Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Interview w/ Scott Kenemore on his new book, "The Art of Zombie Warfare"
If you've been an avid reader of my blog, you know how much I adore the works of Scott Kenemore. His last two books, "The Zen of Zombie" and "Z.E.O" are two of my favorite zombie books that are out there. He combines humor and knowledge along with a new look on the zombie sub-genre. Instead of looking at how to kill zombies, his books take on the perspective of how acting, living, and working like a zombie can improve our day to day lives. We recently sat down and chatted about his latest release, "The Art of Zombie Warfare" which I will be reviewing here very soon.
Q: What is "The Art of Zombie Warfare" about exactly (without giving anything away of course)?
A: I wrote the The Art of Zombie Warfare as a reaction against all the books and media about "zombie killing." As I've said before, I think some horror fans are "into zombies" because they are actually "into guns," and zombies are just a convenient thing to kill with their guns. I prefer to look at zombies as something more than just target practice. So I said: "Hey, wait a minute, Mr. Guns-are-awesome... If you stop and really look at it, in all of these military scenarios, zombies are the ones who win. Zombies are victorious in most combat situations. Zombies can collude and cooperate to defeat almost every kind of army out there. From medieval keeps to futuristic moon outposts, no place is safe from a zombie. Why not try to learn something from that? Why not study all the things that zombies do RIGHT, and adopt these traits into your own military training."
Q: Being that your last two books, "The Zen of Zombie" and "Z.E.O.", are also zombie related, what makes this book different?
A: This book is specifically about zombies in war and their tactical advantages. The Art of Zombie Warfare is a manual in two parts. The first part is designed for soldiers who want to learn how to fight like zombies on the battlefield. The second part is for military commanders and tacticians who want to learn how to make their troops fight like zombies (or how to use actual zombies in battle). It includes everything from the nuts-and-bolts of zombie hand-to-hand combat, to zombie military formations, to profiles of great historical generals (like Ambrose Burnsides and Sima Yi) who evidently incorporated zombie tactics into their battle plans.
Q: When will the book be available for purchase and where can we learn more about it?
A: It's available now at major book retailers and BN.com and Amazon.com. People can learn more about it on my website: http://scottkenemore.wordpress.com. And I'll be doing readings and promotional events for it at Spooky Empire in Orlando on October 8-10, the DePaul Center Barnes & Noble in Chicago on October 21, and ZomBCon in Seattle on October 29-31.
Personally, I can't wait to read this book and I hope our little interview has intrigued you enough to check it out for yourselves. A huge thank you to Scott for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk with me.