Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014: Bryan Cassiday

You're reading Books, Beer and Blogshit! It's the only blog that forgot to take its Prozac. I am your blog host Mr. .....SQUIRREL!  

How's that sandwich you're eating? Good? Hope you enjoyed it becuase it's time to lose your lunch on The Blogshit. With a name like Bryan Cassiday you might think we are about to experience our first zombie western (and why haven't we this blogger dares to ask?)  But we aren't, Bryan Cassiday brings the zombie apocalypse in all it's modern glory and all its modern gory. 

So crack open some liquid lunch and throw it back as Bryan Cassiday helps you bring it back up in the afternoon edition of The Summer of Zombie Blog Tour.

Books, Beer and Blogshit:  Are you a survivor or one of the undead? 

Bryan Cassiday:  I think I must be a survivor. If I was one of the undead I wouldn’t be able to answer this question.

The Blogshit:  What is your latest piece of zombie fiction we should be concerning ourselves with?

Bryan Cassiday:  My latest zombie novel is Poxland, which is book 5 in my Chad Halverson zombie apocalypse series.  You don’t have to read the other four books before it to figure out what’s going on, but it might help.  I also have a collection of horror stories, which include some zombie stories, that is being released in June 2014.  It’s called Comes a Chopper.

The Blogshit:  Do you feel you are a classic or progressive type of zombie fiction writer?

Bryan Cassiday:  I’m a classic type of zombie fiction writer.  I still prefer the shambling hordes of zombies to the fast-moving diseased zombies, such as the ones in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later.  My zombies move clumsily like corpses that have come back to life.  That being said, my zombies are caused by a virus, so they are diseased like Danny Boyle’s, even though they stumble around like drunkards.

The Blogshit:  What makes your zombies different from all others? 

Bryan Cassiday:  My zombies are caused by a man-made virus which was deliberately unleashed on the world.

The Blogshit:  What makes your living different from all the others? 

Bryan Cassiday:  Not only do I depict the struggles of the ordinary individual against the zombie apocalypse, I also try to deal with how the politicians, the high and the mighty, deal with the zombie apocalypse.  I try to get into their heads.

The Blogshit:  Do you think it's important, in this climate, to run with the pack or really try to reinvent the wheel in zombie fiction?  

Bryan Cassiday:  I say it’s important to stick with what you personally think terrifies you about the zombie apocalypse.  If that means running with the pack, so be it.  If it means reinventing the wheel, so be it.

The Blogshit:  Zombie fiction seems heavily dependent upon working withing the construct of a series. Do you feel that is the way that makes it work best for you you or do you think there is still room for stand alone stories?

Bryan Cassiday:  I wrote five books in my Chad Halverson zombie apocalypse series, but I’ve also written stand-alone zombie short stories.  I believe there is plenty of room for stand-alone zombie novels and short stories.

The Blogshit:  Are you ever afraid of being pigeon-holed in this zombie fiction genre?

Bryan Cassiday:  I’m concerned about it, but I don’t lose any sleep over it.  I wouldn’t want to be considered solely a zombie writer.  I have also written espionage thrillers and I’ve written horror short stories without zombies present.  I don’t feel that I can’t write any other kind of novels simply because I’ve written zombie novels, but, then again, you have to find your place in the marketplace.  If zombie books sell better than other books, I have no problem writing zombie books—unless I get sick of writing the things.  At that point, I would stop writing them.  I don’t feel that zombie writers should have opprobrium heaped on them just because they are writing in one of the newer genres, as opposed to say, for example, science fiction or mysteries, which have been around much longer.

The Blogshit:  For your next zombie story, stand alone or series, do you think you will need to go sicker or smarter to keep it going?

Bryan Cassiday:  Not really sure what you mean.  Do you mean my zombies will have to get sicker or smarter?  I don’t feel that my zombies have to become more intelligent, but that’s always a possibility that I can’t discount.  By sicker do you mean they have to become more grisly and more bloodthirsty?  I don’t believe that is necessary, but, again, I wouldn’t rule it out.

The Blogshit:  On last year's tour, we asked about what to put on your zombie sandwich. This year, we want to know: What special ingredients would you use to pickle the pickles on your zombie sandwich? 

Bryan Cassiday:  Formaldehyde.  Warning!  Do not do this at home. 

The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don't miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie

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