by Peter Welmerink
I really never envisioned myself writing, and enjoying, writing about the Undead, or writing about local post-apocalyptic times. I don’t see myself as a Horror writer. I am definitely not filled with a sense of doom and gloom for today, or the future. (Though definitely worried about our country, especially the upcoming presidental election. But we won’t go there.)
I write ADVENTURE. I write about a character, in a shitty situation, working it out, or not, and moving forward to (hopefully) brave a new day.
Zombies are a fun-as-a-stinky-corpse as antagonists. They are semi-resilient. One would rather avoid them than hang out too long in their midst. And as a reader/fan of the Undead may find, they can be written in a number of ways that keeps their rottenness, well, quite fresh.
In my TRANSPORT Series (Seventh Star Press) and JOE CROSS Series (Peninsulam Publishing), we find ourselves in a POST post-zompoc setting. Humankind is still here. They, the Undead, are still here. We’re rebuilding, moving forward. They, the Undead, are just THERE, sometimes a dangerous and deadly annoyance, and, if you’re one of the Undead shamblers on the west side of Grand Rapids, you are fed, protected, taken care of.
The future in my zompoc setting is still very much fucked up.
It’s about the adventure that is exciting to me. Big military vehicles–72 ton heavy transports–and their men and women, trying to survive amongst hostiles who are typically the Living, then having to head out into “the wastes,” dealing with more Living folk AND the Undead.
It’s the adventure of how one lone guy, torn from his family and far away from home, deals with trying to work and survive in a new hostile environment. And the hostile environment being a small Living community and its tyrannical, maniacal ruler AND the rotting, biting, decaying humanity outside the town walls.
It’s fun. And exciting. And not all about the biting.
Now I am rhyming.
When I write about the Dead, I see opportunities for exciting adventure. I never expected to write tales with Zombies intermingled in the story line.It is quite fun come to find out.
And maybe reveals I am a twisted individual. LOL
B&W illustrations by Tim Holtrop
Cover art by Jason Conley
B&W illustrations by Tim Holtrop
Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in Conway, South Carolina near the Atlantic coast of the southern United States. He has a Masters Degree in education and he taught public school for sixteen years before becoming a full time writer. He is the author of many short stories including work in Best Horror of the Year volume 5, Zombies More Recent Dead, Shadows Over Mainstreet, and Truth or Dare. He is the author of the Dead Song Legend Dodecology and the music of the five song soundtrack recorded as if by the characters within the world of the novel The Sound May Suffer. He also wrote the novels Loose Ends and Time Eaters. He is one of the four authors behind the Hellmouth trilogy. He cowrote The Enemy Held Near with Armand Rosamilia. Jay Wilburn is a regular columnist with Dark Moon Digest. Follow his many dark thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope as @AmongTheZombies, his Facebook author page, and at JayWilburn.com