Wednesday, June 9, 2010

#ZombieLuv -- Incoming Contest!

It all started with an interview at The Penny Dreadful twitter chat, when yours truly ranted about how zombies are dull with all the brain eating and such.

Making short a long wine-filled story, Jim Bronyaur and Jodi MacArthur not only scared the heck out of me with their zombies -- not so dull, no sir -- but they convinced me to give it a try.

So I did, and guess what? My story, Zombie Walk, was published at the cool horror webzine Flashes in the Dark!

When Donald Conrad came up with the idea of a new sub-genre, zombie romance, something clicked in my mind, and #ZombieLuv was born, and so the idea of a contest!

But then the unforgiving Susan H. Gottfried killed me.

(If you like Rock'n Roll you ought to visit her site and read her stuff. She rocks! Oh, wait, I hate her. She's the bad woman who killed me!)

I love writing so much that I came back from the dead -- well, sort of --to keep amusing you. Or annoying. Whatever.

*holds falling finger and attaches it back with sticky tape*

Err, sorry.

So, here's the deal: I lose more fingers and you get published at Flashes in the Dark!

Plus, you win the bestseller Pride Prejudice and Zombies!

Am I, or am I not a cool undead? heh

Well, if not cool at least I'm cold. No heating being produced in this body; thank you Susan.

*finger falls*

oH,,, skorrssy. mOrrre lter?

UPDATE: The Zombie Luv Flash Fic Contest is up! Click here to see the guidelines.

zombie love Pictures, Images and Photos

Psst! Follow the #ZombieLuv hashtag on twitter for more tidbits before the official launch of the contest. ;)

Note: The funny-yummy picture up there I found in this chaotic myspace profile, and the rock'n roll #ZombieLuv I found here (which, man, I love already!) but it's shared on photobucked, the place I actually took from.


  1. Hey, I saw you using the #ZombieLuv and didn't realize it was a REAL hashtag, since we were also using #ZombieYummies and #ZombieBrainScones. Very cool! The contest looks great.

    That is quite the pic - perfect for #ZombieLuv

  2. --Anne: Thank you dear! This is going to be fun! Since it's about romance, my best hopes are that you'll give it a try? I'd love to have you. :)

  3. LOVE the picture, babe. And you're very welcome for inspiring you. When the contest is up and running (it's been a long day. forgive me, if needed), send the permalink to winabook at WestofMars dot com and I'll post it for ya. Spread the love. And body parts.

  4. Great picture, Mari-girl! And sorry you're among the undead (where was I when that happened to you!) but think of it this way: you're immortal.

    Zombie love? Well no one can help who they fall in love with, yes?

    *helps you reattach the finger with krazy glue*

  5. Yeah, Baby! Summer is startin' to sizzle. I love those pictures too. How do you make horror so adorable? ;-)

  6. --Susan: Thank you, my dear, for killing me. (did I just write this out loud? lol)

    I thought you'd like the rock'n roll tag, heh. I did put it up thinking of you and will certainly send you the link once I post it. Thanks for helping spreading the word! :)

    --Mari-girl (Marisa): I don't know where you were dear, and I'm as surprised as you are.

    Unfortunately no, I'm not immortal. I'll last as long as this putrefying body does. Thanks for the help with the finger. It's a bit stiff because of the glue, but I can type now. :)

    --Jodi: I'm adorable. Now that I'm dead I don't have to worry about false humility, lol. :P

  7. Enjoyed your story, Mari. Cheers to a zombie summer.

  8. --Erin: Thanks! I'm sorry to say, though, that when it's summer we stink even more. I hope you don't mind...

  9. Zombie Love. What a concept. But who else is gonna put up with you when fingers start falling off but another zombie.

    Reminds me of the H P Lovecraft short story, COOL AIR (Link : I think it would qualify as the first zombie love story. Read it at your own peril. Roland

  10. Oops. Sorry. I was remembering the TV version which had a woman as the narrator. My brain cells must be zombie-izing on me without my knowing it. Roland

  11. *bwaahaahaahaa!* What an awesome idea! I'll have to follow your hashtag, sounds like too much fun

    And #zombiebrainscones? I'm going to be laughing about that all night! :D

  12. My webcomic has some fun undead romance in it. I'd love to be a part of this necro-nonsence! XD

    Hooray for Zombies! (And if they have cool/cute Michael Jackson knock-off vinyl jackets, so much the better.)

  13. --Roland: Are you sure you didn't drink my coffee? lol

    (check out #ZombieLuv if you didn't get the joke ;)

    --Angie (techtigger): Excellent! I hope you'll also give it a try. I'd love to see a zombie piece coming from you. :)

    As for #ZombieBrainsCones, hmmm. You made me hungry. I think I'll go for a snack now, heh.

    --Monica: I'd love to see a Michael Jackson inspired romance. After all, he's dead. lol!

    Oh, your webcomic is awesome!

    Hey guys, go check out Skeleton Crew. Too darn funny! heh

  14. I didn't realize one man was responsible for the entire genre of zombie romance. Huh. Learn something new every day.
    I just released an erotic novel named Lucky Stiff: Memoirs of an Undead Lover. It's about an undead fellow named Peter who becomes a gigolo.
    And last year I was in the popular anthology Hungry for Your Love: An Anthology of Zombie Romance. It's being re-released his October in print this year from St Martin's Press.
    I also did a zombie erotica, The Blooming. It has romance, but not between the flesh eaters.
    I have many designs for future zombie romances. They are tons of fun to write.

  15. --Regina: Ha! I knew it wasn't possible that a completely zombie-ignorant writer as myself would start a new genre, especially when it's romance related, heh.

    Thanks for the clarification and for the reading list. :)

    I would love to have you on the Zombie Luv Flash Fic Contest, even if it's just for the fun. ;) Hope you'll submit a piece of yours.

  16. No worries!

    And yes, enjoy the reading list. I will do my best to contribute to the contest. It sounds like fun on a bun! Yes it do! :)

  17. --Regina: Thank you for being so understanding and for your incoming contribution to the contest. :)

    The Zombie Luv Flash Fic Contest is up, and the guidelines can be found here. ;)


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