Today Nancy Holzner will be stopping by. She is giving us a guest post, and a giveaway. I'm going to be reviewing DEADTOWN soon so stay tuned for that. Until then enjoy this awesome guest post, and prize. Thank you again Nancy :)
& this is all part of Zombie Month, a month long event on this blog, look for more reviews, guest posts, and prizes in the near future.
People who love zombies love a good scare. Zombies embody many deep-seated fears, especially the fear of death. A rotting zombie is a visceral reminder of the fate what happens to the physical body after death. A zombie is a corpse that won’t stay where it’s supposed to, out of sight and out of mind in the grave. Instead, it attacks the living, wanting to consume them and make them what it is. They’re relentless and persistent and driven by instincts that we’d like to think we’ve got under control. Zombies are like us, but not like us, and they mean us harm. That’s scary.
The zombies in my Deadtown urban fantasy series touch on both fear and humor. Here’s some background: Three years before the first book begins, a plague blasted through downtown Boston. The virus mowed down all humans in its path, killing hundreds of people within minutes. Paranormals, who were just starting to emerge in human society, were immune, and they helped out the norms by dealing with the corpses that piled up inside the quarantine zone. Three days later, the virus had mutated to something harmless--and its victims began to rise.
Deadtown’s zombies aren’t the kind you usually encounter in horror films. They have intelligence and can speak, but they’ve changed in other ways: They have spongy, gray-green skin and red eyes. The sun damages their skin, turning it orange and pitted, so they’re active at night and sleep during the day. Although zombies are hard to kill, they don’t heal. And they’re always hungry. They can eat whatever they want, but they’re never quite satisfied. And the scent of human blood sends them into a frenzy of hunger that makes zombie-human relations more than a bit awkward at times.
Deadtown has other paranormal creatures besides zombies. The main character, Vicky Vaughn, is a shapeshifter based on Welsh mythology. Her kinda-sorta boyfriend Kane is a workaholic activist lawyer (and a werewolf). Her roommate is a vampire, and the owner of her favorite bar is . . . well, no one’s quite sure, but he’s definitely not human. The first zombie you meet is Tina, who was zombified at fifteen and insists on dressing and acting the way she did before the plague.
Why zombies? A zombie plague seemed like the perfect event to force norm society to deal with the emergence of paranormals. If you wake up one morning to find that two thousand of your citizens have returned from the dead, you can’t exactly ignore them. How would people respond? I imagined that initial euphoria—people realizing their dead loved ones weren’t dead after all—would turn to suspicion and fear, as it became apparent how just how much the reanimated zombies had changed. One issue that Deadtown explores is how people try to control what they fear, as Boston’s humans and zombies try to figure out how to live together.
And now for the contest! When Deadtown released last December, Publisher’s Weekly wrote that the book “would be a great beach read if it weren't coming out in the middle of winter.” Seasons change, and now that we’re in the middle of summer, I thought it would be fun to do a Great Beach Read giveaway. Here’s what you can win:
·A signed copy of Deadtown
·A beach towel
·A sun hat
·Hibiscus straws for your fave tropical drink
·A beach bag to hold it all
To enter, just leave a comment telling us about your favorite beach read—it can be a book, an author, or a whole genre. Do you like to bring zombies with you to the beach? Or do you prefer romance, science fiction, a mystery, a thriller, or a good literary novel? If you were heading out to the beach right now, what book would you grab?
Because of postage costs, I have to limit entries to commenters from the U.S. and Canada.