The Coffin Hop Horror Blog Tour
The winner(s) are:
1. Craig Smith
Craig has won Twit Publishing's PULP Anthology Summer/Fall 2011, a Coffin Hop mug and magnet, and zombie finger puppets!
Two runners up have won Coffin Hop magnets:
Anne Michaud and April Denton!
Thank you to everyone who entered my Coffin Hop contest! I hope you had a spookily wonderful Halloween!
Zombie love. Eew. Gross. Yuck. Gag me with a lobo.
However creepy it may sound, I’m writing about it. At least I’m starting to write about it. I intend to submit a zombie love story to an upcoming anthology. I headed to ZomBcon in Seattle, Washington to gain inspiration for my story this past weekend.
Here I’m having a makeup artist from Bandersnatch Studios in Seattle design a zombie scratch on my cheek. www.bandersnatchfx.com
October 21-23, 2011 was the second annual ZomBcon. It was a weekend full of zombies, as well as many non-zombie attendees including authors, actors, special effects artists, photographers, comic book artists, directors, and publishers.
Jason, Scott, Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead, and Drake at ZomBcon.
There were panels, a costume contest, movies, and video games.
Renee Pinzon and Julie, bloodied but still human.
Only a few steps behind the zombies were the zombie hunters, zombie researchers, zombie survival weapon specialists and suppliers, and so much more.
There were even zombie gnomes!
I started the ZomBcon experience at a lecture by Bradley Voytek, PhD, a neuroscientist sponsored by the Zombie Research Society. I wasn’t sure if the subject of zombie love would come up but was pleasantly surprised when it did. When a certain part of the brain is stimulated, it causes a rage reaction. When tested on cats, it triggers a primal response mixed with rage I wouldn’t call love, but in fiction we can stretch that idea a bit. I won’t stretch it here.
Brad Voytek, PhD, neuroscientist, http://blog.ketyov.com/
Next we moved to Artist Alley, which was more like author and vendor alley. I picked up my frame-able Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime lyrics from A Book of Zombie Love Songs by Michael P. Spradlin and we hummed along to the pun on Dean Martin’s original tune while talking with authors Jonathan Maberry (http://jonathanmaberry.com/), Jason Kristopher (http://www.greygeckopress.com/2011/author-1-example/), and Abi Post (http://starkfairweather.com/).
A zombie combat seminar included two brilliant authors, an amazing Fangoria moderator, and an obnoxious actor who’s never appeared in any zombie film or show I’m aware of. I learned to wrap carpet around myself to protect from zombie bites (tip from Jonathan Maberry) and to fight, if possible with something like a piece of metal pipe, a bat, or a sword. You want to have something light enough to carry around. Guns are heavy. Plus for guns you need bullets. Those are bound to run out.
Why sit in on a panel about combat when researching a story about zombie love? I’m thinking that zombie love won’t be entirely gentle. And it won’t necessarily involve two zombies. If there’s a non-infected human in the mix, there’s bound to be some fighting. The obnoxious actor on the panel took the idea of zombie love a step further. He seemed not to mind the idea of hooking up with a supermodel zombie. Yuck.
While not researching zombie love, I stumbled upon a great place for zombie toys, like these little finger puppets sold by Todd at Zombies & Toys (www.zombiesandtoys.com).
And these zombie cupcakes!
Did I find inspiration for my zombie love story at ZomBcon?
This zombie’s mother loves her.
We’ll see what happens come submission time!
As a Coffin Hop Horror Blog Tour participant, I'm offering a prize to one lucky winner. The winner will be announced November 1, 2011.
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