This coming Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, I’ll be a guest on the Nick Digilio Show on WGN Radio, 720AM in Chicago, from 2am-4am, to talk about zombies, horror writing, and my newest book Zombie, Indiana.
Over the weekend, I appeared on the “Zombie Genre” panel at Wizard World Comic Con in Louisville, along with Aaron Sagers (CNN, MTV, HuffPo, Paranormal Pop Culture), Jonathan James (The Daily Dead) and Lyndi Lou (Louisville Zombie Attack).
Thanks to everybody who came out and made it so fun!
James was super-cool and joked with me. (I hope I’m as quick and funny when I’m 89.) I totally gushed and tried– in just a few seconds– to tell him what his body of creative work had meant to me as someone who also works in the genere of humorous horror and zombies. His wife was with him– they were both totally sweet people– and when they found out I was a writer, she walked me around the convention floor trying to introduce me to some other journalists there. (I was thinking: “James Karen’s wife is trying to introduce me to people. Holy heck this is amazing!”)
Then I spoke briefly with Allan Trautman, who was likewise totally humble and very awesome. I told him how important and iconic I thought the Tarman Zombie was, and how his physical incarnation and zombie-movement had influenced the entire genre, be it movies/TV, comics, or novels. He was gracious and super-cool.
This really meant a lot to me, since Return of the Living Dead has been such a central influence on my own creative work. And, moreover, is just a kickass zombie movie!
Anyhow, here are some more photos of me and Mr. Karen:
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.”