Looking For Darlene Bobich #zombie #dyingdays



Is Darlene Bobich missing? Have I misplaced her? Not quite.

When I first began writing my Dying Days series I had no real idea it would take off and people would want more and more. I needed a cover for it, something a little different, so I decided on zombies on a beach since the setting is in Florida. Simple enough. Ash Arceneaux did a wonderful job creating cover after cover for me, but the lag time between releases (about a year apart) meant there was no real consistency in the covers, something I wish I’d done. 

One cover I really liked was the redone Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer. I thought it kinda caught the essence of who Darlene was… 

An average blonde in her late twenties. No super sexy hot mama look, no total bad ass action movie star wearing a steampunk-ish outfit and high heels carrying two shotguns and ammo belts wrapped around her hourglass figure. Just your typical everyday woman who happens to be caught up in the zombie apocalypse. 

It got me thinking, which I sometimes do. 

I’ve scoured the model sites, Pinterest and the stock photo places. Countless hours searching for Darlene. 

I don’t want to use the same stock photos of a blonde woman everyone else uses. I want something fresh, a real person who wants to be on the cover of a continuing series. Not looking for zombies, either. 

Now, for the fun part…

Do you look like Darlene?

If you do I want to put you on some book covers. Nothing crazy, just a few different poses with a background that compliments each cover as it is re-released and for future Dying Days books.

We’d need to work out the details of what is involved as far as payment/swag/gratitude for being the model for the covers, and the way to get the photos done, etc. etc. 

Bottom line… are you Darlene? Do you know someone who would be perfect as Darlene?

An average blonde in her late twenties. No super sexy hot mama look, no total bad ass action movie star wearing a steampunk-ish outfit and high heels carrying two shotguns and ammo belts wrapped around her hourglass figure. Just your typical everyday woman who happens to be caught up in the zombie apocalypse. 

Have I said that enough? 

Send all serious inquiries to me at  armandrosamilia@gmail.com 



Guest Post: Peter Welmerink




The TRANSPORT Series. A fictional Military Action-Thriller, set in Michigan 2025-2026, with zombies.


The series was fun to write. I am told it is a good read in all its POST-post apocalyptic glory.


“…faced with the two most common threats in modern horror, zombies and human nature…it does not feel like something we have seen time and time again.”

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“…a fascinating sign of where zombie narrative, road narrative, and narrative in general might be moving…”

  1. Andrew Cooper’s Horrific Scribblings


But you know what? The guts of the book would have been pretty boring if I hadn’t been able to work with the great editors and beyond-awesome artists that I was graciously provided to work with.


Rodney Carlstrom proofed and edited the first TRANSPORT book, and also HUNT FOR THE FALLEN. (Prior to getting the first book picked up by a publishing house, Tyson Mauermann went through it, and helped me polish it for publication most certainly.) We worked together via email and phone conversations.


Scott Sandridge did the editing of UNCIVIL WAR, the third and final book in the series. Again, through mainly emails, we volleyed the manuscript back and forth until we felt the piece was ready for readership.


Through all these professional editors, they offered their thoughts on the mechanics and technicalities in and of many aspects of the books contents. They were an invaluable asset when bringing the final pieces to the table.


Typically my publisher enlists one artist to do the cover art AND the interior illustrations. I got lucky to work with a cover artist, Jason C Conley, and an interior artist, Tim Holtrop.


I had been in touch with an old (as in years known, not age LOL) illustrator who was excited about the TRANSPORT concept before it had been accepted for publication. Tim Holtrop (who had done work for DC Comics and Sony Entertainment) had done some sketches of THE HURON, the big armored personnel carrier starring in the series along with its crew. I wanted to bring him into the mix as I knew he’d do fabulous stuff for the project.


Again, I got very lucky after the publisher and Tim corresponded, and the publisher (Seventh Star Press) brought him into the fold.


Jason C Conley had been contracted to do the cover art for the three books. After some emails back and forth with my vision for each book cover, Jason came back to me one day asking if I’d be interested in him doing a triptych. I had to look up the term, figured out kind of what he was getting at, and let him run with my ideas and his vision of doing ONE BIG EXTENDED COVER that could be divided into three covers BUT, when placed side by side, became one illustration.


Jason, like Tim’s work, hit it out of the ballpark.


