Zombie, Illinois got a great review in the Examiner on Halloween.
“Like all truly great zombie literature (and yes, such a thing absolutely exists) Zombie, Illinois is not merely a story about zombies. Instead, it is a story about Chicago, in all its corrupt, poverty-stricken glory. It is a story about the people who live there, the politicians and police who rule over them, and the neighborhoods themselves. A clearer picture of the Windy City may never be painted, as Kenemore does a fine job of using the zombie apocalypse to bring out the best and worst in a city made infamous for generations.”
Click here to read the full review.
Christopher Borrelli did a massive profile of me for the Chicago Tribune. You can view it online here, and I think it comes out in this Sunday’s print edition.
I respectfully disagree with his characterization of my apartment– which, in actuality, is KICKASS– but otherwise I think it’s a fair piece.
I have an article in today’s New York Times “Local East Village” in which I join Nelson Algren in arguing that Chicago should be more sexy in order to attract/retain good writers… Click here to take a gander.
This is the picture of me they used.
Here are some photos from last week’s “History of the Modern Zombie” panel at Comic Con San Diego. Thanks to everybody who came out to see us!
The panel! Left to right are Matt Mogk, Bradley Voytek, Daniel Drezner, me, Steven Schlozman, Max Brooks, and Aaron Sagers.
Steven and Aaron getting ready to go onstage.
Getting to my seat…
Me, Aaron, and Bradley after the panel.
Here’s the trailer for Dead Man Working, a new zombie film that comes out later this year and features me, Noam Chomsky, Steven Schlozman, and a bunch of other folks!
My new project Fallujah Heat– written with my friend Franco Mercado– just went live on Amazon. Click here to check it out.
Franco was a Corporal in the U.S. Marines from 2003-2006. He served three combat tours with 3rd Battalion 4th Marines in the cities of Al Kut, Al Nasiriyah, Basra, Haditha, Baghdad, and Fallujah. He participated in operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Vigilant Response.
Fallujah Heat is a novelized memoir about Franco’s time as part of the occupying force in Fallujah. Specifically, it covers his role solving crimes in the aftermath of the Battle of Fallujah, and his experiences navigating the political intrigues– that were often straight-up murderous– involving the local sheiks who ruled over the city neighborhoods.
It was a real honor and pleasure for me to work with Franco on this project. I emerged with a new appreciation for the work that American soldiers do, and the ways in which– despite their often harrowing circumstances– they remain fundamentally human and real. They aren’t all cocksure, square-jawed quarterback types, like you see in recruiting commercials. They’re real people. Doing pretty extraordinary things. Again and again, helping Franco tell his remarkable story drove this point home for me.
Any good parts of this project are to the credit of Franco. If there are any errors, oversights, or sections that don’t feel right, the fault for that is entirely with me.
S.G. Browne and I did a neat interview about zombies with the Dead Robots’ Society Podcast last night. Click here to listen. (And if I sound a little out of breath around 12:00, it’s because I am carrying my bicycle up some stairs.)
Yesterday, The Army Times did a neat story about fighting zombies. It quotes me, Matt Mogk, and a bunch of other zombie writers.
Click here to take a look.
Here’s a better clip of my Comic Con panel, in which I actually speak:
I had a really wonderful time at Comic Con 2011 in San Diego. Here’s a video of the “History of the Modern Zombie” panel I was on with Max Brooks, Matt Mogk, Steven Schlozman, James Lowder, and Brad Voytek. (Max Brooks totally stole my nameplate, as you’ll see…)
Now I wish I had spoken during the first 6 mins. (I was biding my time for the discussion of Return of the Living Dead.) You can watch the entire 50-minute panel in low-res here.
And then here are some photos.
Zombie writers KNOW how to rock!!! (Left to right are James Lowder, me, Steven Schlozman, and Ned Vizinni at the Triumph of the Walking Dead signing table.)
A zombie comic starring BHO and family!
Some zombie video games.
The line to get into our zombie panel. Crazy.
The Walking Dead display was totally mobbed.
This pair claimed to be "zombie hunters," a point upon which I did not challenge them.