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Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2013

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, dying days, guest blog, horror, Joe McKinney, summer of zombie, wordpress, writing, zombie on June 1, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2013, starring some of the coolest zombie authors around! You thought last year was amazing? Here’s the lineup for this year… NINE authors!

bryan smith

Bryan Smith is the author of numerous horror novels and novellas. Some of his most popular titles are Depraved, The Freakshow, and The Killing Kind. His work within the zombie subgenre includes Deathbringer, Rock and Roll Reform School Zombies, and The Late Night Horror Show. The latter is a tale of alternate realities featuring parallel plotlines about zombies, vampires, and backwoods maniacs. The zombie segment is set in the immediate aftermath of a cinematic zombie apocalypse brought to life. In the works is yet another zombie novel, Slowly We Rot, envisioned as a more traditionally Romero-esque tale of the living dead. Bryan lives in Tennessee, where he hangs out with his dogs and drinks a lot of beer while watching cheap horror movies. Visit his home on the web at

The Blog That Dripped Blood


TW Brown

It began in a dark theater.

In the Seventies, a movie changed my life forever: Dawn of the Dead. I have been fascinated by not just zombies, but the entire apocalyptic genre. The first book I read that had as much of an effect as Dawn was The Stand. Still, in my mind, I just did not think I had anything to add to what I considered to be perfection.

Fast-forward to 2009 and a college creative writing course where the teacher told us to just write something “for fun”. She said that the grade was not going to be based on mechanic, but instead, she wanted to see us enjoy writing. I had just finished reading Monster Island by David Wellington and decided “What the heck!” The teacher asked me to stay after class the day after we had turned in our project. She went on at length about how obvious it was that I loved the zombie genre, and then she posed the big question: “Why aren’t you writing this stuff?”

Four years and over a dozen book later, my Zomblog series and DEAD series have allowed me to quit my “day job” and focus solely on writing. Zomblog, which was extended to a six-book series due to reader requests (book five, Zomblog: Snoe’s War comes out in June) and is told in a journal format (minor spoiler here) that changes hands a few times. And don’t get me wrong, I owe my career as it stands to that series, but the DEAD series has always been my dream.

The series begins with Dead: The Ugly Beginning and sets up a three chapter rotational format. You get Steve’s Story, a first person account of things as the world spirals into chaos; The Geeks, four friends who believed that a zombie apocalypse would be the coolest thing ever…and quickly discover to the contrary; and Vignettes, this was initially supposed to just be snapshots from all over the globe. However, some of the stories took on a life of their own and have actually become reader favorites.

I am thrilled that book six, Dead: Confrontation is about to release and that I am actually hearing from readers anxious to get their hands on it. This marks the halfway mark in what I plan to be a twelve book series (although Zomblog was only supposed to be three books…so we shall see).


Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer, a disaster mitigation specialist, a homicide detective, a patrol commander, and an award-winning novelist and short story writer. His zombie novel Dead City came out in 2006. Since then he’s expanded that opening shot in the zombie apocalypse to include three more novels, including Flesh Eaters, which won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. Several of his stories have been adapted for graphic novels, and his novel Dead City is currently in production for a movie. You can learn more about Joe McKinney and his books at
Also, here’s the cover for my upcoming novel THE SAVAGE DEAD, due out September 3, 2013.


Hi my name is Mark Tufo and this is my small bio slash zombie homage. First off trying to boil your life down to a few paragraphs is like trying to get out of the house with a newborn in under 5 minutes. Those of you with kids will understand the reference. Speaking of which I have three, thankfully they are mostly grown at this point which has allowed me to pursue a writing career. I grew up a blue collar man in a blue collar family, after a stint in the Marines and then the more dangerous Post Office, I decided to educate myself and get one of those cushy white collar jobs. Well I got a few, damned thing was though I couldn’t hold on to them. Kept getting laid off. It was during these down times that I began to write, it was a way to cope with the stress of having a family that was becoming more and more difficult to support.

My wife and I put out the first Zombie Fallout book in February of 09, there was huge fan-fare, ticker tape parades and maybe even some hyperventilating from the one fan that bought the book that month. Didn’t matter much that wasn’t why I had written it in the first place. I wrote a zombie book because I’ve always been fascinated with the genre. Ever since I was 7 years old and my cousin who was babysitting thought watching Night of the Living Dead would be a good way to while away the time. I’d never been so scared and enthralled at the same time in my entire life. I devoured all things zombies, movies, books, comics. Didn’t matter much. And then during one of my lay-off periods, my wife dared me to write one. (Mostly so I’d leave her alone) And I haven’t looked back.

