rotter World and Rotter Nation

Monday, February 15, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Upcoming Appearances

It will be a bit of a quiet spring for me in that I have only two appearances scheduled so far.

On 1-3 April I'll be attending Spooky Mayhem at the Wyndham Orlando Resort. I'll have The Vampire Hunter trilogy back in publication and will also be selling the Rotter World series, and will have some special surprises in store. This year promises to be mayhem intensified because I'm sharing a table with Mitch Hyman, the writer of Vinnie and Mook: Hitmen in Paradise as well as the genius behind Bubba the Redneck Werewolf. Be sure to drop by. We'll have zombies and werewolves and vamps, oh my.

On 9 April I'll be a guest panelist at the Fandomonium ComicCon at the Alachua County Library located at 401 E University Avenue in Gainesville, Florida. I'll be on the Comics for Everyone panel (renamed from Comics: Not Just a Boyzone) at 2:30. My fellow panelists will be Shaun Duke, a PhD candidate in the Department of English at UF who is studying Sci-Fi, post-colonialism, and Caribbean literature; Erin Browning-Paine, a lifelong fan of comics, in particular X-Men and Sandman; Leela Corman, author of a number of graphic novels including Unterzakhn and Subway Stories as well as a co-founder of The Sequential Artists Workshop; Deon Durr, author, podcaster, and cosplayer; and Roxanne Palmer, a cartoonist studying at The Sequential Artists Workshop.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Apocalypse Monday

I usually spend my Monday mornings destroying the northern hemisphere. Today I'll bring the apocalypse to Australia so my friends down under don't feel left out.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Apocalypse Monday

It's just as possible that our world will come to an end from outside influences rather than by our own hands.