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Writin' zombies

Post  Jeff Mariotte on Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:55 pm

Hi gang (and thanks, Robin, for making this and inviting folks)!

I'm Jeff Mariotte (though I often write as Jeffrey J. Mariotte). I'm the author of 46 published novels, a handful of nonfiction books, a couple dozen short stories, and more than 130 comic books/graphic novels. Most of that output is horror, though not all of it. And only a few are zombie tales, but I thought I'd tell you about some that are. I understand I can't post links here for a few more days, but I will when I can.

My main claim to fame, in the zombie arena, is the graphic novel Zombie Cop. It's a different sort of zombie story, in that it's told from the point of view of a cop, bitten while on an investigation, who is becoming a zombie. As he's losing his mental and physical faculties, he's trying to solve his case and figure out the cause of the zombie plague that hit his city. It's a horror story and a bittersweet love story and a meditation on what makes us human, all at once. And it's got brilliant, fully painted artwork by Szymon Kudranski, who is now the artist on the Spawn comic book. It was published a few years ago by Image Comics, which also publishes something called The Walking Dead.

Several months after publication, it made a cameo appearance on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, being read by a kid in a diner as a couple of cops get into a gunfight outside. The prop guy who selected it had no idea that I wrote CSI novels, had edited CSI comics, and had friends who worked for the show--he just saw the cover in a comic shop and thought it'd look great on TV.

As a bonus feature, the book also included an original short story called "The Strip," set in the same zombie-plagued city but about different characters.

Another comic I co-wrote (with Shannon Eric Denton) is called Graveslinger. It's a horror/Western comic, about a prison undertaker who accidentally releases 117 executed murderers from Hell, then has to track them down and send them back. They aren't called zombies in the series, but they eat flesh and brains and are pretty zombie-like. It was also published by Image, then collected into a book by IDW Publishing (30 Days of Night, Remains, etc.).

Last year I released Nine Frights, an e-book collection of my short horror fiction, bringing together some published stories, like "The Strip" from zombie cop, and one from Clive Barker's Hellbound Hearts collection, and a few others, plus brand new stories. One of the new ones is a zombie short called "The Cloud." In September, I was a Guest of Honor at the horror convention KillerCon. I read "The Cloud" for my reading there, and my pal and zombie master Jonathan Maberry, who was in the audience for my reading, loved it. Since then he and I are getting involved in some intriguing new projects (that I can't talk about yet. But will zombies be involved? Could be...). Nine Frights is available pretty much wherever e-books are sold.

So far, that's my zombie-related output. But there's always tomorrow...

Jeff Mariotte

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Post  H.B.I.C. on Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:33 pm

THANK YOU Jeff, for sharing with us! I am honored and feel privileged to have you as a member here. I wasn't aware that new members cannot post links right away, and I'll try to look into fixing that. It would be great if you could post links to your work!

THANKS AGAIN!
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Post  Jeff Mariotte on Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:19 pm

Admin wrote:I wasn't aware that new members cannot post links right away, and I'll try to look into fixing that. It would be great if you could post links to your work!

I think it makes sense, Robin--you don't want people doing drop-ins, where they show up once, post a lot of links, and never come back. Or spammers posting links that are entirely inappropriate. If they have to wait a few days you'll probably cut back on that sort of thing, and those of us who are in it for the long haul can wait a bit.

Thanks for the warm welcome!

Jeff

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Post  H.B.I.C. on Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:44 pm

That does make sense since you put it that way. I hadn't considered that. At any rate, I couldn't figure out how to fix it anyway, LOL!
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Post  Jeff Mariotte on Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:35 pm

I think I can successfully post links now. If I can't, I'll no doubt delete this post, since it'd look really stupid...

Anyway, here are the books I mentioned:
Zombie Cop, available at Mysterious Galaxy and Amazon (and also still found at better comic book shops everywhere):
http://www.mystgalaxy.com/book/9781607060239
http://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Cop-Jeff-Mariotte/dp/160706023X

And here are a couple of articles about it from The New Yorker and MTV. Who knew The New Yorker ever wrote about zombies?

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2009/10/the-fabulous-life-of-an-undead-cop.html

http://splashpage.mtv.com/2009/08/26/zombie-cop-makes-its-small-screen-debut-on-csi/

Finally, here's a screen capture from the CSI episode:


Here's more info, and buying links, for my short fiction collection Nine Frights:
http://www.kindleboards.com/book/?asin=B005FAKL90

And here, also at Mysterious Galaxy and Amazon, is the horror/western Graveslinger:

http://www.mystgalaxy.com/book/9781600103643

http://www.amazon.com/Graveslinger-Shannon-Eric-Denton/dp/B0068EXMXE

Enjoy!

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Post  H.B.I.C. on Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:46 pm

Jeff you are so awesome, and you're right, who woulda thunk it that The New Yorker would be interested in ZOMBIES?!!

I have to say though, that's what's up!
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