Jason did a kickass full color, extended cover with a depiction of THE HURON, agitated zombies, embattled soldiers, an Abrams tank, a close-up of Captain Billet (though he made him with blond hair) standing over a reaching, rotting Zee, and a hovering Apache helicopter…all before the skyline of the main city in the story: Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Tim did awesome illustrations of all my main crew members: Billet, Phelps, Stokes and Mulholland. He did an excellent B&W illo of Billet, Bob the 1950’s gas station attendant zombie, and Black Hair the Zombie Assassin, duking it out for UNCIVIL WAR. He also did a great illustration of Sister Mary Mirose standing over Billet with her AA-12 shotguns roaring.


I gave my editors and artists a slow zombie nod of appreciation as it all came to fruition.


I can’t thank these gents, editors and artists (and publisher!) enough for all their work on bringing my little insane vision to life.


At one point, before the first book was available to the public, and I had seen all the great artwork to adorn the inside and outside, I commented, “Cripes, I hope the guts of the book (the crazy drivel I wrote) is as good as all the fantastic artwork.”


In the end, I am very proud of this book series, and I think you’re going to enjoy it immensely.




Peter Welmerink (www.peterwelmerink.com) was born and raised on the west side of pre-apocalyptic Grand Rapids, Michigan. He loves his hometown and West Michigan, which is why he writes about it. He writes Fantasy, Military SciFi, and other wanderings into action-adventure. His work has been published in ye olde wood pulp print and electronic-online publications. He is the co-author of the Viking berserker novel, BEDLAM UNLEASHED, written with Steven Shrewsbury. TRANSPORT is his first solo novel venture. He is married with a small barbarian tribe of three boys.



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#WinterofZombie This November


Another November and another Winter of Zombie event.

This year will be even bigger, with over 40 zombie authors!

Get ready for interviews, guest posts, teasers from their zombie books, giveaways, contests and so much more

In October we’ll begin slowly rolling out the authors involved and come November 1st it will begin!

Make sure you follow Dying Days Zombie blog so you don’t miss any of the posts

Join the Winter of Zombie FB Event so you don’t miss the contests and giveaways


Guest Post: Peter Welmerink

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By Peter Welmerink

Hello, my name is Peter Welmerink. I have a day job, yet write on the side, in the wee morning hours, when the family and world is still sleeping, and seem to get a few short stories and/or novel length books (or close to) out. And occasionally get the published.

Why? Why do I write?

I don’t know.

I was at a family gathering this past Sunday. A somber whole family gathering, a memorial celebration of the life and passing of my cousin who fought the good fight against cancer, but ultimately lost.

So I was sitting with some of my relatives, and my aging mother. My mother asked my uncle if he’d read any of my TRANSPORT books. You know, my post-POST apocalyptic military-thriller zombie mayhem series that is currently out now (and the last book, TRANSPORT: UNCIVIL WAR is coming out in September). He said YES, he read book two (TRANSPORT: HUNT FOR THE FALLEN) but, though well-written, he said, he didn’t like it. Not his cup of tea: shambling undead, a big ass military vehicle and its quirky crew finding adventure in a land trying to re-build itself.

Even based in my uncle’s home state of Michigan USA! Nope, he didn’t like it.

Now, I don’t know. That might kill some writers, some artists, enthusiasm to continue on, to continue to create, to write in a genre that they love. What’s the use? One person didn’t like it, and told you bluntly. Give it up, man. This endeavor is a waste of time. Story telling. Pah-sha!

No, it didn’t faze me. You know why?

1. At least the guy read it.
2. He might not have liked the book, BUT if he just so happens to run into someone who just so happens to like my book subject, he might tell them to check it out. And if that person likes it, or doesn’t, and perchance passes the word on…and then THAT new person passes it on…

I guess what I am saying, not everyone is going to like the written shit that gushes forth from head, mouth and fingertips. But as long as you keep pushing onward, getting the job done, getting your work out there, there is still a chance of you possibly turning that day job and wee hour writing job around so you can call the latter one the main job.

Or not.

If not, the main thing is: keep writing. It’s in your blood, boys and girls. Keep writing.