The Zombie Fallout series is 6 novels and 1 novella long, with Zombie Fallout 7 due in October. I have the Timothy series which is written through the eyes of a zombie (not for the faint of heart – and don’t eat and read it – you’ve been warned). And there is also the continuing saga of The Book of Riley, a zombie tale told through the eyes of Riley an American Bulldog. I don’t always write about the quasi-dead, but they’re never far from my brain! (Horrible pun but fitting – Thank you for taking a few moments to learn a little about me)


Armand Rosamilia has been an astronaut, physicist, maker of fine Swiss watches and created the game of football (all kinds) in his spare time, when not writing lots and lots of stories, some of which even make sense. His Dying Days 3 zombie novella has just been released and he will destroy the world (and Mars) unless you buy a copy. That is all. 

Julianne Snow

Julianne Snow

It was while watching Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of 6 which solidified Julianne’s respect for the Undead. Since that day, she has been preparing herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in all of the ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead. As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others which only fostered the vibrancy of her own.

Days with the Undead: Book One is her first full-length book, the basis of which can be found in her popular web serial of the same name. Along with many zombie shorts published on her blog, she has a story in Women of the Living Dead as well as two zombie pieces; a standalone short and a collection releasing the summer of 2013. Julianne’s second novel in her Days with the Undead series will also be released in 2013. Stay tuned!

Twitter: @CdnZmbiRytr

Facebook: Julianne Snow

FB Fan Page: Days with the Undead



Goodreads: Julianne Snow

Amazon Author Page: Julianne Snow

Blogs: Days with the Undead & The FlipSide of Julianne & The Randomness of Julianne


James N. Cook (who prefers to be called Jim, even though his wife insists on calling him James) is a martial arts enthusiast, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a former cubicle dweller, and the author of the “Surviving the Dead” series. He hikes, he goes camping, he travels a lot, and he has trouble staying in one spot for very long. Even though he is a grown man, he enjoys video games, graphic novels, and gratuitous violence. He lives in North Carolina (for now) with his wife, son, two vicious attack dogs, and a cat that is scarcely aware of his existence.


John O’Brien

John O’Brien is a former Air Force fighter instructor pilot who transitioned to Special Operations for the latter part of his career gathering his campaign ribbon for Desert Storm. Immediately following his military service, John became a firefighter/EMT with a local department. Along with becoming a firefighter, he fell into the Information Technology industry starting two large casinos in Washington as the Information Technology Manager and becoming the Network Manager for the Washington State Legislature, the Northwest Information Technology Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Network Systems Manager for Hollywood Video.

Currently, John is writing time on the series, A New World. As a former marathon runner, John lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and can now be found kayaking out in the waters of Puget Sound, mountain biking in the CapitalForest, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, or pedaling his road bike along the many scenic roads.


Kirk Allmond:  Author, Zombie Expert, Survivalist, Teacher.

Kirk Allmond takes on all aspects of zombies.  This isn’t just a vocation, it’s a passion.  In 2006, The Zombie Preparedness Initiative was formed as a global project to prepare the world for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.  Or, whatever disaster may occur.  The Zombie Preparedness Initiative, or ZPI, is unique in that it connects zombie literature, survivalism, and a dash of humor. The site provides a useful service with wit and wisdom.

On the site, there’s an article about creating a zombie plan. The article is a thoughtful and thorough discussion of what an ordinary person should learn about being prepared for any emergency or disaster, not just a plan for when the dead walk the earth.  Alongside this article are postings about gardening and food preservation, including the all-important topic “How to Make Bacon Post Apocalypse”, weaponry and supplies. 

Kirk didn’t write all the articles, and gives the majority of the credit to his Advisory Board, a group of writers, survivalists, and zombie enthusiasts who oversee the content of the site. Many ideas are contributed by members of the large community of readers, who also participate in the discussion forums. 

Allmond’s novels, the “What Zombies Fear” series are co-authored with Laura Bretz.  What Zombies Fear: A Father’s Quest has reached the number one spot on Amazon’s Horror, Paranormal, and Superhero best seller lists. 

The series follows Victor Tookes in his quest to keep his son safe.  It’s different than most zombie novels in that these zombies are caused by a parasitic alien, which hitchhiked to earth aboard a meteor.  These aliens invade the brain of the host, taking control of the body.  In the case of a weaker infection, the corpse becomes the traditional Romero style zombie.  But in cases of severe infection, the parasites can control more areas of the brain, allowing for zombies that can pass as human.  In rare cases of the strongest infection, those zombies are able to access areas of the brain that normal humans did not, giving them heightened abilities.

