Wag The Fox posted this today about my atypical zombie novella, The Fields. You can still purchase the Trade Paperback, eBook and Audio Book editions on Amazon.
“It turns out that one way to go forward with the zombie genre is to go backwards–in time, anyway. Ty Schwamberger’s novella, The Fields, offers up the story set in the days following the American Civil War of Billy Fletcher, a young plantation owner in dire need of help to keep the farm going before the tobacco crop dies. He inherited it after his father passed away, a cruel slave-owner who didn’t just exploit those indentured on his farm, but tortured them as well, even burying slaves behind his expansive tobacco fields. Even his son wound up the receiving end of more than a few beatings for showing sympathy for the slaves and other deeds considered sins in his father’s eyes.
But despite vowing to run the plantation differently from his father, to work the land himself rather than resort to slave labor, the young man is failing. Enter a man named Abraham who knocks on Billy’s door one day and offers him a solution. There’s no real telling where Abraham came from, but he sure seems to know a lot about Billy and his father, and assures Billy that what he needs to do is follow in his father’s footsteps. And that’s something that Billy is adamant about avoiding, because he doesn’t want to be a slave-owner like his father. But what if the slaves are already dead?
This was a tremendously creepy zombie story, due mainly because of the racial current running through it. The idea that a person would only be enslaved during when they’re alive, but when they’re dead as well, is an unsettling one to say the least. One thing I had trouble envisioning as I read the book was the farm. Billy, Abraham, and the zombies jumped off the page, but the plantation itself felt very much like a stage-dressing when I was expecting something much more vivid. But, maybe tobacco fields just aren’t that much to look at.
Apex seems to have a knack for showcasing books in the zombie genre that stray from the road most traveled, though it’s sad to here the Zombie Feed imprint is no more. Ty is an emerging talent in the horror genre, to be sure. I’d only read some of his short fiction prior to this, so it was nice to sit down with a longer work and see how he brings a story to life when there’s a little more room to breathe. I’ve got a couple more of his novellas on my to-be-read pile, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking them out, too.”
I mentioned here that I agreed to do a number of book reviews for Withersin Magazine, as I have done some for them in the past. The books came in a week or so ago and I am currently wading through the pile on my desk.
That being said, the first book I read off the list (you can find the list on my original post) is Gord Rollo’s The Jigsaw Man, which has now been published on Withersin’s site. You can read the book review by clicking here.
As always, you can check out the full list of my published items by visiting Published/Upcoming Works. Then head on over to the Storefront to find out where you can buy Night School or a magazine where one of my short stories have appeared.
A book review that I wrote about Survivor by J.F. Gonzalez has been published by Withersin Magazine.
Click here to read the review.
You can always check out a full list of my published items, by visiting Published/Upcoming Works.
A review of Night School by M. Whitt, author of Planet Gemini, has been posted on Amazon.com. You can also purchase the book if you haven’t done so already, via this link.
I am in the middle of doing an interview with Mark Fewell of CALLIOPE to be featured in his section called, ‘Scary Scrawlings.’ Along with the interview, there is a possibility of a short story of mine being published, as well. I’ll keep you updated on when the issue will be out and how to go about getting it.
Also, a reminder that I will be reading a 10-12 minute excerpt from Night School on the Authors Read program on Blog Talk Radio on Jan. 19th at Noon (ET). You can find out how to listen to the show by clicking the above link or checking out Appearances/News. I’ll be posting a reminder of the show later this week with this information, as well.
In other news…
I have begun collaborating with a t-shirt maker to design and sell Night School shirts.
Started throwing around design ideas with JD Boren of JDB Knives to design and sell a hand crafted, limited edition knife depicting the essence Night School. If you are a knife enthusiast and enjoy quality, hand crafted knives, I suggest checking out his site and ordering something. Of course, once the design (which will be posted at a later date), price and availability of the Night School knife is good-to-go, I will let you know how to go about ordering it.
I mentioned awhile back that I sent a book review to a magazine for possible publication. I found out today, that is has been accepted.
You can see my review of Richard Laymon’s, The Traveling Vampire Show, in Withersin Magazine by clicking here.