November 28, 2013

Can’t get enough of those zombies? Guest post by @J_Ryan author of #DeadNewWorld #Kickstarter

Hello, my darlings! This is an exciting post for me because it is mine and editor Dani Fine's first Kickstarter campaign for our publishing house (Definition House). Dead New World is such an exciting book with a fantastic twist on zombies. Check out this guest post from Dead New World's author Ryan Hill! I've also included more deets about the book and our Kickstarter project below.'s brain time! Bwahaha :P

Can’t Get Enough of Those Zombies
by Ryan Hill

Maybe they’re like the modern-day equivalent of an ‘80s slasher film, but people can’t get enough of zombies, including myself. What’s their appeal? I mean, think about it. Here are the main tenets of zombies:

• They’re dead
• They like brains
• Either they move slow or fast

That’s it. Zombies are like a blank slate; there just isn’t much to them. Yet therein lies their endless appeal. Because of their generality, it leaves artists to mold and manipulate them into anything they see fit. You can’t really do that with vampires or werewolves. Well, you can change vampires by making them sparkly, but we all know how that turned out. Zombies you can do whatever you like with, provided they pretty much remain dead. And since there isn’t one specific way to kill them, at

least apart from massive head trauma, you can kill them just about any way you see fit, making for lots of fun, grotesque deaths. They can also mean anything you want, either as a metaphor for consumerism, Nazis, whatever. Not only that, but their origins change from story to story. In reality, they came from the voodoo religion, but in the land of fiction, it can be a meteor, a virus, God getting sick of people, you name it. Half the fun of creating a zombie book or movie is studying what others have done before you and adding your own wrinkle to the zombie mythos.

You know what would be fun? If someone took a person who was a vegetarian, turned them into a zombie, then waited to see if they’d still be vegetarian. The person would just walk around, eating grass or plants like they were brains. Some food for thought, if you will.

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Dead New World by Ryan Hill

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

They follow orders. And if Holt and Ambrose want to kill some undead, they’ll do the same. But when a routine mission goes horribly wrong, the best friends’ lives are flayed to the bone.

Now there’s only one light in the darkness of Holt’s life, and when she’s taken, he’ll do anything to get her back. Even if that means defying orders and using his best friend as a weapon. Holt and Ambrose risk all to save her, but what they discover among the hordes threatens to remake humanity. Again.

In the end, will there be anything left to live for in this dead new world?

The Campaign:

The Kickstarter campaign is live! It’ll run from November 14 to December 14, and we are so excited! We believe that by using crowd-sourcing we will be able to generate buzz and interact with readers even before the book is published. It also brings authors and readers together so that they are both part of the publication journey. And as the publisher, we look forward to strengthening that bond. We’ve chosen Ryan Hill’s Dead New World as our first project and are looking forward to sharing it with you. Thank you for spreading the word. Now let’s make beautiful zombies together! 

The Dead New World trailer

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