hat would you do if a zombie plague were unleashed upon the world while you were on vacation, a passenger on one of those mammoth new mega-cruiseships James Bond would have felt at home aboard?
That was the thought I had last summer while my wife and I sailed through the Caribbean on our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. How would the crew and passengers survive? Could order be preserved? What new social dynamics would emerge? What threats? If given a choice to remain on the ship -- a new ark of sorts -- would you stay, or disembark to take your chances?
Late last year I wrote the story, “Lifeboat,” and happily it will be appearing soon in a new anthology by Bram Stoker Award nominee and writer/editor Jason Sizemore, THE ZOMBIE FEED Volume 1. I saw an announcement today that they are taking preorders now, and those who order early will receive a signed copy from Jason.
My signature’s not about to get the folks at Christie’s Auctions excited, but anyone who buys this book and would like my autograph, I will be glad to oblige (it would be my honor). Contact me via email or Facebook, and mail me your copy. I will sign and pay for the return shipping as a thank-you for supporting my work and Apex Books / TZF.
There are a lot of zombie novels and short story collections available right now, so the trick is coming up with new interesting settings, characters and twists. Besides an isolated life on the high seas, I had been thinking about the source of the infection. I decided that for this story, a runaway bloodstream nano-machine swarm coupled with a bioengineered virus intended to fight dementia and Alzheimer’s disease might be interesting. I plugged that concept into “Lifeboat” but didn’t really delve into the details. But I am working on a novel, “Wildfire,” where this concept is central and I delve into the science and physiological impacts pretty extensively.
When the book is completed I will hopefully find an interested publisher!