TW Brown is the author of the Zomblog series (Zomblog, Zomblog II, and Zomblog: The Final Entry—Zomblog: Snoe is due this fall) and DEAD series (Dead: The Ugly Beginning, Dead: Revelations, Dead: Fortunes & Failures and, as of May 30th, Dead: Winter).
Dead: Winter begins the second arc in the 12 book series. The format is unique with a three chapter rotation: Steve’s Story, Vignettes, and The Geeks. Steve’s story is told in first person and follows a very ordinary man thrown into an extraordinary situation. He is cast as the unwitting leader of a growing band of survivors doing his best to keep them not only alive, but safe from each other. Vignettes are snapshots from all over the world. Some are absorbed by the bigger stories (Steve and The Geeks) and some by other vignettes. The Geeks revolves around a group of your typical zombie fans who believed that it would be so cool to live the experience of a zombie apocalypse…and discovered very quickly that they were wrong. It isn’t like the movies.
The DEAD series has built a loyal following simply because it is not a typical zombie story. As the author, I often struggle with the fact that an entire chapter can pass without a single zombie mentioned, seen, or otherwise involved. One of my fascinations with the genre has always been what happens after the initial onslaught. How would society survive…if at all? I think that most of those responsible for “protecting and serving (police, fire, medical, and military) would be wiped out that it would leave a huge vacuum in the world that allows for serious chaos. How would we react without law and order?
Some of my critics say that I paint a very pessimistic picture of humanity. I say watch the footage of people stampeding over each other for bargains on “Black Friday” and tell me we aren’t a “Me First!” society. Yes, we have done good…but what would people really be like if there was nobody left to tell them how to act or behave.
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All six of us – Todd Brown, Mark Tufo, Ian Woodhead, Armand Rosamilia, John O’Brien and Dave Jeffery – hope you’ll keep following us on the Summer of Zombie blog tour, and comment as we go along.
And… one lucky commenter for each blog will receive a Free eBook or Print book from one of the authors! Simply leave a comment with your e-mail address and we’ll pick a random winner each day! Simple as that!