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A few years ago, I talked my nephew and niece into making a zombie movie.

They were like, “Heck yeah!”

So, we set out to make one.

Oh, but I forgot to mention: They had never seen a zombie movie.

This is what we got:

Riveting, I know.

Obviously, they have no acting training and I gave them little direction, just to see what they would do. My niece, Hailey, came up with the stiff-leg walk. Why? I don’t know, but it freaking works. I think it really represents the way we somber through life and the choices we make that lead up to the catalysts of life-change and…

Um…

Ok, I just thought it was funny.

Anyways, this movie isn’t Savannah Zombie Novel related, just something fun I thought I’d share with y’all. Let me know what you think and share with your friends!

Prologue to A New Daybreak coming soon!

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Every good zombie movie has a killer soundtrack.

Whether it’s a hard rock, metal-palooza, where the only thing that seems more percussive than the shotgun blasts is the bass drum thumping out its beat-o-carnage. Or maybe it’s just an epic instrumental track that sets the mood like a low rolling fog on a full moon night. It slowly crescendos, until it erupts, and all hell breaks loose.

A New Death and its sequels are no different.

While some people cannot listen to music while they write, (because maybe they are purists and they cannot even fathom some other art form tainting their muse, or they simply can’t concentrate on the words they are penning in front of them while listening to someone else sing), I need music to write.

Writing in silence is weird. There’s this strange balance I need in order to write (well) and while complete silence drives me cuckoo for cocoa puffs, needless background noise (TV, I’m looking at you) is just as unhelpful.

I’ve always had a love for music and the fact that music and writing are so intertwined in my creative being, well, I’m no psychologist, but it just makes sense. I’m extremely cerebral (read: head in the clouds), so when I write, the music seeps in and marinates what I’m writing.

Which brings me back to zombies.

There are certain types of music that have influenced A New Death, some of which I make direct mention of in the book, while others, you can see similar themes.

Below are a list of songs/albums that are most likely playing when I’m writing about the zombie apocalypse found in A New Death. They appear in no particular order (Hello, shuffle!), and while I could go on and on about each individual song, I will not, but I have picked a few of my favorites to expound on. Enjoy.

Death of Me – Red

Fight Inside – Red

The Walking Dead Soundtrack: Sinking Man by Of Monsters and Men especially

Muse: Absolution was my first album by Muse and I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to it. From Apocalypse Please to Ruled by Secrecy, this album is a must for a post-apocalyptic soundtrack. I keep all of their albums on my mp3 player at all times.

Weak and Powerless – A Perfect Circle

The Deftones

The Pretender – The Foo Fighters

Korn: I mostly stick to the greatest hits album, but I did enjoy Get Up from The Path of Totality. Call me crazy, but I felt that Korn and Dubstep were made for each other.

Some Kind of Zombie – Audio Adrenaline

Sail – AWOLNATION

Zombie – The Cranberries: If there were a slow bluegrass version of this song, it would be perfect for A New Death. Someone make this happen!

The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana

Sabotage – The Beastie Boys: If you’ve read the book, you know what’s up.

Video Game Music – This can be anything from the Tank music in Left 4 Dead to fan versions of the music from Doom. Special shout out to the instrumental piece in the trailer for Dead Island. If you have not seen that, do yourself a favor and do it right now. Easily better than 75% of the zombie movies out there.

Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger: Ok, when I picture the A New Death movie, this is the song the movie opens in and intros Jeremy at the grocery store. Hollywood, take notes.

The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash (Thanks Zach Snyder.)

Liar – The Henry Rollins Band

Sweet Dreams – Marilyn Manson: This song is used excellently in the movie Gamer during Cable’s escape.

Panic Switch – Silversun Pickups

Kill Everybody – Skrillex

Radiohead: Okay, Okay, I’m late to the Radiohead game, but man, where has this band been all my life? If the only song you’ve heard by this band is Creep, please go download Ok Computer right now. Wow, just wow.

Wait and Bleed – Slipknot: Also the song I imagine when Jeremy experiences the Rage for the first time.

