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ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS: Why ZA? | #Zombieholics

Hello, my name is Julianne and I am a Zombieholic.

(Hears the chorus of other Zombieholics in the room chanting “Welcome Julianne”)

It’s been way to long since I stood in front of you all and just talked. I’ll admit it, I love zombies. Everything about them. Admittedly, I wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley without some sort of weapon on me, but that’s for a different post.

So why did I start Zombieholics Anonymous? I wanted a place for others who can’t get enough of the genre to come together and share their experiences. If you’re a writer, it could be a place to share your work, and a place for the readers to connect with you. A place for everyone to discuss the different elements that exist within the genre and for you to declare, in front of the world what your favourites are.

Me? I love the original Night of the Living Dead. I think Romero had a lot to say with that film and while it was released 10 years before I was born, it speaks to me. I saw it when I was 6 and it opened up a whole new world – one that I am proud to call myself a part of. I write in the genre and currently have two books released. I run a very successful website that jump started my series and publish pieces of flash fiction each and every week. Zombies have been good to me and I’m not ashamed to say it.

So join a meeting, tell the rest of the community about your addiction. We’re all in this together. One shambling step at a time!

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ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS — Back in Business

Zombieholics Anonymous is back!

And we’re hoping to stick it out for the long haul because let’s face it, we need each other. So what’s in store for all you zombie loving addicts out there? I’ve revamped the schedule to give you few fun reasons to check back each week –

Monday: Ztate of the Undead Address

My weekly confessional. I’m addicted and I can admit it.

Wednesdays: Zurvival Tips!

Tidbits that may just keep you alive!

Sunday: Zombie Zunday!

Featuring one piece of zombie media each and every week. If you would like to be featured, please send me an email at JulianneMSnow (at) gmail (dot) com and tell me about it!

 

Julianne’s Monday Meeting: Shock

Hello, my name is Julianne and I’m a Zombieholic.

(There’s a pause as the rest of the Zombieholics chant “Welcome Julianne.”)

Did anyone else watch the fall finale of The Walking Dead? Oh and beware there are spoilers below so if you haven’t watched it, and you continue reading, it’s at your own peril

There’s a part of me that knew someone was likely going to die and having got almost to the end of the hour without the death of a character, I began to wonder if it was going to happen.

And then they went there.

If you watched it, did it shock you as much as it did me?

Are you sad that Beth is now gone? While she wasn’t my favourite character, I’m very sad to see her go. And just when she was coming into her own as a strong individual who was willing to do what had to be done to ensure her survival.

Beth

Wednesday Meeting: Leaving People Behind…

Hello my name is Julianne and I’m a Zombieholic!

(There’s a pause as the rest of the Zombieholics chant “Welcome Julianne.”)

So I have been pondering this question for quite some time and I’d like to take a few moments and talk about it.

Could you leave someone you loved behind?

What if there were hordes of Zombies coming your way and it meant the survival of more than just yourself?

I get wanting to be loyal and protective where your family and friends are concerned, but what if they were a liability? What if they put the whole group at risk?

The action is a little extreme, but you get what I’m going for here…

I’d like to think that I would do what was best for the greater good. If it was the difference in many surviving over the one lost, I would have to part ways with the one. I’d take into consideration things like age and mental status of course, but it would come down to survival. And sometimes it’s us or them. Plus I just know I’d get saddled with dead weight in terms of their inability to comprehend what was going on around us and not understanding that it’s never far or fast enough.

But what would you do? Would you leave your loved ones behind?

Wednesday Meeting: Julianne

Hello, my name is Julianne and I am a Zombieholic.

(Hears the chorus of other Zombieholics in the room chanting “Welcome Julianne”)

Why do I write about Zombies? I get asked that question an awful lot, but there is a simple answer. I write about them because I love the genre. While many think it’s been done to death, the truth of the matter is, there’s a huge following of fans ravenous for new work. They want those stories of survival, they want to feel what it would be like to survive without actually having to experience it. And if I’m being honest, each story really is a new one, despite the fact it may see overlap in what the characters do and the fact they’re running from Zombies.

