Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter of Zombie 2014: Shawn Chesser

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This round of the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour features a man who makes his own rules, Shawn Chesser. Mr. Chesser was gracious enough to join us from nearly the Great White North, Portland, Oregon! This is a guy who knows a thing or two about winter.

And in the true spirit of Portland and all the great writers who break the rules way out there, Mr. Chesser declined to answer the first question in the interview and got right to the meat of the matter. It's cool Shawn, we won't hold it against you for too long.

Have yourselves a lick of a cold cold Shawn Chesser Popsicle straight out of our ice cream truck, Books, Beer and Blogshit!

The Blogshit:  Have your zombies had to face a freezing cold winter yet? If so, how do your particular breed of zombies react to cold, harsh winters?
Shawn Chesser:  No, [The Guys From Books, Beer and BLOGshit], they haven't. So far I've written eight books in my 'Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse' series and the leaves are just beginning to turn in 'Ghosts' my latest installment.

The Blogshit:  Does or will, Winter figure into your zombie world or do you figure what you will tackle will be unaffected biologically or geographically?
Shawn Chesser:  Yes, winter will eventually be upon my survivors and the walking corpses that stalk them. And as a matter of fact,[The Guys From Books, Beer and BLOGshit], I'm really dreading having to decide how my George Romero style of zombies are going to fare in the part of the country-northwest Utah-that my protagonist, Cade Grayson, currently calls home. So the decision looms: Do I read a half dozen medical books and try to dazzle with brilliance? Or do I wing it and baffle with bullshit? Seeing as how, in my opinion, a whole shitload of belief has to be suspended to fully invest in the idea of the Zompoc, so, put on your hip waders, I'm really starting to lean towards the latter. Moreover, the less crackin of the books I have to do, the better.

The Blogshit:  Do you yourself live in a part of the world that is affected by the cold of winter?
Shawn Chesser:  I live in Portland, Oregon, where precipitation dogs us from Labor Day to damn near Independence Day. However, much to my chagrin, very little of it is of the frozen variety.

The Blogshit:  In the summertime we talk about zombie sandwiches. We think in the winter it’s time to talk about zombie ice cream. What crazy zombie inspired ice cream flavor can you come up with?
Shawn Chesser:  To signify moldering flesh I'd start out with a flavor of ice cream that's green, perhaps pistachio or mint. Embedded Gummy Worms are a must. And to play the part of maggots ... Rice Crispies? Nah, too crunchy to pass off as fly larva. So I'd boil up some orzo pasta to just south of al dente, chill it and mix it in.

And voilà, you've got a flavor resembling weeks-old carrion worthy of a slot In the cooler at your local Baskin - Robbins.

Thanks for letting me ramble on yer blog,[The Guys From Books, Beer and BLOGshit]!! I hope to be back for the summer tour.

You are welcome Shawn Chesser. We'd be happy to have you not answer our questions once again come summer. (We keeed, we keeeed!) Find out more about Shawn Chesser's brand of the undead at the links below.

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