Who would you want in your zombie apocalypse group?
In addition to my wife and daughter, these are the guys, and why:
Zombie Ronald Reagan—Because as Rick Grimes has shown us, every team needs a good leader, and I’d take zombie Reagan over any living, breathing, non flesh-eating candidate that may or may not be in office today.
Daryl Dixon—Because, duh. He’s also Georgia boy, and proof that there was something to that Hank Williams, Jr. song after all.
Perry the Platypus (Agent P)—Because he’s a semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal of action; a furry little flatfoot who’ll never flinch from a fray, and he’s got more than just mad skill—he’s got a beaver tail and bill. And those qualities could come in handy.
Les Stroud—Because Stroud is the real-deal survivalist, not some lollygagging “former S.A.S” douchebag who stays in hotels with his camera crew after a hard day of shooting some backdrops and set pieces. Stroud—host of the Discovery Channel’s Survivorman—and his wife spent one year in the Canadian wilderness, deep in the Wabakimi, to attempt a paleolithic existence. They started with a tepee, then an attached A-frame using no metal, plastic, or manufactured tools, then built and equipped a winter cabin using an axe and a bow saw. And hey, I figure anyone who can find food and water under a rock or make a rifle sling from dried deer guts has a thing or two to teach me about staying alive.
Theo Fleury—Because you just need a scrapper, and Fleury’s career in the NHL was nothing but. At 5’6″ the guy was the Wolverine of professional hockey, cleaning the clocks of guys twice his size and never backing down from a fight.
Amos “Black Dog” Harlow—Because Amos is a hobo and knows all the back roads and byways where few people are; he’d also know where we could score food, supplies, a safe place to sleep, and his knowledge of folk magic and the occult would be useful when dealing with the undead (because we don’t know if it’s just a virus; it might be because Hell is full.) And also because Amos is my creation—the protagonist in my books BLACK DOG: THE LONG DARK ROAD and BLACK DOG: PROPHET IN THE WILDERNESS. The first is available now, the second is coming this Spring. So, shameless plug. Shut up–it’s my blog.
Sorry no posts in so long. Just got back from vacation in the Texas Hill Country. Do yourself a favor and go, go, GO. It’s amazing real estate out there.
So Lee Goldberg’s writing contest for the next book in his DEAD MAN series is over and… no love for Matty.
And that’s cool, because the first book in my NIC ARCHER series is rolling along nicely. For those that haven’t read about it here on the blog, it’s a planned ten-book teen series about a boy who finds out his parents were agents for A.R.R.O.W., a clandestine soldier/spy organization that’s been protecting America since the early days of the American Revolution, when they were a loose-knit group of French-Indian War veterans-turned-spies called the Sons of the Arrow, answering only to Washington.
Since then, they’ve evolved to become a sort of crossbreed of G.I. Joe and SHIELD, and they fight the secret wars on American soil no one ever hears about–everything from mole-men under California and crazed lunatics trying to blow the Moon into the Earth, to cyborg masterminds and nuclear assassins. Nic is an anomaly–he’s been hardwired since birth with mental conditioning that would allow him to be the ultimate agent when he comes of age from a Jason Bourne-esque program called the Arrowhead Initiative. But Nic isn’t sure what he wants, mostly just to be a kid, but he also can’t turn away from what he feels is a responsibility.
All ten books have been outlined and are just sitting there waiting to be written. I just finished Chapter 13 of Book 1–a sweet car/stealth helicopter/sci-fi motorcycle chase through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel!
Hopefully, we’ll have some art up here soon; the cover artist is working out the designs now.
Keep checking back to find out more!