I am always open to hearing thoughts and opinions from readers and reviewers. Good or bad, I have no issue with such comments being thrown my way. I use any and all of it, for the most part, to (hopefully) improve myself as a writer.
Recently, a reviewer friend of mine, who had read a few books of my Military Zombpocalypse series, wrote a decent review, an honest review, and also sent me a little side line, just for my eyes only, commentary elaborating on his book review remarks.
Though he enjoyed the overall story, he came down hard on my zombie folk. He said he was a ZOMBIE PURIST, and he had an issue with my zombies because they weren’t, according to him, pure zombies.
I have seen my fair of zombie movies, growing up with the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAWN OF THE DEAD which are probably the most influential Z-movies in my warped mind, for me.
I know, for the most part, the Undead are supposed to move slow, shambling along, growling, snarling, and wanting to eat our brains or consume us entirely like the big meat and blood entrées we are.
Okay. Yeah, but IF ALL ZOMBIE STORIES WERE THE SAME who would want to read or write any of it?
Our goal, as writers of the Undead, is to bring you something old and known, and make it new and intriguing. If it’s the same old re-hashed zombie shit, who cares—unless you are such a diehard (purist?) that you simply won’t read anything else Z-related.
And, hey, that’s okay if you are purist. I just want to let you know that there are GREAT zombie-related tales out there where the Undead walk, and talk—somewhat—with dried-out vocal cords. Stories where the Dead continue to walk the Earth, and the Living are the plague. Stories where we’re still here and they’re still here, and we live on in this brave new Z-world. Stories where the dying and Undead are the main characters.
So, I am saying, relax Mister and Missus Zombie Purist. We writers still have you covered, but also, please, open your scabbed-over, bloody, undead eyeballs and chewed-on skullcap and see what else exciting—and undead deadly—is out there.
Peter Welmerink (www.peterwelmerink.com) was born and raised on the west side of pre-apocalyptic Grand Rapids, Michigan. He loves his hometown and West Michigan, which is why he writes about it. He writes Fantasy, Military SciFi, and other wanderings into action-adventure. His work has been published in ye olde wood pulp print and electronic-online publications. He is the co-author of the Viking berserker novel, BEDLAM UNLEASHED, written with Steven Shrewsbury. TRANSPORT is his first solo novel venture. He is married with a small barbarian tribe of three boys.