Their latest novel, Declaration of War was published April, 2013, and reached the number 1 spot on Amazon’s Best Seller list in the Horror category.

There are currently five novels published in the series, and the final novel being written right now.

  1. What Zombies Fear:  A Father’s Quest
  2. What Zombies Fear: The Maxists
  3. What Zombies Fear: The Gathering
  4. What Zombies Fear: Fracture
  5. What Zombies Fear: Declaration of War
  6. What Zombies Fear: The Incarnation (Due Fall 2013)

In addition to the books in the WZF universe, Allmond and Bretz also publish a serial called “Will of the Dead”, a completely different, much darker take on the Zombie Apocalypse

May Goals For Armand

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, dying days, horror, Horror Writers Association, HWA, Miami Spy Games, movies, novella, personal, SCW, short story, spy, thriller, wordpress, wrestling, writing, zombie on April 30, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I can’t remember the last time I jotted down some actual goals for my writing (I’m sure it isn’t as far back as I remember, but I’m too lazy to look). So far, my behind the scenes writing has been stellar, but my actual output for sale has been meager, to say the least. 

MQM2 Cover1

I put out Metal Queens: Models 2 out on April 1st… and that’s pretty much it so far in 2013. I’ve been in a couple of great anthologies but nothing else. I spent most of January and February writing three different zombie novellas for a Hollywood film company, and hopefully they’ll eventually see their time in print and/or on the big or small screen. And that isn’t even including Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, which I did in 2012 for them.


I finished Dying Days 3 and it’s currently off to the editor and a goal release in June 2013. I’d love to have print copies available for New Orleans and the World Horror Convention/Horror Writers Association events June 13th through 16th. I’ll also be pitching my horror novel to two publishers that weekend, and I’m quite excited about it. 

Dying Days 3 Cover

But what about May? I don’t have too many finished stories to release, and that is bothering me. With an average of one release every two weeks last year and the year before, I am definitely too slow in 2013. I’m hoping that will change. 


Yesterday officially started my foray into Contemporary Fiction, with a series of short stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe in Flagler Beach Florida. My daily goal is 2,000 words a day and 6,000 words per ‘episode’, to be released every Friday starting May 10th through July 12th (10 serialized parts), followed by the print version a week or so after. 

I’m also going to work on Dying Days: Origins, with the goal of it being a July release as well. 


I’ll begin doing initial interviews for the upcoming non-fiction pro wrestling book SCW: All Access Pass sometime in May, and I’d love to have it out by the end of summer. 

Metal Queens: Models 3 should be out in mid-May (about six weeks after the 2nd book was released), with an eye to do a 4th book in July. 

My blog post/interviews/observations/bullshit eBook, Shut Up Old Man! will see the light of day before May ends as well… as long as I can work on it a little each day for the next few weeks. 

I’m hoping by 2014 I can look back at the slow start of 2013 and see all the positive I set up for the latter part of the year, and hit my 26 releases goal without a problem, and break it. 


This Internet Stuff Is Forever… Usually

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, death metal, dying days, horror, JA Konrath, personal, Twitter, wordpress, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

This weekend, besides getting into the homestretch of the Dying Days 3 zombie novel, I’be been culling some of my favorite blog posts and interviews from this website and they will eventually all be bundled together, along with many new ones you’ve never seen, into an eBook titled Shut Up, Old Man! Random Thoughts, Posts, Interviews, Lies and Help from Armand Rosamilia

I’m not going to pretend to know anything, but after the last 18 months I’ve learned a few things, and I wanted to put my journey into perspective and see (for myself) how far I’ve come or haven’t come. It’s fun going back and reading posts I did a year ago, and remembering where my mindset was at that moment. And seeing how it’s changed. 

I also began pulling every interview I’ve done and putting together a sort of ‘Best Of’ interview, with every question I’ve been asked and the multiple answers I’ve given for each… so far, I talk a lot of crap. 

One thing that alarmed me, however, was the many dead links I am seeing. I have done a ton of guest blogs and interviews, and linked them to my website. However, when I click on them to find them, they are gone. Erased. Deleted. And these are websites that still exist. 

I contacted two bloggers this morning to see if maybe they changed the names or archived them, only to be told by one ‘Nah, that interview was old (it was 9 months ag0)’, and the other said ‘I only want current stuff on my blog’… 


The greatest part of the internet is the perpetual flow of it, and the fact I’ve had new readers who found me based not on my latest Twitter post, but because they read an interview when I was first promoting Dying Days or Death Metal, and they looked me up and started reading my stuff. You never know where a reader is going to jump into your career, so you hedge the bets the more chances for them to see you the better. 

Thank about any author you’ve read. Did you see them as an up and coming writer with their first book, or maybe jumped in when they got a buzz from people you trusted on the third book? I’ve stumbled across great interviews with authors and wanted to dive in and see if they were any good. 

Keeping an interview or guest post on your website doesn’t hurt anyone, especially you. I have hundreds of posts and things on my site, and I’m using about 3% of what they gave me. For free. Unless you are running crazy apps or tons of video, that isn’t a valid excuse for deleting stuff. There’s a blogger I really like on a personal level, but won’t send him my guest blogs anymore, because he takes posts down after two months. I have yet to see what the point is. I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post titled “JA Konrath Is The Devil”, and it still finds its way into my top five posts each week, no matter what. It’s been out for months, but people still find it and follow my blog and keep coming back to read more and more. 

By some folk’s reckoning, I should have deleted it months ago and only posted ‘relevant’ things… well, guess what? If an interview or guest post talking about an old book still in print  helps me find even one more reader and gives them another reason to read your blog and maybe like your own work, I say it is more than relevant. 

Armand Website Changes This Weekend

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, personal, wordpress, writing with tags , , , , on April 16, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I’m getting bored with the look of my website again, so this weekend I’ll be doing some minor changes and updating a few things (like the static pages with my books, etc.)

I’ll also be trimming out all the old posts that are time-sensitive or don’t mean anything anymore, adding new tags and categories to previous posts so they’re easier to find, and trying to make the pages look neater and nicer.

Some of the old posts are also being deleted in favor of culling them all together into an upcoming non-fiction book I’ve been thinking about doing for sometime… I’ll be putting all of my blog posts, random comments, ideas, complaints, stupidity, actual help, etc. into a new eBook release, and adding many new posts previously unread. It will hopefully show the progression of my career just over the last 18 months or so… more details coming soon. 

Until then… remember, someone else has it worse than you… 


Writer’s Block? Nope. Too Many Distractions.

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, Facebook, horror, personal, Tool Shed, Twitter, wordpress, writing on March 16, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I don’t believe in Writer’s Block. I believe you can always sit down and write something. There is always more than enough ideas to put down on the computer screen, even if they are crappy ideas… 

There’s a great analogy I use from time to time about farmers. Do they get up in the morning, look outside at the fields and decide they have Farmer’s Block today, and go back to bed? I doubt it. They get on that horse (see what I did there?) and they do the job. 

As writers, we have to do it as well. My backup plan is to always have several projects going at once, in varied points of being finished. I always know the pecking order of them, especially if there is an actual publisher deadline associated with one of more. I work on the main story, but if I get lost or I’m not feeling it, I move onto something else. The bottom line is for me to write my 2,000 word a day goal and feel good by the time I go to sleep.

Of course, I don’t always hit my mark. Last week, faced with a severe deadline since I slacked so bad, I wrote 20,000 words (of a 40,000 word story) in three glorious days. I turned off the internet, ignored Facebook and twitter and e-mails, and just wrote. For hours. 

But that is not the norm. I wish it was. I see authors (notice I didn’t say writers) who set 5,000 word goals and/or 8 hour writing days, and they hit it like clockwork. They are professionals and they are building their career one word at a time. 

I feel like a fake half the time, even though I technically do this for a living (just don’t look too closely at where I live, what I drive, and how I finagle to pay some bills), and I put my head down some nights and know I could have done more. 

Social media is a necessary evil, but does endless hours on Twitter really sell more books for me? The smart part of my thinking knows I might sell an extra book or two a week by posting and commenting for 10 hours a week. The really smart part knows I could be writing an extra 10,000 words in the same period of time and getting that much closer to another release, and another potential way for readers to find my work, love it and then buy my back-list of titles. 

Factor in people talking to me, food all around me, radio and TV, and tons of blogs I just have to read… I waste about 6 hours a day on non-writing stuff. 6 hours! That would be quite a few extra words to write, and more projects done, and more chances to sell things, and…

Yet, I know it won’t happen with any real frequency. Sigh.

At least I know I don’t have Writer’s Block. There is that, right? 

Buy this book so I can retire, too… just sayin’ 



February 68k Writing Challenge for Armand

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Cthulhu, dying days, Facebook, horror, Keyport Cthulhu, novella, submissions, Twitter, wordpress, writing, zombie on January 28, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

It’s not really a challenge but it sounds cooler in the title, right?

I’ve been contracted for not one… not two… but three! Count ’em, three! new stories to write. I can’t tell you the details and can’t really tell you much more (what a damn tease I am), but I can say they are going to be two 14,000 word and a 40,000 word novella.

Since my math skills are super-sharp (and there is a cute calculator feature on this laptop) it comes to 68,000 words in 28 days… which comes to 2,428 words a day to get everything written (first draft) and submitted on March 1st.

Wish me luck!

The downside to getting it is the back-burner status of all the other projects I was working on, like Dying Days 3, Dying Days: Origins, the next two stories in the Keyport Cthulhu series, and another hundred things.

But I’ll eventually get to them, and get in a few pages here and there when I have time.

Until then… don’t expect a ton of Mando on social media, since I need to really buckle down and write, write, write…


Terrorist Fears

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, wordpress, writing, zombie on January 15, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I also wrote a blog post about the fears of attacks on U.S. soil and the coming zombie apocalpyse… and it is coming. Sb Knight was kind enough to run it for me:

Pros And Cons of Serializing

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, wordpress, writing, zombie on January 15, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Another reblog today (I am everywhere!), this time on the great Dan O’Brien Project

Is Zombie Lit Dying?

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, dying days, guest blog, horror, short story, thriller, wordpress, writing, zombie on January 15, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Reblogged from Rick Hipson’s Dark Bites blog… a post from Armand Rosamilia

Upcoming Week of “Miami Spy Games” Posts

Posted in #amwriting, Blogging, Facebook, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, wordpress, writing, zombie on January 13, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Starting at some point tonight, and hopefully running all this week, a series of articles/guest blog posts will be out and about on various blogs and websites I enjoy. I hope you will follow along, and I intend to reblog all of them as they hit to make it easier for you to read and also find some new blogs for you to follow as well.

Most of them will be various aspects of the Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun release, with a few pieces thrown in about my previous and upcoming work. My goal is to fill up your Facebook and Twitter feeds with me, lol…


Miami Spy Games Epi 1 Cover 253x391

How Many Releases Are Too Much?

Posted in Blogging, horror, personal, wordpress, writing, zombie on November 28, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I am amazed at all the great authors I find out there, whether through friends I trust suggesting new books, or stumbling upon a book that sounds interesting. But I’ve recently noticed two disparaging trends when I find someone I like and want to read more from them…

1. It is their only release, or they only have one or two short stories available unless I want to buy an anthology to read another one of their stories; or

2. They have fifty or more releases, and they write in multiple genres, and none of them are part of a series, and some of them are pen-names, and they run the gamut from children’s stories to hardcore erotica… 

The last one isn’t actually a far cry from an author I just recently started reading, although she wouldn’t want me to let the world know about her PG and XXX stuff being from the same person. But you get the idea. 

It got me wondering: how many releases become too much for a reader to dive into? Is there such a thing? Is it like me not watching Sons of Anarchy because I never saw it and don’t want to jump in now that several seasons have elapsed? I’m sure I’ll spend a drunken weekend watching five seasons of the show in one sitting, like I always do… but what about books?

I have over fifty releases if you look me up on Amazon (Hell, let me make it easy on you with a link: Armand Rosamilia on Amazon) . Damn, I just looked at it myself and I have 60 various items to purchase. I’m sure t-shirts, oven mitts, bumper stickers and thongs won’t be far away, but my point is… do I have too many releases for a new fan to dive into my work, to peruse my greatness (go with it, I have a fragile ego) and read my work and eventually purchase all 60 stories? 

Well? Answer me, damnit!

Want To Promote Fellow Horror/Thriller Authors

Posted in Blogging, guest blog, horror, Twitter, wordpress, writing on August 2, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

Yep, pretty simple. It won’t be some big, convoluted blog tour thing or a set day in mind, or just promoting the authors I am buddies with. I just want to give back. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a ton of great authors and bloggers over the years, and I love doing interviews and writing guest blogs and getting my name out there.

I decided, on a whim today, to give back a bit. I posted on Twitter:

If you are a #horror or #thriller #author I’d love to run a guest blog from you on my site. Because I like to help. DM me.

And the messages are rolling in, so I decided to post a quick word about it here. I’m looking for a roughly 500-word guest post about your latest release, or how you became a writer, or what you love about horror, or anything else you feel like talking about. That’s it. I’ll run it with your author photo, book covers, and links if you add them at the end of the guest blog. That’s it.

I’m not doing this to add my own book links in it or expect you to talk about me or my blog. In fact, I welcome authors I’ve never met before or had contact with to send me something. I’d love to expand on who I talk with and hopefully help everyone, without making this a huge deal and do a hundred or more posts… although, if that many come in, at least I know I’ll have more than enough posts for the blog, right?

Oh, and there will be a great one up tomorrow (see how fast this works?) by none other than my good buddy Todd Brown, the great zombie author.

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