Nine Inch Nails

Tool

The Widow – The Mars Volta

Joker and the Thief – Wolfmother

This isn’t everything I listen to, but there’s a good chance one of these songs/bands are playing when I do! If you want the full A New Death experience, go and download these songs, let ‘em marinate, and re-read.

Enjoy.

Josh

What songs would make your zombie apocalypse soundtrack?

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Well, it’s official.

I’ll be at this year’s annual Savannah Zombie Walk!

Come hang out November 1st, get done up as a zombie, and shamble on through Savannah!

I’ll be there as a vendor, so come say hey, buy a paperback version of my books, get some autographs, or just stare at me like a piece of delicious meat.

It’s for a great cause too. To get your FREE zombie make up, all you have to do is make a canned food donation to the America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Check out the website below:

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Hey everyone!

So, it’s only a handful of days until I turn in the final manuscript for A New Darkness and I’m working on the finishing touches.

One of which is the cover. For the cover of A New Death, Xavier Martinez came up with the design, and I thought he did an awesome job, so I asked him to do it again.

And he came through.

Problem is, he made too many awesome covers and now I can’t decide which one I like more!

So, let’s put it to a vote!

Tell me which is your favorite and whichever cover gets more votes, that will be the cover for A New Darkness!

Here they are:

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Don’t forget to pre-order A New Darkness! You’ll save 33% from weekend launch price and a whoppin’ 66% from regular list price! Click on the banner below!

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Here is Xavier’s take on the chase scene through Savannah’s Forsyth Park. He did a great job of showing the overhanging Oak branches and the beautiful fountain located in the historic park. Anyone who read A New Death will remember this scene and what happened next!

 

A New Darkness now available for pre-order! Coming October 11, 2014!

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So everybody has their list of favorite zombie movies.  With the Walking Dead Season 4 starting tonight, everybody is getting geared up to watch Rick and Co. and how they will continue to survive the zombie apocalypse.  I’ve been doing some thinking about my list of favorite zombie movies while waiting for 9 o’clock to roll around tonight. Here’s my current top 5 and why:

5. Night of the Living Dead

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I know, I know. Night of the Living Dead is where it all started. How can I even think to place it at number 5? What’s wrong with me? I think the original George A. Romero classic is great and deserves mad respect for starting the whole zombie genre.  The basics are all there: a small group of survivors fighting off waves of the undead who feast on the flesh of the living. Perfect.

But as for me and in my opinion, going back and rewatching it, it’s almost too simple. Cheesy almost. But regardless, I still love it and constantly rewatch it.  It did make the top five after all.

4. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

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What?! The Dawn of the Dead remake gets number four, but the original only gets number five? Again, I would just like to reiterate, this is my top five. The reason I like the remake more than the original or even Dario Argento’s recut for that matter, is because of the pacing, the humor and the fast zombies.  I know many people aren’t fans of the faster zombies, but I think they add a real sense of urgency in dealing with the undead. Plus Ty Burrel’s character is enough reason to watch this one alone.  So glad he was cast as Phil on Modern Family.

3. Warm Bodies

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I remember seeing the trailer for this movie and thinking, “Hmm, that look’s like it could be okay.”

I laughed the entire time throughout Warm Bodies. R’s constant shrugging and Rob Coddry’s hilarious portrayl of M were perfect together. I love a zombie movie with humor.  Anything that can keep me on my toes and make my sides hurt from laughing is a great movie. Going back and reading the book is on my to-do list.

2. 28 Days Later

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Ah, 28 Days Later... When zombies became scary again. (Excuse me, infected.) The whole movie seemed like one non-stop ride. Even the slower, more quiet parts of the film were only like the climb on a roller coaster, there only to eject us into the maddening drops and spins. The end sequence is probably not just one of my favorite zombie movie moments, but maybe even one of my favorite cinematic moments. And what made it so much more powerful was the score by John Murphy.

1. Zombieland

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As I mentioned before, I love a good zombie movie with humor. Zombieland takes everything I love about the zombie genre and puts it all in one movie. There’s action, cool zombie-kill scenes, humor, and even a tender moment or two. It was a simple storyline, but it also had its characters mature. Well, maybe not Tallahassee…

So, that’s my top five.  Of course, if A New Death ever gets a movie deal things might change. (C’mon Hollywood.)

What’s in your top five?