Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas! This holiday is all about dying and coming back to life ... enjoy it!

Monday, December 17, 2012

So, I guess if you are sitting at home tomorrow night and are completely bored, and all your TV channels are out (except one) and your iPad has run down and your dog has wandered off, you might want to watch this.

Or, you could perhaps spend your time much more wisely and read this instead. Seriously, the Discovery Channel has become one of the slackest things on TV. They once hosted a "documentary" about vampires vs. werewolves that was, of course, tied to the release of one of those Underworld movies. Sad.

I think the same company owns Discovery Channel, what used to be called The Learning Channel and History Channel, all of which mostly air junk, especially now that History seems to have run out of things to say about World War II.

This little cartoon says it best, I think. Anyway, don't watch zombie crap on TV. Read about zombies instead, particularly sexy ones such as featured in "Mama Lona's Man!"

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

This study is shocking, shocking, I say.

Basically, James Bond movies have gotten more violent over time, although it's not quite as linear as you might think, and apparently Pierce Brosnan was the most violent of all.

I remember the earlier movies as being travelogues to exotic places as much as they were about action, maybe more so. Jamaica had a starring role in "Dr. No," and I have been to Udaipur, India, the setting for "Octopussy," and if you go to the right bar they play the movie every night.

So why I am rattling on about James Bond on a zombie romance blog? More about that in the next post.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Somewhat excited by the season finale of The Walking Dead ... best to get shambling, flesh-eating zombies out of the way before Christmas really kicks in.

Also, wanted to note this book I came across, which I think is similar in tone to "Mama Lona's Man" ...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

These logos are pretty funny ... although, honestly, the sidebar ads are even funnier, and I don't think they're supposed to be.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

This is another book that kinda sorta includes the type of zombie in my novel ... not really, but closer than the body-eating types on "The Walking Dead" and similar shows and movies.

But, I have a confession to make ... I haven't read it. I should, though. Haven't seem the movie, either, although it strikes me as being a bit less scholarly than the book.

Anyway, the book I'm jabbering about is here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

OK, here's another ancestor of Mama Lona's Man, one that I probably haven't seen since I was nine years old (trust me, that has been a while). It's the "Zombie" episode of "The Night Stalker," which I loved as a kid even though it ran out of steam pretty quickly. However, it did go on to inspire "The X Files," so that's good.

The interesting thing, for me, is that this show dates to 1974, meaning it came out after Romero's "Night of the Living Dead," but it wasn't based on his flesh-eating creatures. It was instead a reference to the classical Haitian zombie.

According to TV.com, in this episode, "A voodoo priestess animates her dead son to take revenge on the gangsters that killed him." Now, that's not what happens in my book, but the plotline is not entirely dissimilar ... it just took a while for that idea to percolate through my brain and into the storyline, I guess.

Anyway, you can watch the whole thing here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Here's another antecedent to Mama Lona's Man, a book I read twice (and paid $20 for, used!): Green Eyes by Lucius Sheppard. It has zombie-type critters that aren't rotting, brain-eating monsters, which is similar to the tack I tried to take.

A link is here.

But, I have to admit I never did really understand the ending. And it's not exactly a romance, and mine is, so I have that going for me, which is nice. I will gift a copy of Mama Lona's Man to the first person who sends me the name of the movie I just referenced.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It occurs to me that I should toss up a relevant link now and then so you know what I'm talking about ...

Mama Lona's Man.

I wanted to point out some fictional characters who have some similarities with my heroine, Abigail Callisto. One that I'll start with can be found here.

And that one's name, come to think of it, is Abigail too, although I had thought up my character (in a different form) before I ever saw that show. And, my Abigail is not quite so flamboyant. Yet.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This is my first romance novel. I've written several fantasy and science fiction novels before — on used bookstore shelves near you — but this story took me in a different direction.

Oh, sure, one of the leading characters is a zombie. And, yes, there's a Navy SEALs vs. zombie gunfight at the end. But the core of it is a love story, a story of sacrifice.

I'm going to use this blog to lay out how the idea came to me, the various sources that inspired it, and I'll throw in random zombie stuff now and then. My zombie character, by the way, is not the shambling, rotting zombies you see on TV and the movies; he's more of a classic throwback. It takes a brainy young college student — my heroine — to see him for what he is.