Thursday, June 2, 2011

Murdermouth: Zombie Bits - Scott Nicholson

Scott Nicholson is a writer, journalist, and freelance editor living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He is author of Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy, and 10 other novels, five story collections, four comics series, and six screenplays. He also edited the free writing manual Write Good or Die. He's currently on the Kindle Giveaway Blog Tour, sponsored by Amazon, Kindle Nation Daily, and Dellaster Design.

Murdermouth: Zombie Bits is a collection of eight stories featuring zombies, including the original "A Farewell To Arms," written exclusively for this volume. It includes two tales from the Eden Studio "All Flesh" series, as well as the comic script for the Murdermouth pilot comic.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

Possibly nothing, if you don't like zombies. Generally, there is less emphasis on blowing off heads with shotguns and more exploration of how people handle extreme change and how their minds turn under survival pressure. Plus the obligatory "What would it be like to be a zombie?" However, I am pretty sure there are enough dripping body parts to satisfy your taste for zombie gore. And Maberry's scorecard will help prepare you for the end of the world, if we all live that long.

Q: Why did you go indie?

We're all as indie as we want to be. I published six novels in New York and two collections in the small press, so I have a pretty good understanding of how the business works. More importantly, how it does or doesn't work for me. Putting out my own work is the best choice right now, both artistically and commercially. I am grateful for my experiences and appreciate my paid apprenticeship in traditional publishing and I hope to do something in that arena again. However, I am truly enjoying the new partnerships I've made this year.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

"Night of the Living Dead" is still one of my favorite movies, maybe because it takes itself so seriously, unlike the modern humorous-zombie genre. Romero is clearly the godfather, but I also enjoyed in fiction The Book of the Dead anthologies, and the work of Jonathan Maberry and Brian Keene. I never thought zombies would work in mainstream fiction until Keene launched the sub-genre practically single-handedly with "The Rising." Max Brooks isn't horror but I dig his work, and my friend Eric S. Brown is doing some crackling mash-up stuff.

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