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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Books, Beer and Blogshit: Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2015: Derek Ailes

Books, Beer and Blogshit: Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2015: Derek Ailes:



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Winter is here already and that means it's time once again for the cold chill of Armand Rosamilia's Winter of Zombie Blog Tour to blow through the BLOGshit. The BLOGshit is always down to spotlight the wide array of those daring to tackle the zombie genre.

This season we start off with one Derkek Ailes. He identifies as a writer of Horror Fantasy and Science Fiction. That combination alone makes him ripe to offer something different to the world of zombies in ficiton. Let's go ahead and take Mr. Ailes to task with this season's BLOGshit interview.





The Blogshit: It’s rarely ever talked about, but how do you envision the outcome of the zombie world you have created? Is there hope? Will humanity succumb to the new world order? What is the outcome of all this horrible zombie business?

Derek Ailes:  There is no stopping a zombie apocalypse.  You can try to survive as a society all you want.  In the end, the zombies always will win.  I believe that zombies will outlive cockroaches.  Aliens will one day visit earth and have to deal with them.


The Blogshit: As a writer of zombie fiction, do you feel you can sustain your career writing about zombies only or do you feel you will need to write outside the sub-genre to continue? What avenues will you branch out to if you do feel a need to expand?

Derek Ailes:  I was writing zombie fiction before the Walking Dead became popular.  I’m not one of “I just jumped on the zombie bandwagon” writers.  When I sit down and begin writing horror short stories for my next anthology, I make a list of the stories I want in the anthology.  I then decide how many stories I want to deal with zombies and then how many to deal with cats.  My last anthology “Musings From A Demented Mind” only had one zombie related story.  I can write about anything in the horror and science fiction genres.  I can survive the industry if people lose interest in the zombie fiction.



The Blogshit: What is more important to the story: A sympathetic human survivor or a zombie with an interesting storyline?

Derek Ailes:   I believe those should go hand and hand.  A great zombie story isn’t one where zombies are on a killing spree.  The stories dealing with something that hasn’t been done before are my favorites.  Surprise me.


The Blogshit: For you, who are the most important writers in zombie fiction at this moment?

Derek Ailes:   Mark Tufo tops the list.  When I do a search for zombie fiction, his name always appears at the top.  Robert Kirkman for obvious reasons.  I attribute the Walking Dead for the resurgence of the zombie genre.  I still say John Russo for being one of the masterminds behind zombie fiction ever. 


The Blogshit: Is there room for sex in the zombie apocalypse?

Derek Ailes:   Got to release your tension somehow.  Well, that is if you have the time between running for your life.


The Blogshit: How much consideration do you give to the seasons in your zombie stories?

Derek Ailes:   To this date, I’ve never paid much attention to the seasons in my zombie fiction.  I’m more focus on the locations.  I’ve never written any zombie stories in the winter.  Thunderstorms are a reoccurring theme throughout all of my stories.

One of these dudes murders children in their sleep and the other plays Freddie Kruger


The Blogshit: Our final question always revolves around zombie themed food. This Winter of Zombie, Books, Beer and BLOGshit wants you to consider setting up a food truck to cater to a zombie clientele. What would you name your Zombie Food Truck?

 Derek Ailes:  B.B.I. Barbecue, Brains and Intestines or in simple terms that my clientele can say: 
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