Zombies, Zombies, Zombies Galore.


It’s almost the New Year.


I’m just going to come out and say what we’re all thinking. Zombie Apocalypse.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited. Why? Because with zombies come Zombie Hunters.

To those who follow the Carina Press Editors’ submission calls and anyone who follows me on twitter—and just about anyone nearby who is willing to listen—it’s no secret that I’ve been on the look out for zombie hunter romances. Now, I’ll tell you why.

As readers we’ve followed Vampires/Vampire Hunters, Demons/Demon Slayers, etc. We are entering the age of the Zombies. And the possibilities are endless. My good writer friend, who has heard this argument more times than she would like, would respond with, “Eww.” When Zombies are first mentioned, most people immediately picture noses falling off, decaying skin, crumbling noses…

But I say, only if you wish it so.

That’s the beauty of this new age. Are zombies drones? Part of a hive mind? Controlled only by animalistic instincts? Do they act as loners? Group together? I say, they are whatever the author chooses.

But don’t let me stray from the key issue here. Zombie HUNTERS. I get chills just thinking of the potential. A series surrounding a brand of brothers type guild. Or a single, lone wolf vigilante. Do they keep the existence of their prey a secret? Or do they defend the world from overt destruction?

And setting… It’s all fair game. Any place—past, present and future. Space zombies? Steampunk? Regency England? Present day New Orleans? Yes, please. All of the above and anything else your brilliant minds concoct! There are no rules for worldbuilding. No set expectations from readers that must be met.

I say, let 2012 be the year of the Zombie Apocalypse. Let us all be wowed as authors bring characters to life upon the page. Let us become engrossed in vivid action scenes. Let new worlds be built and love be discovered.

And let’s all cross our fingers that they end up in my inbox. :P

8 thoughts on “Zombies, Zombies, Zombies Galore.”

  1. Bonnie Paulson says:

    Love this post. I think Zombies could be fun. Good idea!

  2. Why doesn’t this surprise me? ;-) Actually, I’ve been on a zombie reading kick lately too and I love them. Not as love interests, but as the evil villains in an apocalyptic world. Band of brother zombie-hunters? I’m sooo there!

  3. What a timely post! (I believe my day job office may be full of hive-mind zombies as we speak.)

  4. Sara Latham says:

    Great post! Zombies are a personal fav!

  5. Ace says:

    2012 is the Zombie Apocalypse? Makes me wonder if it’s part of the Fey Invasion of December 2012. My alter-ego-run-amuck Dr. Ace T. Jericho co-opted by blog about it:

  6. Mallory_Braus says:

    @Hillary – That cracks me up. And makes me think there’s a story there…

    @Laurie – Wouldn’t a band of brothers Zombie Hunting group be awesome? The series potential would be amazing!

    @Ace I think zombies would definitely be in on the Fey Invasion! :P Those darn Fey are probably to blame for the Zombie Apocalypse.

  7. Alica says:

    Know what I’d think would be good? A book where the zombie apocalypse has happen, rotting zombies and all that. Set a few years after it and there is patches of society building back up. There is a group of zombie hunters that are controlled by whatever that is left of the US. The government sends these skilled warriors out usually 2-4 to various cities and towns to take care of nuance hoards of zombies, find new resources or deal with towns that have gone bad.

    The main love interest would be between an elite man and woman warriors/fighters that reluctantly get paired up together. They are both arrogant and think they don’t need each other because they think they are good enough alone. They get sent on a zombie slaying, ridding a town of some bad men mission. Hyjinks and romance ensue.

    That is something I wanna read.

  8. Sorry, I don’t think you’ll ever be getting a zombie book from me! LOL. I tried watching the Walking Dead on AMC once, but I couldn’t take more than a couple minutes of it. I’m a zombie-wuss. ;)

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