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Peter Welmerink (www.peterwelmerink.com) was born and raised on the west side of pre-apocalyptic Grand Rapids, Michigan. He appreciates his hometown and West Michigan, which is why he enjoys writing tales about it. He writes Fantasy, Military SciFi, and other wanderings into action-adventure. His work has been published in ye olde wood pulp (paper) print and electronic-online publications. He is the co-author of the Viking berserker novel, BEDLAM UNLEASHED, written with Steven Shrewsbury. TRANSPORT is his first solo novel series. He is married with a small barbarian tribe of three boys.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pwelmerink
Twitter: @pwelmerink

grandrapidsaltered.blogspot.com (TRANSPORT and other Alt History Michigan-related posts)
darkheroicfantasy.blogspot.com (author interviews and all things fantastical)


TRANSPORT, a Michigan-based Military Thriller…with zombies and other beasties (that includes humans), is out now through Seventh Star Press and all fine booksellers. Support your local bookstores and ask for it by name: Peter Welmerink’s TRANSPORT books. Thank you. Rock on.

“Highway To Hell” Will Be Updated in September


Yep, I’ve made the decision to update Highway To Hell from the NC-17 graphic story to a more R rated one. I haven’t rewritten anything other than some of the really sexual parts, while still retaining the rest of the story. 

In the end, I thought the excessively graphic sexual parts did nothing for the story itself. It even took away from it once I went back and reread it. Again, I wrote this novella five years ago and haven’t read it since it was published. 

I also wanted it more in line with the rest of the Dying Days series as well as fit seamlessly with the sequel, Highway To Hell 2, which will be coming on November 3rd. It will also be a kinda-sequel to Dying Days: Origins as well, wrapping up both stories at the same time. 

So on September 1st I will upload the newer version of Highway To Hell. If you want to read the original first, feel free to buy it asap. Once it is gone it won’t be changed back. I’m not sure how Amazon works but I think you can get the updated version if you bought the original previously, as I’m just updating the files. 

I will also be changing the print copy, too… so the few I have in stock at home will eventually be sold at cons and direct from me, too. 

If you’ve read Highway To Hell and have been asking for the sequel, Highway To Hell 2 is now up as a pre-order. It goes live November 3rd but feel free to show the love and loyalty and place your order now. 



Guest Post: Nick Cole


What We’re Really Writing about when we Write about Zekes


I’m not saying you shouldn’t read Zombie Novels and think we’re not just writing zombie novels for fun.  We are.  We’re having fun doing it.  What I’m saying is there might be a little more going on than meets the eye.  Go ahead, read all the zombie novels you can get your hands on.  They’re great.  From JL Bourne’s Day by Day Armageddon Series to any of Maestro Armand Rosamila’s horro-romps.  Even that cat everybody like, what’s his name… Max Brooks.

Zombies are hot and they’re only getting hotter.  Which is ironic.  (They should be cool, when you think about it.)

But let’s step back for a moment.  Zombie Stories.  What’re they really all about?  Are they really about Zombies?  No.  There actually about two other things.  There about us, and, they’re about survival.  I’m absolutely convinced that people who read zombie books, and watch shows like The Walking Dead, are playing the home game all along, inside their heads.  At home, or wherever it is they’re reading that book.  No, zombie books are sort of a sweet little training simulation for what we’re all coming to believe might be some sort of societal collapse heading toward us on the interstate like a crazed trucker hopped up on Meth and Monster.  The need to take our health, welfare and security into our own hands is becoming apparent with each passing horror show some call the nightly news.  The problem is we get dangerously close to unwanted extra attention from Big Brother when we write/read directly about those things.  So, instead we use the zombie scenarios.  I don’t mean “we” the writers.  I mean a lot of readers are the “we” and in their own way their sim-ing the Meltdown by reading Zeke-Books.  This is nothing new.  It was actually one of the first accusations leveled at the Zombie Genre way back in the sixties.  That is was mere cover for the coming “Race War” we were all s’posed to throw on each other’s behalf.

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So, there’s that.

The other thing we’re writing about is ourselves.  Not the mindless monsters chasing us through the halls of the mall, or banging on our boarded up front door.  No, we’re writing about the monster who’s sharing our space, our rations and running and gunning alongside of us.  Because, isn’t that the real monster you should be afraid of.  The one that really scares you.  To death.  After all, who have you thrown in with, exactly?  The zekes, well… their just mindless.  But the sociopath next to you, watching your back, watching you while you sleep, what kind monster is that freak.  When police and government services have gone down and there’s no one to restrain them from all the booze and unlimited ammo they can do, well, you’re about to find out who, exactly, has your six.  And that’s what we’re writing about when we write zombie PA fiction.  We’re writing out our survival fantasy and the obstacles we’re going to encounter just to make it through the night.  Some of us may even be writing our own personal Day at Disneyland.  Watch out for those, it’s probably going to get a little dark.  Zombie novels are about a lot more than just chills and thrills.  A lot more.

