Hey there boys n’ ghouls! As you know, I really like hosting up and coming authors on my blog. I like it so much that as of late– it’s all I’ve been doing. But I digress. More next week on THAT front. BUT… I would like to introduce you all to the brand new book by author Travis Simmons, Desolation. Now, I know you all think that all I ever feature on here is romance. NOT TRUE!! I’m a big fan of horror and Desolation is the badass zombie book you’ve been waiting for. And as a budding expert on the subject of all things undead, I decided to let Travis give us the rundown of his top ten favorite zombie movies…. get your Netflix ready!!!
BTW… don’t forget to click on the book cover above. It will zoom you over to the Rafflecopter website where I hear Travis is giving away a Kindle Fire!! So all you folks in the US, get over there and ENTER!!!
Honestly, I don’t know if I have even seen ten zombie movies! That is what makes it so strange for me to write zombie fiction, because I don’t know a lot of the popular culture surrounding them. I do know that I have a huge fear of being eaten alive by anything. I seriously have nightmares of being ingested by a giant snake, so maybe that is why I am obsessed with zombies, some kind of morbid curiosity.
Anyway, without any further stalling, here is the list!
1. The Walking Dead
a. (I know, not a movie) Who am I kidding? This is an amazing show, and really inspired me to write DESOLATION. The show captures so much, it’s hard to even explain. The one thing I think it does amazingly well is portray the reality of how people would react during a zombie infestation. It is so real in more ways than makeup. These actors really act like they are in a zombie apocalypse (except for when they walk off on their own without a gun, I mean who does that?). The main issue I had (and I haven’t seen season 3) is there is no necromancers. I think necromancers fit really well in the lore of zombies, and so I had to write DESOLATION.
2. Shaun of the Dead
a. This made me laugh so hard. If I didn’t off myself when the zombies came, I really think this could be my group of friends and I. The scene when they are throwing records at the zombies was priceless.
a. Another really good movie. I love watching movies (or home videos) where someone gets conked in the head, so the scene where he hits the zombie in the head with the car door had me laughing so hard my friends had to pause the movie so we wouldn’t miss the next scene.
4. 28 Days Later
a. This was a good movie, but it didn’t scare me the way Walking Dead Season 1 did. The idea of “the rage” was a really good twist, and made the zombies creepy as hell.
5. Night of the Living Dead
a. Though I can barely remember it, I know as a child the idea really scared me.
6. Army of Darkness
a. I didn’t realize this was a zombie movie, but Wikipedia says it is, and I am so very happy that I can add this to the list. This movie is so funny, I love every minute of it and the main character is just so charismatic and goofy you can’t help but love him, right?
7. Serpent in the Rainbow
a. I did enjoy this movie, up until the end when it became so outrageously unbelievable. I really want to read the book it was based on. The idea of a drug people can use to make others appear dead, and then rise days later is so compelling that it makes you wonder what else is out there, what else are we able to do?
So I think that is all the zombie movies I have seen. I even went through a Wikipedia list looking to see if there were others. Unfortunately, I have never seen Silent Hill (is that a zombie movie?) and none of the Resident Evil movies either, though I hear they are superb.
But it makes me wonder, what are some of your favorite zombie movies? I would love to her about them and why they creep you out!
About the Author
Travis is the author of The Bonds of Blood, the first book in his epic fantasy series The Revenant Wyrd Saga. He has also written a young adult novel called A Lament of Moonlight which is book one of his pre-apocalypse series The Harbingers of Light. He is currently seeking publication for the first book of a third series, a zombie novel called Desolation. When he isn’t writing he is helping his family and trying to live a normal, under the radar life. His interests lie in cooking, gardening, green living, and human rights advocacy. He is a huge supporter of the Trevor Project and all agencies that seek to preserve natural resources and protect pets from abuse.
by author Travis Simmons
Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies, until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork.
Since the undead have chased the living into hiding, the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making. Asher is seeking safe harbor. The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled. He has searched from quarantine to quarantine, always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge, a military compound in Binghamton New York. With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand, he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven. But questions arise when he reaches The Refuge, mainly, how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned quarantine, but he was wrong. Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead.
Now…. off with you. Go buy the book! Enter the contest! And visit the other stops on the tour!!!