Hi, I’m Scott Kenemore. Here is my short bio:

Born in New York and educated at Kenyon College and Columbia University, Scott Kenemore is the national bestselling author of Lake of Darkness, The Grand Hotel, and Zombie Ohio, as well as numerous other works of horror and satire. He lives in Evanston, IL.

Here’s a video of me on the Crew Reviews podcast promoting Lake of Darkness:

And here is more exhaustive information and some additional photos . . . in case you are into that kind of thing.

About Me:

My short fiction has appeared in journals like Mudrock, The Owl, Imperfect Fiction, The Kenyon Review, and The Kenyon Review Online.  My ribald limericks and haikus have appeared in Brocabulary (HarperCollins) and the Chicago Sun-Times.  My essays, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in Slate, Bedford + Bowery, Paranormal Pop Culture, the New York Times Local East Village, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, PopMatters, Beer Advocate, and Rawk! Magazine. My work has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, French, and Italian.

I have discussed horror writing and zombies on the Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, WGN, Martha Stewart Living Radio, The Alan Colmes Show and other news outlets.  I have been written about in the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Hartford Courant, Sacramento Bee, Indianapolis Star, Cleveland Plain Dealer, USA TODAY, Rue Morgue Magazine, Fangoria, Gawker.com, BustleMTV.com, BoingBoing.netAOL News, and the New York Times “City Room” blog.

I have been a featured panelist at horror and sci-fi conventions like San Diego Comic-Con, Spooky Empire, and ZomBcon. In 2009, I was named to the advisory board of the Zombie Research Society.  In 2011, I was admitted to the Horror Writers Association. I am regularly invited to speak about horror writing at colleges and universities.

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  1. Scott,

    Loved your book about the Zen of Zombies, it was well written and very thought provocating. I see you review films about the undead, soI’d like to offer you the chance to glance at my ebook “Uprising” a zombie/social commentary. You can visit my website (www.swordforhire.net), the publisher (www.darkroastpress.com), or even watch the video trailer on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/swordforhire60). Let me know what you think!

    Sincerely (undead),
    Christopher Newman

  2. Greetings Scott,

    My name is Traci Wood & I host a show called Pagans Tonight on Blog Talk Radio (9pm CST)

    “Pagans Tonight is America’s leading show bringing you news, information, entertainment and ideas from across the world, physically, virtually, and spiritually. We alternate between topics and guests on everything & anything from a pagan perspective. The show is an ensemble show led by Ed Hubbard & Traci Wood, with regulars Don Lewis, and Herr Wolf. We are on the air 5 days a week! Join us Monday through Friday at 9 PM CST. Give us a call at 1-347-308-8222. ”

    We would love to have new guests to join and help us facilitate different and unique points of view that will be of interest to our growing audience….we have declared 2010: Pagans Tonight year of the Zombie and have talked about your book!!

    If you are interested, please let us know. You can contact us at Paganstonight@gmail.com or go directly to our show page…www.paganstonight.com.

    Blessed Be,
    Traci Wood
    Co-Host Pagans Tonight

  3. Hi – we’ve recently created a zombie website http://www.zombiesdefined.com – it’s still early days and a lot of sections are still under construction, but we’d really appreciate it if you could check it out an let us know what you think. Also would it be possible for you to link our site ? We would of course return the favour and link your own blog.
    Hope to hear from you,

  4. If you could help us promote this:

    we would be happy to help you promote your upcoming book. Maybe a feature on the blog? Get the word out to zombie enthusiasts?

  5. You might be interested in some music by the Fossil Aerosol Mining Project. Two largely undiscovered CDs are composed of artifacts and relics from zombie films of the 1980s: “If You Enjoyed the Dawn of the Dead” (2006), and the more recent “The First 15 Minutes of the Second Sequel” (2010). Free samples are at Afterdaysmedia.com and they can be downloaded from iTunes, Amazon, etc.

  6. Scott–I wanted to say thank you for the review of Crusade. To be compared to Beowulf, well, that is pretty heady stuff! And then when I looked at who wrote the review, and I said, wait a second, I have a book by that guy…and sure enough I did, Zen of Zombie (which I thoroughly enjoyed!). And now I look forward to reading your other undead satires and the release of Zombie, Ohio in ’11. I’ve asked the wife for your other books for X-Mas as I am busy now writing (Eden 3–Resurrection), reading (things I think might be good for me to read as I write Eden 3), and working my day job to be able to enjoy them at the present moment. Thanks man!!

  7. Scott – THANK YOU for Zombie, OH! I recently flew to Cleveland (yes, on purpose). On the day I was supposed to come home, there was a major snowstorm between there and here. My flight was delayed an hour… then 2… then 5! Wanting some distraction from the oh-so-very-annoyed people-watching I had been doing, I wandered into the bookstore and right away saw Zombie, OH. No question – this is what I needed to see me thru my layover. …Okay, the book and a Guinness in the airport bar. I was so engrossed (boo!) that I just about missed the announcement that my formerly delayed flight was boarding in 10 minutes. Thank you for making my lasting impression of oHIo a favorable one. You’re a life saver (?!) !
    The Blissters should play in Minneapolis/St. Paul!
    XOXOO but not my brain –
    ~ Kathy

  8. I read the Zen of Zombie Im not a avid book reader I usually pick up a book and skim through and put it down. This book was brilliantly funny I couldn’t put it down I blasted through it in 9 hrs and was in gut busting laugh mode most of the time thank you for sharing your life enlighting ideas with zombie zen. Because zombies just don’t give a shit.

