#Zombies as Main Characters: @ArmandAuthor Rosamilia #WinterZombie2014
Zombies As Main Characters
I think I need to up my Zombie posts to every Saturday, what do you guys think? I have been waiting for this for a couple of weeks! Trolling for zombie posts on Facebook I found the Winter of Zombie Tour event popped up. I immediately contacted Armand Rosamilia, who has been on the blog before, and begged to be on it! He thankfully said yes and though this is really late (because it apparently got lost in spam… hmmm spam and eggs sounds good right about now…. braaaaaaaaaaaaiiiins… oooops sorry back to the post…
I am a huge fan of that circle of zombie authors, stories, movies, TV shows… decorations… Daryl… oops sorry, you get the idea. I always have argued the zombies are not characters but actually part of the world build. Armand has changed the take on the original story arc. I agree, it has to be done right when you try to write or create something from the zombies point of view. Not really a fan but, I have read Armand’s stories and I have to say he nails it! Check out a little conversation here and a taste of his world build. What do you guys think?
Zombies as Main Characters
by Armand Rosamilia
In every vampire or werewolf movie or book the monster is the main character. You get inside their head, see how evil or misunderstood they truly are, and sympathize with their plight on some level.
But zombie movies and books always focus on the living, breathing people trying to survive. The reason is simple: getting inside the mind of a mindless corpse would be pretty boring.
Grrr Groan Grr Brainnnssss…. Look, a squirrel… Grrr…..
Of course there have been some movies (Warm Bodies) and stories (“Dead Like Me” by Adam-Troy Castro, my favorite zombie short story) that get into the head of the zombie, but they are few and far between. When done well, they get the watcher/reader to understand the plight of the afflicted. You get to escape into something completely different, and it makes for good entertainment.
Ahh, now we get to the self promotion muck…
In my own zombie series, Dying Days, I made the choice early on to evolve the zombies. I thought the opening scenes of 28 Weeks Later was brilliant: the zombies ran out of food and died. Of course, mayhem will ensue over the next 90 minutes, but still… zombies aren’t vampires or werewolves, who need a little bit of maintenance at night to keep them going. Zombies need to keep feeding as they slowly rot away. A vampire or werewolf is intelligent enough to move on to a new food source, while zombies might wander the mall like old times and never find another tasty morsel. (my favorite zombie movie, by the way, is the Dawn of The Dead remake. I can watch it no matter what part it’s on when I put on ScyFy).
Back to talking about me.
If you haven’t read my Dying Days series you might want to stop reading and go purchase Dying Days 1-4 (I’m working on DD5 now, I swear) and then read all of them and come back to this point, because we’re going to have a bit of a spoiler alert going… nothing major, and it won’t affect the excitement of reading the books, I swear.
My zombies slowly heal and slowly regain their intelligence, although they come out the other side completely pissed, a bit insane to us, and wanting to still kill anything living.
Purists of the zombie genre are not happy with my books, but I don’t care. I definitely don’t lose sleep at night over it. I wanted to do something a little different to differentiate my series from 99% of the ones I was reading. Not that there’s anything wrong with writing a classic Romero zombie: mindless, shambling, loves the taste of human flesh. I was just reading and seeing too many of them and wanted to up the horror factor. Zombies are becoming too cute for me, like vampires with all the sparkly crap. I wanted to get them mean and relevant and bad ass.
You can stare down a horde of zombies in a show like The Walking Dead and with some well-placed head-shots eliminate them and go to commercial. The zombies, at this point, are just in the way. Once or twice an episode they lunge out from a side corridor and almost bite someone before someone else puts a knife in their rotting head. The show is not about the zombies, it’s about the survivors. And that’s the best part of the show to me.
But in Dying Days the zombies are slowly getting stronger and smarter and tougher.
And that really can’t be good for the survivors, right?
The stench of frozen rotted meat is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 10 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.
Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #WinterZombie2014
Dying Days: Origins 2
Series: Dying Days: Origins #2
by Armand Rosamilia
Published by Rymfire Books
Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Zombie, Zombies
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The prequel tale to David Monsour, featured in Dying Days 2 zombie novella as well as short stories set in the Dying Days world.
Includes two bonus short stories as well! Plus author's notes
Find the rest of the series plus the original on the author's Amazon page!!
The first in the novel is perma-99¢, check it out the series:
by Armand Rosamilia
Sunny Florida, beautiful beaches, no traffic on A1A… Zombies roaming the dunes in search of the living… Darlene Bobich in a fight to survive, find food, safety and ammo for her Desert Eagle before its too late… Dying Days are upon us… The Undead Roam the Earth… Searching for the Living… To Eat… To Feast… To Rip Apart… Extreme Violence… Extreme Sexual Situations… Extreme Undead… Continuing the Darlene Bobich story begun in “Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer..”. And soon to be an independent film!
Quick progress review:
I am 29% through Dying Days Origins 2 and loving it. Having only read the first few in the original series and not read the first in this series I may be getting some spoilage, as Armand mentions above. However I am loving reading about David & Cheryl and their struggles. Just… wow. I have not talked or reviewed his books on the blog because of one reason… I am lazy. These are my fun reads and what I should be doing is talking about them. I save my reviews on zombie reads till I finish a series, since this seems to be the trend. The thing is? …Armand has over 100 books out. Not all are zombies, but as you read it is a totally different take. Perhaps I am still calculating how I am going to explain to my puriest friends how awesome this is and to get over themselves, but the problem is it is like talking to rabid epic fantasy fans about my love of Seanan McGuire‘s urban October Day Series… as in watching my back for daggers and dragons.. ACK!
I have not read all in the series yet, but this takes place before some of the early ones. Hence Origins. Grab Dying Days: Origins 2 while it is still 99¢ (amazon only) also Dying Days Origins is also 99¢. They are quick reads, actually novellas and this the second has bonus stories with author notes at the end. I highly recommend this author and these stories from his sick twisted mind! (He is a master short story writer. Check his Amazon author page for all his anthology contributions)
You guys need to go check out all his goodies. The man is…
Partial bibliography on Goodreads
Click to read all the wonderful posts on the tour!
So… how do you like your zombies served?