Guest Post: Shawn Chesser #SummerofZombie


Great interview.

Originally posted on Dying Days:

Eavesdropping on Zombie Authors Shawn Chesser and Saul Tanpepper


Shawn and Saul shared a booth at the Long Beach Zombie Walk in 2013. Shawn is the author of the Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (STZA) series. Saul penned the GAMELAND series and the newly launched BUNKER 12/FLENSE twin-series. Here, they talk a bit about their books, their audiences, and the future of the genre.

SAUL: One thing that has always intrigued and impressed me with your STZA (Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse) series, Shawn, is the ease with which you write military. It seems to be a great approach, and one that’s obviously connected well with your readers. Where do you go for inspiration?

SHAWN: I think I really got a lot of my factoids and some of the lingo down pat from reading the late Don Pendelton’s work.

SAUL: Pendleton was a prolific military thriller writer.


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Guest Post: John O’Brien #SummerofZombie


Awesome cover! A great book too by the way.

Originally posted on Dying Days:


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Hello there. I’m John O’Brien and I write the series, A New World. My recent release was A New World: Storm.

First off, I guess I should mention first off that the creatures in the series aren’t technically zombies.  When some mention my creatures being zombies, I just close my eyes and nod.

I began writing in this genre due to the fact that I am constantly envisioning survival-type scenarios.  I think of one and place myself in the situation, thinking of solutions and throwing wrenches into whatever plan I came up with.  I lose myself for hours pondering ideas, ways of doing things better, likely outcomes and what actions others might take.

In my opinion, a post-apocalyptic world offers the ultimate survival situation.  It’s in this world that I spend most of my time daydreaming.  Going through various situations, things that would arise, items I would need, how…

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Guest Post: Luke Ahearn #SummerofZombie


This is just brilliant :)

Originally posted on Dying Days:

The Runs on the Run; Diarrhea During the Zombie Apocalypse

Luke Ahearn, author of the Euphoria Z Series


Imagine you are on the road during the apocalypse. You are just trying to survive while keeping a look out for zombie hordes, avoiding humans, finding shelter, and gathering food. Then you start cramping. You feel bloated, nauseous, and feverish. You wonder what could be wrong with you, then it hits you, the intense desire to drop and squat. So that’s what you do and you are vulnerable, but it’s that or fill your pants as you run for a safer location.

We all know what Diarrhea is; urgently and frequently running to the bathroom to pass loose, watery unformed stool. It usually passes within 48 hours. The most important thing you can do is to stay hydrated while the diarrhea runs its course. Drink lots of water because your body is…

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Teaser: Justin Coke #SummerofZombie

Originally posted on Dying Days:

Dead Wrangler

Justin Coke


            He clung to the spire of the Chrysler building. He was wretchedly thin, his ribs jutting out of his shriveled chest.  They were coming.  He could hear them scratching and screaming and moaning.  They were almost through.  The barricades worked too well.  It was easier just to go through the walls.

He looked down.  For miles and miles, dead bodies packed so tightly they could barely lift their arms.  From this height their moans almost sounded like the babbling of some peaceful creek.

He was the last man in New York.  The rest had given up days ago.  There had been nothing to eat except one another for weeks, nothing to drink but piss and rainwater.  And one look at the mass below was enough to know, without a sliver of doubt, that they were really and truly doomed.

He knew that now.  He…

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Guest Post: Jolie Du Pre #SummerofZombie


If you love zombies, then Plants v Zombies is the right game for you

Originally posted on Dying Days:

What Is Plants v Zombies?


If you love zombies, then Plants v Zombies is the right game for you. In this game from PopCap, you have to defend your home against wave after wave of the undead. The only weapons that you have at your disposal are the plants in your garden.

Fortunately, these are far from being ordinary plants. Instead, these plants are virtually weapons of mass destruction! They can fire projectiles at the zombies, set them on fire, or even devour them whole. Other plants can provide barriers that slow the zombies down or even blow them up.

As you proceed through the levels of the game, you can earn new plants that are even more powerful. Of course, the zombies become more powerful as well! In the early stages, you only have to defend against the weakest and slowest zombies, but by the end of the game…

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Teaser: Jack Wallen #SummerofZombie


“sour-milk eyes from the blind hiker ─ stared back at me.” Great stuff.

Originally posted on Dying Days:


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Morning. Breakfast. The journey is afoot again.

I hit another climb. I wasn’t in the mood. In fact, at the moment, the whole business of hiking was getting on my last nerve.

“Namaste, mother fucker,” I whispered. It was a joke Erica and I shared with regards to a rather brutal hot yoga class. As the cold wind whipped across my face, I longed for that one hundred and ten degree room and the surrounding sweat-drenched bodies.

For a brief second, my mind shifted and twisted to Erica’s sweaty flesh. At that moment, purpose resurrected in my core and my legs pumped upwards toward the peak of the climb.

I could smell her skin, hear her deep breathing. As I climbed, a memory bubbled to the surface. The first class. She was a graduate assistant, teaching Chemistry 101. The second I laid eyes on all five…

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Teaser: C.A. Verstraete #SummerofZombie


“rot-pocked tongue wiggled at me” Classic

Originally posted on Dying Days:

A few short excerpts from GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie by C.A. Verstraete

(Download the prologue and chapter 1 PDF at

What happened before this? Read Changes, a GIRL Z Prequel short story, to see how Becca got into this situation…



A virus. A freaking virus.

I’d been sick before, you know, measles, mumps…kid stuff…but not really sick.

Never like this.

This . . . this couldn’t be happening.

I tuned back in to the doctor’s explanation…new diet, pills, blah-blah-blah…and let his words fade again into the background.

Gone was the golden tan I’d nurtured over the summer with tanning cream and hours sunbathing by the pool with one of my cousins. My skin had a weird grayish tone, like I’d rubbed myself with fireplace ash.

I gazed at my legs, now mottled with strange gray blotches, and my pretty pink toenails peeking…

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