  9. Mr. Kenemore,
    As a graduate of Kenyon College (class of 1980), I was struck by your description of the ascent at the main entrance to Kenton College. I new it had to be Kenyon and that Gant, Ohio had to be Gambier. I am currently reading your novel Zombie, Ohio and I love it.
    Although I am 53, I and a half dozen friends went to Columbus to see the opening of “Dawn of the Dead”. I became a zombie fan right then, but it was to be 25 years before the genre became popular in novel form. So I am kind of reliving part of my youth.
    This novel, so far, is one of the best written of the genre. Thanks.
    Jeffrey Curtiss

  10. What a great zombie blog!

    I’ve been blogging about zombies lately and the smash hit web series, ‘Bite Me’. It’s a story about three hardcore gamers that use their video games skills to survive during a zombie outbreak.

    I just interviewed one of the stars of the show. And I’m running a four-part series on my blog. I’m going to profile each of the principal cast members leading up to the March 6th air date of the second season.

    I’m calling it – “The Bite Me Interviews” and you can read part one, with actor Justin Giddings.

    To read the interview or watch a promo for Bite Me, go to: http://www.mentalswag.com

    Feel free to excerpt my post, but please link back to: http://www.mentalswag.com

    And watch out for the zombies.


    Rich Livsey
    Blog, Blogging, Blogger….

  11. Greetings Mr. Kenemore,

    With all the noise in the news about the pending zombie apocalypse, we thought you might like to hear that someone’s taken action to document the phenomenon.

    Mad Genius is an anonymous pop group who uses on news samples and social media to construct their songs. They have a series they’re working on charting the year 2012 in news and trends. Noticing the zombie hoard beginning to spread, they created the track “How To Build A Zombie Apocalypse” in response. We thought you might enjoy a listen…

    Thanks again for your blog and (potential) listen…

    Magnus Genioso
    Mad Genius

  12. Looks like I’m only piling on to the Check-Out-My-Zombie-Related-Thing stack but alas, here is my own Kickstarter for ZOMBIE SHUFFLE, a zombie card game based on the 52-card deck. http://kck.st/WuwXTd

    I must admit this is the first time I’ve seen your blog but it looks amazing and I plan to check out some of your books. Best of luck.

  13. Hi!
    I love your Blog!
    I was wondering if you would like to let your bloggers know about a kickstarter project I started 🙂
    I hope you like it.

    Thanks so much!

    Check out the kickstarter project where you could be a part of the largest traveling zombie drawing!!

    and gain a Zimbie as a friend 😉

  14. great site! Kudos for the books. I’m a zombie fan as well writing a book and creating zombie art and animations- check out my stuff. I’d love a review of some of it- http:zombiesurvivorz.com also, can we exhange links? Thank you!

  15. Scott: I work at Barnes & Noble. Monthly, we choose a book to promote to our customers. For next month (October) I submitted Zombie, Illinois…and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be approved. So, if you suddenly start seeing a lot of your books being sold at the B&N in Bolingbrook, you’ll know who to thank. 🙂

  16. Mr. Kenemore, I enjoyed “Zombie Warfare,” which my kids got me for my birthday, and I wanted to draw your attention to my own little zombie joint:

    My new ebook, “Tales of the Awakening Dead,” is a collection of eight zombie survival short stories available on Kindle for 99 cents. It includes a sneak preview of my upcoming zombie survival novel, “This Mortal Flesh.” I hope you’ll take a moment to check out at least the free preview portion you can see at Amazon.com. Here are a few links:

    The ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FQ744OU

    The video trailer for the ebook (1 minute): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FQ744OU

    My personal blog about the origins and inspirations for the upcoming novel and why zombies remain a rich storytelling device: “In defense of zombies” http://tonysimmons.blogspot.com/2013/10/in-defense-of-zombies.html

    Thanks for your time. I enjoy your blog, and hope you’ll take a gander at mine.
    Tony Simmons

  17. I hope it would be alright to plug a zombie novelette here?!

    The Rage Plague
    “In the winter of 2017 visions were seen by Navajo medicine men that what seemed to be the dead would walk for a time, taking peace from the earth. A warning was given to band with other tribes and prepare; the great enemy was coming and would try to hunt down all the peoples of the earth. In the year 2019 the Rage Plague hit and every human on earth was exposed to the virus. Most people got sick as the virus attacked certain lobes of the brain making some people volatile and animal like and others, psychotic blood thirsty lunatics that were hard to kill and cannibalized their victims.”


  18. Hi, Just finished Zombie, Ohio. Great book, coldn’t put it down. I have a question about Buddy Duke. I tried googling him and found nothing. Is he based on any true story? Thanks!

  19. Hi Scott Kenemore,
    Just stumbled across your Ohio and Illinois books. Had to pace myself as I didn’t want to devour them too quickly (not in a Zombie “brraaains” way, but a fan boy, “that’s cool” way). Can’t wait for Indiana.
    Would be interesting to see one of your future books set in New York or LA. Love to see the fun you could have with the hipsters, traders, and starlets.

    One quick question: What happened to Franco at the end of Illinois?
    Keep up the good work, and keep the books coming – they’re like cat nip for Zombie fans. That would be cat nip covered in brains… Brraaains…

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