This year, I’m honored to host Jack Wallen for the Summer of Zombie 2014 Blog Tour!
For the month of June, zAuthors will be hosted across this awesomely bloated internet of ours, so don’t forget to follow the link at the bottom of the page. You wouldn’t want to miss anything during this fantastic June of the Dead, but before you get all scroll-happy, read what special guest Jack Wallen has to say about:
Apocalypse and Rock: Two nomtastic genres that belong together
If I were to ask you to name a genre of book that fit perfectly with rock and roll, what would you say? Romance? Nay. Historical Thriller? You’re killing me! Young Adult? Only if by “rock and roll” you mean pop music, then ‘maybe’.
Of all the genres of books, there is really only one that seamlessly melds with rock — horror. But even more specific — apocalyptic horror. No other form of fiction blends to the perfect mix as does our favorite dystopian fiction.
Rock and zombies. They go hand in hand, like a Marshall amp and Gibson Les Paul. Like psychobilly and pompadours.
This idea, that rock and zombies are the perfect pairing, is what led me to write The Last Casket. If you look throughout the I Zombie series, it’s very clear that music is an important element in my life — I constantly reference music in many forms. The second book, My Zombie My, gave birth to Zombie Radio (which wound up being a weekly podcast of mine). As I wound my way through the landscape of the series, music continued to play a major role in the survival of Bethany Nitshimi and her ragtag machine of hope. The idea of music being the food of life culminated in the sixth book in the series, the soon to be released Cry Zombie Cry. This story centers around a metal music festival used to celebrate life. That story includes the band Unsun — who play a central role in the climax of the action. Soon after I completed the first draft of that book, I decided to take the idea one step further and I sought out the psychobilly band Kitty in a Casket to star in a new I Zombie spinoff series, The Last Casket.
I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I was when they agreed (I’ve been a big fan of theirs for some time). This new series brings together two of my favorite genres and crashes them into one another with attitude to spare. Attitude — a key element in the pairing. The psychobilly (and rockabilly) music genre is fueled by the perfect attitude for apocalyptic fiction. It’s fun, it’s hot, and it’s kick ass. Kitty in a Casket embodies that in ways many other bands cannot.
Art happens in mysterious ways. Allowing the evolution of ideas to flow freely helped me to arrive at this union of rock and horror. I feel very honored and humbled by Kitty in a Casket allowing me to immortalize them in fiction as much as I am thankful and honored by fans sticking with me on this dark hayride.
And, as I would say to anyone, please remember to support indie artists of all kinds. Search out Kitty in a Casket and purchase a tune or two — you’ll dig their horror-fueled sound.
Find out more about Jack Wallen
Zombie Radio: http://www.zombieradio.org
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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.
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! #SummerZombie