What a great time! Sold a bunch of books! And among the many fascinating fans and colleagues I saw, there were these standouts:
the charming Ken Foree the colorful Joe Pilato the lovely Julia "A, B, C" Sevin the talented R.J. "ZOMG I saw THE hallway!" Sevin the enthusiastic Dr. Pus the friendly Steve North the youthful Travis Adkins the highly-classified J.L. Bourne the loud Bowie Ibarra the quiet Zombie Diva the camera-wielding Michael Arnzen the burger-loving Greg Lamberson the hair-brushing Gary Braunbeck the patient Lucy Snyder the tidy Tim Waggoner the prolific Scott Johnson the knowledgeable John Joseph Adams the witty Max Cheney
Wow, that's more people than I thought I saw this weekend! I hope to see more next year!
Come on, somebody bring me back down to Earth. Remind me how they're going to disenfranchise voters and steal the election (again). Otherwise I might dare hope in Democracy again, and I'm already getting pounded for writing about smart zombies who don't kill people. If I get too optimistic, I'll write about them following gummi bears to the land of Rainbo brite where they have tea with the Smurfs.
Just as a point of interest: I've been doing the subs in the order in which they arrived. The deadline for the anthology was August 31. I started reading subs from August 31 yesterday. There were 41 sent in on that day.
Please, God, no more zombie sex stories. Please. I mean, I didn't want to rule them out in the call for subs, and one even went in the maybe pile, but man they're hard on my noggin and tummy.
Oops, right after I write that - guess what I turn the page to?
A great, big zombie... umm... how do I put this? Let's just say, after all those descriptions of bony, brittle male undead members, I thought I was a hardy, steeled veteran. But I now know an adequately vivid description of the undead female pubis can be even worse... Urp. Blech.
Tomorrow is Throw Out Day, when the garbagemen pick up odd sized and shaped items. (Unfortunately, still they don't pick up the really impossible to get rid of things like tires.)
So today my son wants me to take him and his friend somewhere. My car is full of various things, including my daughter's violin. So I take some items out and set them in the driveway, thinking to pick them up and take them in when I get back in ten minutes.
But as I drive away, I remember it's Throw Out Day, and how the trash pickers come the night before and pick through the trash for anything useful. And I look in the rearview mirror and see the rusted out pickup already approaching my driveway.
I throw the car in reverse and go rocketing back the 200 feet to the driveway - where a trash picker already has the violin in his clutches! So now I'm in tug of war with some toothless mountain person over a violin!
Fortunately, Pa in the pickup truck told Jr. that he had seen me pull out, so that yes, this probably was my violin and he should let go.
Continuing my tradition of posting to the worst review of each new book I put out, here's this month's installment! From the Amazon page for D2L2:
"you have got to be kidding me....I am a HUGE fan of Zombies and I like them dumb and hungry...I dont mind if there are fast ones or slow ones, climbers or runners but zombies that can remember, fall in love and play the violin.....YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.............I had to finish the book because my wife says that I buy too many zombie books but I would rather fold laundry than finish this....... "
If you don't like smart(er) zombies (I mean, the poor dead guy's not a nuclear scientist, he just remembers stuff out of order and jumbled), then yes, I suppose you should pass on this.
The awesome duo of RJ and Julia Sevin asked me to pen a short story for a chapbook to be sold exclusively by them at ZOMBIE FEST (http://www.theitsaliveshow.com/zombiefest2008/home.htm). I was doing lots of other stuff, like ALBACON, and the weather's been incredible, so I wanted to take my daughter out to a hayride and haunted house and corn maze, but I sat down tonight and banged out a 2k piece that I think rocks in its own undead way. We'll see what they say!!
Just got back from Fencon. Shared a table with the lovely Gabrielle Faust. Lee Thomas stopped by several times and chatted. I was on a couple panels that were pretty nicely attended, though the one on apocalypses took the whole topic a little TOO literally (like they really thought that any of these things were really going to happen - I *think* they made an exception for zombies, but maybe not).
Location: Cornwall on Hudson, New York, United States
I am a professor of religious studies, and the author of several books on the Bible and theology. I grew up in New York, Virginia, and New Mexico. I attended St. John's College, Annapolis, MD (BA, 1988), Harvard Divinity School (MTS, 1990), and the University of Notre Dame (PhD, 1995). I live in upstate New York with my wife and two wonderful kids.
Starting in 2006, I had one of those strange midlife things, and turned my analysis towards horror films and literature. I have written
Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Visions of Hell on Earth (Baylor, 2006) - WINNER, 2006 Bram Stoker Award;
Dying to Live: A Novel of Life among the Undead (Permuted Press, 2007);
Orpheus and the Pearl(Magus Press, 2008); and
Dying to Live: Life Sentence(Permuted Press, 2008).