BUNYAN UNDEAD

Released: May, 2014 | Published by: Severed Press

For months, Northern Michigan has been quarantined from the rest of the world. Thousands of zombies roam the shores of Lake Huron. A virus has decimated crops, tainted the water supply, and rendered the local game inedible, making humans the only reliable food source within a hundred miles for the living and undead alike. Short of wiping the Midwestern United States from the face of the Earth, the government doesn't have many options, and the chances of survival for the uninfected are grim. Angus, Marina, Nun, and Haley—four survivors in the quarantine zone with intersecting paths—have plenty to keep them occupied. And then a new evil arrives. His name is Paul Bunyan, and he's about to make things a lot worse.


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I haven’t discussed this much with other writers, musicians, artists, or human beings in general (I intend to in a segment I’ll hopefully be adding to this site in the near future), but I’d wager there is at least one story/song/painting/project each of us has made that we’re really proud of but feel never got the recognition it deserved. I don’t necessarily mean recognition in terms of raw units sold or critical acclaim, either. Just knowing that it got into enough hands, I guess, whether people loved it or hated it.

BUNYAN UNDEAD is that project for me.

After the first Stasik book was published and did fairly well, I was asked to write a zombie series to grow my readership, since zombie books are all the rage these days. Being a huge fan of The Walking Dead (comic and TV show) and most other zombie works, I jumped at the chance, especially when I had the idea of using Michigan as the setting. I wanted to make a zombie series that was uniquely Michigan, utilizing both the wilderness landscapes in the northern regions and the cityscapes of Detroit/Ann Arbor. I also wanted to make the story feel like a tall-tale exploring the way legends and rumors are spread in a Snopes-less America, and how they can influence beliefs to create their own bizarre mob-mentalities. The military sci-fi aspect of the book was a lot of fun to work on, and I was looking forward to digging into the cause of the somewhat localized zombie apocalypse, but the other books (including DOCTOR ZOMBIE, which I had already started writing and would have been book two in the series) have been shelved for the time being so I can focus on other projects. Hopefully the others will see the light of day eventually, but only time (and demand) will tell.

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