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