Lyle Perez-Tinics released a collection of seven zombie tales on Amazon Kindle entitled Death’s Too Short – all written by Perez-Tinics. The Table of Contents includes a brief description of each story, which didn’t matter to me either way, but there is also an Author’s Note before each story, which did bother me a bit. I strongly feel any personal notes by the author about the history of a story should be placed at the end of a book…especially since many of the notes seemed more about Perez-Tinics adventures in publishing, rather than the creation/inspiration of the stories themselves.
I had very mixed feelings about the stories. I actually considered giving this book a 3-star rating on Amazon, but went with 4-stars because three of the stories were absolutely amazing.
Vigor After Death was the first story in the collection, and disappointed me. It begins with a great action scene but descends into cheesy dialogue with flat characters. This was not at all what I’ve come to expect from Perez-Tinics writing.
The very next story was one of the best in the book. Broadcast of the Dead hooks the reader with the first sentence, “We’ve barricaded the front door with my living room furniture and then boarded up the windows.” Basically, it is one large flashback, happening as one of the characters takes a moment to collect his thoughts. There is an original twist which caught me off guard, and the news scenes were complimented the story perfectly.
A Kid Named Layne was a very brief story, with a kick-in-the-face ending, although I wish the characters had been given a little more depth…it was hard to feel much empathy for them.
Undead Side of the Moon was completely awesome. This story alone is worth buying the anthology. I really wish Perez-Tinics would turn this one into a novella. It was so captivating that I had nearly forgotten it was all just a letter written by a survivor. I’d like to see more of this zombie sci-fi blending from the author.
The Gingerbreads was a cute original concept, but the ending seemed rushed, as if Perez-Tinics was in a hurry to finish it, and the following story, Radio Dead was also over much too quickly. These two stories were more like flash fiction.
Dead of Old was the last story, and a strong finish to the collection. It involves a secondary outbreak in a town where most of the survivors seem to have already forgotten what they did to survive the original outbreak. The main character was well-written.
While I enjoy most zombie tales by Perez-Tinics, after reading this anthology, I couldn’t help but wonder if the author was growing tired of the undead. So, I set aside some time to pick his braaaiiiinnnnnnssss…
Q. What do you think about the evolution of the zombie genre, especially in literature?
A. I honestly think that the zombie sub-genre has evolved from being just a sub-genre to a full blown genre. Everywhere you look there are new presses sprouting up that are doing nothing but zombies. You take another look around and there are so many new writers wanting to take a crack at the “new” zombie genre. I see both of these points as somewhat of a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE zombies and I love that people are starting to take up writing, but there are other genres out there other than zombies. I started thinking about this a few months ago. The zombie popularity is growing so fast that it’s only a matter of time before the “new” zombie genre turns back into just another sub-genre. That’s why I decided to expand my writing into other genres. I’ll still be writing the occasional zombie story here and there, but I’ll mostly focus on something else.
Last month I started Rainstorm Press, an independent publishing company that specializes in horror, dark romance, mystery & thrillers and some erotica. I will not be publishing much zombie literature, but I have a few anthologies open for submissions. You can find more information at the website, http://www.RainstormPress.com.
Q. Do you prefer writing short stories, novellas or full-length novels?
A. I first started writing short stories. I do enjoy writing them because they are quick and easy to write. You don’t have to go into as much detail as you would with a novella or novel. I have written a few novellas and novels, and I do enjoy writing them as well. I really have no preference, if I have a real good idea that needs to be explained in detail, I will write the novel.
Q. Seems like you are constantly releasing a new project…where do all these ideas come from? Is there any particular source of inspiration for your zombie tales?
A. Most of my story ideas just come to me while I’m out and about. I have two jobs, one: I’m an accountant and two: I am a pawnbroker. My first novella-to be published by KnightWatch Press-is about a guy who works at a pawnshop. The first thousand or so words are an overly-dramatic description of what I have to do when someone comes into the store wanting to pawn something. While I was writing that, I thought, what would happen is zombies just came in right now… and that’s when I started rolling with the idea. There really is no source, I just think about day-to-day life and throw in the zombie menace.
Q. What do you think of the recent buzz about the CDC acknowledging what zombiephiles already knew?
A. I just think it’s funny. I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but a zombie outbreak-the way we know them on the big screen-will never happen. The idea that a dead body will come back to life and eat you was created by Romero and his friends for the classic movie, Night of the Living Dead. I see the idea of zombies as something fun to write. It’s fantasy. When people start taking it seriously, I quickly turn away. Now that the CDC is using zombies to make people prepare for other natural disasters it might make people prepare, but not really for zombies. If it works, it works.
Q. Tell us your latest news.
A. Well, I have been reviewing zombie books for the past few years now; you can check those reviews out at, http://www.UndeadintheHead.com.
I have a zombie novella entitled, Dement that is being published with KnightWatch Press. I haven’t heard of a release date yet, but I assume it will be within the next few months.
My zombie short story collection, Death’s Too Short, will be published on June 1, 2011 and will be available on Amazon.
I have two, zombie novels in the works. Existing Dead and Rising from the Tempest. I will be finished with Existing Dead by the end of next month. Rising from the Tempest started as a serial novel, but I decided to put it on hold because I started getting all these great ideas for it and will be going through a few re-writes. The original version is still posted on the website, http://www.RisingfromtheTempest.com.
My new independent publishing company opened its doors last month and things have been going good. There are many publishing opportunities there and if you’d like to check us out at http://www.RainstormPress.com.
The Undead That Saved Christmas is a charity anthology that combines the terror of zombies with the spirit of Christmas. Net proceeds from the project are donated to the Hugs Foster Family Agency (http://www.HugsFFA.org) to help provide their foster kids with Christmas presents. Vol. 1 is available on Amazon and other online retailers. Submissions for Vol. 2 and a special Vampire Edited of the book close on June 1st. I plan to have these two books edited and released by September 1st. The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 2 is co-edited by Eloise J Knapp, author of The Undead Situation and Vampire Edition is co-edited by Joe Filippone.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. =)