Nick Cole is the author of The End of the World as We Knew It.

‘In the future, an artist specializing in historical records creates a piece of art based on three separate accounts of the Pandemic. What follows is a patchwork tale of survival and horror as two lovers struggle to survive the undying dead and the collapse of an America turned charnel house. Told as memos from Ground Zero, and later in the journal of a Dark Tower-like quest by train and foot across a nightmare landscape of ruined cities and raving corpses, the three accounts reveal more than just the grim realities of society’s collapse. The Notebook meets The Walking Dead in this stained glass depiction of the end of the world as we knew it.’

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Guest Post: Kris Ashton

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The difference between real and fictional horror


Those who don’t like horror movies often ask, “What’s the appeal? Why do you get off on such horrible things?”​​

As an aficionado of horror, both good and bad, for more than 30 years, I’ve long believed this question revealed more about the person asking it than anything else. Fictitious horror and real-life horror are completely different things.

Whether it’s someone tortured to death by a serial killer or a regular person watching a loved one die from a terminal disease, the end result is the same: emptiness. The serial killer’s thrill fades and there is only a body to dispose of; the regular person is left with nothing but grief and perhaps a guilty sense of relief that they no longer have to watch their loved one suffer and waste away.

Fictitious horror, especially the movie kind, provides the opposite. As many before me have noted, it is the equivalent of riding a roller coaster at a fun park – it offers the illusion that something terrible is happening, but in the end it stops and when reality asserts itself again it looks better than it did going in. A good horror movie offers a form of catharsis and helps us appreciate our everyday existence.

I’ve always got a rush out of horror movies. Even as a child, when I could barely stand to watch the most frightening scenes, there was a partition in my mind separating reality and fantasy. Some people don’t seem to have that partition, and they are the ones who tend to ask that question in the first paragraph.

Now, does the foregoing sound a touch complacent, even condescending? I wouldn’t have thought so – until I started watching season five of The Walking Dead.

In its third season, this magnificent TV show about the zombie apocalypse introduced a newborn baby called Judith. There was some drama as she came into the world, but then the associated problems one might have while caring for an infant in a dystopia full of mindless cannibals faded into the background. I was so disappointed with this* that I had a go at addressing it in a story of my own, ‘Teething Problems’, which will appear in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine later this year.

The debut episode of season five, however, more than made up for any previous deficiencies.

A quick but necessary aside: in Danse Macabre, Stephen King talks about “psychic pressure points”. The horror writer (or filmmaker’s) job, he says, is to get through the reader’s mental defences and poke these pressure points, thereby evoking terror or horror. My defences, however, had always been nigh on impregnable, so while my heart rate might increase at a particularly terrifying or gory scene, horror never discomfited me.

Little did I know that becoming a father (and nearly two years bonding with my daughter) had put an enormous chink in my mental armour.

In that episode of The Walking Dead, baby Judith is put in serious peril. My heart rate rose, the adrenaline flowed… but I wasn’t enjoying myself. For the first time in my life, I wanted to stop watching, because the empathy was just too strong. What if that was my baby? How could he threaten such an innocent creature?

For those brief couple of minutes, I could sympathise with those on whom I had looked with such disdain for so long.

But I got through that scene and – spoiler alert** – so did Judith. When the episode finished and I returned to the real world, what I felt was elation and a more intense love for my daughter than ever before. So I wasn’t totally wrong. Fictional horror had, once again, done its job. It had given me a new appreciation for what I had.

True-life horror doesn’t do that. It doesn’t restore us; it leaves us bent and scarred, even if there is ultimately a happy ending. Which is yet another reason why those who try to blame horror movies (etcetera) for society’s ills are some of the greatest fools on earth. Not only are they wrong, they don’t know why they are wrong and are too ignorant to ever find out.

* I was a little disappointed, for much the same reason, with the otherwise brilliant 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake.

** I was very slow to abandon DVDs and join the digital download revolution. But when a MASSIVE spoiler from season five appeared on my Facebook feed, I decided – at least where The Walking Dead was concerned – the time had come to embrace change.

Kris Ashton

Kris Ashton is an Australian author best known for his works of dark speculative fiction. His new horror novel, Invasion at Bald Eagle, is available now at www.grandmalpress.com/Invasion.php

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