You can ask people if they have a Zombie plan and I’d say that about 65% of them would tell you they do. It might involve running, holing up in a centralized location or just laying down and joining the horde. I can’t say for certain what I would do until it actually happens but I think it’s safe to say I’d attempt to survive for as long as I could.

You’d likely find me studying them, trying to determine if there are any patterns that can be exploited. It’s just the way my mind works. But I find it interesting to consider if we’d really and truly lose all that was once us. Would we forget the quickest way to the store or the route home? Would we really not recognize our loved ones, and conversely those who we despised in life?

I wonder about things like this… What about you?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous. She writes within the realms of speculative fiction, has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. Julianne has pieces of short fiction in publications from Sirens Call Publications, Open Casket Press, 7DS Books, James Ward Kirk Publishing, Coffin Hop Press and Hazardous Press, and upcoming collections from May December Publications, 7DS Books, and Firbolg Publishing. The Carnival 13, a collaborative round-robin novella for charity which she contributed to and helped to spearhead was released in October 2013. Her collection of zombie short fiction, Glimpses of the Undead is available online at all major retailers.

Monday Meeting with Julianne, Founder of Zombieholics Anonymous

Hello, my name is Julianne and I am a Zombieholic.

(Hears the chorus of other Zombieholics in the room chanting “Welcome Julianne”)

It’s been way to long since I stood in front of you all and just talked. I’ll admit it, I love zombies. Everything about them. Admittedly, I wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley without some sort of weapon on me, but that’s for a different post.

So why did I start Zombieholics Anonymous? I wanted a place for others who can’t get enough of the genre to come together and share their experiences. If you’re a writer, it could be a place to share your work, and a place for the readers to connect with you. A place for everyone to discuss the different elements that exist within the genre and for you to declare, in front of the world what your favourites are.

Me? I love the original Night of the Living Dead. I think Romero had a lot to say with that film and while it was released 10 years before I was born, it speaks to me. I saw it when I was 6 and it opened up a whole new world – one that I am proud to call myself a part of. I write in the genre and currently have two books released with 2 more coming later this year. I run a very successful website that jump started my series and publish pieces of flash fiction each and every week. Zombies have been good to me and I’m not ashamed to say it.

So join a meeting, tell the rest of the community about your addiction. We’re all in this together. One shambling step at a time!

***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous. She writes within the realms of speculative fiction, has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. Julianne has pieces of short fiction in publications from Sirens Call Publications, Open Casket Press, 7DS Books, James Ward Kirk Publishing, Coffin Hop Press and Hazardous Press, and upcoming collections from May December Publications, 7DS Books, and Firbolg Publishing. The Carnival 13, a collaborative round-robin novella for charity which she contributed to and helped to spearhead was released in October 2013. Her collection of zombie short fiction, Glimpses of the Undead is available online at all major retailers.

Zombieholics Anonymous: Julianne Snow (Coffin Hop on Days with the Undead)

My name is Julianne and I am a Zombieholic…

(Hears the chorus of other Zombieholics in the room chanting “Welcome Julianne”)

This time of year means three things: Halloween, the start of the new season of The Walking Dead and Coffin Hop. What’s the Coffin Hop you ask? Well… it’s a blog hop of horror writers that lasts 8 full days! I have to tell you that I’ve been getting my fix as of late – writing Zombie flash fiction! And you can read it all during the Coffin Hop at Days with the Undead. Heck, you can even win some prizes for stopping by and leaving a comment. Help me spread the sickness around!!

Zombieholics Anonymous: David P. Forsyth

Hell, my name is David, and I’m a Zombieholic.

(Hears the chorus of other Zombieholics in the room chanting “Welcome David”)

As a writer of zombie fiction I have conflicted thoughts about Zombieholism and Zombieholics Anonymous. It is certainly a serious condition that spreads like a virus. Adolescents and young adults are especially vulnerable, but it has been known to spread rampantly across genders, age and ethnic groups too. Grandmothers and retired men are particularly susceptive to recent manifestations of the addiction. Worse yet, there is no known cure. A single exposure is often all it takes to become addicted and I agree that these people need a support group such as Zombieholics Anonymous.

