Happy Friday zombie lovers, and welcome to day two of the
BOD Zombie Crawl 2 Blog Party!
There’s some great posts coming up over the next week, with some amazing prizes
to be won, so make sure you keep checking back to each blog and entering the
I have a giveaway going for a kindle copy of the first in my zombie series –
Odium The Dead Saga, and also some cool little swag items
– finger pen, zombie ribbon bookmark, Odium badge, zombie stickers and more!
I’m looking forward to getting to know you all, have a great zombie crawl!
Why zompoc? Why not?
It’s not just the zombies that I like writing about so much as the apocalyptic world that they
get to roam freely in. It’s not the death and destruction that they reap, but the life that they
are filled with. Or at least, was once filled with. And are now refilling themselves with it like
cars at a gas station.
Why zombies? Because the possibilities are endless, that’s why.
Because zombies open up new worlds to us. If the dead can walk, then what else is
out there? What other horrors can exist?
Extra-terrestrials? ‘Helloooo, ET calling, can someone pick up?’
Mermaids? Unicorns? The freaking Lock Ness Monster?
Anything is possible. Absolutely anything! And that is exciting. That opens up my mind to
a whole world of possibilities.
But back to zombies.
I write about them and the perfect and most beautifully disgusting way that they rot. The way
that they chase you mindlessly and endlessly through barren worlds and destroyed cities.
I find them deeply fascinating, the very idea that the dead could get up and walk about.
And hey, even zombies deserve a little love.
Most people that don’t read zompoc believe that all zombie stories are the same. Mindless monsters chasing after humans to eat their brains. They’re gory and bloody and violent
stories and nothing more than that. But that’s ridiculous in my opinion. That’s like saying all dystopian books are the same, when in reality there are literally thousands of upon
thousands of different scenarios for dystopian worlds. Or all horror books are the same
and there’s only one type of monster and he lives under your bed, eats your socks and
is called Pricilla (FYI. He’s actually called Dave and he bites your toes off when you sleep,
but I’m digressing!)
Anyone who reads zompoc will tell you that most of the really good books aren’t even
about the zombies, they’re merely the backdrop for the plot. Because zompoc is all
about the people—both alive and dead, of course. It’s about settings and character
development, carving and weaving a tale where people are put under the most stressful
situations you could ever imagine being in and then seeing what happens when you stir
that pot of hell up for them.
It’s about choices, decisions, morality and who you really are deep down.
Zompoc isn’t just about zombies anymore than science fiction is just about aliens.
Sure there’s gore and blood, (can’t have zombies without a rotting corpse) but for the
most part, it’s about questioning yourself and your own judgement. That’s what’s so
enjoyable. It’s like reading one of those books you had as a kid where you got to choose
the outcome at the end of each chapter. Turn to page 203 if you want Barry to run after the
zombie and try to kill it, or turn to page 89 if you want Barry to hide like the little pansy girl
that he is. (FYI. Barry died a painful and brutal death on page 45 because he was a little
bitch and didn’t double tap.)
Anyone that reads zompoc, reads it and makes their own choices as they go along, whether consciously or subconsciously. They’re addictive, they’re competitive—who would live the
longest? (FYI. Me) They’re interesting, they can be funny, they’re gory, they have real emotions—whether writing about the hard hitting ex-army dude who’s fighting to get back to
his wife and kid, or the single white female that’s been through hell and isn’t going to take
anymore shit from life. Each character makes different choices, and it’s interesting as hell
to see what those choices will be. Because that’s what real life is about (minus the actual
zombies of course) Your choices, your morality, and your decisions.
We read zompoc to get away from real life, and yet really, we’re closer to real life when
reading them than you would think.
Thanks for reading. I hope that you enjoy the rest of the blog crawl.
Please remember to visit all of the stops and ‘share’ ‘like’ and ‘enter’ all of the giveaways! There are some great participants this year and I hope that you meet some new authors and blogs.
Your zombie loving host, Claire
Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author. She is also a bestselling British horror writer. Her work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult classics while still feeling fresh and cutting edge.
She writes characters that are realistic, and kills them without mercy. Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, three daughters, and one scruffy dog.
#1 Bestselling Odium The Dead Saga Series
Odium Origins Novella Series
Limerence (The Obsession Series)
Thicker than Blood Series
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Zombie Crawl 2 - Blog Party
October 22 - 31, 2015
by Band of Dystopian Authors & Fans
How it works: Each day, the scheduled authors and bloggers will post awesome zombie-tastic content for your enjoyment along with a giveaway on their site/blog/page. You can hop around to all of the participating sites and enter as many giveaways as you like! If you would like to be emailed links to the new posts each day, join this Zombie Crawl Daily Digest list which will ensure you don't miss a post (or join the party on Facebook to get notifications). Make sure to leave comments and interact with the participating sites. Thanks for joining the party!
OCTOBER 22 - ThursdayBand of Dystopian Authors & Fans (Party & Grand Prize Host)
Jo Michaels Blog (author)
Rissa Blakeley (author)
To learn more about Band of Dystopian and/or to enter our Grand Prize Giveaway, visit BandofDystopian.com and don't forget to join the group on Facebook!
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Happy reading my little book whores
28/10/2015 07:59:20 am
I agree 100%! Zombie novels are NOT about the creatures. :) Love, love, love this post :)
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