X is for Xombie is my new series. Each is a stand alone book can can be read in any order, but they take place in the Z universe and relate to some of the events and characters to enrich that world. Young Brains is the first of the series to be released and it is one of my favorites. High school can be terrible for some, but imagine dealing with zombies at the same time as you're looking for a prom date and finishing the algebra assignment.
I have been one busy writer!
Severed Press has taken my 9 book series and will be handling them. But the publisher and I spoke and we had ideas for some new stories. I can't say what all they are about...but Severed Press is well known for the "Dead Bait" theme (anthologies). Suffice it to say that the new book is amazingly intricate and about half finished. I am attending an exhibit this weekend in Fort Worth for further research. I am very excited about this new book.
If you are a fan of the Z is for Zombie series, you will notice they have new covers. I have an amazing artist via SP who drew them and each one has been a treat to see. I love the graphic arts style and am pleased with each one. The characters are so perfect. The Head at SP wanted a special feel for them and we wanted the characters and weapons to be impressive. Luckily, I have a weapons specialist on call who was able to help me and spend hours working on the ideas.
We are working a lot and Helen of Troy: Vampire is still with the copy editor. Red Man is finished but awaiting another run through by me and then it is off to the copy editor as well. If you haven't read a book I have written, you can start with Smooth or Alice and Friends as they are my favorites. I have had a publisher ask to put Alice under contract but I am not ready yet. So, why not try a read?
I saw that I had a very nice review for my favorite book (of mine). When people give detailed comments, I get to see the book as others see it and trust me, that helps a lot. The reviewer mentioned this is a coming of age book which eluded me. It really is one and I may have missed that because it is told in first person MALE point of view, was very difficult to write, but is my all time favorite because of the fun I had with some real history. To be compared along side of Stephen King and Robert McCammon on this one was a delight. It's not always easy to be noticed in the horror-writer market and I have used the zombie series to get my brand noticed and to pay me to do this full time, but this is who I am...mainstream horror....a little supernatural, a lot psychological...and strong characters, I like to immerse myself in whole other worlds when I write true horror fiction and for someone known for gore and violence, I feel that most readers are surprised at how subtle my writing is. despite my writing, I am most influenced by the horror writers of the 50s-70s when dread and unease was more fearful than blood and gore (Think Psycho movie) and my favorite writers are Thomas Tyron and Ira Levin. I will read anything frightening and nothing scares me like those two because of the subtle styles they used. Richard Laymon is my other big influence and is very differrent than the other two, but isn't that what horror should be? Scary, unpredictable, and stylized for whatever theme is being written about? George Romero probably got it most correct when he did NOTLD because so much of the movie was subtle and suggested and other parts were pretty grahpic for that time period. It was balanced. Absolute discomfort and changing tempos are what seem to work best. (IT by Stephen King) This is just my late night rambling as I think about the reviews and letters people send me...what people say about my writing. It isn't easy to be a writer. Yes, E-books have done a big business based on people who someone said could write but who really need to stop pumping out very bad prose. But it is hard to be a good writer over the course of many books. I know I don't always get a hit out of the park or even score with a few books, but I am trying to entertain people. That's all. I want to amuse people or scare them, make them think, or make someone uneasy...that's my job. Getting a great review that tells me I am hitting the points I want to hit...that makes the job enjoyable, Cheers and when you love a book, let the author know; it does make a difference!
* Z is for Zombie: What Lies Beneath, The Time of Grace, and Wild Boys will be offered this weekend for free. Enjoy! HERE @ Amazon.com
The first three books of the Z is For Zombie series plus the first teaser chapter of the fourth book ...1000 pages...is now available at Amazon.com The price is 30% less by getting all three at once and they are in full with covers.