Some of you may consider zombie authors to be little more than pushers who exploit the addiction of zombieholics. Nevertheless, the scientific research shows that without a regular fix of quality zombie fiction, these zombieholics become unstable and even dangerous. I myself have actually faced implied threats from addicts demanding immediate release of the next book in my series. When deprived of good zombie books, many addicts will resort to low quality merchandise or even vampire books. You might think such behavior would cure them, but no, it only fuels their demands for more and better zombie fiction!

Since there is no cure for zombieholism, it is the responsibility of authors and filmmakers to produce enough quality zombie fiction to satisfy the cravings of zombieholics so that they can continue to be happy and productive members of society. The alternative is too terrible to contemplate: hordes of deranged zombieholics taking to the streets, even attacking the writers who abandon them to their own imaginations. So it is with firm conviction that I wholeheartedly endorse the efforts of Zombieholics Anonymous and vow to continue providing treatment (fixes) for those afflicted with this condition.

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David P Forsyth can be reached at me@davidpforsyth.com and is the author of Sovereign Spirit Saga which includes Voyage of the Dead, Flotilla of the Dead and Deluge of the Dead; plus the prequels Interludes in Hell. Volume Two of the Sovereign Spirit Saga is coming in 2014. For more information about David and his books, please visit him on his website.

Zombieholics Anonymous: Julianne Snow

Hello, my name is Julianne and I am a Zombie-holic.

(Hears the chorus of other Zombieholics in the room chanting “Welcome Julianne”).

It’s been less than five minutes since I last thought about Zombies, or read something about them, or heck even wrote about them. It all started a very long time ago. I was six and home for the day. I had a fever and my mother hadn’t wanted to send me to school. Instead she bundled me up on the couch in front of the television with the remote control and told me to call her if I needed anything.

Unbeknownst to my mother, she was about to unleash more monsters upon me. My first ill-advised exposure to the horror genre occurred at the age of four when my parents let my two older brothers and myself watch Alien with them. All I can say is I lasted longer than to two of them combined before I ran screaming from the room. But I digress…

With remote control in hand, I flicked through the cartoons, not finding much of anything I hadn’t seen already and wanted to watch again. I became embroiled at one point within the jagged plotlines of a soap opera before stumbling upon a grainy black and white movie that had just started.

That movie was George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. And it scarred me for life – in a good way.

Have you ever watched something so profound in your formative years that you’ve never forgotten it? Both of the horror movies I watched at such an early age represent the beginning of my love for the feeling that fear can evoke. And Night of the Living Dead opened up a world larger than any I had ever imagined.

From that moment forward, I would do my best to watch (albeit secretly) any movie that contained the undead, and read anything that I could get my hands on that contained the subject matter. The librarian in my elementary school did his best at trying to satiate my hunger for books. To this day I can walk into that school and still find books that likely have no business being on the shelves where young children can find them.

Heck, I even started to write about them. Back in those days, I didn’t have any idea that I wanted to become a published author – I was just recording the types of stories that I wanted to read. They are rudimentary at best, but some of them contain quite a few twisted ideas I have already used in one tale or another.

Days with the Undead was born on an occasion when I needed to process a few demons. It’s a journal of survival told exclusively from the perspective of the main character. What better way to work out my own struggles than to place it against the backdrop of the undead? Zombies are the best reflection of what is wrong with ourselves. They show us the side of ourselves we’d rather not admit to having and that’s part of the reason I love them so much.

So you might ask why I’m here, standing in front of you and telling you my story. Well, I needed a place to share my own experiences and find a little common ground with other addicts out there. They are coming and when they do, I figured it was best to surround myself with others who understand and appreciate just what they are. Thank you.

**This post first appeared on Toni Lesatz’ My Book Addiction as a part of her zOctober 2013 event**

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