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BEHOLD! MANNA FROM… HELL!!!

Tremble before the double-barreled majesty of these fine zombie offerings! Moses’s puny tablets have nothing on the dark delights to be found in not one, but two mighty books, now available for your delectation! Okay, that’s a lotta hyperbole, but I am damned proud of both of these books. Pariah, as you (hopefully) know, is my new novel out now from Tor Books. It’s beginning to garner some sweet reviews (which I’ll be sharing here, soon). The Living Dead 2, edited by ace anthologist John Joseph Adams is a 500-page juggernaut of undead tales, including mine, “The Summer Place.” I am very happy to be included, along with such luminaries as Robert Kirkman, David Wellington, Brian Keene, Walter Greatshell, Jonathan Maberry, Max Brooks, and more (even some who I don’t know personally and haven’t given me blurbs!). These books are must-haves for aficionados of horror and just plain good entertainment, if I do boast so myself. Buy them!

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Rejected Zombies

Some of the warm-ups I did that didn’t cut the mustard and make it into Pariah.

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Zombie

It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with my work that I am a longtime, died-in-the-wool zombie fanatic.

Recently, I sold my second novel, Pariah, to Tor. I am thrilled (and relieved) beyond belief. It’s a story that I’ve yearned to get out there for many, many years. I first conceived of it as a graphic novel (before my ambitions led me to write the regular kind), back in the mid-’90s. Fortunately (though I didn’t feel that way at the time), it didn’t come to pass in that format. I finally wrote it as a novel and the end result is much better.

The interesting thing is that part of my deal with Tor is to provide the book with some original interior art (I might do the cover, too, but that is pending). My approach is not to do illustrations of any scenes or characters in the book. I prefer to let the readers picture that for themselves. Instead, one of the characters is an artist and he does studies of the undead to pass the time (no more TV or Internet, so one must pass the time doing something). The conceit of the accompanying art will be that these are his drawings. I don’t want any of the art to be typical EC-tinged stuff. The approach is to do sensitive, objective drawings. The zombies didn’t ask to be this way. They’re not evil.

To whet your appetites, here is one of the drawings. I might post some of the rejects here as the months go on, but here’s a sample:

Pariah is due out July 2010.

Recess Pieces Makes Cameo in Horror Movie!

Canadian indie-cinema horror auteur Brian Clement has featured my book, Recess Pieces, as set dressing in his Lovecraftian mind-fuck flick Dark Paradox. Clement plays an author who needs to get away from the city (where strange things are beginning to happen) to finish a manuscript for his publisher. But when he reaches his bucolic getaway to type in peace, well… the best laid plans of mice and men and so on.

It’s an enjoyable movie. Check it out.

Recess Pieces makes itself comfortable on the main character’s desk:
Auteur/star Clement having a “WTF” moment:

RECESS PIECES THUMBNAILS, PART 1

Here’s the first of what might be a series of posts featuring some of my prep work. These are the first 20 pages of thumbnails for my graphic novel, Recess Pieces, which came out summer 2006.