Guest Post: Larry Weiner #WinterofZombie

Guest Post: Larry Weiner #WinterofZombie

Dying Days



When I set out to write “Paradise Rot,” I had a few things in mind. First, I wanted to play around with the zombie genre ala “Shaun of the Dead,” and I wanted to create an island escape – much like you’d find in a Jimmy Buffett song. But that wasn’t enough. No, I wanted to take a character and put him through hell. I wanted this character, our hapless protagonist, to feel the burn of hitting rock bottom. Why?

Because it’s only from that position in life that you’d be game for anything.

So that’s when I started thinking about the movie, “The Firm.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s basically about a lawyer who gets his first gig and as it turns out, it’s working for the mob and the only way out is by death. I thought to myself, what…

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About derekailes2003

I am a science fiction & horror writer from Valparaiso, Indiana. I also love to write horror stories about zombies and cats. I am also a political satirist. In 1985 I wrote my first short story: "The Day It Rained Candy." I also started writing a science fiction series called "Power Force." In 1994 I published my first short story: "The Night Of the Living Redheads." I am currently writing horror short stories with my brother, Mark Cusco Ailes, for the horror collection: "The Second Journey Into The Unknown." In 2015 I will celebrate my 30th Anniversary as a writer. My writing influences are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ira Levin, Terry Brooks, R. Karl Largent, Zombie Fiction Writers. I started reading heavily at the age of five and by middle school I had read close to 200 books or more. I'm not talking just thin children's books. I mean Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Star Trek and Star Wars novels and more. I grew up watching Tales From The Crypt, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Tales From The Darkside, Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica (the original series) old time horror films with Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. I also love watching all of the low-budget Full Moon Videos: Puppet Masters and the Trancers. I'm big into 80s horror films: Friday, the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween.

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