Today, I am stoked to have Bryan Smith stop in for his Summer of Zombie Blog Tour appearance. I have to make an admission here...Bryan is probably one of the first writers that I read when I started seeking more zombie lit after reading Wellington and Keene. I am actually a little starstruck having him on as a guest.
So, I am out of the way...make room for who you really came to see.
Describe your first zombie “experience”?
Seeing the original Dawn of the Dead at a midnight show.
Favorite Dawn of the Dead (original) moment? Remake?
Original: Either the helicopter blade taking off the top of that zombie’s head or the scene where another zombie takes a machete to the head. Remake: probably the entire opening sequence up through the Johnny Cash singing “When The Man Comes Around” over the opening credits.
What is the last zombie book you read?
I can’t recall for certain, but it may have been Brian Keene’s Dead Sea, which is very good.
What makes your story stand out from the masses?
My novel The Late Night Horror Show, released by Samhain Publishing in March, involves three parallel plotlines set in alternate realities where movie worlds are real. One of the plotlines is set in the immediate aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. The other plotlines involve vampires and backwoods maniacs.
What will you tackle next? (If you are writing a series, what will you write after the series is over?)
I’m currently writing a crime novel called 68 Kill. After that, I will probably write Grimm Temptation, a sequel to Grimm Awakening.
Worst reaction you have received about your writing?
Probably after my first novel came out, but I long ago learned not to concern myself with any of that stuff.
And on the flip side, what is the best…the one that almost embarrassed you it was so effusive?
I don’t know that any reaction has embarrassed me, but I was pleased to have my novels The Killing Kind and Depraved wind up on Brian Keene’s Top 10 Books of the Year for their respective release years. Up there with that was when Ronald Kelly called Depraved one of his favourite horror novels of all time.
If any of your work was to be made into a film, which piece, and who is THE big star you would love to see in the leading role?
The Killing Kind. Maybe Megan Fox or Amber Heard if she dyed her hair black.
What is the scariest movie you have ever seen?
I don’t know. I’ve been a horror fan for so long that movies don’t scare me much, though I do think Kubrick’s The Shining has some of the most genuinely eerie moments ever captured on film.
What is something about you that would surprise your fans?
I honestly have no idea.
What is in your “to be read” pile right now?
Double Feature by Owen King, Point and Shoot by Duane Swiercynski, Joyland by Stephen King, Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson.