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Well it’s Friday the 13th – A day despised by some, but celebrated by others.

This is a day where horror is at its most popular, so we were left wondering how we would celebrate this momentous day. Should we post a toe-curlingly cheesy feature on the movie Friday the 13th? (like so many will probably do…) Or do we give you something new and different? Well, as you know, we’re all about giving you something new to sink your teeth into.  Why should today be any different?

So, on this gruesomely delicious day, we introduce to you an amazing horror author specializing in……. ZOMBIES!

Yes it’s Julianne Snow! Here’s a bit about her;

It was while watching Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of 6 that solidified Julianne’s respect of 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. The horror and forensic/crime thriller genres top her list of favourites, but she can never turn down a good science fiction, fantasy or mystery read.

Julianne appears in the anthology Women of the Living Dead with a story entitled The Living Dead at Penderghast Manor. Look for her short stories in future anthologies. 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.

Great right? Well we’re lucky enough to have conducted an interview with this great writer and you’re lucky enough to read it!

Here we go…

What made you decide to become a writer?

I’m not sure if it was really a decision I consciously made. I had always written short stories and prose-like poems growing up, but before going away to post-secondary education it got put on the back burner. I didn’t end up coming back to it until later when a situation that arose that caused me to lose a great deal of my sight for a period of time. As a result, I spent a lot of that time in my head, rediscovering my love for creating plotlines and fleshing out characters. After that moment occurred, there really was no looking back.

You’re a published author now. How hard was it to get where you are?

The hardest part was actually writing the book. That’s a lot of words to weave together in some form of coherency! As the ideas and plotlines swarm around the sieve that controls what flows out of your fingers, it can get difficult to filter which ideas are viable for any given story. The fact of the matter is that I enjoy writing; I enjoy the sense of satisfaction I receive when I finish a chapter or a story. Once the story is completely finished, and the editing starts, there’s almost a relaxation that occurs. You have the story that you wanted to write out of your head and your soul, now it’s just polishing it to the point that it’s the best that it can be. Teaming with my publisher, Sirens Call Publications, helped me to traverse the world of publishing as well. Was it a struggle at times? Absolutely, but in the end it was a labor of love and one that I will happily do over and over again.

Tell us about your Days with the Undead series.

Days with the Undead: Book One is the first thing that I wrote after my sight came back. It’s the story of a Zombie Apocalypse which starts in Toronto, Canada and is told completely via journal entries. You get one point of view, that of Julie, a former pathologist and part-time survivalist but don’t let that fool you; the cast of characters come alive through her words. The action starts from the first second and doesn’t let up throughout – the group of survivors, made up of Julie, Max, Bob, Ben and Barbara are constantly fleeing the growing army of the Undead. The uniqueness of a singular point of view is that you really get to explore the psychological turmoil that flight and, ultimately, survival, wreak on the psyche.

What is it about zombies that you find so compelling?

I honestly believe that Zombies are the most terrifying of the supernatural creatures. They are unwavering in their desires to pursue you and your flesh. Akin to a parasite or virus, they continually seek out new hosts to assimilate. That’s pretty scary when you think about it because there isn’t much that will stop them. The only way to protect yourself is to kill as many as you can…

What has been the most difficult hurdle to overcome on your journey?

My own self-doubt. I had a discussion the other day about narcissism and how some authors deal with it. While I am guilty of being narcissistic to a degree (I did put my own writing out into the public forum), I sometimes wonder if my story is appealing enough to the fans of the genre. I have had many positive comments as well as some negative ones but in the end, I grow as a writer from each and every one of them.

When you’re not writing, what are you generally doing?

Catching up on all of the other things that I don’t do when I’m writing! Mainly just work around the house, reading, watching a little television or perhaps a movie, and my daily walk. Oh wait, I totally forgot about the day job! The kinds of activities that allow your mind to relax and that allow the stresses of the day or the passage that I’m writing to melt away.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?

It was receiving my proof in the mail. To actually see my name on a printed book was just awesome and it totally buoyed my spirits. As an author, you write, but there are times when the road to getting your work to the masses seems endless. To get to the point where readers can read it – that’s so rewarding!

Will there be any additions to the Days with the Undead series, or will you be starting something new?

I have many plans for Days with the Undead; there is a second book currently being adapted from my online serial series along with a number of companion books. The story is still unfolding so I have a long way to go before it’s over. I do have plans to write non-Zombie genre novellas and novels as well, I just need to get them finished. It’s hard work with a full time job and my other responsibilities – not that I’m complaining, I wouldn’t change my world for anything else!

If you were to set a goal for the future, what would it be?

To reach the point where I can quit my day job and concentrate on writing full time. Isn’t that every writer’s dream at some point?

And finally, who is your favorite horror icon?

That’s a very good question – Ellen Ripley, hands down! Even though I haven’t been able to sit down and watch Alien in one complete sitting, the franchise is still one of my favorites. As a female lead, she demonstrated that given the right incentive, you can do anything you put your mind to. I think her character really opened up the door to the believability of other strong female leads in horror.

Now we know you won’t need any help falling in love with her, but since it’s Friday the 13th we wanted to give you something extra.
 
Curious?
 
Well wait no longer, here’s a snippet from her book;
“In the areas where they were not so deeply layered at the edge of the shore, we could see that some had ventured into the water. Perhaps they felt that they could walk on the water to the prey that they so viciously wanted. Instead, you could see them being tossed about in the crashing surf; the waves pelting them back toward the shore and the undertow of the current talking them back out again. It was a tumultuous jaunt from shore to cresting waves and potentially one that they would have to endure for some time.

The noise of our engine attracted some of the closer ones. They turned as if in unison to stare milky eyed in our direction. I never thought I would see the day when the Undead had a look of genuine surprise about them, but in that moment they actually looked startled to see us.

On the other hand, we were utterly stricken with horror to see them. This was a moment of truth for us…”
Caught your interest? Well here’s an extensive list of where you can purchase her book:

Purchase Links – Print:

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3736479

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Days-Undead-Book-Julianne-Snow/dp/1468007998/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330611569&sr=8-1

 

Purchase Link – Digital:

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/137213

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Days-Undead-Book-One-ebook/dp/B007F14OTA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1330471120&sr=8-2

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007F14OTA

Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B007F14OTA

Amazon FR: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B007F14OTA

Amazon ES: https://www.amazon.es/dp/B007F14OTA

Amazon IT: https://www.amazon.it/dp/B007F14OTA

 

You can’t say we don’t spoil you.

Have a great Friday the 13th folks! And remember – watch out for ladders, black cats, cracks and mirrors… Yeah right!

You may remember our last movie review of the independent movie Familiar. If you need a recap you can find it here

Well we’ve received a new clip of the movie to share and also a few dates where you can see it for yourself!

But before we share this info, check out this new clip

Now if you want to go and see this great movie (And we couldn’t recommend it more!) it is being shown at the following events:

Chicago Fear Fest – On Friday the 13th of April up to the 14th

Texas Frightmare Weekend – On May 4th up to the 6th

Dark Bridges Film Festival – On May 3rd up to the 6th

Don’t miss out – All festivals ought to be great!

Today we’d like to bring to your attention another great horror writer who is currently in the middle of a blog tour. We interviewed Armand Rosamilia to get the low down on him and his Dying Days series. And guess what? There’s also a giveaway at the end as well! (That’s not an excuse for you to jump to the bottom of the page either. This is a great interview you won’t want to miss)

Here we go!

Of all the genres, what made you choose Horror?

Horror chose me at an early age. Dean Koontz and a hundred other horror authors turned me on to the genre. I’d sit in my parent’s room and read my mother’s dog-eared paperbacks and couldn’t get enough of them.

What made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I wanted to do what Koontz and King were doing. I thought (at eleven or twelve) I could do that. Of course, I was horrible, but kept at it on and off and finally got serious in my thirties about pursuing it. Right now I do this full-time and love it.

You’re a published author now. How hard was it to get where you are?

Even though I’d been writing for 20+ years, I got my first actual sale in January 2009 (my Death Metal horror/thriller novella). I’d sold stories to anthologies and published my own work as well as others through Carnifex Press and then later Rymfire Books, but that was the first time another publisher took a chance on a longer piece of my work. I’d say I’ve written my million words at this point, like King tells a new writer.

Tell us about your Dying Days series.

To go back to the beginning, Dying Days started because Comet Press was looking for an extreme zombie novella. So I wrote Highway To Hell, but it missed the cut. I reworked it and published it myself. People responded to it, especially to the female lead in the bonus short story, so I started writing stories with Darlene Bobich in them. Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer, Dying Days and Dying Days 2 are the three novellas out so far, but many more are coming, as long as people keep asking for them.

Are there any other projects you are/have been working on?

I’m constantly writing, and set a 2,000 word goal each day. It doesn’t matter what I’m working on as long as I’m writing. Right now I have four anthology stories I’m finishing, Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days, two horror novels, and ideas for two stand-alone Dying Days novellas. And whatever else gets in my way…

When you’re not writing, what are you generally doing?

Wishing I were writing. I have a very addictive personality (especially when I’m off my meds), and writing is everything to me. Sometimes my friends and family hate me, because my world revolves around writing and publishing. If I’m not actually writing I’m reading a print book or on my Kindle.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?

Being able to do this for a living right now (not a great living, but it’s slowly paying the bills) is great, but I get the biggest thrill out of strangers e-mailing me and talking about my books or asking questions about Dying Days. Meeting people that like your work enough to write you is pretty humbling and awesome.

Will there be any additions to the Dying Days series, or will you be starting something new?

 Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days will be next, a collection of 13 short stories featuring old and new characters from the series. After that there will definitely be a novella-length release starring another female lead, Tosha Shorb. In between the Dying Days books I intend to finish up a short story collection, the aforementioned novels and other things, and keep adding. I have 40+ releases and I write constantly. I also have a great support system of beta readers that rip my prose apart and make it better.

 

If you were to set a goal for the future, what would it be?

 To get my books into as many hands as possible, and to work with some of the great small presses out there. I’m not looking for a big traditional publisher contract, I’m looking to work with some of the presses that will put me before new fans. My goal is simple: 2,000 words per day and see what happens.

Any finally, who is your favourite horror icon?

Michael Myers from Halloween scared the crap out of me as a kid, and I’ve never gotten that buzz that strongly since. I’ve never used drugs but its like addicts who talk about chasing that first high. To me, I’m chasing the feeling of nearly pissing my pants at twelve every time I watch another horror movie or read another horror book.

Great interview right? Well here’s the bit you’ve all been waiting for… Scroll down further and Armand will tell you about his big giveaway! 

Want to know more about the Dying Days series? Want to win free eBooks and maybe print books of them? My contest is simple: e-mail me at armandrosamilia (at) gmail (dot) com with DYING DAYS in the subject line and I’ll enter you into the daily giveaway… also, post a comment here and you get another chance… follow my blog at http://armandrosamilia.com for yet another chance, and friend me on Twitter (@ArmandAuthor) and simply post DYING DAYS to me, and you’ll get another shot… nice and easy, right? If I get enough people joining in the giveaway there will be a print book given away that day!

Dying Days series information can be found here: http://armandrosamilia.com/dying-days-series/